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Left’s Call for a New Civility Still Not Working Out

June 1st, 2013 - 6:58 pm

The January 2011 shooting incident by apolitical nutter Jared Lee Loughner resulted in the near-fatal wounds to Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, and the murder of, among his other victims, George HW Bush appointed Federal Judge John M. Roll (who has since been airbrushed out of the event, to avoid muddying up the talking points). At the apex of the wilding spree that followed by “liberals” against anyone to the right of Barack Obama in the wake of the horrific incident, Jeff Poor of the Daily Caller spotted this moment on MSNBC: “National Journal’s Hirsh: Time for a moral sanction against gun metaphors similar to the ‘N’ word:” 

National Journal’s Michael Hirsh wants to raise the bar on decorum to an entirely new level. On Thursday’s MSNBC airing of “Hardball,” Hirsh told host Chris Matthews certain “gun” terms should be stricken from political discourse and referred to instances where Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Republican Nevada senatorial candidate Sharon Angle used such off-limits language.

“Well we don’t want any more duels and thankfully that was the last one,” Hirsh said. “[B]ut the point I was trying to make is you can draw a line particularly in the use of certain kinds of metaphors. The use of gun metaphors – killing, murdering, taking out, which was another metaphor for a – Michele Bachmann used in one of her statements, Sharon Angle – the Nevada Senate candidate’s now infamous comment about quote, unquote, ‘second amendment remedies’ to deal with the problem Harry Reid, her opponent.”

His proposal? Make such language inappropriate in the same racial slurs are inappropriate.

That’s the kind of language I think we got to have a hard think about now,” Hirsh said. “Do we really want to continue to use that kind of language at these levels? Or, should there be kind of a social sanction, not a legal one, but a moral sanction in the way that we’ve stopped using certain epithets like the ‘n’-word public forums. Stop using that kind of language, those kinds of metaphors.”

Unfortunately, not too many of Hirsh’s fellow leftists got the memo. In March, Bloomberg News ran this cover on Business Week:

If mere bullet point clip art can cause deaths, as Bloomberg alleged in January of 2011, aren’t illustrations of actual imaginary bullet holes even more potentially lethal?

But Bloomberg was far from the only “liberal” news source to jettison all of that ideology’s new civility talk; at the Tatler yesterday, Bryan Preston spots a journalism professor who believes, as Bryan paraphrases, “What America Really Needs Now Is a Violent Civil War to Kill Off the NRA:”

More honesty, this time from a Professor Christopher Swindell. But he starts his own honest heartcry with a lie.

Here it is. The NRA advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America.

No, it doesn’t. The NRA advocates fidelity to the U.S. Constitution.

That’s treason, and it’s worthy of the firing squad.

If he was a professor of history, he might know that even Benedict Arnold didn’t get the firing squad.

The B.S. needs a serious gut check. We are not a tin pot banana republic where machine gun toting rebel groups storm the palace and depose the dictator.

We put the president in the White House. To support the new NRA president’s agenda of arming the populace for confrontation with the government is bloody treason. And many invite it gladly as if the African-American president we voted for is somehow infringing on their Constitutional rights.

Normally, I am a peaceable man, but in this case, I am willing to answer the call to defend the country. From them.

How about enlisting in the military, boss? I did it. So can you!

To turn the song lyric they so love to quote back on them, “We’ll put a boot in your —, it’s the American way.”

Except it won’t be a boot. It’ll be an M1A Abrams tank, supported by an F22 Raptor squadron with Hellfire missiles. Try treason on for size. See how that suits. And their assault arsenal and RPGs won’t do them any good.

The piece speaks eloquently for itself. But the real kicker comes at the end:

Swindell is a professor of journalism.

Of course he is. Even though he can barely write.

Turns out he’s a professor of journalism at Marshall University. He believes that the Tea Party hates America, because it objects to Obama’s debt policies which are wrecking the country. He published his personal email address on this article about the Boston bombing, to which he reacted as a typical liberal reacts.

Click over to Bryan’s post at the Tatler for Swindell’s video on “Why we’re not getting along,” which was recorded in February of 2011. “As a progressive, I want government to work for all people…maybe it’s time to start talking about formidable differences, and start talking about what we have in common our great republic,” Swindell told YouTube viewers a month after the Giffords incident.

As Bryan notes, “That was in 2011. In 2013, he’s pushing for civil war to murder millions of law-abiding Americans who don’t happen to wear his political stripe.”

But hey, he didn’t use clip art, right?

Update: Related thoughts on Swindell’s soothing civility from Stacy McCain.

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I've had years to observe and try to understand the workings of the leftist mind. I've been harassed and bedeviled by them for most of my adult life and I've come to understand that there are two basic instincts involved in their behavior, insecurity and paranoia. The face of absolute confidence in their own superiority that they present to the world is a bluff constructed to fool mostly themselves, to mitigate the fact that they actually have deep feelings of inferiority. They are afraid that they, as people do not measure up, and that their ideology - which is, for most of them, an existential crutch - is empty and doomed to failure. The paranoia is a great fear of being exposed for what they really are, insecure and unsure, and so they lash out in hatred at those whose very presence threatens to pull back the curtain, revealing their weaknesses. I don't think the right will ever be able to adequately deal with the left unless these basic facts are understood.
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"Apolitical nutter" "apolitical nutter" !??! His classmates described him as an "angry LEFT-WING pot head". WHEN did he morph into an "apolitical nutter"?

Why have a civilized discussion with left-wingers who treat you like a fool by tell you lies?
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When leftists call for "civility", you can be sure that they really mean "everybody else must shut up while we defame those who disagree with us."
There can never be a decent left, because leftism is inherently totalitarian. There can never be a decent left. Never.
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Yes. This.

Leftist calls for "civility" are in fact admissions that they can't argue the facts and therefore must resort to tactics like this to shut down anything resembling dissent. It is synonymous with: "Yeah, well... Shut Up!".

I'll start believing that leftists really want there to be an increase in civility in public discourse when I start seeing them do it themselves. Yah, right. More leftist hypocrisy.
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I think Ring Lardner explained it best:

" The lease said about my and my fathers trip from the Bureau of Manhattan to our new home the soonest mended. In some way ether I or he got balled up on the grand concorpse and next thing you know we was thretning to swoop down on Pittsfield.

Are you lost daddy I arsked tenderly.

Shut up he explained."

Similarly, when a progressive calls for an increased civility in American political discourse, what he wants is for everyone who disagrees with him to be quiet and go away, preferably in that order.
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When the Left allows the mask to slip, it is never pretty.
Any who would dare oppose the enlightened world view are to be cleansed. be it the NRA, Climate Deniers, the Tea Party, and all the other Bogeymen that are used to frighten the masses.
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After 9/11 politicians seized on the opportunity to stack billions of one hundred dollar bills on shrink wrapped pallets and ship them off to themselves and their cronies. When an event happens that politicians sense will allow them to embark on a massive, unopposed spending spree, they go all out to make the spending a reality. This is why Democrats had to constantly lie and claim that they had 90% support for their new gun control agenda.

And that is what we are seeing with the mad rush to pass gun control laws. Democrats know they won't be in power much longer, and they have to get as much gun control pork passed as they can, while they still have a chance.

They have visions of new contracts for databases, office space, supplies, travel and training, research grants, public education campaigns and advertising, as well as new taxes and fees to be collected from gun makers, gun dealers, and gun owners.

The fact that alcohol kills more people every day than guns, and that alcohol plays a role in many gun crimes doesn't matter at all to the Democrats or the media. The Democrat philosophy of "any restriction, no matter how harsh, if it possibly saves just one life" doesn't apply at all to alcohol deaths.

Politicians collect billions of dollars every year from the alcohol industry, and the media collects as much or more for advertising. The mostly costly advertisement on the planet is a Super Bowl advertisement. Have you ever seen an alcohol ad or two during the Super Bowl? You know you have.
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If you really think that wasn't happening before 9/11, you must have spent the 20th-century portion of your life under a rock.
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I've had years to observe and try to understand the workings of the leftist mind. I've been harassed and bedeviled by them for most of my adult life and I've come to understand that there are two basic instincts involved in their behavior, insecurity and paranoia. The face of absolute confidence in their own superiority that they present to the world is a bluff constructed to fool mostly themselves, to mitigate the fact that they actually have deep feelings of inferiority. They are afraid that they, as people do not measure up, and that their ideology - which is, for most of them, an existential crutch - is empty and doomed to failure. The paranoia is a great fear of being exposed for what they really are, insecure and unsure, and so they lash out in hatred at those whose very presence threatens to pull back the curtain, revealing their weaknesses. I don't think the right will ever be able to adequately deal with the left unless these basic facts are understood.
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Janis Ian probably got it right in "Seventeen" when she talked of being one of those "whose name was never called/when choosing sides in basketball." That's the left in a nutshell; those whose names were never called. In the '60s, the guy with the GTO and the cheerleader girlfriend didn't grow long hair and start singing songs and carrying signs.

I've spent most of my adult life dealing with left wing public employee unions; they're organized around the f*ckups in the workforce. The paid staff and paid leadership cohort are mostly ideological communists with a dash of avaricious cynics thrown in, but the rank and file leadership, the executive board members, shop stewards, and activists, are all simply malcontents, incompetents, or both, and they're almost all ugly people, as in physically ugly people; you wouldn't go to an AFL-CIO convention looking to get laid.

There are some places where people are lefties because everybody is a lefty. Most teachers are lefties because Ed Schools are lefty and everybody a teacher knows is a teacher who went to a lefty Ed School. Most people who work in the social so-called sciences are lefty for the same reasons teachers are mostly lefties. Basically, most any job that a college degree outside the STEM areas is the admission ticket is going to be dominated by lefties.

Outside the areas where you have to be a lefty just to get in you have the world of those who choose to be lefties. You're right that they are paranoid and they project their paranoia onto others but while at a deep psychological level they may have become lefties out of insecurity, they don't evidence insecurity. What I hated most about most of the ones I had to deal with was the preening self-confidence and sneering condescention. It may well be a mask developed as the result of not being chosen for basketball, but the affect you see from leadership cohort lefties is haughtiness and arrogance. I saw Comrade Obama give that coming out speech at the, what was it, 04, convention and I said to myself, "I know you, you're the one whose mask fits well enough that they think they can use you to fool people." Hate to have been so right.
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I've only dared to say what you said about them to my husband in the privacy of our own home and even then in a whisper - yes , they are physically unattractive and sometimes downright ugly people. Except the gay guys, they're always cute.
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Good post. But I believe that more than insecurity, it's knowledge that their proposed solutions do not work for anybody but the government itself, which ever grows larger under left wing governments but never seems to truly grapple with real and serious problems. And the right sees through that and calls them out as the simple aggrandizing politicians that they are. That what infuriates them and causes them to attack anybody who articulates the true aims of the left in the public arena.
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Relating to Civil War II:
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A civil war would be the worst possible thing to happen to America. We can potentially stop any nuclear strikes from foreign countries and are protected from enemies by two oceans. Invading the USA is a tactical nightmare. We could literally nuke an incoming fleet from either coast.

However, a civil war is not the same. This country is and has been approximately 50% 'Left' and 'Right'. The death toll would make all previous wars look enviable. There would be no 'winner'. What would be left is a wasteland the likes of a post apocalyptic world. America would become a 3rd world country that even China wouldn't want.

My Point:
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Americans NEED to get along. It is impossible for one side to dominate or try to impose its views on everyone. Discussion, common ground and compromises must be made on both sides. As an Independent, I see many things that both left and right agree on. However, current politics is to be as stubborn and as partisan as possible. Instead of discussion and willingness to work together, we have ignorance, shallow talking points and rhetoric.
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Some people try so hard to keep an open mind that their brain falls out. America is about 10% "left" some because they believe it and some because they get paid to be lefties, about 20-30% "right" and 60 - 70% either low-information/uninvolved or just plain stupid, mostly the latter. The left and the right do not NEED each other. You cannot work with leftists. You cannot make agreements with leftists because they'll only keep them with a gun to their head. In fact both would at heart like to eliminate the other. The only difference is the right would profer to do it by eliminating leftist control of institutions and thus the power of those institutions and the left would simply like to kill activists on the right, but the Country remains still a little to civilized and law abiding for them to do it. The left is playing for time and relying on stupid people like you.
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when i was young, selfish,and thought i had all the answers, i was liberal and democrat in my leaning...then i took responsibility for myself and i moved to the republican side until i realized that they are one and the same...now i am strictly for the American way as defined by the Constitution of the United States...unfortunately people such as myself are vilified,disrespected,and labeled by fools who bite the hand that feeds them every chance they get...my advice to all of you if you can't handle it ,don't dish it out
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If I may quote a movie "Don't let that man pump you up and get yo @$$ shot." Our fight should never be with each other. See how we rush to give aid and help to our fellows after a disaster. We are Americans! The one thing I would love to see the people do is to question everything those who claim to be of by and for the people. As said before, don't let them get you killed or God forbid get you to kill others. Politicians are no better than the worst of us on our best days. Before we go confiscating legally bought but scary looking (and if the movies say anything it would be "cool") guns or abrogating rights maybe we should question the real motives of our politicians. People of my political party don't want others deciding for us, we want them to do what we tell them, not what they want us to do for them and their ilk.
45 weeks ago
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"Apolitical nutter" "apolitical nutter" !??! His classmates described him as an "angry LEFT-WING pot head". WHEN did he morph into an "apolitical nutter"?

Why have a civilized discussion with left-wingers who treat you like a fool by tell you lies?
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