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Ed Driscoll

Oh, That Punitive Liberalism

October 3rd, 2013 - 9:53 pm

“The 2013 Democratic Party reflects Richard Hofstadter’s warning about the paranoid style of politics,” William A. Jacobson writes at his Legal Insurrection blog:

Laurel documented the other day the extreme language and demonization of Republicans coming from the highest levels of the Democratic Party, The new civility: Dems turn public debate into schoolyard taunts:

1. “Unhinged” Arsonists (Wasserman-Schultz)
2. Insane People Who “Have Lost their Minds” (Harry Reid)
3. “People with a Bomb Strapped to their Chest” (aka Terrorists)(Dan Pfeiffer)
4. Blatant Extortionists (Jay Carney)
5. “Legislative Arsonists” (Nancy Pelosi)

No longer is it just the deeper reaches of the left-blogosphere, it’s the ranking Democratic members of the House and Senate, and the White House, trying to paint Republicans as criminals.

The mainstream left media also has become unhinged, like Andrew Sullivan’s rant that the Elephant must be taken down for good:

This time, the elephant must go down. And if possible, it must be so wounded it does not get up for a long time to come.

Huh — I guess Andrew’s officially done calling himself a conservative. Took a few years, but I’m glad we finally cleared that up. And it’s doubly ironic to watch a British-born pundit who no doubt thinks of himself as the second coming of George Orwell employ shooting an elephant as a metaphor.

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We are planning a Tea Party Minute Man Gathering this weekend in Lexington and Concord at the national park that the administration has shut to score political points. Please help us to get the word out.

Where: Minute Man National Historic Park

When: Sunday October 6th at noon

Why: they have closed this heritage site to the public because of the government shutdown.....we will see about that!

Please get the word out!

Sincerely,

Paul Revere

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Quite frankly, it's even worse than usual in the comment sections of nominally "neutral" or even slightly left-leaning sites. The vitriol launched at any conservative comment is immediate, visceral, personal and generally rude if not vulgar.

To change a popular quote, they hate us. They really, really hate us.

That's what I am taking from this particular fight. This isn't about policy differences and agreeing to disagree anymore. This is pure hate.
42 weeks ago
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Please stop calling them "liberals". They aren't.

Call them what they are.

Fascists.
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Obama exacerbating the government shutdown to maximize the pain on America to win his way is a prime example of the irrational way he pushes his position, not by reason, but by rhetoric. In this case, he employs the argumentum ad baculum, ie coercion. That logical fallacy is the core of Alinsky tactics, manipulation and coercion, not sweet reason. Coercion is what socialism is all about.
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Obama is Al Sharpton with better diction.
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In short, thug politics.
42 weeks ago
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Since at least the Reagan era, any time the Republicans have gained power, this sort of verbage has spiked. Today is nothing much new. It just means the right currently has the high ground.
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"...Still, it cost the government more money to try to keep WWII vets out of an open-air memorial than it would have to just leave it be..."

It gets worse Ed.
It seems that those barrycades at the WW-2 Memorial were RENTED!
42 weeks ago
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And the Obama admin felt that the mandatory "essential' jobs for which workers were retained included work not normally done, such as renting barricades, blocking vets from normally unmanned memorial sites, and cruising up and down highways taping off normally unmanned scenic overlooks and other normal publicly occupied spaces. This isn't governance, it's deliberate oppression.
42 weeks ago
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Re: Time's Cover

First off, majority of what? The majority of American citizens DO NOT support the ACA.

Second, the House vote was 231-192, in favor of delay, which is clearly a majority in the house. The senate vote was 46-54, making the total congressional vote 277-246 IN FAVOR of the delay. So there was a congressional majority as well to at least delay the ACA.

But I'm sure that's not at all what Time had in mind when they published their disgraceful rag.
42 weeks ago
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A majority opposed the passage of Obamacare, and an even larger majority opposes its implentation. Remember when TIME devoted its cover to that? Yeah, neither do I.
42 weeks ago
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No doubt TIME magazine would be in favor of having white people run the entire country exclusively for their own sake. They ARE the majority after all...
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"Of course, Barack Obama, the eliminationist-in-chief, “has always had a bit of a vindictive streak when it comes to politics. I think it stems from his Manichaean view of America."

I think that your choice of the word "Manichaean" is rather off the mark. His remarks and public persona are just a ruthless PR strategy designed to massage the conscience of the fools who follow him, and to infuriate the opposition as a bonus wherever possible. Obama is showing himself to be a satanical neo-communist with full control of the cable news media, making irrelevant and nonsensical remarks and speeches, while this government is spying on the people, enslaving the nation through indebtedness, sowing strife and division, and arming itself to the teeth.
I'm still waiting for the truth on Benghazi, no I'm craving it, particularly when it becomes irrefutable, and someone asks Barack and Hillary and Susan in a public forum how they could lie to the parents of the men who were killed during the funeral and the American public so naturally - in my dreams this would take place during a criminal trial.
If his conscience is so numb that he views conservatives who don't want to be ruled by the state as evil, then call it what it is - projection.
If you must use the word Manichaean to describe him, then it should be combined with "sociopathic".
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Obama is showing himself to be a satanical neo-communist with full control of the cable news media, making irrelevant and nonsensical remarks and speeches, while this government is spying on the people, enslaving the nation through indebtedness, sowing strife and division, and arming itself to the teeth.

The short-form description of those works is 'community organizer'.
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