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Democrats, The Climate of Hate, and Short Memories

I need a new TV set.

Because as I was watching Democrats accuse Sarah Palin and the Tea Party of creating a Climate of Hate, I threw my beautiful new 50-inch plasma flat screen out the window.

The year is young, but the outrage on the left in the wake of the Tucson shootings is already a shoo in for the 2011 Academy Award for Hypocrisy.

Conservatives are creating a Climate of Hate. This is what liberals say when conservatives get uppity and won’t “work with them” to pass their agenda. They said it in 1994, after the Republicans swept the House and dear old Bob Michel, the bland Republican leader who kindly passed the gavel every year to Tip O’Neill, was replaced by the fiery Newt Gingrich.

The charge of creating a Climate of Hate is being leveled by people who spent the first eight years of the decade DESCRIBING BUSH AND CHENEY AS SATAN’S AMBASSADORS TO EARTH FROM HELL.

Where was the Climate of Hate as  Bush was regularly described as a lying idiot who faked weapons of mass destruction to start a war in Iraq? Or Cheney as the unaccountable Dr. Evil plotting in an undisclosed location to melt the Arctic icecap via global warming?

Where was the liberal outrage at Michael Moore’s nasty little movie, a full two hours of ad hominem assault?

Here a few Climate of Hate inducing quotes from some of the sanctimonious types we are hearing from now:

Paul Krugman on Bush’s Social Security plan: Bush is treating “premature black deaths not as a tragedy we must end but as just another way to push [his] ideological agenda.”

Dick Durbin: “Our actions at Guantanamo were like Soviet gulags.”

Steny Hoyer on Bush in Afghanistan: “Frankly they turned tail.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “Our moral standing in the world has been weakened by a rubber stamp Justice Department that placed the Bush Administration above the law.”

Nancy Pelosi: “If people are ripping your face off, you have to rip their face off” (on handling attack from Republicans);  “If you take the knife off the table, it’s not very frightening anymore” (on why she kept talking about Bush’s unpopular Social Security proposal in 2007.

Keith Olbermann: Bush is a “compulsive liar.”

Actually, I think this is one of Olbermann’s milder quotes.

Of course, this list could go on much longer. Please tell us if you have any of your own chestnuts to add.

One of the things I’ve noticed that is far more peculiar to the left than the right is that liberals don’t view their vitriol as hate or even opinion. They view it as a sober reflection on conservatives, who as they KNOW are either evil, or dumb, or both.

But it is hate.

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10 Responses to Democrats, The Climate of Hate, and Short Memories

  1. Former RepGrayson of FL: Repubs health plan for seniors; “Just Die” was notable.
    The MSM, Lefties and the Prez’s description of anyone who opposed the fiasco known as Obamacare: too many to mention.
    The Prez’s description of opponents to immigration amnesty as “enemies”.
    And of course, almost everything said about MrsPalin and her supporters.

    These kinds of attacks aren’t new. What IS new is the immediate and total immersion into the mainstream by way of cable radio/TV and the internet.

  2. Ed Schultz (OK, I am weak, I think the nickname Special Ed is funny) said today he would fight Republican bastards any way he could. And he has said much worse. Much, much worse….

  3. So, wait, Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and we didn’t torture people at Guantanamo? To think everything I’ve read is wrong! This is wonderful news!

  4. I expected nothing less. This is opportunity time for the libs, and anyone who doesn’t line up for what they are serving is obviously an insensitive, hateful bigot intolerant phobic … did I miss any?

  5. Michelle Malkin did a nice piece yesterday where she actually breaks it down into subcatagories of Palin hate, Bush hate, Tea Party hate, etc. – all with numerous examples (and my personal favorite that few ever mention – the Conservative Female hate). The list is fairly extensive, though sadly not complete. But be warned – it’s hard to read and not get infuriated.

    Three years ago I stopped identifying myself as liberal and finally realized that I more center-right than anything. Since that time I have been stunned to see things from this side – and amazed at how hateful the Left is, particularly when they call themselves the “open-minded” of the two parties, I agree that they justify their speech by their belief that they are morally elite. Now, that’s not to say we don’t have our own wackos over here, but by and large it seems that far more vitriol comes from the mouth of those who deem disagreement as “hate speech.”

    To be honest, I feel that this call for a national discussion on rhetoric is really disingenuous – where were these calls during the Bush years? Even back then when I thought of myself asa liberal, I could see how hateful things had become – and how not only did our leaders NOT ask for a tone down, but actually joined in the fight against the adminstration they were elected to serve in. And to call for this rhetoric discussion now is like a silent implication that what they are really calling for is the *Right* to tone it down. If they were really honest about creating a more civil political environment, we would have had this conversation a decade ago.

    My favorite example of hypocrisy, though, is that the calls for toning down the rhetoric are sandwiched between the Left’s immediate knee-jerk accusations and slanders of Palin/Beck/etc. I personally like Palin and Beck, and I think that anyone who has ever actually listened to them as opposed to depending on cherry-picked sound bites from MSNBC would know that they not only hate violence, but have reguarly urged against it. Ah, but what’s a bunch of facts when you have speculation and a microphone?

    As for Obama’s pending speech, I hope he leaves out any commentary about toning down the rhetoric. In a time of national tragedy under the Bush years, we came together as a nation. We again are in a time of tragedy, and we need Obama to bring us together, not divide us further.

    Sorry for the lengthy comment – been reading your blog for months and for some reason felt compelled to respond now.

    • Megan, thanks for your very thoughtful comment. I will take a look at the Malkin piece and I was thinking the very same thing as you say – Obama should not call for toning down the rhetoric. I wrote something like this in the Politico piece I did Monday. If he does, he’s basically joining in the partisanship, as you explain in your comment. It is all very disingenuous, and is being taken with such grave seriousness by the mainstream media, as if, yes, it’s suddenly time for civility after they cheerfully relayed the Left’s hatred for eight years.

  6. NYTimes, June 15, 1997
    The Brothers Emanuel
    Suddenly Emanuel grabbed his steak knife and, as those who were there remember it, shouted out the name of another enemy, lifted the knife, then brought it down with full force into the table.
    ”Dead!” he screamed.
    The group immediately joined in the cathartic release: ”Nat Landow! Dead! Cliff Jackson! Dead! Bill Schaefer! Dead!”

    “I want you to argue with them and get in their face!” Barack Obama, September 2008

    “We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.” Obama, October 2010

    “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!” Obama, March 2010

    “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Obama, 2008

    On Air America Radio, talk show host Randi Rhodes recommended doing to Bush what Michael Corleone, in “The Godfather, Part II,” does to his brother. “Like Fredo,” she said, “somebody ought to take him out fishing and phuw!” — then she imitated the sound of a gunshot. In the Guardian, a leading British daily, columnist Charlie Brooker issued a plea: “John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr. — where are you now that we need you?”
    You can find an image of the “Kill Bush” t-shirt she sold at CafePress here: http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/14871

    Here’s some photos of love for Bush from the left:
    http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=621
    http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=612