It’s been reported that Joe Biden referred to Republican opponents on the debt issue in the following terms:
They have acted like terrorists.
Biden now denies that he used that phrasing. But there’s no question that Democratic representative Mike Doyle, who was in the same meeting, said:
We have negotiated with terrorists. This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.
Numerous other Democrats and Democrat-leaning media types have used the T-word or close synonyms of same in referring to their American political opponents, for example NYT columnist Joe Nocera, who refers to the Tea Party Republicans as having “waged jihad on the American people” and Maureen Dowd, who approvingly quoted “some Democrats” as having described the Tea Party as “the Republican Taliban wing.”
Note that this vitriol is coming from a party which rejects the idea of calling actual terrorists “terrorists.” They prefer to call terrorist attacks man-caused disasters, and to refer to wars as overseas contingency operations.
I’m reminded, as I often am, of something Neptunux Lex wrote in 2008:
The innate character flaw of the political right, with its thrumming appeals to the logic of blood and soil, is its lamentable tendency to go in search of enemies abroad. The left, on the other hand, with its own appeals to the politics of envy and class warfare, is content to find mortal enemies closer to hand.
Today’s American leftists view American citizens who strongly differ with them politically as enemies to a much greater extent than Islamic terrorists or any hostile nation-state.
Regarding Mike Doyle’s complaint about it having been made “impossible to spend any money”…the Democratic politicians are like teenagers who have been unwisely been given a credit card and who, now that consideration is being given to not raising the credit limit yet again, whine that “you won’t let me spend any money at all“…indeed, they also follow the typical teenage pattern of whining “but all my friends get to spend more”…in this case their friends from Europe…while ignoring the little problem that their friends’ parents are being driven into bankruptcy even more rapidly than their own are.
Links: James Taranto
The era of the condescending President
Some of the above links via Instapundit and Maggie’s Farm
13 thoughts on “Civil Discourse”
The hegemonic discourse is being challenged, so the incumbents will use increasingly shrill and violent rhetoric to try to delegitimize the challengers. We will see more and more of this, because it works. How much longer it will work is another questions. The MSM is trying to do to the Tea Party what it successfully did to Gov. Palin. It will be harder, but they may succeed.
I’m just fed to my back teeth with it, no matter what their rational is, for slandering ordinary, patriotic and law-abiding citizens, exercising their rights to petition for redress of greviences, to educate themselves on the workings of government, to vote, and to dare think that their voices will be heard.
I posted a picture essay on this topic on Open Salon — where I usually don’t uncork my political opinions, but I am so sick of being nice and tolerating this kind of thing, that I don’t much care.
Just for fun, here’s the link … relish the prog-lib ranting and wailing. Honestly, I wonder how some of these people can keyboard coherantly when their brains are dribbling out of their noses.
This topic is widespread across the conservative blogosphere. There are implications and probable consequences to what is coming out of the Left. If I may I will quote part of a larger piece I did. If that is not allowed, feel free to delete this post.
It has been rationally argued for the last few years that we are engaged in a Cold Civil War. That we really are not one country anymore. No one knows what act will trigger it becoming hot, if such is to happen. But the delegitimizing of any political opposition by the Left, and Journo-List 2.0 parroting of phrases delegitimizing all people who oppose them makes such a triggering act more likely.
The next 18 months are going to be the worst in American politics since the “corrupt bargain” that kept Andrew Jackson from the White House. The left has seen itself propelled into the majority with delusions of a tectonic shift in US politics. Instead, it was a mass delusion that an inexperienced Senator, whose views were very poorly understood, could solve complex problems. After two years of ineptitude and fumbling, the delusion has passed and the left will not willingly give up its dreams.
It will be ugly.
“…a larger piece I did….”
SB: Do you have a link for that? Please put in another comment if so.
Lexington Green Says:
August 3rd, 2011 at 3:01 pm
SB: Do you have a link for that? Please put in another comment if so.
I also commend the comment by Rurik below mine as being very much on point.
I’d urge everyone to follow the link I posted about as The Era of the Condescending President. The unpleasant attributes pointed out in the linked post are not merely the characteristics of Obama himself—they are also characteristics of a class of people of which he serves as the exemplar and avatar: those who believe that their credentials and verbal glibness are infinitely more important than knowledge, experience, and practical judgment.
Athens & Jerusalem on The Rectification of Names
i like to pronounce (in my head) the vp’s last name in the same way you pronounce “bidet”; just for fun.
Speaking of Joe Biden….as has been widely reported, he has been charging the US Secret Service (ie, the US taxpayers) RENT for use of a cottage at his Delaware residence. While this is not illegal, I think it’s pretty sleazy.
Biden, Obama, & Co talk endlessly about “sacrifice”…anyone who has his eyes open should know that they and their allies are intending to be the *recipients* of sacrifice, not the providers of same. This incident clearly makes that point.
People in many professions spend their own money incurring expenses to help with their jobs. Teachers often buy supplies. Executives sometimes buy computers & cell phones used mainly for work and not always reimbursable, and often spend their own money on business-related books and magazines. Biden’s idea of extracting every possible dollar from his employment is unprofessional.
You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Wait until we win in 2012.
I predict civil disobedience and riots in summer 2013 the likes of which haven’t been seen since 1969.
We will see just how nasty the left can really be when they lose after holding all the power for four years. This is a different time and much uglier place.
You want to see real domestic terrorism? It will be sponsored and supported by the barfbags at MSNBC.
Hunker down and get ready. But never, ever give up.
LOL. We are all terrorists now. Time for a nice T.
Went to a local Tea Party meeting last night with the greeting “Hello, Fellow Terrorists!”
The term has become adopted as a badge of honor (note that the group has now become too big for its venue – discussed splitting into two local groups and a young TP’ers for the under 30’s!)
Terrorist, racist – its like the cursing so prevalent in modern media – it leads you to believe the speakers suffer from a vocabulary deficit…
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