I am hearing two words used quite a bit lately by the state run media as well as politicians, rhetoric and civility. The recent tragedy in Tucson has shed light on exactly how ugly politicians can be. Much like a Marine can become numb to the violence of war when faced with it consistently, politicians are numb to decency and proper courtesy when it comes to commenting on tragic events.
It seems left wing politicians do not understand the proper adult behavior that is expected and required after such a tragic event, where lives were lost. Rather than see it as a humbling and sad occurrence, which requires a time for mourning for all directly involved, they immediately see the political angles they might take in order to destroy their opponents and build “street cred” in the political world.
Almost immediately after the shooting, liberal politicians and pundits seized upon a map Sarah Palin had created during election season with crosshairs on it to show which districts were winnable districts for conservatives in November. They launched a character-assassination campaign which was bold enough to actually blame the lives lost in this senseless shooting on Palin and her map.
Typical of liberals, they didn't bother to actually research facts in any of these claims, as it would soon be pointed out and proven that both democrats and republicans use these maps, complete with crosshairs, for every election season and have for some time. Additionally they scooped up another quote from Palin, "Don't retreat, reload." and attempted to convince the American people one of two things, A) Sarah Palin meant this literally or B) conservatives are too stupid to know that this was meant metaphorically.
Unfortunately for the media, Americans have awakened politically and are now unwilling to blindly accept media reporting as fact. It was amusing to watch the details of the shooter unfold over the next day or two. A chronic weed smoking, salvia using, psycho, who was infatuated with Congresswoman Giffords. He voted for Obama and worked on Giffords campaign in 2007. Not exactly a conservative poster child. Yet they continued with their baseless rant, expanding to radio personalities Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and Sean Hannity. Now the liberal pundits were beginning to show their hand. They were going to use this tragedy to attempt to shut down free speech on the airwaves. "Violent rhetoric" they screamed from every stage they could find.
If I am to accept their theory as plausible, then there must be hundreds of left-wing initiated shootings in the last ten years, as the democrats might want to look in their own house before throwing stones. Here are just a few of the "peaceful liberal" quotes over the past decade:
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Barack Obama, at a June 13, 2008 campaign fundraiser in Philadelphia.
“A policy of ethnic cleansing by inaction,” Barney Frank on Bush administration’s failure to rebuild neighborhoods in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, at a rally in Washington on February 8, 2006.
"..And then there’s Rumsfeld who said of Iraq ‘We have our good days and our bad days.’ We should put this S.O.B. up against a wall and say ‘This is one of our bad days’ and pull the trigger." — From a fundraising ad put out by the St. Petersburg Democratic Club
"You guys see Live and Let Die, the great Bond film with Yaphet Kotto as the bad guy, Mr. Big? In the end they jam a big CO2 pellet in his face and he blew up. I have to tell you, Rush Limbaugh is looking more and more like Mr. Big, and at some point somebody’s going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he’s going to explode like a giant blimp. That day may come. Not yet. But we’ll be there to watch. I think he’s Mr. Big, I think Yaphet Kotto. Are you watching, Rush?" — Chris Matthews
Intermingled into their baseless commentaries now is the call for everyone to be more “civil” and stop all the political “rhetoric”. What I find so amusing about this call for decency is that it never comes when the left has the upper hand in the legislature. When they had the dominating, filibuster-proof majority in Congress it was perfectly okay for them to say and do whatever they wanted, as shown above. Here are a few more quotes from the peaceful, civil, left.
“If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly. That’s right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick,” Rep. Alan Grayson, House floor, September 29, 2009
"F*** God D*mned Joe the God D*mned Motherf*cking plumber! I want Motherf*cking Joe the plumber dead." — Liberal talk show host Charles Karel Bouley on the air.
"Republicans don’t believe in the imagination, partly because so few of them have one, but mostly because it gets in the way of their chosen work, which is to destroy the human race and the planet. Human beings, who have imaginations, can see a recipe for disaster in the making; Republicans, whose goal in life is to profit from disaster and who don’t give a hoot about human beings, either can’t or won’t. Which is why I personally think they should be exterminated before they cause any more harm." — The Village Voice’s Michael Feingold, in a theater review of all places
"Drudge? Aw, Drudge, somebody ought to wrap a strong Republican entrail around his neck and hoist him up about six feet in the air and watch him bounce." — Liberal radio host, Mike Malloy
Yes, the left love to toss the first dozen or so slices of pizza in the cafeteria food fight, then chastise everyone everyone for lack of maturity and draw up regulations to prevent further food fights.
"I know how the ‘tea party’ people feel, the anger, venom and bile that many of them showed during the recent House vote on health-care reform. I know because I want to spit on them, take one of their ‘Obama Plan White Slavery’ signs and knock every racist and homophobic tooth out of their Cro-Magnon heads." — The Washington Post’s Courtland Milloy
"I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease," Julianne Malveaux, radio host, regarding Justice Clarence Thomas
"What you have now" -- this is left-wing activist and actress Janeane Garofalo, analyzing the Republican Party during an appearance at the 92d Street Y in New York this year -- "is people that are closet racists, misogynists, homophobes, and people who love . . . the politics of exclusion identifying as conservative."
Yes, once again, hypocrisy, thy name is liberal. Though we must respect their work ethic. They are most assuredly workaholics. When the rest of the nation was mourning this tragedy, the democrats were strategizing and attacking. No, we can't question their work ethic. When everyone else was making funeral arrangements saying prayers, the Obama administration was printing t-shirts with campaign slogans for the memorial service. They were drawing up magical speeches for the President complete with (applause) drawn in. Well done, Mr. President!! Mission accomplished!! I see you got a 6 to 7 point bump in your approval rating from this. How proud the administration must be.