Definitely worth reading.
In one of her stump speeches for John McCain over the weekend (seriously, that man didn't learn what political poison she was the first time around?) she declared of reported violence and violent rhetoric, "Let's clear the air right now," she said. "We're not inciting violence. Don't get sucked into the lame-stream media lies about Americans standing up for freedom. it's a bunch of bunk that the media is trying to feed you. Don't let them try to divert" attention from the issue.
Not inciting violence. Sarah, that is all you have done since you were plucked from obscurity in Alaska because you happened to have a uterus.
Latest headline at CNN: House GOP leader says bullet fired into office after health care vote
I completely condemn all of the violent rhetoric, the fomenting of hatred, the willful distribution of lies, and the blatant fearmongering.
I condemn it regardless of who does it BECAUSE IT IS WRONG.
It is wrong when violent intent is directed at the left. It is wrong when violent intent is directed at the right.
Today Eric Cantor revealed his district office was fired at. And that he has received threatening messages.
Again - I DO NOT CARE WHO THIS SHIT IS DIRECTED AT - IT IS WRONG, SHAMEFUL, AND BENEATH US.
What I will take issue with, Mr. Cantor, is your assertion that Democrats are "fanning the flames" of violence by using threats that have been made against Democratic members "as political weapons."
How? By letting the public know they are happening? How, exactly, is that any different than what you are doing?
BOTH SIDES need to go to the nearest podium, face the nearest bank of TV cameras, and CONDEMN, in the STRONGEST LANGUAGE ALLOWED ON NETWORK TV, ALL of this bullshit . Stop worrying about if you'll be re-elected and start LEADING.
Yes, there ARE angry people on the left, but the most violent imagery, threatening language, and harmful intent is brewing on the right. And the leaders on that side are just standing by and letting it continue towards boil.
IT ALL HAS TO STOP.
And this means from the mouths of the Glenn Becks as well. Yesterday he called those who voted for the healthcare bill "an enemy of the republic" and "an enemy to the Constitution."
How? Because they outvoted your side? That's called DEMOCRACY, Glenn.
Of course, he told his FOX viewers to stay away from violence. Because it's bad? Nah. Because "radical" supporters of the Obama administration are counting on such attacks to discredit their opposition, he said.
"Not only is it completely nuts and wrong, it's exactly what they want," Beck said. He told viewers, "They are begging for it. You are being set up."
No, Glenn. Wrong on all counts. I support this administration, but that doesn't make me a radical. I don't need your side killing someone on my side in order to discredit you. Can you not see the number of people discrediting the GOP side with every breath they take? And the only thing I'm begging for is for this insanity to STOP.
I swear, I never thought I'd be borrowing a quote from Glenn Beck about something, but here goes: I fear for my country.
It's just that Glenn and I disagree about what we are fearing.
The idealism, the hope, the vision, the yearning to move FORWARD to a better future is still very much alive. (As opposed to the constant whining from the Right about getting their country back and some Leave It To Beaver wholesomeness which never, incidentally, existed.)
We may not litter the steps of Congress with misspelled signs and spit, we may not throw bricks through the windows of those with whom we disagree, we may not wish injury or death on someone whose ideas don't jive with our own, we may not stupidly take pride in ignorance and an unwillingness to learn, and we may not stockpile guns and watch Glenn Beck.
But we are still here. We are still realistic. And we are still firm in our beliefs about, and committment to, making this place better.
This is MY country, too, John Boehner. And YES, we STILL can.
I guess this means that if you don't like something at your place of business, don't get YOUR way, you can head for the door without repercussions at 2pm, right?
Hey, GOP - Country First much? How does this jive with your whole "not wasting taxpayers' money" thing? People out here in the real world? You know, THE TAXPAYERS WHO PAY YOUR SALARIES? We get fired for stunts like this.
March 22, 2010, 3:16PMDear Conservative Americans,
The years have not been kind to you. I grew up in a profoundly Republican home, so I can remember when you wore a very different face than the one we see now. You've lost me and you've lost most of America. Because I believe having responsible choices is important to democracy, I'd like to give you some advice and an invitation.
First, the invitation: Come back to us.
Now the advice. You're going to have to come up with a platform that isn't built on a foundation of cowardice: fear of people with colors, religions, cultures and sex lives that differ from your own; fear of reform in banking, health care, energy; fantasy fears of America being transformed into an Islamic nation, into social/commun/fasc-ism, into a disarmed populace put in internment camps; and more. But you have work to do even before you take on that task.
Your party -- the GOP -- and the conservative end of the American political spectrum have become irresponsible and irrational. Worse, it's tolerating, promoting and celebrating prejudice and hatred. Let me provide some examples -- by no means an exhaustive list -- of where the Right as gotten itself stuck in a swamp of hypocrisy, hyperbole, historical inaccuracy and hatred.
If you're going to regain your stature as a party of rational, responsible people, you'll have to start by draining this swamp:
You can't flip out -- and threaten impeachment - when Dems use a parliamentary procedure (deem and pass) that you used repeatedly (more than 35 times in just one session and more than 100 times in all!), that's centuries old and which the courts have supported. Especially when your leaders admit it all.
You can't vote and scream against the stimulus package and then take credit for the good it's done in your own district (happily handing out enormous checks representing money that you voted against, is especially ugly) -- 114 of you (at last count) did just that -- and it's even worse when you secretly beg for more.
You can't call for a pay-as-you-go policy, and then vote against your own ideas.
Are they "unlawful enemy combatants" or are they "prisoners of war" at Gitmo? You can't have it both ways.
You can't be for immigration reform, then against it .
You can't flip out when the black president puts his feet on the presidential desk when you were silent about white presidents doing the same. Bush. Ford.
You can't flip out when the black president bows to foreign dignitaries, as appropriate for their culture, when you were silent when the white presidents did the same. Bush. Nixon. Ike. You didn't even make a peep when Bush held hands and kissed (on the mouth) leaders of countries that are not on "kissing terms" with the US.
You can't complain that the undies bomber was read his Miranda rights under Obama when the shoe bomber was read his Miranda rights under Bush and you remained silent. (And, no, Newt -- the shoe bomber was not a US citizen either, so there is no difference.)
You can't attack the Dem president for not personally* publicly condemning a terrorist event for 72 hours when you said nothing about the Rep president waiting 6 days in an eerily similar incident (and, even then, he didn't issue any condemnation). *Obama administration did the day of the event.
You can't throw a hissy fit, sound alarms and cry that Obama freed Gitmo prisoners who later helped plan the Christmas Day undie bombing, when -- in fact -- only one former Gitmo detainee, released by Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, helped to plan the failed attack.
You can't mount a boycott against singers who say they're ashamed of the president for starting a war, but remain silent when another singer says he's ashamed of the president and falsely calls him a Maoist who makes him want to throw up and says he ought to be in jail.
You can't support the individual mandate for health insurance, then call it unconstitutional when Dems propose it and campaign against your own ideas.
You can't be both pro-choice and anti-choice.
You can't condemn criticizing the president when US troops are in harms way, then attack the president when US troops are in harms way , the only difference being the president's party affiliation (and, by the way, armed conflict does NOT remove our right and our duty as Americans to speak up).
You can't be both for cap-and-trade policy and against it.
If you push anti-gay legislation and make anti-gay speeches, you should probably take a pass on having gay sex, regardless of whether it's 2004 or 2010. This is true, too, if you're taking GOP money and giving anti-gay rants on CNN. Taking right-wing money and GOP favors to write anti-gay stories for news sites while working as a gay prostitute, doubles down on both the hypocrisy and the prostitution. This is especially true if you claim your anti-gay stand is God's stand, too.
When you chair the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, you can't send sexy emails to 16-year-old boys (illegal anyway, but you made it hypocritical as well).
You can't criticize Dems for not doing something you didn't do while you held power over the past 16 years, especially when the Dems have done more in one year than you did in 16.
You can't spend more than 40 years hating, cutting and trying to kill Medicare, and then pretend to be the defenders of Medicare
You can't praise the Congressional Budget Office when it's analysis produces numbers that fit your political agenda, then claim it's unreliable when it comes up with numbers that don't.
You can't vote for X under a Republican president, then vote against X under a Democratic president. Either you support X or you don't. And it makes it worse when you change your position merely for the sake obstructionism.
You can't call a reconciliation out of bounds when you used it repeatedly.
You can't demand everyone listen to the generals when they say what fits your agenda, and then ignore them when they don't.
You can't whine that it's unfair when people accuse you of exploiting racism for political gain, when your party's former leader admits you've been doing it for decades.
You can't complain about a lack of bipartisanship when you've routinely obstructed for the sake of political gain -- threatening to filibuster at least 100 pieces of legislation in one session, far more than any other since the procedural tactic was invented -- and admitted it. Some admissions are unintentional, others are made proudly. This is especially true when the bill is the result of decades of compromise between the two parties and is filled with your own ideas.
You can't preach and try to legislate "Family Values" when you: take nude hot tub dips with teenagers (and pay them hush money); cheat on your wife with a secret lover and lie about it to the world; cheat with a staffer's wife (and pay them off with a new job); pay hookers for sex while wearing a diaper and cheating on your wife; or just enjoying an old fashioned non-kinky cheating on your wife; try to have gay sex in a public toilet; authorize the rape of children in Iraqi prisons to coerce their parents into providing information; seek, look at or have sex with children; replace a guy who cheats on his wife with a guy who cheats on his pregnant wife with his wife's mother;
You really need to disassociate with those among you who:
You can't cut a leading Founding Father out the history books because you've decided you don't like his ideas.
You cant repeatedly assert that the president refuses to say the word "terrorism" or say we're at war with terror when we have an awful lot of videotape showing him repeatedly assailing terrorism and using those exact words.
You can't just pretend historical events didn't happen in an effort to make a political opponent look dishonest or to make your side look better. Especially these events. (And, no, repeating it doesn't make it better.)
You can't say things that are simply and demonstrably false: health care reform will not push people out of their private insurance and into a government-run program ; health care reform (which contains a good many of your ideas and very few from the Left) is a long way from "socialist utopia"; health care reform is not "reparations"; nor does health care reform create "death panels".
You have to condemn those among you who:
Oh, and I'm not alone: One of your most respected and decorated leaders agrees with me.
So, dear conservatives, get to work. Drain the swamp of the conspiracy nuts, the bold-faced liars undeterred by demonstrable facts, the overt hypocrisy and the hatred. Then offer us a calm, responsible, grownup agenda based on your values and your vision for America. We may or may not agree with your values and vision, but we'll certainly welcome you back to the American mainstream with open arms. We need you.
(Anticipating your initial response: No there is nothing that even comes close to this level of wingnuttery on the American Left.)
Written by Russell King
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