Dear Readers: Please excuse me, I feel a rant coming on.
My title comes as an homage to a passionate American in the wake of 9-11, who had a few choice words about Osama Bin Laden:
No worries about “heated rhetoric” or “civility” — the anger was appropriate and directed at the proper TARGET (Egads! Alert the Civility Police, quick. A “Tea Party Leader” just used the terms bitching, ass and target within the first 50 words of a post!)
After the memorial that evolved into a pep rally, even my heroes on the Fox News panel seemed enthralled with the possibility of a new tenor and tone in political discourse promoted by President Obama. CNN News Anchors seem keen to continue with the Kabuki Theater of cross-hair free debate.This is all with one purpose in mind: Keeping citizen activists from using all the means at their legal and constitutional disposal to challenge the actions and presumptions of their representatives.
Why do I say this? There are three reasons:
1) The blood libel of the Republican establishment, which took the form of their silence about attacks on Tea Party activism post-Tucson.
2) The lack of any serious rebuke in the wake of Tennessee’s fascist representative Steve Cohen (Democrat), declaring Republicans Nazis for merely doing what the majority of them promised to do during their campaigns — voting to repeal Obamacare. Paging President Obama… would you care to comment about the tone?
3) The elite media will continue the asinine double standard to undermine any attempt to upend their views and repeal Obama in the 2012 election (Bonus — this “civility rhetoric” will act to demoralize and distract Tea Party participants).
Michelle Malkin has it right: This is HATE SPEECH INQUISITION. Pretentious, preening, politically-connected individuals are telling me to tone-down my passion, because they do not like what I say about how they intend to rule. They are deriding Tea Party protests, which have been extremely civilized, as a way to stomp on First Amendment rights of free speech and peaceful assembly.
It isn’t going to work.
THE GOP”s BLOOD LIBEL of SILENCE
Here are the speeches of GOP establishment leaders in the wake of the Tucson tragedy:
- Speaker Boehner: ‘Our Hearts Are Broken But Our Spirit Is Not’
- MITCH MCCONNELL SPEAKS TO STUDENTS ABOUT TUCSON SHOOTINGS
- The Suddenly Quiet McCain
- What your representatives are saying about the Tucson shooting
(One caveat: I do applaud John Boehner for electing to go to a more respectful and tasteful event than the Tucson memorial service — a cocktail party.)
While offering condolences to the victims was appropriate, by the time each of these establishment representatives spoke, both Tea Party participants and Sarah Palin had come under slanderous, scurrilous, and irrational charges from the media in an effort to join Democratic operatives to”deftly pin the shooting on the Tea Party“. Where were the statements from these GOP leaders that discredited these false charges and vile accusations? Especially since Tea Party enthusiasm helped propel the GOP to a historic election results this November. Interestingly, after using Tea Party enthusiasm to get to the Senate, Scott Brown doesn’t want people to pay attention to the “R”.
Sorta makes me want to be uncivil:
If the GOP doesn’t erase the elitist tone from their rhetoric, Tea Party participants will be staying home come 2012…You betcha!
Sarah Palin was excoriated in the post-Tucson analysis. The result? Not one word in her defense from GOP luminaries such as S.C. Nikki Governor Nikki Hailey or Carly Fiorina, two women who were directly supported by Sarah Palin during the election cycle. This is especially egregious on Hailey’s part, as Palin defended her when the GOP good ole’ boys did the classic “sluts” attack from their campaign playbook. Even now, GOP pundits such as Dick Morris and perennial Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich are attempting to undermine Palin’s attempts to refudiate the lies.
Sarah Palin is the canary in the coal mine for Tea Party participants. While I have mixed feelings about supporting her potential Presidential run, I do appreciate the fact she is not “classically credentialed”, so her rhetoric and its style is difficult to comprehend for our elite betters. What someone says about her tells me more about that person than it does about Palin. It also tells me how receptive that person is to a detailed and intelligent argument on policy presented by the average, non-Beltway American.
SILENCE OF THE LIBERAL LAMBS
Via Instapundit , I linked to a great piece today that made this point about Congressman Cohen’s Nazi remarks: But if the president and his liberal allies remain silent or criticize Cohen in the gentlest way possible, it’s only reasonable to conclude that their expressions of concern about incivility in public discourse are partisan rather than genuine, that what they care about isn’t public discourse but gamesmanship, not restoring civility but gaining power.
Hey, what about the Democrat activist who wanted to make an ear necklace out from Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman? I guess his apology will have to do: “It was not in the spirit of our allegiance and warm feelings to each other as citizens of our great country.” I not quite sure this new spirit of allegiance has permeated the elite class yet. However, it is good to know Fuller is now getting the mental health care he needs; I wish the same were true of an MSNBC “news anchor” who accused Obamacare opponents of being crackers.
As a Tea Party Leader, I say:
HATE SPEECH INQUISITION
My Tea Party group, the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition, has a lot planned for 2011 and 2012. I find that this new “civility” discourse nothing more than an attempt to distract us from essential items: pension reform, budget cuts, and the protection of our constitutional freedoms.
Tea Party activists will not be deterred. Look at what the agenda holds:
* Getting a Senate vote on the Obamacare repeal (and supporting the waiver probes).
* Putting Sheriff Dupnik in our crosshairs with a RECALL effort.
* Enhancing California Tea Party efforts to protect the citizen against tax-increases and promote real public employee union/pension reforms.
These media chestnuts are in today’s Civility News:
Civility Watch: Palm Beach Post columnist smears Tea Party parents of Giffords’ doctor
Lib radio talker attacks GOP Lt. Gov. of WI: She “performed fellatio on all the talk show hosts in Milwaukee” and “pulled a train”
Trust me, we aren’t going to be worried about how the media types, polticos and bureaucrats like our tone. Fellow SLOB, Beers with Demo, has more on the new civility (click Here).
One note: Professor Jacobson of Legal Insurrection wrote an outstanding essay today — How the treatment of Sarah Palin in the wake of the Tucson tragedy is a test-run for the media’s operations to re-elect Obama. The money quote: In the vile attempt to tie Palin to the Tucson shooting we have witnessed the test run for how the left-wing blogosphere will target Republican candidates and propel false narratives into the mainstream media, and how the mainstream media will take those narratives and run with them. If Palin is taken down politically over the Tucson shooting, there is not a single Republican candidate who can survive the coming onslaught.
As a Tea Party Leader, I say: