Thursday, July 21, 2011

Climate of Hate Making a Comeback

After the shooting of Rep Gabby Giffords the left came out and and basically blamed Sarah Palin for the whole thing. Her rhetoric was violent when she said things like "Lock and load", and her imagery was violent when she used cross hairs to identify districts locked in close races. Never mind that phrases like 'battleground state' have been used by many for as long as I have been alive.

I have always said that there are a lot of democrats who have the need for hate. They have to have someone to hate. For 8 years it was Bush derangement. Now it's Sarah's turn. And the big irony was that they used hate as their instrument to project hate! Saul Alinsky would be proud.
RULE 3: "Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy." Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address. One way of doing this is to accuse your enemy of what you are doing or going to do)
Well, now things are heating up in Washington over the debt and the seething hate by the left is turning into violent rehtoric. It's OK for them to do it though.

Larry Summers the Cable Guy
Larry Summers is a brilliant guy, or so he's told us. But the former Treasury Secretary, Harvard University president, and until this January the most senior White House economic aide sure can say some dumb things.

Take his remarks yesterday comparing Republicans in Congress to terrorists. "Is the President right to not yield to terrorism?" Mr. Summers, who is once again a Harvard don, told Bloomberg TV. "Yes, the President is absolutely right to not yield to threats to send the country into default. You can't run the country that way."
and the article went on to quote Mr Summers as saying
"The financial terrorism threats are untenable."
So calling someone a Nazi is out, and terrorist is in. Did everyone get the memo?
comparing a debate over spending and debt to murderers who hijack airliners and target civilians is overwrought even by the standards of modern cable television.
And with this pithy close the editorial piece gets another good jab in.
Mr. Summers could at least be a little less Keith Olbermann-like in his choice of words toward those trying to clean up his mess. Unless, of course, he's looking for a gig on MSNBC.
And on the same page we see another example of the left cranking up the violent rhetoric.

Elizabeth Warren Forgets
In the hyperbole department, does anyone do it better than Elizabeth Warren? Yesterday she told reporters that today's House vote on a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reform bill is an effort to "try and kill this agency." Little did we know that accountability and murder were synonymous in the Harvard law professor's vocabulary.
 Where are the Cries for Civility?

1 comment:

  1. Noooooo... Not Elizabeth too!!! :)

    Larry Summers was constantly getting in trouble for the things he said when he was president of Harvard--you really have to wonder, sometimes... I have never understood why anyone would choose him as any kind of adviser on anything, quite frankly.

    I'm a fan of Elizabeth Warren, though, because I do think she has been trying to advocate for greater financial accountability from mortgage lenders and other financial institutions for years now. 

    I think the problem is, each "side" has a vision of what accountability should look like and, as you point out, the rhetoric makes it impossible to see past the emotions to the issues at hand.