12 April 2010

The Left Wants Us To Tone It Down?

I'm sure that you have seen or heard the appeals from the political Left for the political Right to "tone down the rhetoric" leading up to, and following, the ram-through of Obamacare. They allege that the "dangerous" speech of those on the Right might push someone over the edge, and it is not the way our political discourse should work. In case you haven't, though, here are three examples of such statements from last month.
On the eve of last weekend's crucial health-care-reform votes in the U.S. House, Republicans were warning of the end of the world as we know it. [...]

This is way, way over the top. Whipped into a frenzy by such rhetoric, some demonstrators against the Democrats' plan [allegedly - ed.] shouted racial slurs at a pair of congressmen, and spit at another. - Orlando Sentinel Op-Ed, 23 March 2010

I warned during the summer recess town hall meetings that if some of the rhetoric wasn't toned down that things would get out of hand. I wish today that I had been wrong. But something is terribly wrong with our society when those who vote for legislation that some are passionately opposed to are threatened. - Gary Baumgarten, Salon, 25 March 2010

The hyperventilating from Republican politicians over the health care bill signed into law this week by President Barack Obama includes plenty in Alabama. [...]

Yet, Congress passed the bill, and the president signed it into law. While that made a lot of people angry, the proper way to respond is at the ballot box, and voters will have an opportunity to be heard in June's party primaries and November's general election. - Birmingham News Editorial Board, 26 March 2010
Got that? Hyperventilating from Republican politicians. Way, way over the top. The proper way to respond is at the ballot box. Something is terribly wrong with our society when politicians are threatened.

So, when the Republican Governor of New Jersey says that there will need to be cuts to education because the state is financially strapped, a union leader decided to state this in an email that he sent to the roughly 17,000 members of the Bergen County Teachers Union.
Dear lord, this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.
The Progressives tell us to "tone down the rhetoric" when they ram through Obamacare, but a Republican governor says that his state will need to look at reducing the amount of money spent on education, and a union leader responds to that by sending out a veiled prayer for that governor's death. And consider that the email wasn't just an off-color joke to a few of his friends and family; the email was to 17,000 members of the union that he represents.

There's your tolerant Left, folks. The next time one of them tells you to tone down the rhetoric, tell that person that he or she is your favorite little liberal - and that you'll be including them in your prayers.


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