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Why Are Liberals So Angry? by The Elephant's Child

From the Archives: August 8, 2010.

Liberals control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.  Their efforts are extolled and celebrated by the national media.  Hollywood churns out movies and TV shows that portray the liberal view of the world.  Congress can pass whatever bills they want, confident that the president will sign them.  They have the power to do whatever they want, and since they are there —our elected representatives — one can assume that they have the approval and good wishes of the people of the United States.

So why are Liberals so angry?  If the recent revelations from JournoList, the e-mail list of about 100 liberal/left journalists mean anything, the most notable fact is the depth of their hatred for conservatives.  And not just conservatives in general, they hate conservative individuals.

There is plenty of evidence of this.  Those of us on the right have seen it — frothing at the mouth, red-in-the-face, not just disagreement, but hatred.  Back in the 1980s when Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union “an evil empire,” liberals were enraged.

A  JournoList participant, a public-radio reporter, expressed her personal wish to see Rush Limbaugh die a slow painful death — and nobody objected.  A Daily Kos editor dreams of liquidating opponents like “Steven Milloy and his buddies” with a Soylent Green assisted suicide, because they commit the crime of opposing global warming alarmism.  Howard Dean, never shy about expressing his hatred for Republicans, said “In contradistinction to the Republicans, Democrats don’t believe kids ought to go to bed hungry at night.”  Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) said “I want to say a few words about what it means to be a Democrat.  It’s very simple: We have a conscience.” Oh please!

When you comb through the evidence, it becomes apparent that Conservatives are hated specifically because — they disagree. Liberals life-long dream of government controlled health care has been realized.  And the Republicans had the colossal nerve to oppose it.  It was, liberals are sure, the right thing to do, to make health care more affordable and everybody healthier, and the Republicans started in with their studies and evidence and history and convinced the poor ordinary folk out there to oppose it too.

Progressivism is a bit of a religious experience — everything is politics and politics is everything.  And when they got to be in charge, to control the levers and the power of government, liberals would show everyone just what “hope and change”really meant. Equality, social justice.  Things would be fixed.  The rich would be brought down, business would be forced to stop preying on poor people just to make a profit.  Profit would no longer be allowed. Life would be fair.

Of course they have tripled the deficit that Obama claims daily was left to him by George W. Bush.  They have really, really tried to fix the economy. They have paid people to buy cars, purchase homes, pay off their mortgages, weatherize their homes and put solar panels on their roofs. And it didn’t work. And the liberals are furious because the conservatives — disagreed.

Life is not fair. It just isn’t.  And you cannot make it fair.  Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. Human nature is imperfect, unchangeable, and unfixable.  We make mistakes, and that is how we learn.  Sometimes we make horrible mistakes, and we try to fix them.  But if we do not learn from our mistakes, then we cannot grow. The greatest impetus for growth has always been liberty. Milton Friedman once put it rather well:

A society that puts equality— in the sense of equality of outcome — ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.  The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.

I’m repeating this because they are still angry, and it still applies.



Oh, shame on you, Howard! by The Elephant's Child

Demogogue Dean

Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democrat National Committee, was on FOX News Sunday, yesterday, doing the sort of thing that Democrat National Committee Chairmen usually do — accusing Republicans of “race baiting” because people have been shocked by the sermons of the pastor that Obama extolled as his “spiritual advisor”.

CHRIS WALLACE: Governor, are you suggesting that bringing up Jeremiah Wright is race baiting, and
hate and divisive?

HOWARD DEAN: Yeah, I am suggesting that kind of stuff. I think when you start bringing up candidates that have nothing to do with the issue — when you start bringing up things that have nothing to do with the candidate and nothing to do with the issues, that’s race baiting, and that’s exactly what it is, just like Willie Horton was race baiting so many years ago.

I think we’re going to take a — we’re going to turn the page on this stuff. I tell you, you know, there’s a lot of difference between the Republicans and the Democrats on issues, but the biggest issue of all is we don’t use this kind of stuff. We never have used this kind of stuff, and we’re not going to start now.

My reaction to Pastor Jeremiah Wright was shock. When he said “God Damn America” and blamed America for the attacks of 9/11, I would have arisen in the middle of the sermon and walked out, never to return. I don’t look favorably on anti-Americanism. I recognize the free speech rights of anyone, but I don’t have to stick around and listen. And I’m surprised when others do stick around. And I’m sorry, Dr. Dean, but it’s a character thing, not a race thing.



Campaign Chaos by American Elephant

Democrats are panicking.

The Crypt at Politico is reporting that Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean are threatening (are you sitting down?) to write a joint letter to superdelegates, trying to force them to declare their endorsements by June. Now, don’t laugh. This is serious business. Writing a letter is bad enough, writing a joint-letter is pulling out the big guns in the liberal arsenal.

They want desperately for this contest to be over. They know the damage it is doing to their chances to win the presidency come fall. This election was to be a cakewalk for Democrats, now McCain is tied or leading in the polls.

Hillary and Obama supporters are growing increasingly bitter and angry with each other. The more truth comes out about each candidate, the more bitter their followers get, and the less Americans like them. Obama did a remarkable job of getting to the top of the heap divulging virtually nothing about himself, his views or his policy proposals. As the facts are coming out, his sheen is fading, and many who have already voted for him are having buyer’s remorse.

But now that Hillary has given Obama a spanking in Pennsylvania, things are bound to get more chaotic, not less. He still has more delegates, but she can factually claim that more people have voted for her.

It’s Florida 2000 all over again! Except this time around, it’s Democrats arguing that we should ignore the popular vote and stick with the electoral college! (superdelegates) and arguing that Florida and Michigan’s votes should not be included because they didn’t follow the rules. How quickly they abandon their principles!

What happened to counting every vote?

And so, as Reid, Pelosi and Dean’s threats are making clear, the possibility of an ugly, contentious, and bitter Democrat convention is becoming more real every day. They have undoubtedly realized you don’t get a “convention bump” when the delegates are brawling and the building is on fire.

But whoever wins this joyous affair, the other side will feel the nomination was stolen from them. And truth be known, they would be justified. After all, the Democrats designed their entire “superdelegate” system following McGovern’s ’72 win precisely so the party elite could steal the election from the ignorant masses should they ever nominate another McGovern again.

Whatever the outcome, the longer Hillary and Obama duke it out, the more Americans get to know them. And that can only be good for Republicans.



Campaign Courtesy by American Elephant

A minor kerfuffle developed over a campaign ad the North Carolina Republican Party had planned to air criticizing Barack Obama over Reverend Wright (and in turn criticizing two local politicians over their support for Obama.)

Well, of course, Democrats went berserk and demanded McCain denounce the ad. Howard Dean attempted to make additional political hay by claiming that if if McCain didn’t force the NC GOP to pull the ad, that it shows he isn’t qualified to be president:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean today issued the following statement calling on McCain to exercise real leadership and pull the plug on this ad:

“This is a test of leadership for John McCain. If he can’t pick up the phone and make members of his own party stop airing a television ad he claims to oppose, how can he lead our country through an economic crisis or the war in Iraq?

Which, of course, is a ridiculous assertion — McCain is campaigning to be President of the United States where speech is still free. Perhaps Dean is confused because his party has such dictatorial tendencies. Nonetheless, both McCain and the RNC have denounced the ad and the NC GOP has since agreed to pull the ad.

Conservatives are understandably upset, because there’s nothing wrong with the ad. Obama should be criticized for his relationship with the deeply offensive Reverend. His relationships, and then his refusal to dissociate himself from Wright and Ayers show profoundly bad judgment and raise legitimate concerns about his own views. Democrats claims that the ad is racist are ridiculous and show just how much damage the Wright issue has done their candidate.

But what McCain seems to understand, and my fellow partisans on the right do not, is that voters are sick to death of the poisonous political atmosphere that not only pervades Washington DC, but has spilled over into their everyday lives, and it will be a major issue in the November elections.

Perceptions matter. It is irrelevant that the ad raises legitimate criticisms of Obama, all that matters is what voters think. And since most Americans haven’t seen the ad (and won’t), with the media carrying their water, Democrats will most likely be able to successfully, albeit dishonestly, smear the ad as “racist” or, at the very least, “dirty”. In that respect, McCain and the GOP are right to distance themselves from it.

The problem will be making sure Obama continues to be held accountable for his very close and personal association with the racist and anti-American Wright. He still to this day has not sufficiently answered the question of why he remained in that pew for 20 years when it was so obvious what Wright was teaching, quite frankly, because there’s no good answer. He did it and refuses to say he was wrong. Americans are rightly disturbed by Wright’s vitriol, and rightly unpersuaded by Obama’s refusal to condemn or divorce himself from a purveyor of such radical hatred.

But because Republicans seem unwilling to defend the legitimacy of the issue, and Democrats are certain to try to paint anyone criticizing Obama as racist, it looks as though it will be up to independent groups and alternative media to keep Obama’s long and close association with Wright front and center.

We are more than happy to perform that service.



So Much for THAT Narrative! by American Elephant

Hillary Clinton

Those rascally reporters in the “mainstream” media have been working double-time to convince us for over a year now that ’08 is a lock — you may as well stay home, because Americans hate Republicans and will never, ever, ever elect one ever, ever again!

Many Republicans were even falling for it.

Not so fast.

Forget for a moment that the top Democrat candidates are all completely inexperienced, unqualified boobs. Forget also that their current front-runner has a track-record of corruption ten times the length of her resume. And remember that the media always tell us the election is the Democrat’s to lose. Both Al-Gore and John Heinz-Kerry were at one point or another inevitable victors according to the liberal media.

But wishful thinking is no substitute for factual reporting no matter how much the beltway propaganda-slingers wish it were so.

The conventional wisdom is horse-hockey.

The latest Zogby poll shows her thighness, Hillary Rodham, losing to all top 5 Republican contenders. Not just Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, but John McCain, Fred Thompson and even Nanny Huckabee.

The more Americans see the Democrat party, the less they like what they see.

I have been saying for some time now that Democrats will not nominate Hillary. I have suspected that they will panic, decide she is unelectable, and throw her under the proverbial, unionized, bus. This poll, I think, makes that possibility more likely.



Hurricane Dean races westward! by American Elephant
August 17, 2007, 2:19 am
Filed under: Humor, News | Tags: , , , ,

Hurricane Dean

“Not Only Are We Going to Reach Land…We’re Going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and We’re Going to California and Texas and New York! And We’re Going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan! And Then We’re Going to Washington, D.C.! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!”

(from the brilliant James Taranto)

hurricane news here.




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