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Krauthammer: THE LAST REFUGE OF A LIBERAL
NRO ^ | August 27, 2010 | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 08/27/2010 5:00:25 PM PDT by HonestConservative

The Last Refuge of the Liberal

Labeling all opponents “bigots” allows the Left to forgo real debates.

Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed. Just yesterday it was all hope and change and returning power to the people. But the people have proved so disappointing. Their recalcitrance has, in only 19 months, turned the predicted 40-year liberal ascendancy (James Carville) into a full retreat. Ah, the people, the little people, the small-town people, the “bitter” people, as Barack Obama in an unguarded moment once memorably called them, clinging “to guns or religion or” — this part is less remembered — “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.”

That’s a polite way of saying: clinging to bigotry. And promiscuous charges of bigotry are precisely how our current rulers and their vast media auxiliary react to an obstreperous citizenry that insists on incorrect thinking.

● Resistance to the vast expansion of government power, intrusiveness, and debt, as represented by the tea-party movement? Why, racist resentment toward a black president.

● Disgust and alarm with the federal government’s unwillingness to curb illegal immigration, as crystallized in the Arizona law? Nativism.

● Opposition to the most radical redefinition of marriage in human history, as expressed in Proposition 8 in California? Homophobia.

● Opposition to a 15-story Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero? Islamophobia.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: courts; economy; elections; krauthammer; leftuniverse; liberalism
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To: CharlesWayneCT; armymarinemom; sofaman; Dr. Scarpetta; Cautor; Bahbah; baystaterebel; ...

Krauthammer says it all, and says it right, AGAIN!


2 posted on 08/27/2010 5:04:32 PM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: HonestConservative; Admin Moderator

You can’t post the rest of the article in the comments. If it’s excerpted, it has to remain excerpted.


3 posted on 08/27/2010 5:07:28 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Mexico is the U.S. version of Hamas)
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To: HonestConservative

I’m getting tired of liberals attempting to read my mind. If you disagree with ANYTHING the President does, you are a racist bigot . This confirms that since liberals disagree with Charles Krauthammer, they obviously hate quadriplegics.


4 posted on 08/27/2010 5:07:34 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: HonestConservative
Labeling all opponents “bigots” allows the Left to forgo real debates.

Sums it up nicely.

5 posted on 08/27/2010 5:08:08 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Never knew that. Thanks.


6 posted on 08/27/2010 5:09:20 PM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: HonestConservative
I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
—Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (unverified, but a good line anyway)
7 posted on 08/27/2010 5:11:02 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: HonestConservative

Oh man. The Krauthammer goes postally psychiatric on 0bama & co. Wish he’d done it earlier, but it is still a joy to behold.


8 posted on 08/27/2010 5:11:31 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: HonestConservative

“Who can possibly govern a nation of racist, nativist, homophobic Islamophobes? “

‘Sounds like a case for martial law and election suspensions?


9 posted on 08/27/2010 5:12:01 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: freeangel

Let ‘em try.


10 posted on 08/27/2010 5:13:49 PM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: HonestConservative

Lets face it Democrats hate all normal people.


11 posted on 08/27/2010 5:21:58 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: HonestConservative

“...a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them.”

Sounds like something Adams or Jefferson would have said, eh?


12 posted on 08/27/2010 5:25:33 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: HonestConservative

DO NOT POST THE REST OF AN AUTO-EXCERPTED ARTICLE. There are legal reasons why Wash Post and many other sources must be excerpted.


13 posted on 08/27/2010 5:36:38 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: HonestConservative

The bigot line is one that can just as easily be used against liberals. You just need to be observant. When the NYT for example directs abuse at Texans, the first thing out of my mouth is “The NYT is a bunch of bigots.”


14 posted on 08/27/2010 5:41:49 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: HonestConservative
Krauthammer is wrong. Calling people bigots is the FIRST refuge of the liberals.
15 posted on 08/27/2010 5:49:57 PM PDT by Brucifer (Proud member of the Double Secret Reloading Underground.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Got it.


16 posted on 08/27/2010 5:50:35 PM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: HonestConservative

Thank you for posting this excellent article. The good Dr. carves the opposition up nicely.


17 posted on 08/27/2010 5:51:52 PM PDT by Grandma Pam
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To: HonestConservative

Thank you, Mr Krauthamer, for another excellent article and for my new tag line.

“a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites”

It dovetails nicely with my previous tagline, “There are consequences for being wrong” - Burt Rutan


18 posted on 08/27/2010 5:52:32 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites" - Charles Krauthammer)
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To: BwanaNdege
The Democrats are going to get beaten badly in November. Not just because the economy is ailing. And not just because Obama overread his mandate in governing too far left. But because a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them.


19 posted on 08/27/2010 5:57:31 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: SERKIT

“I’m getting tired of liberals attempting to read my mind. If you disagree with ANYTHING the President does, you are a racist bigot . This confirms that since liberals disagree with Charles Krauthammer, they obviously hate quadriplegics”

He’s a paraplegic. But if they hate para’s, they probably hate quads twice as much


20 posted on 08/27/2010 5:58:56 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: HonestConservative

Great article, thanks for posting! Krauthammer is one of the best writers out there.


21 posted on 08/27/2010 5:59:52 PM PDT by blitzgig
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To: Signalman
"The Democrats are going to get beaten badly in November. Not just because the economy is ailing. And not just because Obama overread his mandate in governing too far left. But because a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them."

Thanks!

Worth repeating in its entirety!

22 posted on 08/27/2010 6:01:19 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites" - Charles Krauthammer)
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To: BwanaNdege
And another thanks to Mr. (Dr.?) Krauthamer for using one of my favorite words: obstreperous.

I, too, have a new tag line thanks to this article.

23 posted on 08/27/2010 6:02:09 PM PDT by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: HonestConservative
This article is even better read out loud. Whew.
Tell us how you really feel, Dr. K. lol
24 posted on 08/27/2010 6:07:31 PM PDT by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: Grandma Pam

You are most welcome.

And thanks to Dr. K.


25 posted on 08/27/2010 6:07:52 PM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: BwanaNdege

Yay! Hooray for a glorious comeuppance! :-)


26 posted on 08/27/2010 6:11:02 PM PDT by blitzgig
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To: RightField

Hey, good Idea!


27 posted on 08/27/2010 6:13:40 PM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: HonestConservative

28 posted on 08/27/2010 6:17:58 PM PDT by cartoonistx
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bttt


29 posted on 08/27/2010 6:20:47 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: HonestConservative

Good article bump.


30 posted on 08/27/2010 6:25:05 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Sans-Culotte

It is indeed.

Dr. K. rocks.


31 posted on 08/27/2010 6:25:39 PM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: HonestConservative
All this arrogant condescension by the so-called "intellectuals" of Chicago reveals their own lack of any real depth of understanding of the history of civilization.

On the other hand, TEA Partiers are more apt to have have read and understood the writings of America's Founders, whose ideas of liberty and how to secure it were based on enduring principles, on an understanding of human nature, and on the nature of tyranny and how to prevent it.

Mao, Marx, and Lenin are the Chicago crowd's "go to" philosophers. How pathetic that they now have the reins of government in this most blessed land of Washington, Adams, Madison, Jefferson, and all the other truly intellectual giants of American history.

32 posted on 08/27/2010 6:35:43 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: loveliberty2

amen


33 posted on 08/27/2010 6:39:17 PM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: 50cal Smokepole

“You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”

- also unverified, but just as cool


34 posted on 08/27/2010 6:49:34 PM PDT by ROTB (Without a Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia during armed revolt.)
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To: HonestConservative

The leftist scum are literaly in the crosshairs, and all they have for defense is the Fat Welfare Momma Division and Joshua Chamberlain, and he left the northeast 100 years ago.

Target practice.


35 posted on 08/27/2010 7:44:24 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: HonestConservative
Great read, thanks for the ping, HC!

The liberals (aka Party of TreasonTM) are becoming more unhinged every day. I predict the wailing and rending of garments will soon commence.

36 posted on 08/27/2010 9:35:54 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: freeangel

Stop the elections or try to impose military rule—first you must have the support of the military. If they try, the joint chiefs will send the tanks to the capital and the White House and form a junta to rule before real elections are held. I don’t see that as an option.


37 posted on 08/28/2010 2:52:17 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: loveliberty2

“...how pathetic that they now have the reins of government...”

More than that. An omen of things to come if that hardcore part of the population continues to vote for
totaltarian punks who turn out to be power-grabbing totalitarian punks.

IMHO


38 posted on 08/28/2010 4:57:59 AM PDT by ripley
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To: loveliberty2
Mao, Marx, and Lenin are the Chicago crowd's "go to" philosophers.

The Chicago crowd, as were above named "philosophers", are deeply interested in the nature of tyranny and how to IMPOSE it

Cordially,

39 posted on 08/28/2010 5:28:49 AM PDT by Diamond (He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people,)
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To: SERKIT

We are winning.


40 posted on 08/28/2010 5:32:11 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: HonestConservative

bttt


41 posted on 08/28/2010 6:14:03 AM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Diamond

Exactly.

They know just enough about the Constitution as to use and abuse it.


42 posted on 08/29/2010 4:40:40 AM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: smoothsailing

The walling part has already started. Just read the NY Slimes for evidence, or THE NATION.


43 posted on 08/29/2010 4:56:42 AM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: HonestConservative
Just yesterday it was all hope and change and returning power to the people. But the people have proved so disappointing.
Reminds me of a political cartoon back in the 80s showing Marx and Lenin at the edge of a crowd of Polish Solidarity workers holding up signs saying "Workers of the World Unite" and Lenin saying to Marx, "don't you hate when they say that".
44 posted on 08/29/2010 4:59:42 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: HonestConservative
our current rulers and their vast media auxiliary
That is great phraseology. That, Charles, is Rush-Worthy!
45 posted on 08/29/2010 5:01:25 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: HonestConservative
a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them
And that is Thomas-Jefferson-worthy.
46 posted on 08/29/2010 5:03:58 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman

The entire piece is one for the ages.


47 posted on 08/29/2010 5:05:34 AM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: HonestConservative

Yes it is. Besides being extremely thoughtful, it is extremely well written. It’s really very short and yet says oh-so-much about the last 40 years of American history culminating in the battle facing us today.


48 posted on 08/29/2010 5:07:13 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman

You ARE the man!


49 posted on 08/29/2010 7:48:03 AM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: HonestConservative

It was such a good OpEd!


50 posted on 08/30/2010 1:39:52 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (Palin: Obama lacks 'the cojones' to tackle immigration! (Palin/Cheney 2012)
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