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Liberal rhetoric goes nuclear in 2013
Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | Krista Kafer

Posted on 12/10/2013 12:21:52 PM PST by Kaslin

Liberals took the nuclear option in 2013 and there may be no return to civil discourse. I'm not talking about curtailing Senate filibusters, although they did that, too, but to the shameful escalation in political rhetoric. Tired of calling conservatives "extreme," "greedy" or "heartless," and having overplayed more creative invectives like "tea-bagger," liberal pundits and politicians took the ad hominem argument to a new low this year.

During the Obamacare funding debate, Democrats called their rivals "anarchists," "arsonists," "extortionists," "jihadists," and "kidnappers," words normally associated with criminal activity. They had not quite hit bottom, however. A month later, former MSNBC commentator Martin Bashir suggested someone poop in Sarah Palin's mouth. Apparently Bashir was offended by Palin's comparison of the U.S. debt held by the Chinese to slavery.

"[I]t'll be like slavery when that note is due," Palin told a group in Iowa, "We are going to beholden to the foreign master." While not the most artful comparison, it wasn't deserving of an execrable mouthful from Bashir. Bashir has since apologized and resigned from the cable network, hopefully quelling any potential for a potty polemic craze on the left.

Just days after Bashir's gaffe, lefty singer Cher tweeted, "Go to the dictionary, & look up the 'C' word, ... next 2 the definition ... you'll see a pic of Sarah Palin! No ... wait ... she's under dumb C word." It's a slight improvement over Bill Maher's C-word attack on Palin last year. No self-censorship then, he actually said the full word.

While the Daily Kos/Moveon. org crowd favored Republican-Nazi comparisons during the Bush years, they prefer Tea Party-Nazi comparisons nowadays. This year, a campaign flyer by Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., likened the Tea Party to the KKK, an ironic comparison given the Klan's political history.

Even though some politicians and pundits have apologized for their offensive remarks, the damage to political dialogue is done. Words cannot be unsaid. So why say such nasty things in the first place? There are a couple of reasons the left has gone rhetorically nuclear. Not only does it get media attention, but vitriol works. The point of vilifying opponents is to ostracize them. People don't want to be associated with tea baggers, political arsonists, or extremists. Calling someone names, even if one has to later apologize, is sometimes worth the gamble if it alienates one's political foes from the general public.

Understandably, decent people don't want to be called criminals, body parts or villains. To avoid being a target, it is all too easy to bow to political correctness and never speak up. The ultimate goal of ad hominem attacks is to silence one's opponents. Have nothing to counter an opponent's concern that $17 trillion in national debt can shackle the next generation? No worries, just suggest someone poop in her mouth. That'll choke off debate.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: filthylanguage; martinbahir; nuclearoption; pmsnbc; politicalcorrectness

1 posted on 12/10/2013 12:21:53 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Last line makes the whole article!


2 posted on 12/10/2013 12:29:58 PM PST by edwinland
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To: Kaslin
And how are Republican "leaders" fighting back?

zzzzzzzzzzz.......

I know: what leaders?

And that's why Democrats know they can say any incendiary thing they want and get away with it. Because no one in the worthless, ball-less, spineless GOP elite is willing to call them out.

3 posted on 12/10/2013 12:30:17 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: Kaslin

We need a comprehensive list of liberal stupid and crazy for reminding people. It can include everything from voting for the bill to see what’s in it, tampon earrings, sacred abortion, to Sarah Silverman auctioning of her used maxi pads to raise money for Wendy Davis.

How dare these scum call us extreme and crazy.


4 posted on 12/10/2013 12:30:30 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
We need a comprehensive list of liberal stupid and crazy for reminding people.

Okay, you start.

5 posted on 12/10/2013 12:33:42 PM PST by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: andy58-in-nh

The Pubbies are being “statesmen”. They are maintaining their decorum. They are getting their asses kicked.


6 posted on 12/10/2013 12:38:52 PM PST by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: andy58-in-nh

In an ideal world, the media would police such language.

However, the media are collaborators, if not initiators of many such outrageous attacks.

On the other hand, Republicans have nothing to lose; and that’s an eviable situation to be in—No matter what you do, they can’t call you much worse than they already have.

Grow a pair and start busting heads—Literally. The press has shown that they are not worthy of the protections afforded to them in the Constitution.


7 posted on 12/10/2013 12:42:49 PM PST by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Republican leaders are fighting back by cutting off funds to TEA party folks.

I wouldn’t put it past them to use PAC’s to fund dems where a TEA party might win.

Sickening.


8 posted on 12/10/2013 1:23:07 PM PST by esoxmagnum (Turtles don't win fights, they just turtle up. Victory belongs to the aggressor, not the turtle.)
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To: Kaslin

Remember when Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital bought out a company and a woman lost her insurance? Think of the names that were thrown at Romney over that. Murderer. Vampire.


9 posted on 12/10/2013 2:28:15 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Kaslin

You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.

IMO Obama has effectively just outsourced the remaining 3 yrs. of his Presidency to John Podesta and the Centers for American Progress. They are the ones driving this mantra of income inequality being the #1 most critical issue of our times.

And there is a whole lot more loopy lunacy lurking in THAT organization.


10 posted on 12/10/2013 2:29:39 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: andy58-in-nh

blah blah blah


11 posted on 12/10/2013 3:27:53 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

The difference is, it wasn’t his company anymore.


12 posted on 12/10/2013 3:29:54 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Buckeye McFrog; Kaslin

13 posted on 12/10/2013 3:31:28 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: Kaslin
blah blah blah

That might be an exact quote from John Boehner or Mitch McConnell. Undistinguished and indistinguishable. Happy capons, both of them.

14 posted on 12/10/2013 4:15:23 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: cripplecreek
We need a comprehensive list of liberal stupid and crazy for reminding people. It can include everything from voting for the bill to see what’s in it, tampon earrings, sacred abortion, to Sarah Silverman auctioning of her used maxi pads to raise money for Wendy Davis.

We need to have that list played at least once every day on radio!

15 posted on 12/10/2013 4:55:46 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: andy58-in-nh
Wrong, that is myquote to you
16 posted on 12/10/2013 7:06:07 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Sharp as a marble; just like our GOP elitists. And almost half as eloquent.


17 posted on 12/11/2013 5:55:03 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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