Skip to comments.Dems label foes ‘un-American’
Posted on 04/12/2014 6:34:55 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Dems label foes un-American
By Niall Stanage - 04/12/14 06:00 AM EDT
Liberals have lately been employing a political term of abuse that was once mainly a weapon of the right.
Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser on Wednesday in Houston, President Obama described laws that he said restrict voting rights as un-American.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) earlier this year described conservative activist billionaires Charles and David Koch as un-American.
And amid a rambunctious meeting of the House Oversight Committee last month, the panel's top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) described the conduct of his Republican counterparts led by chairman Darrell Issa (Calif.) as "un-American."
Un-American has long been a multipurpose insult. A quick Web search reveals that it has been used as a term of objection to, among other things, the National Rifle Association, torture, Rush Limbaugh and a willingness to repair, rather than replace, consumer goods.
Among conservatives, the use of the term, or variants of it, extends far beyond the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) and the activities of the House Un-American Activities Committee.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told MSNBC host Chris Matthews that then-Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, held anti-American views.
During the same period, Sarah Palin, the vice presidential running mate of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), praised the pro-America areas of this great nation, apparently in reference to regions where she and McCain were receiving more support.
Four years later, when Obama ran for reelection, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R) publicly expressed his wish that this president would learn how to be an American.
An Obama spokeswoman shot back that the remark was proof that the campaign of the presidents opponent, Mitt Romney, had officially gone off the deep end. Sununu apologized.
Some experts nevertheless believe that, in recent years, Democrats have become more likely to use the term.
The Democrats have grabbed it and used it to disparage the wealthy what they see as the robber barons whereas back in the '40s, '50s and '60s, un-American had more of a geopolitical tone as opposed to an economic tone, said Tobe Berkovitz, a communications professor at Boston University.
The term un-American would tag you as a commie whereas now un-American tags you as sort of being an evil wealthy person, preying on the poor.
Others suggest that the word is freighted with meaning that lends itself more easily to use by conservatives.
The left will use the term to point out undemocratic activities or behavior but the problem is that the term has a center of gravity that shifts it toward the right, said Joseph Litvak, an English professor at Tufts University who is the author of The Un-Americans: Jews, the Blacklist and Stoolpigeon Culture.
The left, he added, often tries to give it a philosophical meaning [but] the term is weighted with a whole history of, I would say, ethnic-bordering-on-racial invidiousness.
In that context, he said, American doesnt primarily mean a philosophical position or a set of values. It means an ethnic identity. It tends to favor the white, the middle American, and the rural or suburban, at the expense of all the groups that are not those things.
But can the term be fair rather than a slur, at least on occasion? Some defend it on the basis that the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the Constitution posit particular ideas and values. It would seem logical, they argue, that other, antithetical viewpoints can then be said to be un-American.
Un-American, at least in the minds of liberal people, is said with a sneer, often, said Peter Lawler, a government professor at Berry College and a co-editor of American Political Rhetoric. And if you go back to something like the House Un-American Activities Committee, that is now seen as something stupid.
On the other hand, among conservatives, it often is a term with real content to it. Its the idea of being disrespectful to our underlying principles.
Lawler asserts that a term such as American socialist is unreasonable, because it so obviously contradicts our principles.
Some see things quite differently, however. Berkovitz suggests that outright treason is about the only thing that can legitimately be described as un-American.
You have the right to any thought, he insisted. This country is the marketplace of ideas. So if you want to be a communist, or a socialist, or a Nazi then as long as you dont want to violently overthrow the United States that should be your right.
Others, such as Litvak, are skeptical of the process they see as underlying the use of the word un-American.
As far as I know, other nations do not have equivalent terms, he said. Ive never heard of un-English, un-French, un-Irish. This construction, the un-American tells us that the coherence of the nation is kind of fragile and is constantly having to be shored up.
Even if that is the case, however and even if those who are labeled with the term object vigorously, as the Koch brothers have done there is little reason to believe that the word will become extinct. It is, after all, almost as old as the nation itself.
Thomas Jefferson was considered too French. He was called un-American and a Francomaniac, said Rosemarie Ostler, author of Slinging Mud, a book covering two centuries of political insults. He did things that werent really American, like being interested in wine.
Every time it comes up, it means something different.
democrats are anti-american traitor bastards
The term “un-American” refers to those whose actions are in conflict with the Constitution and traditional American values. As usual, Harry Red is among the first in line to have earned this insult.
Talk about backwards day — when Liberty is called “un-American.”
The Democrat Party sees “1984” as a manual for how to govern.
Strawman, strawman, racist, anti-American, bigot, homophobe... notice the Left uses powerful FEELING words.
Meanwhile, true Americans call a spade, a spade: traitor, tyrant, treasonous usurper, liar... those terms fit many of the Democrats and most of the Federal leviathan.
Democrats at it again.
Talking about Americanism was the talk of their KKK.
Conservative perspective is based in truth, therefore their belief, and such a statement of “UnAmerican” would be a heartfelt truth whereas everything Democrat is basically a tactic, and most often a lie to achieve a self serving, and nefarious goal, therefore a P.T. Barnumism.
Democrats should be shown the door that leads back to their Universe of the imagination.
Talk about backwards day when Liberty is called un-American.
Pubbie *leadership* should be out 24/7, front and center, saying just that.
The Dims are desperately using all of their rules for Radicals - and the Pubs could be giving it right back to ‘em...with facts/common sense, but we don’t :(
Notice how the Hill’s fake journalist tried to say “Both parties do it”....so the DEMON RATS can be excused.
But the examples used are stretched at best.
Dingy Harry likes to use that pejorative term for those Americans who want relief from oppressive government. His BLM pals are training sniper fifles on the Bundy family in Nevada so Dingy Harry’s son can get their land for the Chinese, who want to build a solar plant for Elon Musk’s Tesla batteries.
Ain’t life complicated when the money-grubbing, power-mad Democrat scoundrels start whining about freedom fighters being “unAmerican”?
I have a feeling that Bundy Ranch is going to make people look at Reid differently after they take a look at some of the material thay’s out there, see the connections and realize how crooked and mob connected he really is. It may have happened for a reason. Reid is one of those guys you can just look at and tell he sold his soul to the devil long ago. Same with Pelosi.
The strikes are piling up.
Democrats are all lying whores for Communism.
The term needs to be applied accurately.
Who is backing the growth of America? They are American.
Who is offshoring American growth?
They are unAmerican.
Both parties are currently unAmerican, in my opinion.
There has been a great paradigm shift.
You, the conservatives and traditionalists, are now foreigners in the land of your nativity. The territory once known as “the United States of America” has been surrendered to the forces of oligarchy and rule by a few families that gained influence perhaps several generations back, and they now assert some “divine” right to rule. The forms and the historic icons of the past still remain, but whatever code of law now governs the actions of the Current Regime now squatting in the White Hut (wherever these people congregate becomes an almost instant “slum”), may be changed upon a whim, and there is little effective oversight.
The concepts of the terms “traitor” and “Patriot” have somehow reversed, in their minds, and they have effectively made citizens into subjects.
Does anybody remember the Romanovs or the Hapsburgs? And how they finally lost power altogether?
Liberals gave “liberal” a bad name.
The totalitarians always subvert the meaning of words (and language). 1984 is the classic portrayal of this tactic—war is peace, hate is love.
If today’s commie ‘RATS are what Americans are supposed to be, then I AM “UN-AMERICAN” and damn proud of it.
There are no laws restricting voter rights. Calling other Americans “UnAmerican” because you don’t like them may be unAmerican on their part
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