Don’t tell that to Kentucky. Well, maybe you could slip Mitch McConnell a little note.
In Tea Party Victory, Rand Paul Takes Ky. Senate Primary
The New York Times
WASHINGTON – Rand Paul, one of the early leaders of the Tea Party movement, won the Republican nomination for Senate from Kentucky Tuesday night, delivering a powerful blow to the party’s establishment and offering the clearest evidence yet of the strength of the anti-government sentiment simmering at the grass-roots level.
That’s just beautiful. Anything that delivers “a powerful blow to the party’s establishment,” is just fine by me.
Not the first. Not the last.
I can see November from my house.
So, while the President and his media bridesmaids are all trying to tell you how hateful, how violent, how racist the Tea Parties are, let’s take a stroll down memory lane with just a few fine examples of how the left likes to raise the level of discourse.
“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. Iwant you to argue with them and get in their face”
~ Candidate Barack Obama, September, 2008
“I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.”
~ Senator Hillary Clinton, 2003
“If we were living in another country, what we, all of us together, would go down to Washington and stone Henry Hyde to death, stone him to death, stone him to death! Then we would go to their house and we’d kill the family, kill the children.”
~ Actor Alec Baldwin on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” 1998
“the type of female that does like Rush Limbaugh is the same type of woman that falls in love with prisoners. Eva Braun, Hitler’s girlfriend. That is exactly the type of woman that responds really well to Rush.”
~ Janeane Garofalo , April 2009
“Rush Limbaugh said he hopes this administration fails. You know, so you are saying, I hope America fails. You are like, I don’t care about people losing their homes or jobs or our soldiers in Iraq. He just wants the country to fail. To me, that’s treason. He is not saying anything different than what Osama Bin Laden is saying. Rush Limbaugh! I hope the country fails? I hope his kidneys fail; how about that?
~ Wanda Sykes , May 9, 2009
“Well, I really think that President George Bush shatters the myth of white supremacy once and for all; it shows that, in this great country, anybody can become president.”
~ Charlie Rangel , April 4, 2005
“A spoiled child is telling us our Social Security isn’t safe anymore, so he isgoing to fix it for us. Well, here’s your answer, you ungrateful whelp: [audiosound of 4 gunshots being fired.] Just try it, you little bastard. http://of%20gun%20being%20cocked.”
~ Failed Air America Radio Host Randi Rhodes, April, 2005
Al Gore called Oliver North “the colonel of untruth” and said Mr. North was counting on political contributions from “the extra-chromosome right wing.”
Virginia Senate Campaign, 1994
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,”
Candidate Barack Obama, June 2008
And that some would be wrong.
Joe Klein Equates Advocating Limited Government With Sedition
Below the Beltway
Now, I have been among the first to criticize Beck, or Palin, or Bachmann, or Limbaugh when they say something stupid, but where, tell me, have any of them ever advocated “the overthrow or destruction” of the United States Government? They haven’t, of course, meaning that Klein’s charge is bogus.
Glenn Beck Strikes Back At Joe Klein: I’m Not Seditious. I Love My Country
Indeed. And if Klein and Heilemann weren’t both shamelessly shilling for the President they helped get elected, they’d be going after him rather than those expressing concern about the direction of the nation.
Joe Klein Reads Off His Napkin: Beck and Palin “Rub Right Up Close To Being Seditious”
News Real Blog
As president, Jefferson pardoned all who were convicted under the Sedition Act and helped pay their fines. The law was off the books by 1802.
El Rushbo Accused of Sedition
Folks, I’m all over the sound bites. It’s a shame. You know I try never to talk about me on this program. I try never to make me the issue. I was accused yesterday of sedition. Eighty percent of the American people disapprove of government power right now, it’s a Pew Research Center poll, 80% of the people do not like the level of power the government has now. They don’t like it. Are they guilty of sedition? You know why I’m guilty of sedition? Because I use the word “regime.” I’m guilty of sedition. Joe Klein was on Matthews Sunday show, he said Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are guilty of sedition, and this John Heilemann guy who wrote that book with Halperin where they kept all that information for their book rather than the campaign, “Well, gotta throw Limbaugh in there, Limbaugh is sedition, too.” Byron York, just as he did with Matthews, has gone back to the nexus database and found that Mr. Heilemann himself has used the word “regime,” numerous times. In fact, even once describing Obama. Yes-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s.
Joe Klein Calls Beck and Palin Seditious
What happened to free speech that the lefties so love to scream about? It’s perfectly fine for the Times to print leaked CIA documents, publish the weak points in our troops armor or even name undercover agents whom worked under the Bush administration and they see no problem with that. Yet when media personal on the right complain about Obama and big government suddenly it’s sedition.
Not Taking Tea Partiers Seriously
Brit Hume, FOX News
…the president seems not to grasp that the Tea Partiers see the mountains of debt piling up under this president and Congress as a threat not only to their own prosperity but even more so to their children and grandchildren’s.
John Hawkins has a reminder list of how tolerant and respectful the Bush-era protests were.
Right Wing News: Protest Sign Reminders: What The Liberal Rallies From The Bush Years Were Like
There are a lot of Tea Parties coming up this week and we all know what the routine will be. The left-wing media will descend on the rallies, find the most ignorant people they can, carrying the most ludicrous signs, some of whom will undoubtedly be liberals trying to make the Tea Parties look bad, and they’ll tell you that’s what the Tea Parties are all about.
Moe Lane at RedState says he missed one.
Before the ink had dried on the Big Effin’ Health Care disaster, the White House and the Democrats began their public relations campaign to garner support for…wait for it…the bill that had just been signed into law.
Attacks and accusations were levied at the Republicans, at the Tea Parties, at Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and let’s face it, the majority of Americans who still oppose this insanity.
True to form, right out of the Democratic playbook, the slams came from the top down, starting with DNC Chairman Tim Kaine who tried to blame Republicans for “trying to stoke anger.”
Not to be upstaged, the President himself said in an interview with Matt Lauer that essentially there was a core group of people in the Tea Parties who didn’t believe he was born in this country and who believed he was a socialist.
Let’s get that straight, Mr. President, while you haven’t really played it straight about your birth certificate (or your college records or much else for that matter) we do indeed believe you were born in this country. It’s not your eligibility that we worry about. It’s your ability.
As for being a socialist? That’s not something we believe. That’s something we know.
Closer to home, a little blog war of sorts has errupted with an attack from liberal bloggers Ben Tribbett and Lowell Feld against Bearing Drift’s Jim Hoeft.
Hoeft explains here: Not Larry Sabato levels accusations at Bearing Drift
And here: We’re nowhere near a violent revolution
Hoeft points to an article written by Kevin Boyd over at United Liberty: This Is Not The Time For Revolution
It’s a worthwhile read. Boyd concludes:
What those of us who love liberty need to do is step back and channel our anger into more productive means than dreaming about and threatening revolution. We need to build our own political mandate, a mandate for liberty.
Following up on Hoeft’s posts, Ward Smythe weighs in with: Clown Princes of the Virginia Blogosphere Try to Stage a “Gotcha” Rematch
Smythe rightly points out that there is hate and violence on all sides. He likewise notes that no one is condoning the use of violence.
Hoeft’s point, as well as Boyd’s was clearly, that we’re not there yet.
But we’re not there yet.
So what’s this all about? Why the rhetoric from Obama and Kaine? Why the attacks from Tribbett and Feld?
It’s about controlling the message.
What the left wants you to believe is that the hate is coming from the right. That the violence is coming from the right.
That’s just not true.
Maybe in the days before Al Gore invented the intertubz they could have gotten away with it. But quite simply, we’re just not going to allow that.
Today at TownHall, John Hawkins writes about: Violent Liberal Hate Rhetoric: Fifteen Quotes
Well today, that free pass has run out because people are going to get just a taste of the violent rhetoric that has been coming from the Left for years in this country. Conservatives have long since been willing to stand up and say that they oppose political violence and threats coming from our side – as well we should. So, when will Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama finally stand up and condemn the ocean of violence and hatred being spewed by their friends, supporters and ideological allies?
Hawkins gives fifteen examples of liberal hatred. Follow the link to read them. But be warned, they’re not for the squeamish or easily offended.
If you’re a more visual person, Pajamas Media gives us: Searchlight vs. L.A.: Rival Rallies Reveal Stark Right/Left Divide
It’s a series of pictures contrasting the March 27 “Tea Party” rally in Searchlight, Nevada, featuring Sarah Palin with a March 20 Anit-war Rally in Los Angeles.
We’re not even going back to post the Code Pink pictures calling for George Bush to be executed as a war criminal. After all, according to the Democrats, dissent is the highest form of patriotism. Or it used to be until our dissent was directed at them.
One final example. Big Government has the video of Reid Supporters Throwing Eggs And Assaulting Andrew Breitbart.
So here’s the thing, in spite of what the failing mainstream media, and the left (interchangeable terms we know) are trying to tell you, the hate that is being spewed is being spewed from the left. And it’s ugly.
Is the right without sin enough to cast the first stone? Hardly.
The left points with bloodstained fingers. Sometimes literally.
But I think in all of this, there’s one point that’s being missed. I think it was Doug Mataconis of Below the Beltway that tweeted the other day, something like, in spite of all the rhetoric, what Congress and the White House are missing is that the American people are angry.
Indeed we are.
Preach it Sarah.
I remain skeptical about whether or not I could support Sarah Palin for the White House.
In reality, I like her just where she is, driving the left nuts.
Palin to tea party rally: Don’t sit down, shut up
About 7,000 people streamed into tiny Searchlight, a former mining town 60 miles south of Las Vegas, bringing American flags, “Don’t Tread on Me” signs and outspoken anger toward Reid, President Barack Obama and the health care overhaul.
…”We’re not going to sit down and shut up. Thank you for standing up,” Palin said.