Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tea Party Head Needs to Read the Wall Street Journal Opinion Section

Or is Vitriol the Exclusive Property of Conservatives?

The Dismal Political Economist posted earlier about how a Mr. Peter Berkowitz of the Hoover Institute was fairly agitated by what he perceived as vitriolic rhetoric coming from opponents of the Conservatives.  Here is a longer passage from Mr. Berkowitz’s rant against Democrats, Liberals, Progressives and everyone else with whom he disagrees.

The use of crude and violent language to condemn conservatives as enemies of the state, the gross manipulation of law to make the Constitution say whatever is politically expedient, and indifference to the actual arguments made by their political opponents—these are all-too-familiar progressive vices. They were exercised with abandon in the fury with which progressives responded to the complex questions raised by the Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore, the detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, and the invasion of Iraq. Tea party hatred is the successor of and stems from the same sources as Bush hatred.

Polite Tea Party Victims of Left Wing Attacks

And here is a report on that very same Tea Party, with one of its leaders speaking at a rally in Wisconsin in support of Republicans who face a recall election.

I will tell you ladies and gentlemen, I detest and despise everything the left stands for. How anybody can endorse and embrace an ideology that has killed a billion people in the last century is beyond me," said Tea Party Nation CEO Judson Phillips.

Phillips, who a day prior likened protesters of Gov. Scott Walker to Nazi storm troopers, urged a few hundred tea party supporters to turn out for state Sen. Alberta Darling, who is in a ferocious battle with state Rep. Sandy Pasch to hold onto her suburban Milwaukee seat.

Now it is true that in their zeal to make their point some Democrats and Democratic supporters have called what the Republicans did in the debt ceiling negotiations “terrorist attacks”, and The Dismal Political Economist has called them out on this.  The tactics of the Conservatives were “extortion” not “terrorism” and he wants the record corrected.

But the Tea Party group has no problem labeling their opponents as “terrorists”

Vince Schmuki, a leader of the Ozaukee Patriot tea party group compared the recall effort to a terrorist attack.

"This is ground zero," said Schmuki.  "You remember what the term ground zero means? We have been attacked."

No, don't expect to see stories like the above printed in the regular media.  That wouldn't be fair, you know, to actually quote Conservatives using their own words.  That would be bias on the part of the liberal media elite.
So The Dismal Political Economist eagerly awaits the next musings of Mr. Berkowitz, or anyone else writing in the WSJ opinion pages in which they condemn the Tea Party for the use of “crude and violent language”. 

 It is expected to be a long vigil.

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