Look who the terrorists are now?
hy·poc·ri·sy: noun 1. A pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess. 2. A pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
Liberals believe the right is either solely, or mostly, responsible for the nastiness of political discourse in America. But liberals are in deep, deep denial about issues of their own incivility. The king has no clothes here.
Consider the “terrorism” analogy now being aimed at the Tea Party by not only Democratic members of Congress — in the amenable presence of vice president Joe Biden, no less — but also by some so called journalists sympathetic with the Democrats.
To point out just one example, the New York Times carried a Joe Nocera column, “Tea Party’s War Against America.” According to Nocera, President Obama’s debt-ceiling deal with the Republicans violated a basic rule: “Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them.” He goes on to say, “Much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people.” These “intransigent” spending cutters were indifferent to “blowing up the country” in pursuit of their goals. They are indifferent to “inflicting more pain on their countrymen” via “the terrible toll $2.4 trillion in cuts will take on the poor and the middle class” and the extra unemployment it will bring.
What gets me is the Times editorial board recently condemned “many on the right” for “exploit[ing] the arguments of division,” and “demonizing immigrants, or welfare recipients, or bureaucrats.” Right-wingers, The Times noted, “seem to have persuaded many Americans that the government is not just misguided, but the enemy of the people.” So the question is how is it okay for Times’ writers to demonize the Tea Party and try to persuade Americans that members of the Tea Party are not just misguided, but the enemies of the people? Can they be so blind as not to see the hypocrisy in all this? Apparently so.
Terrorism is defined not by ideology or objectives; it is defined by methods. Terrorists are people who commit acts of physical violence, or threaten them, to influence politics. Tea Party members of Congress, on the other hand, ran for office, got elected, and are now casting votes in Washington in accordance with what they promised and what their constituents said they wanted. In the debt-ceiling debate, they played hardball politics in pursuit of their principles, as they saw them. Am I to presume the left never plays hardball politics?
Nocera accuses the Tea Party of acting like terrorists even as he encourages President Obama to risk an actual violation of law in opposition to them. In his column Nocera states Obama “should have played the 14th Amendment card” because “legal scholars believe that Congress would not have been able to sue to overturn his decision.”
Nocera’s “legal scholars” didn’t say Obama should do this because it’s constitutional, rather he should do it because he could get away with it. Wisely, Obama took the advice of his own legal team which told him the 14th Amendment route might lead to constitutional crisis.
Nocera comes closer to the mark when he argues that the budget cuts imposed under this deal will inflict pain on some who depend on government spending. Of course they will, but any real solution to America’s debt crisis will cause a lot of pain for a lot of folks. If we ever get around to enacting one. And that just happens to be a big “if.” There are plenty of real terrorists out there: Hezbollah, Hamas, al Qaeda, Khadafi, Bashir Asad, Iran’s rulers. Isn’t it ironic that some of the same people who are applying the “terror” label to the Tea Party and condemning Obama for dealing with them also advocate understanding for Mideast terrorists? We should understand what makes them tick. Why can’t liberals extend the same courtesy to members of the Tea Party? After all, they are Americans.
Isn’t it obvious the left needs to do a little soul searching and clean up its own house before throwing stones at another’s? But, since they are the smartest, most feeling, concerned, sympathetic people alive I’d say the chances of that happening are pretty much nil.
Our nation has a deep economic problem and an intense political divide. Nothing can be accomplished when we constantly exacerbate the latter.