Members of Ricochet know that we pride ourselves on hosting civil and intelligent political conversation for folks on the right. And yet, we find the barrage of lectures from the White House and the self-proclaimed word police to be intolerable. How can one take seriously a call to civility from a President who demonizes private citizens and compares Republicans to hostage-takers, or a Vice President who likens the Tea Party to terrorists, or an unhinged liberal punditocracy that loves to call Republicans suicide bombers?
In his Wall Street Journal column today, Ricochet's own Bill McGurn zeroes in on the revolting leftist habit of abusing and misusing vocabulary specifically affiliated with Islamism to denigrate political opponents.
Perhaps it is because the liberal view of religion and Republicans is so reflexively negative that they see no practical difference between those who oppose higher taxes and those who would chop off a woman's fingertips for wearing nail polish. Whatever the reason, liberals continue to do so freely because they know the civility police will never be coming for them.
Let's be clear. If Tina Brown really wants to call Republicans suicide bombers or someone else wants to talk about Mr. Santorum's fatwa, that's their right....
So we don't need the word police. But spare us the sermons on civility.
Since the attack on 9/11, Americans have rightly been reminded how unfair it is to equate the hundreds of millions of decent Muslims with radicals who behead, car bomb and assassinate in the name of Islam. Would that our liberal commentariat could make a similar distinction between a conservative and a terrorist.
Unfortunately, manners and decorum are relics of a bygone era. The Left, which cares nothing for institutions of the past, will always be quick to preach civility for others but will never in a million years allow itself to be encumbered by any code of conduct that poses an obstacle to scoring cheap political points.