Contributor Post Created with Sketch. How Hatred Became a Liberal Value

 

Politics is generational. Consider the thuggery practiced by the Democrats recently in Wisconsin. Force, intimidation, and openly partisan, unprofessional conduct on the part of judges, civil servants, physicians, and policemen became on the part of left-liberals the order of the day, and no one on the left stood up to denounce this conduct. Now, thanks to our President’s admiration for the tactics of Saul Alinsky, others in other states are imitating the deportment of the Wisconsin left-liberals – not only heckling Republican candidates but attempting to storm the platforms on which they speak.

I remember when left-liberals insisted on civility. I remember when they condemned the tactics of intimidation championed by the New Left. I remember when progressives insisted on impartiality on the part of judges, civil servants, policemen, and those who purported to be reporting the news (as opposed to espousing opinion). There were always exceptions to the rule. Dan Rather was playing tricks as early as 1963. But, when caught and exposed, these exceptions took it on the chin. Today they rarely even apologize.

I remember when liberals sported on their automobiles bumper stickers reading, “Hatred is not a Family Value.” Then, back in 2003, in The New Republic, Jonathan Chait wrote an essay explaining why it was legitimate to hate George W. Bush, and the dam burst. Civility is no longer a liberal ideal. And now – as yesterday’s armed attack on the Family Research Council in Washington, the five-hour delay in President Obama’s condemnation of the act as he calculated whether it was in his interest to comment or not, and the mainstream media’s initial reluctance to report on the event, much less highlight the activist LGBT connections of the shooter suggest – left liberals are willing to wink at violence. It may be regrettable, they think, but, like stealing elections, it is all in a good cause – and before figuring out how to respond to an outbreak of violence on the part of their allies, they pause to calculate the political consequences. You will not hear liberals arguing for a crackdown on the use of force by animal-rights activists, environmental activists, union thugs, and the Occupy movement. Instead, you will find in them a desperate hankering to pin on the Tea Party responsibility for conduct the Tea-Partiers abhor and a willingness to engage in race-baiting and talk of class warfare on a stunning scale.

The truth is that it is a short distance from the hatred preached by Jonathan Chait to assassination, and five and six years ago there was a great deal of open, public fantasizing along these lines by left liberals.

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  1. Ultron Will Inject You Now Coolidge
    Ultron Will Inject You Now Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    When you ignore the means to an end that means its the end.

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:04 AM PDT
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  2. FeliciaB Inactive

    Yet, the legacy media and leftists are always portraying conservatives as murderous lunatics. They projecting their own psychosis.

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:13 AM PDT
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  3. The (apathetic) King Prawn Member

    Romney and Ryan are the perfect candidates to confront this. Both are above reproach.

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:17 AM PDT
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  4. Ultron Will Inject You Now Coolidge
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    The King Prawn: Romney and Ryan are the perfect candidates to confront this. Both are above reproach. · 1 minute ago

    Except if you’re a militant vegan.

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:19 AM PDT
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  5. Stephen Ford Inactive

    The most sickening thing I’ve seen was the deluge of tweets declaring, “hate begets hate”–as if there’s a moral equivalency between those who defend traditional marriage and those who murder those who do.

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:22 AM PDT
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  6. DrewInWisconsin, Negative Infl… Coolidge

    I’d like to see an end to the common refrain that “both sides do it.” Because both sides don’t.

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:26 AM PDT
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  7. Lucy Pevensie Inactive
    DrewInWisconsin: I’d like to see an end to the common refrain that “both sides do it.” Because both sides don’t. · 0 minutes ago

    Yes. For example, I was explaining to my daughter yesterday that anyone can put an Obama bumper sticker on a car, but if you put a Romney-Ryan sticker on your car you risk vandalism.

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:29 AM PDT
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  8. Lucy Pevensie Inactive

    I fear that there isn’t going to be a lot to discuss about this post, but I hope it gets plenty of attention anyway. Of all the great things you’ve written here, Professor Rahe, this may be the most important.

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:30 AM PDT
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  9. Ed G. Member
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    Paul A. Rahe: …..

    The truth is that it is a short distance from the hatred preached by Jonathan Chait to assassination, and five and six years ago there was a great deal of open, public fantasizing along these lines by left liberals. · · 24 minutes ago

    Let’s get a grip everybody. We hate it when the other side politicizes the actions of lunatics so we shouldn’t do the same; as the saying goes, “two wrongs don’t make a right”. There are plenty of legitimate topics on which the left/Obama/the media are deserving of criticism, including hypocrisy, but we should steer clear of this particular accusation.

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:35 AM PDT
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  10. Richard Fulmer Member
    Lucy Pevensie: I fear that there isn’t going to be a lot to discuss about this post, but I hope it gets plenty of attention anyway. Of all the great things you’ve written here, Professor Rahe, this may be the most important.

    We can discuss how to combat it. Exposing it clearly and forthrightly as Professor Rahe has done is certainly a good start.

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:37 AM PDT
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  11. Brasidas Member
    FeliciaB: Yet, the legacy media and leftists are always portraying conservatives as murderous lunatics. They projecting their own psychosis. · 9 minutes ago

    This is indeed the thing. I’ve become a stronger proponent of this projection theory as time goes on. I’ve seen this asked elsewhere, but can you imagine the press firestorm if an LGBT center was shot up by a Family Research Center volunteer?

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:45 AM PDT
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  12. Paul A. Rahe Contributor
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    Ed G.
    Paul A. Rahe: …..

    The truth is that it is a short distance from the hatred preached by Jonathan Chait to assassination, and five and six years ago there was a great deal of open, public fantasizing along these lines by left liberals. · · 24 minutes ago

    Let’s get a grip everybody. We hate it when the other side politicizes the actions of lunatics so we shouldn’t do the same; as the saying goes, “two wrongs don’t make a right”. There are plenty of legitimate topics on which the left/Obama/the media are deserving of criticism, including hypocrisy, but we should steer clear of this particular accusation. · 8 minutes ago

    I beg to differ. What I said in the sentences you quote (and elsewhere) is true. You might want to read Jonathan Chait’s essay and ponder its meaning. If one wants to get a grip on what is going on, one must first face the facts.

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:47 AM PDT
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  13. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor
    Ed G.
    Paul A. Rahe: …..

    The truth is that it is a short distance from the hatred preached by Jonathan Chait to assassination, and five and six years ago there was a great deal of open, public fantasizing along these lines by left liberals.

    Let’s get a grip everybody. We hate it when the other side politicizes the actions of lunatics so we shouldn’t do the same; as the saying goes, “two wrongs don’t make a right”. There are plenty of legitimate topics on which the left/Obama/the media are deserving of criticism, including hypocrisy, but we should steer clear of this particular accusation.

    Hear, hear.

    I’m happy to shove this in the face of liberals who bandied about arguments of a “culture of hatred” on the right to explain the Giffords shooting and Dr. Tiller’s murder, but that’s as far as I’m willing to go. The SPLC may be a libelous blight on public discourse, but they didn’t shoot anybody or cause anyone to be shot.

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:50 AM PDT
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  14. Fredösphere Member
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    Ed G.
    Paul A. Rahe: …..

    The truth is that it is a short distance from the hatred preached by Jonathan Chait to assassination, and five and six years ago there was a great deal of open, public fantasizing along these lines by left liberals. · · 24 minutes ago

    Let’s get a grip everybody. We hate it when the other side politicizes the actions of lunatics so we shouldn’t do the same; as the saying goes, “two wrongs don’t make a right”. There are plenty of legitimate topics on which the left/Obama/the media are deserving of criticism, including hypocrisy, but we should steer clear of this particular accusation. · 0 minutes ago

    (Comment removed upon more careful reading. Or, oopsies.)

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:54 AM PDT
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  15. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive

    It is lamentable that it is coming to this, and yet it is completely unsurprising. When a political movement has been entrenched in power this long, does it ever cede authority without violence? The assassination of JFK in the 60s allowed that generation to pin the death of their dream on a person (or conspiracy for those needing to assign a grander meaning to a senseless act). This time, with President Hope & Change and Democrat majorities in Congress, they again failed to see the culmination of their ambitions, but they had no one to blame this time but themselves. So instead they lash out like petulant children: unable to accept their own shortcomings, they label anyone who disagrees as intolerant in a blatant attempt to shutdown debate before it begins. When that doesn’t work they attempt to shout down dissenters with self-righteous proclamations of how anyone who disagrees is doing so from hatred. The height of hypocrisy! The last resort of the desperate who are unable to silence opposition is violence. That the Left itself no longer holds their own accountable shows they are dealing in bad faith and cannot be reasoned with.

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    • August 16, 2012, at 11:57 AM PDT
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  16. Aaron Miller Member
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    Tom, anger is not hatred. The pro-life movement encourages justified anger (and mercy). The Left regularly targets people, rather than views (“racist”, “homophobe”, etc). The Left preaches hatred.

    It’s not a fringe movement for the Left. Hatred is mainstream. It’s rare to meet a liberal who does not participate in demonization.

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    • August 17, 2012, at 1:13 AM PDT
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  17. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor
    Aaron Miller: Tom, anger is not hatred. The pro-life movement encourages justified anger (and mercy). The Left regularly targets people, rather than views (“racist”, “homophobe”, etc). The Left preaches hatred.

    Aaron, I understand what you’re saying — and happily agree that the Left is more prone to ad hominen attack — but I invite you to re-read your post to see how self-serving it would sound to someone on the other side (“They hate; we, however, are justifiably angry.”).

    I also point out that you didn’t answer the question.

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    • August 17, 2012, at 1:35 AM PDT
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  18. Cornelius Julius Sebastian Inactive

    There are whack jobs on both sides, but only the left has embraced moral relativism as its gospel. Once truth and right/wrong become flexible options, anything can be justified and will be, eventually. This is especially true when you have an Alinskyite framework that starts from the premise that mainstream U.S. society is essentially evil. If you begin from the premise that your opponent is categorically evil, and no rules apply to dictate your behavior, anyhting goes. It is going to get worse before it gets better. I sound like a broken record, but if you all havn’t seen the film “Generation Zero” yet, please do. Some of its commentary is directly on point.

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  19. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor

    Just to be clear — and as much as I strenuously dislike the FRC — they are innocent of the “hate group” libels the SPLC has made against them. I simply do not think that their awful behavior is responsible for this shooting.

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    • August 17, 2012, at 1:42 AM PDT
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  20. Paul A. Rahe Contributor
    Paul A. Rahe
    Ed G.: Paul A. Rahe

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    When you incite hatred — and that is exactly what he did — you open doors, and people went through those doors and began publicly fantasizing about an assassination. No one on the left came down on Chait for what he did, and no one on the left denounced those exercising their imaginations as they did. The “respectable” left makes free use of the unrespectable left. · 6 minutes ago

    Be careful with this argument, Paul. That’s exactly how they tie white supremacists, militia movements, and such around our necks. Of course incitement, hatred, opening doors, etc. are subjective terms and you don’t need genius level intelligence to draw a plausible series of lines. · 56 minutes ago

    We do not embrace white supremacists and militia movements. We condemn them. We criticize our liberal opponents, we oppose their policies, we seek to unseat them in free elections, but we do not preach hatred. Chait did so, using the very word, and he did so in The New Republic of all places; and soon thereafter, uncondemned by Chait or anyone on the left, the assassination fantasy began. We need to expose the problem, not ignore it.

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  21. Paul A. Rahe Contributor
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    Tom Meyer
    Paul A. Rahe

    When you incite hatred — and that is exactly what he did — you open doors, and people went through those doors and began publicly fantasizing about an assassination. No one on the left came down on Chait for what he did, and no one on the left denounced those exercising their imaginations as they did. The “respectable” left makes free use of the unrespectable left.

    Prof. Rahe,

    Do you blame the pro-life movement for inciting Scott Roeder to murder Dr. George Tiller in 2009?* If not, why not?

    * For the record, I do not. · 54 minutes ago

    No, I do not. They never preached violence; they never preached hatred; and they condemned him for what he did. Jonathan Chait openly preached hatred, and he had the sanction of the leading left-liberal journal. Let me add that on the liberal left the assassination fantasizing was widespread. It was treated as amusing.

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  22. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive

    Not just fantasizing. There was a British film called Death of a President explicitly about a fictional assassination of W.

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  23. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor
    Paul A. Rahe

    No, I do not. They never preached violence; they never preached hatred; and they condemned him for what he did.

    Just as 25 major LGBT organizations condemned Corkins yesterday, including GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, and GLSEN:

    We were saddened to hear news of the shooting this morning at the offices of the Family Research Council. Our hearts go out to the shooting victim, his family, and his co-workers.

    The motivation and circumstances behind today’s tragedy are still unknown, but regardless of what emerges as the reason for this shooting, we utterly reject and condemn such violence. We wish for a swift and complete recovery for the victim of this terrible incident.

    One may accuse — and I might join you in accusing — these groups of unethical and uncivil behavior toward marriage traditionalists. But they could not have condemned this violence in clearer terms.

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  24. Ed G. Member
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    Paul A. Rahe
    Tom Meyer
    Paul A. Rahe

    When you incite hatred — and that is exactly what he did — you open doors, and people went through those doors and began publicly fantasizing about an assassination. No one on the left came down on Chait for what he did, and no one on the left denounced those exercising their imaginations as they did. The “respectable” left makes free use of the unrespectable left.

    Prof. Rahe,

    Do you blame the pro-life movement for inciting Scott Roeder to murder Dr. George Tiller in 2009?* If not, why not?

    * For the record, I do not. · 54 minutes ago

    No, I do not. They never preached violence; they never preached hatred; and they condemned him for what he did. Jonathan Chait openly preached hatred, and he had the sanction of the leading left-liberal journal. Let me add that on the liberal left the assassination fantasizing was widespread. It was treated as amusing. · 15 minutes ago

    OK. Was any of that responsible for a lunatic going in to shoot up this organization?

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  25. David Foster Member
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    Again, I’m increasingly convinced that “progressivism” is simply Fascism for those who consider themselves intellectuals.

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  26. Profile Photo Member
    Whiskey Sam: Not just fantasizing. There was a British film called Death of a President explicitly about a fictional assassination of W. · 50 minutes ago

    Sam is right. Here’s the Wiki. To save you time, here’s how it was received:

    From the Wikipedia: The film won a total of 6 awards including; the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) from the 2006 Toronto Film Festival,[22] the International Emmy Award for the TV Movie/Mini-Series category in the (UK), the RTS Television Award in the Digital Channel Programme category from the Royal Television Society, the RTBF TV Prize for Best Picture Award from the Brussels European Film Festival for director Gabriel Range, the Banff Rockie Award from the Banff Television Festival for the film, and one for director Gabriel Range. The film also received a nomination for Best Visual Effects from the British Academy TV Awards in 2007

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  27. Ed G. Member
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    Whiskey Sam: Not just fantasizing. There was a British film called Death of a President explicitly about a fictional assassination of W. · 50 minutes ago

    Sam is right. Here’s the Wiki. To save you time, here’s how it was received:

    From the Wikipedia: The film won a total of 6 awards including; the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) from the 2006 Toronto Film Festival,[22] the International Emmy Award for the TV Movie/Mini-Series category in the (UK), the RTS Television Award in the Digital Channel Programme category from the Royal Television Society, the RTBF TV Prize for Best Picture Award from the Brussels European Film Festival for director Gabriel Range, the Banff Rockie Award from the Banff Television Festival for the film, and one for director Gabriel Range. The film also received a nomination for Best Visual Effects from the British Academy TV Awards in 2007 · 48 minutes ago

    Edited 48 minutes ago

    OK. Was any of that responsible for a lunatic going in to shoot up this organization?

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  28. Eric Voegelin Inactive

    I hesitate to bring this up and, if I my memory is faulty, please correct me but didn’t an article in one of the British papers, The Guardian perhaps, actually call for Bush’s assassination right after the ’04 elections?

    Personally, I think post-Chait Liberalism in America is an umasking more than anything else. Committed leftists are violent people and they always have been. Maybe ruthless is a better word.

    Here’s a link about the article:

    http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2004/10/trendy-european-leftists-call-for

    Here’s the Guardians retraction:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2004/oct/24/tvandradio.theguide

     

     

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  29. Paul A. Rahe Contributor
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    Whiskey Sam: Not just fantasizing. There was a British film called Death of a President explicitly about a fictional assassination of W. · 50 minutes ago

    Sam is right. Here’s the Wiki. To save you time, here’s how it was received:

    From the Wikipedia: The film won a total of 6 awards including; the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) from the 2006 Toronto Film Festival,[22] the International Emmy Award for the TV Movie/Mini-Series category in the (UK), the RTS Television Award in the Digital Channel Programme category from the Royal Television Society, the RTBF TV Prize for Best Picture Award from the Brussels European Film Festival for director Gabriel Range, the Banff Rockie Award from the Banff Television Festival for the film, and one for director Gabriel Range. The film also received a nomination for Best Visual Effects from the British Academy TV Awards in 2007 · 48 minutes ago

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    OK. Was any of that responsible for a lunatic going in to shoot up this organization? · 12 hours ago

    If you think that this does not encourage the use of violence, think again.

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  30. ConservativeWanderer Inactive
    Eric Voegelin: Personally, I think post-Chait Liberalism in America is an umasking more than anything else. Committed leftists are violent people and they always have been. Maybe ruthless is a better word.

    · 47 minutes ago

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    Just look at Bill Ayers and his Weathermen.

    Violence has always been endemic on the left. It comes from all the Righteous Indignation about the idiots standing in the way of them Saving The World… oh, and grabbing totalitarian power too.

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