One Simple Question From the Left

 

Why have you homophobic, Islamophobic climate change deniers who would send our fighting forces to die to protect oil interests…oppose equal rights for women and people of color…callously ignore the health care needs of our most vulnerable citizens…condemn our children to live on a planet ravaged by the effects of pollution… force young, inner-city women to choose between having more unwanted babies or obtaining life-threatening, back-alley abortions…spread malicious lies about people and policies you oppose…push for huge tax breaks for the wealthy at the expense of the middle-class…support laws that would punish the children of undocumented workers who have come here to make better lives for their families only to be exploited by big business…oppose any attempts by workers to organize themselves in order to stand up to greedy corporations…continually criticize public-sector workers who selflessly toil on behalf of all Americans…promote gender and racial stereotypes…advocate huge budget expenditures for weapons while ignoring the needs of average citizens…and conspire to steal elections through manipulation and intimidation…become the party of fear and hate?

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    @user_19450

    Well, gee, when you put it that way…

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    @TheMugwump

    Yeah, I’m familiar with the narrative. And everyone of those accusations can be reduced to a clever bumper sticker that can be affixed ten or twelve at a time to the back of a Volvo. The problem for conservatives is that the Constitution and The Federalist Papers can’t be reduced into something sufficiently pithy to fit on the bumper of a Ford 150.

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    @UrsulaHennessey

    Why? Because we’re religious (cue creepy organ music), and that’s the kind of stuff you learn about in the pews.

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    @EJHill

    Because if we didn’t hate all those things we’d be taking it out on the whales. I once saw a bumper sticker that said we had to save the whales. So, by directing all my anger and all my hate at these other things, I have thought globally and acted locally. (Which I was reading on a bumper sticker when I rear-ended the liberal [expletive] who stopped short on me. He was going to argue with me but my passengers, Smith and Wesson, convinced him to move on….)

    Ed.’s Note: Obscenities and vulgarities, even using various symbols for letters, or shorthand (e.g., text messaging abbreviations). Ricochet style is to use [expletive].

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    @cdor

    They call me these things, therefore it must be so. After all, I am but a victim of a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, cruelly Darwinist civilization. It certainly is not my fault.

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    @MorituriTe

    Could you please repeat the question?

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    @flownover

    Well, I’ll be darned, someone is actually watching that MSNBC thingamajig ?

    I thought it was a sports channel,no really. I clicked on it once and there was a sportscaster talking and the next time, some woman commentator on golf ? curling….whatever. My friend, Joe tells me that there’s a fella on there looks like a wet Jack Nicklaus . So we heard they were making up stuff like crazy, from the tone of your article, it’s true. But it’s not very nice to call folks things, sorta mean.

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    @PatrickinAlbuquerque

    The competing dog whistles in your post are interesting. On our side, you’ve named many of the things which rile up us righties. On the other side, you’ve named all the topics that the left uses to rile up the interlocking parts of its base. Over the course of several decades, we’ve developed no effective counter. In fact we continue to make it even worse for us; for example, immigration. Twenty years from now, the citizen children of today’s illegals will be Democrats.

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    I think it’s the result of watching too much television. Game shows in particular have rotted my brain and corrupted my morals. If I had only spent more time weaving, reading poetry and listening to NPR, I might not be so callow and corrupt.

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    Trace Urdan: I think it’s the result of watching too much television. Game shows in particular have rotted my brain and corrupted my morals. If I had only spent more time weaving, reading poetry and listening to NPR, I might not be so callow and corrupt. · Sep 13 at 7:42am

    But it’s a cute sort of callow, Trace.

    Nice sandals, by the way.

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    @PatSajak
    Trace Urdan: Game shows in particular have rotted my brain and corrupted my morals. · Sep 13 at 7:42am

    Tell me about it!

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    @AaronMiller
    ~Paules: The problem for conservatives is that the Constitution and The Federalist Papers can’t be reduced into something sufficiently pithy to fit on the bumper of a Ford 150. · Sep 13 at 6:07am

    Sure, they can: “Don’t tread on me.

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    @ScottR

    Last year I confronted my son’s doom-mongering science teacher (who had scared the heck out of my son with “rising sea-level” nonsense) with this question via email:

    “The IPCC anticipates sea levels to rise 12-18” in the next 100 yrs. This, as you say, is the “scientific consensus,” and even this prediction is trending downward. Given that this increase is approximately the same rise that we experienced in the last 150 years, during which time mankind improved its condition in every mearurable way, why, precisely, does this projected sea-level rise pose a grave threat to my son’s future?”

    His response was so manifestly lame, even to a 13 yr old (“I’m just saying we can’t go on treating the planet as if….etc.”), that my son has felt better about his future ever since.

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    @SteveMacDonald

    Those of you who live in the states can address this better than I can. It does seem to me however that the liberal line you “highlight” has become so over the top, that people no longer listen, or if they do, ignore it. My perception is that this over the top, over heated diatribe has lost its ability to be effective and that people are moving beyond it. If I am right and the credibility of the left’s “arguments” has been seriously damaged, perhaps permanently, we may well see a fundamental shift in discourse over coming years.

    Heres hoping.

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    @MelFoil

    God doesn’t command me to comfort Satan, or to support Satan’s favorite forms of government–fascism, socialism, and communism. God commands me to comfort the victims of Satan, and the victims of fascism, socialism, and communism.

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    @AaronMiller

    Steve, I think many conservatives are still intimidated by such speech. Certainly, many of us still have the bad habit of defending ourselves against such attacks, instead of dismissing them like the empty distractions they are or challenging the attackers by pointing out the cowardice of their claims.

    The worst aspect might be that such ad hominem effectively shuts down conversations between the Left and the Right. Many, though not all, liberals no longer feel a need to engage with our ideas. That allows extreme views, like Obama’s vision for a new America, to become more popular.

    The good news is that there’s a growing number of conservatives with large audiences who denounce such attacks (if only our politicians would join in). People need leadership. While we might not have our next Reagan yet, regular folks are becoming less intimidated as they can stand up for themselves and not stand out so much for doing so.

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    @BlueAnt

    Well, we were the party of rainbows, unicorns, and cute little puppies. But it turns out none of those three are reliable voting blocs.

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    @Gazaker

    As a conservative I choose to see all people in an equal light based on the content of their character and not any other defining characteristic. I also generally reject government solutions to problems that may or may not exist. I believe in a clean planet that still allows people to work in our great country. I believe that poor inner-city girls should choose not to have premarital sex based on the good examples of both their parents and if they do become pregnant I would pray that they choose life over death for their baby. I believe excessive taxation for anyone is the root cause of tyranny. I believe in equal justice under the law and not selective application based on political benefit. I believe the primary duty of government is to defend our way of life. I can take of my self from there.

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    @EJHill
    BlueAnt: Well, we were the party of rainbows, unicorns, and cute little puppies. But it turns out none of those three are reliable voting blocs. · Sep 13 at 10:26am

    Puppies vote. In Chicago.

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    @RobLong

    Notice, though, how those words are starting to seem…old, ineffective, toothless. They’re like the Boy Who Cried Racist. At a certain point, the words just fail to leave a mark.

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    @EJHill

    Yes, even the Daily Show admits the race card is maxed out.

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    EJHill

    BlueAnt: Well, we were the party of rainbows, unicorns, and cute little puppies. But it turns out none of those three are reliable voting blocs. · Sep 13 at 10:26am

    Puppies vote. In Chicago. · Sep 13 at 10:40am

    Dead puppies vote, too. Early and often.

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    @Pilgrim

    Item on Salon.com 09/13/2010

    Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak, once thought to be a rare Hollywod conservative, today delivered a scathing denounciation of the Right, stating “Why have you homophobic, Islamophobic climate change deniers who would send our fighting forces to die to protect oil interests…

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    @ManBearPig
    Patrick in Albuquerque: The competing dog whistles in your post are interesting. On our side, you’ve named many of the things which rile up us righties. On the other side, you’ve named all the topics that the left uses to rile up the interlocking parts of its base. Over the course of several decades, we’ve developed no effective counter. In fact we continue to make it even worse for us; for example, immigration. Twenty years from now, the citizen children of today’s illegals will be Democrats. · Sep 13 at 7:38am

    Interlocking parts??? I just got dumped by someone that believed every single one of those things about me…. eventually. She told me towards the very end that she didn’t like the phrase “liberal canard”. I told her it was better than the alternative, which is “utter bs concocted to demonize a free people”.

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    @TheMugwump
    Aaron Miller

    ~Paules: The problem for conservatives is that the Constitution and The Federalist Papers can’t be reduced into something sufficiently pithy to fit on the bumper of a Ford 150. · Sep 13 at 6:07am

    Sure, they can: “Don’t tread on me.” · Sep 13 at 8:00am

    I have created an update called “Gadsden 2.0.” It shows the serpent coiled around the boot of tyranny, fangs sunk into the leg, with added words “Too Late!”

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    @ParisParamus

    What I really want to do is: why ellipses and not comas?

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    @ParisParamus

    commas (ok, both spellings look wrong…)

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    @Pilgrim
    Ryan Gaines

    Interlocking parts??? I just got dumped by someone that believed every single one of those things about me…. eventually. She told me towards the very end that she didn’t like the phrase “liberal canard”. I told her it was better than the alternative, which is “utter bs concocted to demonize a free people”. · Sep 13 at 1:53pm

    Sorry you will no longer be interlocking parts but let me be the first on Ricochet to say “You’re better off without her.” Now if the Busy System Administrator can implement a match dating sub-module, maybe you can find your soul-mate here on Ricochet

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    @ScottR
    Rob Long: Notice, though, how those words are starting to seem…old, ineffective, toothless. They’re like the Boy Who Cried Racist. At a certain point, the words just fail to leave a mark. · Sep 13 at 10:51am

    The “boy” who cried racist? You’re a racist.

    Seriously, I’m sensing among ordinary folks–and I mean really sensing–that racism has jumped the shark, that, except for obviously legitimate cases, it is being met with rolling eyes. A very happy development.

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    @JohnnyDubya

    Nice litany, Pat. The left really does think we’re evil, whereas we understand that the left is simply horribly misguided, with a child-like and unrealistic worldview. (Maybe that’s why the Dems are producing spots for the Bieber set.)

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