By Gary Starr for the Neville Awards Mar. 31, 2010
During the height of last summer's Tea Party/Townhall protests we at Neville detailed the tactics that the Left and the Democrats used to demonize legitimate protest. Standard stuff, predictable, and right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook.
Eight months later Obamacare is now the law of the land. It is more unpopular than ever. The bill, passing with the help of outright bribery and legislative sleight-of-hand, mustered one less vote in the House than the 2009 vote.
The Democrats hadn't even taken their victory lap when charges of racism and extremism were launched. Again, standard stuff, predictable, and right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook. It was a pathetic attempt to take the focus off the unpopular law.
For 8 years, under the guise of 'dissent is patriotic', the left demonized Bush and conservatives. 'Bush is Hitler', 'Bush is a war criminal', 'Kill Bush', 'Kill Cheney' and on and on. The Left sponsored anti-war demonstrations vilifying Bush, Cheney, the United States and Israel. There were films made about assassinating Bush. We don't remember anyone in the liberal press, or Democrats in Congress for that matter, getting upset. In fact Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Bush a loser. The press enabled all of it.
Once again we have Democrats feigning outrage because there are legitimate protests against them.
When asked about the Tea Party in an NBC interview our Fraudinator-in-Chief said the movement existed before the 2008 election as the birther movement.
Reps. Cleaver, Clyburn and Lewis said racial pejoratives and spit were hurled when Nancy Pelosi and Co. deliberately walked through the Tea Party protestors, basically saying 'fuck you' to 50% of America.
Although no tape or audio has surfaced proving the incident the lamestream media ran with the "story".
"If we don't disown that and go get out people to move beyond that, if we participate in it, either from the balcony or on the floor of the House, you are aiding and abetting this kind of terrorism really."
The FBI magically found a group of inbreds in Michigan, claiming to be a gun-toting militia, and with great fanfare, arrested them. The charge was wanting to kill cops. The Lamestream media and the Southern Poverty Law Center tried to tie the group to the Tea Party Movement and Christians in general because we all know how anti-cop the Tea Partiers are. One can only wish that the FBI was as enthusiastic about going after the Muslim Jihadists among us.
Frank Rich and David Paul Khun, writing in Pravda, err The New York Times opined breathlessly that opposition to ObamaCare and Obama/Pelosi was….wait for it…RACISM and sexism. How many more times can the Left go to that dried up well?
If Obama's first legislative priority had been immigration or financial reform or climate change, we would have seen the same trajectory. The conjunction of a black president and a female speaker of the House - topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay Congressional committee chairman - would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play. It's not happenstance that Frank, Lewis and Cleaver - none of them major Democratic players in the health care push - received a major share of last weekend's abuse. When you hear demonstrators chant the slogan "Take our country back!," these are the people they want to take the country back from.
They can't. Demographics are avatars of a change bigger than any bill contemplated by Obama or Congress. The week before the health care vote, The Times reported that births to Asian, black and Hispanic women accounted for 48 percent of all births in America in the 12 months ending in July 2008. By 2012, the next presidential election year, non-Hispanic white births will be in the minority. The Tea Party movement is virtually all white. The Republicans haven't had a single African-American in the Senate or the House since 2003 and have had only three in total since 1935. Their anxieties about a rapidly changing America are well-grounded.
If Congressional Republicans want to maintain a politburo-like homogeneity in opposition to the Democrats, that's their right. If they want to replay the petulant Gingrich government shutdown of 1995 by boycotting hearings and, as John McCain has vowed, refusing to cooperate on any legislation, that's their right too (and a political gift to the Democrats). But they can't emulate the 1995 G.O.P. by remaining silent as mass hysteria, some of it encompassing armed militias, runs amok in their own precincts. We know the end of that story. And they can't pretend that we're talking about "isolated incidents" or a "fringe" utterly divorced from the G.O.P. A Quinnipiac poll last week found that 74 percent of Tea Party members identify themselves as Republicans or Republican-leaning independents, while only 16 percent are aligned with Democrats.
Today, among whites, only 35 percent of men and 43 percent of women say they will back Democrats in the fall election. Women's preferences have remained steady since July 2009. But white men's support for a Democratic Congress has fallen eight percentage points, according to Gallup.
White men have moved away from Obama as well. The same proportion of white women approve of him -- 46 percent, according to Gallup -- as voted for him in 2008. But only 38 percent of white men approve of the President, which means that millions of white men who voted for Obama have now lost faith in him.
The migration of white men from the Democratic Party was evident in the election of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts. His opponent, a white woman, won 52 percent of white women. But white men favored Brown by a 60 percent to 38 percent margin, according to Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates polling.
It's no accident that the flight of white males from the Democratic Party has come as the government has assumed a bigger role, including in banking and health care. Among whites, 71 percent of men and 56 percent of women favor a smaller government with fewer services over a larger government with more services, according to ABC/Washington Post polling.
Obama's brand of liberalism is exactly the sort likely to drive such voters away. More like LBJ's than FDR's, Obama-style liberalism favors benefits over relief, a safety net over direct job programs, health care and environmental reform over financial reform and a stimulus package that has focused more on social service jobs -- health care work, teaching and the like -- than on the areas where a majority of job losses occurred: construction, manufacturing and related sectors.
Other examples in the Leftist media abound:
In a CBS News article titled "Palin Refuses to Back Down from Gun Rhetoric," it was reported that "Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is refusing to back down from her provocative rhetoric from the past week, which some say is encouraging violence against Democratic lawmakers who supported the health care reform bill." The article was referring to Palin's Facebook posting about NCAA basketball last Sunday, in which she used terms like "target" "crosshairs" and "reload."
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson wrote that the idea that political violence exists on both the Right and the Left is "simply not true."
"It is dishonest for right-wing commentators to insist on an equivalence that does not exist. The danger of political violence in this country comes overwhelmingly from one direction -- the right, not the left. The vitriolic, anti-government hate speech that is spewed on talk radio every day -- and, quite regularly, at Tea Party rallies -- is calibrated not to inform but to incite."
Robinson also asserted that "for the most part, far-left violence in this country has gone the way of the leisure suit and the AMC Gremlin."
In a New York Times editorial last Friday titled "Lawmakers Head Warily for Home" the paper warned of the danger Democrat politicians allegedly face from tea partiers. "A critical issue for Republicans is how far they will go in sidling up to the Tea Party and its more extremist protestors," wrote the Times. "The nation does not need more home-district fracases like those of last summer when zealots strutted with sidearms."
On the Huffington Post last Saturday, columnist Sherman Yellen compared Tea Partiers to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. "[W]ith the threats from Republican Congressmen, the bulls-eye targeting of Sarah Palin of the Democrats she disagrees with, and the racist and homophobic curses from the Tea Party ringing in our ears after the passage of the health care bill, I suggest that we take a look backwards at the sad story of Timothy James McVeigh and see the McVeighism that is festering."
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow wrote that Republican politicians should denounce the alleged violence directed at Democrats from Tea Partiers. "The far-right extremists have gone into conniptions. The bullying, threats, and acts of violence following the passage of health care reform have been shocking," wrote Blow. "[N]ow the anemic Republican establishment, covetous of the Tea Party's passion, is moving to absorb it, not admonish it. Instead of jettisoning the radical language, rabid bigotry and rising violence, the Republicans justify it.
If all of the violence coming from conservatives were true where are all of the arrests? [crickets chirping] When the Tea Party gathered on the Mall in Washington D.C. last year not one arrest occurred.
In truth all of the hand-wringing and faux fear on the part of the Democratic Congressman and liberal commentators makes them look like pantywaists. They ought to man up and stop whining.
It turns out the only arrest made was that of Democratic National Committee donor Norman Leboon. He was charged with posting a YouTube video in which he threatened to kill Republican Rep. Eric Cantor and his family, just days after a bullet was fired through the window of Cantor's Richmond campaign office by an unknown gunman.
"You receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer's abominations," Leboon reportedly said in the video. According to Federal Election Commission filings, Leboon is a Barack Obama supporter, who donated $505 to the Democratic National Committee in June, 2008.
It's amazing how this story was virtually ignored by our objective press.
When John Patrick Bedell shot two security guards at a Pentagon-area Metro station the lamestream media saw it as vindication for their prediction that the right would come unglued. It turned out that Bedell was a registered Democrat, a Bush hater and 9-11 truther…all provinces of the Left
When Andrew Joseph Stack III flew his plane into the Austin TX IRS building the lamestream media saw it as vindication for their prediction that the right would come unglued.
A quick read of Stack's "manifesto", excerpted here, puts him squarely on the Left:
Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it's time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country's leaders don't see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political "representatives" (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the "terrible health care problem". It's clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don't get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.
Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having 'tax code' readings and discussions. In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful "exemptions" that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy. We carefully studied the law (with the help of some of the "best", high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the business), and then began to do exactly what the "big boys" were doing (except that we weren't steeling from our congregation or lying to the government about our massive profits in the name of God).
I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let's try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.
The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.
Joe Stack (1956-2010)
When students protested in California that their college costs would be going up the demonstrations quickly turned violent. Billed as the March 4 Day of Action to Defend Public Education there were rallies all over the country including New York City, Austin, Baton Rouge, Seattle and Wisconsin.
On the Glenn Beck Show conservative author described the protests thusly:
HOROWITZ: I was a Marxist revolutionary. That's the way I would have described myself. And I was a leader of the new left and edited its largest magazine. And what the new left was, you know, was created, it was a disintegration of the Communist Party really because of the revelations about Stalin coming from Kruschev. So what happened was that the movement, it was a lot of groups. What you see in these protests is hundreds of groups. We used to call it the hydraheaded monster and we created it too fool people that we had different agendas from the from what the communists had. But actually they're the same agendas, that corporations are evil, we want socialism, we want the government to own everything and control everything and create social justice. And that's what happened yesterday.
If you look down the organizations, they were all in a coalition called Defend Education. But if you look at them, for example, there's one, Bail Out the People Movement, bail out the people, not the banks. This is a front group for the for International Answer, which is a pro North Korea Communist Party. I mean, it's a Bolshevik party that demonstrated the anti Iraq organizations. It was the leading organizer.
A quick read of the list of participants and sponsors of the protest tells you all you need to know.
AFSCME 3800 Univ. of MN Clerical Workers
Bail Out the People mvt.
Campus Anti-War network
Community Org. Center for Mother Earth. Col. OH
Conn. Students Against the War
Democrat Insurgents, Seattle
The Democratic Left at GW University, Washington DC
Let us repeat the fourth paragraph of this article, just in case you missed it.
For 8 years, under the guise of 'dissent is patriotic', the left demonized Bush and conservatives. 'Bush is Hitler', 'Bush is a war criminal', 'Kill Bush', 'Kill Cheney' and on and on. The Leftist sponsored anti-war demonstrations vilifying Bush, Cheney, the United States and Israel. There were films made about assassinating Bush. We don't remember anyone in the liberal press, or Democrats in Congress for that matter, getting upset. In fact Senate Majority Leader called Bush a loser. The press enabled all of it.
So once again conservatives and the Tea Party are being set up by the Democrats and the lamestream media. Fortunately they no longer have a monopoly on information and this will backfire.
From an article by Anchorman at the Dailycaller.com:
We're gonna let the Founders' freak flag fly
by Anchorman for Dailycaller.com
"Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming
Four dead in Ohio."
Look in the mirror right now-all of you children of the '60s, and your children, too. The veterans of peace and love and Kent State losses and civil rights victories and your children who've heard the romanticized tales of what it was like.
Look in the mirror, because what you'll see is a reverse image. A reverse image that you can't stand. This summer, the summer of 2010, you'll hear the drumming , but it's the other side that's inspired. There is no more Uncle Walter to declare Vietnam a lost cause. No Daniel Ellsburg with his Pentagon Papers. No more Ben Bradlee with his Watergate stories. Their legacies have shriveled like your retirement savings and the peace tattoo on your wrinkled skin.
The reverse image that you can't stand is this: thousands of citizen fact-checkers on the Internet correcting the Dan Rathers of your old world. Countless bloggers to ferret out the lies of Mike Nifong, and free the innocent from politically correct charges.
A new TV news network called Fox, that nightly surpasses the ratings of your CNN, Headline News, MSNBC and CNBC combined. You're trying desperately to swat a thousand bees, to plug your fingers in a thousand leaks, but the hive is disturbed and the dam has burst.
So this week, when your leaders and their media lackeys pulled out that tired old war horse, the race card, to shock! shock! shock! the public with accusations of spitting on an African-American congressman, and insulting with racial epithets a revered civil rights leader, we just go to the great media democratizer-technology. We see the "alleged" incident of the spat-upon congressman, the cupped hands, the yelling, and we know that at the moment-"KILL THE BILL" is enunciated and the pursed lips open with a powerful push of air… so does a fleck of saliva. Sorry for that congressman.
We hear, after scouring through many viral videos of the scene that weekend, only one obscenity. But it's coming from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. It's your eloquent vice president, in the hallowed halls of the White House. "This is a big fucking deal," he whispers in the president's ear. What a classy guy. Do they really care of about health care with a chump comment like that? Or maybe, maybe, they're just sensing we're all suckers, saps for standing there in Grant Park on election night, tears rolling down our eyes, all hopey and changey. What a crock that turned out to be.
Yes, that's your president. In that reverse image, he's our Nixon. What Me Lie? Let's take a look. Here he is one day sneaking the revered, impossibly good man, the Dalai Lama out the back door, by the trash cans, so as not to offend our Chinese friends. With friends like that who needs enemies? Yes, your president prefers bowing to emperors and Arab princes … never interfering in the internal politics of thugocracies. No, that special favor is reserved for Israel. You know, those money grubbing, home building selfish Jews! Yes, your president insulted our traditional ally Israel-the only democracy (save maybe for Bush's Iraq) in the Middle East. The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Obama snubbed you, BiBi Netanyahu, issuing 13 demands, then leaving so he could have dinner with Michelle and the girls. Then, he called you back as you waited in the White House to say, "I'm still around if anything changes." That, two weeks after V.P. Biden showed up an hour and a half late for dinner at your place. These are, shall we say, powerfully grim diplomatic signals. "A big fucking deal, " Biden would call it. Bottom line, BiBi my friend, you and the Jews are once again on your own. Haven't we seen this somewhere before? Only… Hitler didn't have a nuke back then. Ahmadinejad will soon.
If it should lead to a new Jewish exodus-Please guys!…. don't come here with your high skills and talents . We've got 12 million, 20 million (who's counting) low-skilled Guatamalan, Equadorians, Hondurans and Mexicans who will become citizens (with pre-existing conditions) under your president's Immigration Reform plan, when your Congressional Leadership next opens its goody bag. Ah… check that, Israel… we'll let your doctors in, because in a few years, ours are going to be quitting. And what party will those new Latino immigrants vote for? Probably not the one that your president's party is branding as racist.
It looks dim, maybe the darkest hour. We don't have our Churchill. But we have our army. It's angry and it's growing. Level a charge of civil rights fake hate, we'll return volley with a real one. Chant "No justice, no peace!" and we'll spring an ACORN video on you. Play your recordings of death threats, and we'll play ours. Try cap-and-trade, we'll hack some more East Anglia e-mails.
We can both play the Saul Alinsky "Rules for Radicals" game. We can both fight with any means to justify the ends, as Saul would have us do. But there is one difference between the two sides in this battle which shows every intention of escalating. The long hairs who wrote the U.S. Constitution are on our side. And we're gonna let their freak flag fly.
Anchorman a well-known news anchor from a top-10, big city station. The Daily Caller has elected to redact his identity to protect his anonymity.