Friday, August 05, 2011

Sticks, Stones and Dehumanization - History Repeats

Have you noticed the left’s marginalization of conservative values, more specifically folks who align themselves with the Tea Party movement? Glenn Beck touched on it during his radio show the other day; focusing on a disgusting name calling explosion which aired on MSNBC .

“Well Martin Bashir really went all out on this one. He brought a guest on who called Tea Party members aliens, cannibals, addicts and more – plus he said that if they don’t get their (…) what they want they will end up in a “Norway” situation!”


“Many of the Tea Party people, they are some of the most responsible among us. These are people that have paid taxes their whole life. They have run businesses their whole life. They have done the right thing. They have never broken the law. They have never taken a handout. They have paid charity. They have tried to be decent law abiding citizens. And now what they are saying is, we will pay the price as well. We understand. But it’s best for our country and our children’s freedom to do it. That’s a psychosis? That’s nirvana? No, nirvana, nirvana is some socialist communist utopia that never happens. It always ends, can I even say poorly or is that the understatement of the entire universe?” Glenn said.”

During the radio broadcast a history lesson was given, a reminder of a time, not too long ago, when an unpopular group of people were similarly branded as less than human; part of an agenda to have them eventually eradicated. Yes; the reference was to the Jews during the build up of public resentment and ridicule which marked the extermination of millions of people during the Holocaust.

People in high places are calling Tea Partiers a variety of names, none of them too flattering. From an article by Brian Faughnan , House Democrat Leaders: Tea Partiers Are Racist, Nazi, Gun Nuts, something the more than pliant news media is happy to broadcast steadily.

‘“This initiative is funded by the high end; we call it AstroTurf, it’s not really a grass-roots movement. It’s AstroTurf by some of the wealthiest people in America to keep the focus on tax cuts for the rich instead of for the great middle class,” Pelosi said.

Other House Democratic leaders took a different tack: One senior aide has been circulating a document to the media that debunks the effort as one driven by corporate lobbyists and attended by neo-Nazis...

In addition, the tea parties are “not really all about average citizens,” the document continues, saying neo-Nazis, militias, secessionists and racists are attending them. The tea parties are also not peaceful, since reporters in Cincinnati had to seek “police protection” during one of the events, it states.”

Nancy Pelosi, while speaking at Tufts University in Massachusetts back in April gave some advice to the “other side of the isle”; but if you read between the lines the information is more telling about the old guard Republicans than perhaps they would like us to know.

“To my Republican friends: take back your party. So that it doesn’t matter so much who wins the election, because we have shared values about the education of our children, the growth of our economy, how we defend our country, our security and civil liberties, how we respect our seniors.”

This is the same (old guard) Republican Party which advocated larger government through No Child Left Behind, the same (old guard) Republican Party that caved over the “debt ceiling crisis” and agreed to add to the national debt rather than act responsibly. They promised to cut spending, eventually; except the spending cuts would happen so far down the line as to be a pipe dream which only the dimmest of light bulbs might accept as plausible.

Pelosi wants everyone to know how dangerous the Tea Party movement is to the rest of us. Tea Partiers are to be blamed for nearly taking the country over the cliff, defaulting on our monthly payments to those who’ve been dumb enough to lend us several trillion dollars more than we could ever pay back in several life times; but we can at least put together enough to pay the interest due. Tea Partiers are to blame for Obama considering a hold on Social Security payments to our elderly. Tea Partiers are to blame for our troops not getting paid as well; but only if Obama decides not to pay them.

John Kerry is following the play book as well, speaking on August 4th , Tea Partiers are hostage takers with guns:

“There is a small group that has the ability in the last days to hold the entire country and our economy hostage and were willing to literally shoot the hostage,” said Senator Kerry.

The Democratic U.S Senator from Massachusetts slammed the tea party for equating compromise to a “form of treason” and bringing the country to the brink of default by blocking efforts in Washington to raise the federal debt ceiling “that would have guaranteed a financial crisis more severe than anything since the Great Depression.”’

In yet another assault on Tea Party members within the Republican Party, as reported by Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan at the Politico :

“Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) called it a “Satan sandwich,” and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) called seemed to enjoy the heat analogy, saying: “the Tea Partiers and the GOP have made their slash and burn lunacy clear, and while I do not love this compromise, my vote is a hose to stop the burning. The arsonists must be stopped.”

It wouldn’t be fair to leave our Joe Bidden, Vice President and heir to the Presidency. Joe must not be taking his lithium; but it’s fun to listen when he babbles on, even if he denies having said it during the Democrat Caucus this past Monday.

“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry (Rep Mike) Doyle (D-Pa) said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”

Biden, driven by his Democratic allies’ misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: “They have acted like terrorists.”

Do you see how this matches the template used by the propaganda machine in pre WWII Germany? The Jews were to blame for the poor economy, the Jews were to blame for unemployment, the Jews were to blame; get rid of the Jews and Germany will once again be able to stand proud.

Tea Partiers are to blame for all the ills of our broken nation. If only the Tea Partiers would shut up; better yet, go away! Isn’t that the message being sent?

“Sticks and stones may break my bones; but words can never harm me”; a particle of truth in the popular saying when we were in grade school. The cold hard fact of it, there’s a purpose behind attacking the Tea Party movement. The ideas of our founders must be eradicated from public discourse regardless of the methods used. Those who support constitutional restraints on government, responsible spending and a balanced budget must be marginalized and their influence on society removed in order for the statist Utopia promised by Hope and Change to come about.

This article has been cross posted to The Moral Liberal , a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & The American Constitution”.


MK said...

The left truly believe that their opponents are evil and crazed. I suppose the name calling is a useful barometer how effective one is.

The angrier the left become at the Tea Party, the more we know how good they are.

"The tea parties are also not peaceful, since reporters in Cincinnati had to seek “police protection” during one of the events, it states.”"

Now they know how conservatives feel when they're at one of those liberal universities trying to speak.

T. F. Stern said...

MK, It will only get more ugly as this nation tumbles down the path towards totalitarian communism and bankruptcy, both morally and financially.

The probligo said...

It is really quite strange. I have reached the point where I am strongly of the belief that America really does need, and deserve, a government comprised of the more right-wing elements of the Tea Party.

Their economic policy - whatever it might work out to be - will make it ever so much easier for Asia (well, China/India) to become the powerhouse of the new world economic order. Do away with abortion, close down immigration (except perhaps for right-wing Australians), banish all Muslims, introduce widespread protectionist trade barriers, the list goes on...

So, Rand Paul for Majority Leader, Palin for Speaker, and Bachmann for President.


T. F. Stern said...

Probligo, I can always count on you to add little to a conversation.

David said...

Setting probligo's vast disconnect from reality aside, I could actually go with having the adults he lists in charge instead of the childish fantasists of the Dhimmicrappic Party and the crusty Country Club Repugnican't "go along with the Dhimmicrappic destruction of the country" Quislings.

T. F. Stern said...

What Probligo comment represents is the vast disconnect from our founding fathers carefully crafted foundations. So too have the folks in Washington become distanced from the founding fathers message.

I just listened to Ezra Taft Benson's talk, This Nation Shall Endure, which brought tears to my eyes as it reminded me of the price which was paid for our liberties and how easily some have forgotten that price. If you have the chance to set aside an hour I recommend listening to and then reading this wonderful talk.

Here's the link to the BYU page containing several other talks by Benson, most of them are free in PDF format and MP3 format.

T. F. Stern said...
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T. F. Stern said...

David, Let me try once more to include the link to Ezra Taft Benson's list of great talks.

The probligo said...

:D:D TF, this could get to be a lively debate - provided that the personalities are left out...

Take a look (if you haven't thus far) at the two "official" Tea Party websites.

One is an open blog; it reads pretty much as you might expect with a wide range of opinion expressed.

The other is far more what I would expect from a political webpage. A look around and I find their "15 Core Values". Here y'go -

Non-negotiable 15 Core Beliefs

1. Illegal Aliens Are Here Illegally.
2. Pro-Domestic Employment Is Indispensable.
3. Stronger Military Is Essential.
4. Special Interests Eliminated.
5. Gun Ownership Is Sacred.
6. Government Must Be Downsized.
7. National Budget Must Be Balanced.
8. Deficit Spending Will End.
9. Bail-Out And Stimulus Plans Are Illegal.
10. Reduce Personal Income Taxes A Must.
11. Reduce Business Income Taxes Are Mandatory.
12. Political Offices Available To Average Citizens.
13. Intrusive Government Stopped.
14. English As Core Language Is Required.
15. Traditional Family Values Are Encouraged.

Now take a read through that and compare it with my "vast disconnect from reality". If you cannot see it, I will happily come back and join the dots for you, along with a few others as well...

T. F. Stern said...

Probligo. Thank goodness for a decent challenge; thought you'd forgotten how. Rather than enter an answer in the limited confines of the comment section I'll do you one better; an entire article to address each and every point you brought to light. I hope that satisfies.