Tolerance and Civility Reach a New Low

Immediately following the shooting in Tucson at an event held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said, “When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.” I couldn’t agree more.

Although my agreement is on a very, very different level.

The so-called “dangerous” things being done by conservatives? Sarah Palin famously Twittered, “don’t retreat, reload!” in response to losses to liberal candidates. Later, her PAC website showed 20 Congressional districts won by liberals and had them in a very simple version of crosshairs. This is a tactic used by businesses the world over in marketing material, and politicians on both sides of the aisle have used it. Considering that I know what real crosshairs look like, that goofy little circle with a simple cross over it just seems a little silly. But Harry Mitchell knows what they look like…he used them in his original ad when he ran against JD Hayworth:


I haven’t heard a peep from Mitchell about the ad. I have heard a lot of wailing from liberals who demand that we as conservatives learn to be more civil, but I have yet to come across a single liberal willing to call out those in their own ranks who make comments that are overt – telling conservative leaders to die, wishing aloud that they’d kill themselves, and in some cases simply saying they’d like to kill those leaders. If you need any evidence here you go:


My personal favorite of all of the Twitter screen captures was from @YaboYyChris: “If ppl vote for mitt romney for president i would kill ppl, having a mormon as president is horrible.” Then there was @CaviarChick, who said, “Sarah Palin needs to choke on a d*ck and die wit her dumb *ss!! #DieSlow I’m sending shoots at ur head bitch!!” And there was @OhLawdyShawty, who Tweeted, “Sarah Palin needs to be shot. Matter fact I’ll do it my got damn self.”

Where’s Olbermann, who you can hear in the voice-over demanding apologies from every Fox News anchor he doesn’t like, to condemn this trash? Where is his frequent guest, Janeane Garofalo, who wastes no opportunity to make crass jokes about hatemongering conservatives (yet never has an ounce of proof that we’re hateful racists)? Where is Chris Matthews? Where is Rachel Maddow? Not one of them is going to question any of this. None of them has the guts to call out their own ranks. Not one of these liberal media shills has the spine required to stand up and admit that the most hatred and vitriol comes from their own people – and the best they have against conservatives is shaky at best. The video posted above shows at least 50-75 messages of hate and death threats; they couldn’t collect nearly that many from conservatives against their idols.

Maxine Waters was caught on camera last week saying “the Tea Party can go straight to hell!” Shortly thereafter, Andre Carson was recorded saying, “these Tea Party people…would love to see some of us hanging on a tree!” Then, on Monday, AFL-CIO thug Richard Trumka flew to Detroit on Air Force One with President Obama for a Labor Day rally. At the rally, the warm-up speaker was Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. – and he had some pretty hateful, violent rhetoric himself:


Yes, you heard him correctly…he said we’re at “war”, said “Mr. Obama, we are your army”, and ended with, “let’s take these son of a bitches out” (yes, he said it incorrectly, and if it were Bush we’d still be hearing about how he can’t even swear correctly).

If this is tolerance, if this is civility, then I must have missed the memo. Of course, if you were to call these people out for their blatant hatemongering, they’d say that they are justified by all of the hate coming from conservatives. I know it makes no sense, and most of our readers will know that it makes no sense, but that’s their mentality – tolerance for me but not for thee.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz went on Fox and Friends and tap danced until pressed one too many times. Then she finally made the following excuse: “are you kidding me? Really Gretchen? How many times have you called out coarse language at tea party rallies? Almost never.”

We all know what the liberal ideal for the perfect leader is. He would be an animal lover, so much so that he’s a vegetarian. He would understand the frailty of our planet and consult with scientists willing to help draft government policies that limit emissions and incursion into fragile ecosystems. He would care about the hard-working citizens and hype unions as an indispensable part of society. He would also call out the old school members of the government who are holding the citizenry back and demand that more be done to help the poor in their society, all while calling for peace.

The world had that very leader once already. His name was Adolf Hitler. He called for tolerance and peace while engaging in behind-the-scenes thuggery, forcing himself on the populace. By the time he was in power, the majority that didn’t want him had said and done nothing for too long – and they couldn’t do a thing about it.

We are, slowly but surely, headed for the same thing. Liberals are headed in the exact same direction that Nazis did. We cannot allow this to continue. If Hitler were here today and had anything to say about the Tea Party, I’m sure he’d love the most recent hatred to come from liberals – a game where you can murder famous conservative figureheads. The company that created the game counts The History Channel, NASCAR, and Red Bull among its clients.

I’m not a Tea Party member. I tend to agree with a lot of what they say, though. I don’t protest; I write. I think. I’m not interested in shouting across picket lines at people who are completely brainless. I tell you what, though, liberals – you want me? Come and get me. I’m not hard to miss.

(Special thanks to Jennifer Leslie of Smart Girl Politics Tucson for some of the links posted here!)