…And They Call the Right Hate Mongers?

Perhaps you remember Paul Begala. He’s the former Clinton White House official who now serves as the liberal side of the MSNBC cable network news program “Equal Time.” His conservative counterpart is none other than Oliver North.

However, Begala is better known for his infamous line about Bill Clinton’s excessive use of the executive order pen. Upon one occasion Begala was heard to say, “stroke of the pen, law of the land…kinda cool.” So it should come as no surprise that Begala can spout such self-righteous clap trap almost at will. And so he did on November 13th in an article written for the MSNBC web site entitled “Banana Republicans.”

In the article Begala writes, “As they did during the right-wing lynch mob’s attempt to impeach our president, the American people are showing their usual good judgment… So pay no attention to the hot-air boys who are trying to railroad this election for their man Bush…” Begala went on to say, “Mike Barnicle… held up the USA Today map of how every county in America voted (see page 3 of this issue of The DeWeese Report). There was a sea of Bush red across the South, Midwest and Rocky Mountains with Gore blue hugging the coasts…But if you look closely at that map you see a more complex picture. You see the state where James Byrd was lynch-dragged behind a pickup truck until his body came apart – it’s red.

You see the state where Mathew Shepard was crucified on a split-rail fence for the crime of being gay – it’s red. You see the state where right-wing extremists blew up a federal office building and murdered scores of federal employees – it’s red. The state where an Army private who was thought to be gay was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat, and the state where neo-Nazi skinheads murdered two African-Americans because of their skin color, and the state where Bob Jones University spews its anti-Catholic bigotry: they’re all red.”

Obviously Mr. Begala is capable of spewing a little bigotry of his own – especially against anyone calling themselves conservative. Apparently in Mr. Begala’s eyes, conservatives aren’t considered to be equal – just hate mongers. But perhaps someone should shove Mr. Begala’s nose a little closer to that map because he’s missed a great deal of the story told in the Bush red zone.

There’s a whole slew of states where land has been locked away from private owners; where roads have been closed – choking off whole towns; where entire industries have been killed by deadly government regulations perpetrated by Mr. Begala’s old bosses, Bill Clinton and Al Gore – they’re all red.

And there is the state where more than eighty innocent women and children were incinerated by Clinton-appointed Attorney-General Janet Reno’s order – it’s red. There is the county in Pennsylvania where more than thirty young school girls were forced to have genital exams in their school house – without their parent’s permission, in accordance with Clinton-approved government education regulations – it’s red. There are the countless number of counties where American’s are fed up with a lying, cheating, spinning, power-hungry political machine that has degraded the presidency, short-shrifted our military and trampled the rights of Americans across the nation – they’re all red. There is a sea of red as the nation bleeds and hungers for a chance to heal.

So take your hate, Mr. Begala, and get the hell out of the way. Just be thankful that those conservatives you disdain so much (unlike the Clinton administration) believe in and uphold freedom of speech – or you would be out of a job, too.

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is President of the American Policy Center and National Grassroots Coordinator for CFACT (Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow) working to help local activists organize into Freedom Pods (www.CFACT.org). He is also the author of three books, including Now Tell Me I Was Wrong, ERASE, and Sustainable: the WAR on Free Enterprise, Private Property, and Individuals.