“Progressives” and the Art of Civility

When concerned Americans objected to Obama’s health care scheme and turned out at town hall meetings in strong opposition, they were called racists and fringe radicals. The Department of Homeland Security then released a report calling those Americans who opposed Obama’s policies “potential domestic terrorist.” As more and more Americans took up the protests against an ever growing federal government, the “Progressives” took to the CNN/MSNBC/New York Times media cabal to accuse the growing Tea Party of violence and then called for “civility” in political debate. That of course meant NO DEBATE. Its got to be their way or … as Teamster leader James Hoffa put it… ”Let’s take these sons of bitches out.”

Nice, very civil. If we said it we would be accused of promoting violence. But these are the compassionate progressives, not the racist, violent Tea Party. Following are more of their compassionate, civil quotes and actions, just for the record.

“It’s a fight literally for our right to exist. Don’t misunderstand what this is. Don’t misunderstand – not a joke, not a joke, not an applause line. You are the only folks keeping the barbarians from the gates… You are the only non-governmental power…The only one who has the power and capacity to stop this onslaught…You know, to state simply what I stated two years ago…the other side has declared war on labors house and it’s about time we stand up!” Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, speaking to the same Teamster labor Day rally with James Hoffa. Hoffa also publicly told Biden that the teamster army is ready to march for Obama.

Also on Labor Day a major video game producer (StarvingEyes Advergaming) released their new product called – “Tea Party Zombies must die.” The game features several different levels where the only objective is to mercilessly slaughter everyone on the screen, from Fox News stars, or Americans for Prosperity employees. IN the game you can brutally kill Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Michele Bachman, Glenn Beck and many more conservative leaders. The head of the company, Jason Oda, said “the game was just a personal project. I am not worried about it affecting business.” Pretend to kill a lousy conservative – business as usual. “Progressive civility.”

Then there is the new video produced by Progressives (don‟t you love them calling themselves that – as if conservatives are anti-progress). The video is a compilation showing liberals on Twitter wishing death upon Republicans.

A few examples:
“On the subject of Rick Perry: will someone please shoot the motherf**er?”
“F*ck one, kill one, marry one: Michelle Bachaman, Sarah Palin and Rick Perry.”
“Michele Bachman is going to swallow her knee at the rate she keeps sticking her foot in her mouth. Or get shot in the head.”

Then there is comedian and “Progressive” firebrand Janeane Garofalo appearing on that stalwart of unbiased news, Keith Olbermann‟s show. She of course needed to talk about the Tea Party as well. She told him of her belief that black businessman and presidential candidate Herman Cain is being paid to run. Said Garofalo:

“In this presidential race, because he deflects the racism… that is inherent in the Republican party, the conservative movement, the Tea Party certainly, and the last 30 years the Republican Party has been moving more and more to the right, but also race-baiting more, gay-baiting more, religion-baiting more, but Herman Cain I feel like he’s being paid by somebody to be involved and to run for president so that… „Oh yeah, you can be racist, it’s a black guy asking for Obama to be impeached. It’s a black guy who’s anti-Muslim or it’s a black guy who’s a Tea Party guy‟ and I just feel like, well wouldn’t that suit the purposes of whomever astroturfs these things, whether it be the Koch brothers or ALEC or Grover Norquist or any religious – any anything, or it could even be Karl Rove. Let’s get Herman Cain involved so it deflects the obvious racism of our Republican party” And in “Progressive” living rooms across the nation, heads were shaking up and down in complete agreement. Civility is of course the central concern of them all.

And finally there is Al Gore who compared those who don’t accept his global warming theories with the pro-segregation forces of the early 60s. The former vice president recalled how society succeeded in marginalizing racists and said “climate change skeptics must be defeated in the same manner.”

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.