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What Will Follow?

October 17th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

The totalitarian left is fascinating to watch — in a car wreck kind of way. One gazes at the twisted metal and broken glass of the left and wonders if he’ll see any dead bodies amid what was once a shiny, functioning machine.

For the last few weeks we have seen the left attack Rush Limbaugh in the only way it knows how anymore: by lies and character assassination. Whatever you might think of Limbaugh, and I have problems with him, he is not a racist. To stop him from being a part-owner of an NFL team, the left fabricated racist quotes. They didn’t just take questionable remarks out of context; they made up stuff that he never said.

This is not just the work of activists or partisan media. It goes all the way to the top of the Democrat Party. As NRO writes,

What makes the ongoing assault on Rush disturbing is that the White House is a participant in it. As Time magazine and others have reported, a small group of Democratic operatives and media figures — Stanley Greenberg, Paul Begala, and James Carville — have colluded with members of the Obama administration — Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs — in a campaign to demonize Limbaugh, using him as a proxy target for congressional Republicans.

The message from the left’s campaign to destroy Limbaugh is clear: if they can do it to Rush, they can do it to anyone. I suspect there are many opponents of Obama and socialism across America who are wondering if they should stick their neck out, knowing that if they speak out they put themselves at risk to the smears of the left. It’s not a reign of terror, but it is a reign of intimidation. The left doesn’t answer its enemies, it shuts them up.

In addition to the smearing of Rush Limbaugh, we have seen various leftists bare their fangs and expose their raw hatred of their enemies with some remarkable statements. If the like were uttered by any Republican, it would mean the end of his career.First, from Congressman Alan Grayson:

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) warned Americans that “Republicans want you to die quickly” during an after-hours House floor speech Tuesday night.

His remarks, which drew angry and immediate calls for an apology from Republicans, were highlighted by a sign reading “The Republican Health Care Plan: Die Quickly.”

Congressman Grayson has refused to apologize for this statement; his courage in standing by an outrageous insult has made him a hero on the left.

Second Garrison Keillor came up with a mean-spirited quip that any deficit in health care spending could be covered by cutting off health care from the GOP. Not much of a joke, but a glimpse at an old leftist’s hatred of the enemy.

Finally, all summer long wise leftists turned their gaze to the town hall meetings and Tea Party protests, and wondered if the Republic will survive. Thomas Friedman fears violence from the right.

I have no problem with any of the substantive criticism of President Obama from the right or left. But something very dangerous is happening. Criticism from the far right has begun tipping over into delegitimation and creating the same kind of climate here that existed in Israel on the eve of the Rabin assassination.

Friedman cites as an example some idiotic poll that a nobody put on Facebook, and:

…Mr. Obama is now having his legitimacy attacked by a concerted campaign from the right fringe. They are using everything from smears that he is a closet “socialist” to calling him a “liar” in the middle of a joint session of Congress to fabricating doubts about his birth in America and whether he is even a citizen.

These examples are laughable compared to the venom spewed by the left in a propaganda campaign that goes all the way to the White House.

Nancy Pelosi was moved to tears as she contemplated the prospect of violence from the right.

“I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw … I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco,” Pelosi said, choking up and with tears forming in her eyes. “This kind of rhetoric is just, is really frightening and it created a climate in which we, violence took place and … I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made.”

Remember, at the massive Tea Party rally in Washington, D.C. on September 12, which had 70,000 people or more, depending on whose crowd estimates you believe, not one person was arrested. It was a peaceful assembly of citizens concerned about their burgeoning big government and the loss of freedom. At the G20 summit in Pittsburgh a few weeks later leftist protesters did what they always do:

Anti-G20 protesters rampaged through the city centre of Pittsburgh tonight, smashing up shops and throwing rocks at police, as officers used tear gas and baton-charges in an attempt to bring them under control.

In riots which continued through evening rush hour, about 300 protesters were reported to have remained from an initial crowd of 2,000 in Bloomfield, Pittsburgh’s Little Italy.

Frustrated in their attempts to reach the venue where world leaders are meeting the crowd, many of whom wore face-masks and armed themselves with rocks, broke windows at fast-food restaurants, a BMW dealership and a bank in the area, about a mile from the fenced-off convention centre.

If you want socialism and you riot: yawns all around; if you want liberty and you carry an insulting sign: STOP THE MADNESS BEFORE SOMEONE GETS HURT!

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I think we’re seeing the death throes of the left here. “Death throes” might be hard to buy, given that the Democrats have control of the executive and legislative branches and are currently toiling to effect Obama’s program of “fundamental change” for America. (Ask not for whom those chains clink; they clink for you.)

The left has only ad hominem arguments, lies and smears. That’s it. They don’t argue the substance of health care, they call the town hall protesters racists, evil-mongers, a mob, and so on. I have to think that Americans outside the Democrat base are noticing. I believe the Democrats are bleeding voters at the margins.

The pollster Alex Bratty says in this PJTV interview that independents are “fleeing” from President Obama. She says a majority of independents want less government intervention in the economy. A Fox News Poll says only 43% would vote today to reelect President Obama.

I would advise the left to ram as many of their programs down America’s throat as they can now while they have the power to do it, because that power will not last. Most Americans don’t want what the left is selling — or more properly, what the left is forcing on them.

The $64,000 question: who will replace the left? Yaron Brook in the PJTV interview linked to above says this is an opportunity for the Republican Party to make the case for freedom, individual rights and less government. Will they do it?

It’s been observed that great men need the opportunity to rise to greatness. There must be an historical circumstance in which their greatness is wanted. The moment is now for someone in the Republican Party to carry the standard for liberty. Is there anyone out there capable of doing it?

Or will the power vacuum be filled by the religious right? I heard recently from a friend about a career military man who, after decades of duty around the world, retired and returned to Omaha, Nebraska. He said he was stunned at how the place has changed: religious fundamentalism has grown there. The rise of religion, as people turn to mysticism for values they can’t find in the radical skepticism of modern philosophy, is transforming America.

They say the chinese character for crisis combines two words, opportunity and danger. We could be at a turning point in America, a point of opportunity and danger.

UPDATE: Cleaned up some grammar.

5 Comments so far ↓

  • Inspector

    Notice how Pelosi stammers around what she’s saying: “we.” As in: WE committed violence when we talked like that.

    It’s a confession, if anything. Like just about all insults hurled by the left.

  • madmax

    Regarding Rush Limbaugh, the Left hasn’t just criticized him, they have demonized him. The Rams’ bid shows that in today’s culture if you challenge the hegemony of the Left there are certain things that you will not be allowed to do – like own a professional sports team.

    Something similar to this was done to Pim Fortuyn in the weeks leading up to his murder in 2002 in the Netherlands. The mainstream media are so dehumanizing Rush that I wonder if some leftist won’t try to kill him (like what happened to Fortuyn). I’m sure Rush has security but it might be smart to increase it.

    The Left is on an asymptotic plunge to total tyranny. This is fascinating – as well as scary – to watch. I only hope we can survive it and that the end of this road isn’t either a Leftist or Religious dictatorship.

  • rob sama

    Spot on analysis. My fear is that Huckabee gets the nomination in ’12. Polls show him ahead right now, which does not reflect well on the Republican electorate. If he gets the nomination it may be time to had for the hills, imo.

  • C.T.

    Ultimately, it’s all “academic” until an O’ist or O’ists gain control over our government. Until then, it’s just a matter of how quickly this country dies. Only we know the right ideas and are capable of applying them consistently. The best we can look for from any non-O’ist is a temporary slow down in the rate of decline. And that can only go on for so long. I hope O’ists start going into politics soon. I would be glad to take a shot at political office, but I am not wealthy, and one does need to be wealthy in order to get into the club, democratic process or no. Regrettably, I have not yet made my fortune. Any O’ist wealthy enough to do so should, in his own self-interest, and if he gives a damn about the future of this country, enter the political arena now, when good Americans are most desperate for someone to show them how to morally defend their way of life.

  • Mike N

    The White House certainly is filled with hateful people. And I would like to see an O’ist run for office somewhere too. But as we all know, politics is the result, the consequence of ideas. Thus my main desire is to see O’ists start showing up in the media. You can’t imagine, or maybe you can, how wonderful it would be to pick up a Detroit paper and read an editorial saying something like “The national health care plan proposed by the President is not only wrong on practical grounds as we have covered before, it is wrong on moral grounds because it violates the rights of all medical people, as well as patients, to contract with each other as they see to their own interests.” Of course these intellectuals will come from academia and that’s where our efforts must be focused now. I for one expect to see a few more O’ists in the media in the next 10 years even if they have to start their own paper. The way papers are failing now, I see future papers, whether on line or in print, to be specialists. But that’s another topic.