Patriotism in The Age Of Obama

For eight long years,  we heard Democrats bleating continuously about how the Republicans were “questioning their patriotism”. The most infamous example, of course was Hillary Clinton’s cri de coeur:

Video via Weasel Zippers

Hillary was perhaps the loudest and most strident of a whole host of liberal voices.

Fred Barnes wrote in The Weekly Standard in Dec. 2003, after the meme had taken off:

The claim that Democrats are targets of a political low blow by being labeled unpatriotic has become a Democratic refrain. It’s been used by Senate minority leader Tom Daschle, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, Sen. Bob Graham of Florida, and presidential candidates Dick Gephardt, Wesley Clark, and Howard Dean. Kennedy was upbraided by Republicans in September for claiming Bush had concocted the Iraq war for political gain. His response: “There’s no question that this White House sees political advantage in the war. And you can see it in the way they attack the patriotism of those who question them.”

But nobody called Kennedy or any other Democrat unpatriotic. Bush didn’t. Senate Republicans didn’t. House majority leader Tom DeLay denounced Kennedy, but didn’t accuse him of a lack of patriotism. In this and every other case in which Democrats claim to have been smeared as unpatriotic, the facts don’t bear them out. Bush has never used the words “Democrat” and “unpatriotic” in the same sentence or in nearby sentences. In fact, he’s never uttered the word “unpatriotic” in public in any context.

James Taranto noted in a WSJ article from 2004:

After Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia lost his 2002 re-election bid, it became part of Democratic (and journalistic) folklore that he owed his ouster to GOP attacks on his patriotism. And last month in Boston, Mr. Kerry declared: “We have an important message for those who question the patriotism of Americans who offer a better direction for our country. . . . We are here to affirm that when Americans stand up and speak their minds and say America can do better, that is not a challenge to patriotism; it is the heart and soul of patriotism.”

In fact, these men had been criticized by their GOP opponents not over patriotism but over policy: Gov. Dukakis’s veto of a Pledge of Allegiance bill, Sen. Cleland’s vote against creating the Homeland Security Department over the absence of union privileges for workers in the new agency, and Sen. Kerry’s 19-year record on defense, especially his vote last year against funding the military and reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Surely it is fair for any politician to take issue with his opponent’s official acts. And if those acts were motivated by something other than antipathy toward America–as any fair-minded observer must presume they were–they could have been defended on their merits. Instead, Democrats themselves raised the issue of patriotism by defensively denying that they lacked it. A cardinal rule of political communication is never to repeat an accusation in the course of denying it (“I am not a crook”). These candidates “repeated” a charge no one had even made.

Democrats repeatedly accused Republicans of questioning their patriotism, (without naming names, or citing examples). I was constantly wondering, who? Which Republican office holder overtly questioned a Democrat’s patriotism? Republicans certainly questioned their policies; they questioned their judgment, but, I never saw any actual examples of what these Dems were complaining about. It always  smacked of an orchestrated party strategy, and a case of  “thou dost protest too much”, to me. To be sure, many conservatives watching their behavior during the Bush years did indeed privately question their patriotism. I sure did.  Commenters on blogs, no doubt,  overtly questioned their patriotism, but no one in the party, of note, did. To do so would have been uncouth, and over the top. Even after Harry Reid famously announced that the Iraq War was lost in May of 2007, Republicans held their tongues.

Contrast that to the age of Obama, as Democrat Socialist hypocrisy and dishonesty continues to know no bounds:

9/27/2008: Video: Pelosi calls House GOP “unpatriotic”

12/12/2008: Dingell blames ‘some Southern senators’ for auto bailout defeat

Senators from states where the international automakers do considerable business unpatriotically blocked a bill that was supported by the White House, that passed the House with a bipartisan majority, and that had the support of 52 Senators.”

12/13/2008: Michigan Governor Granholm explains the “un-American” or parochial behavior of Senate Republicans.

7/1/2009: Henry Waxman Questions the GOP’s Patriotism; Will the Media Question Him?

July 5, 2009: Los Angeles Times: Tea Parties are ‘Un-American’

4/15/2010: On Hardball: Slamming Republicans as ‘Un-American’ Is Fine, But Don’t Dare Talk About Obama That Way

Now the latest thing for the left is to accuse Republicans of treason and sedition:

Daily Kos 10/2/2009: Republicans are UnAmerican Treasonous Bastards

4/19/2009: Joe Klein: Yes, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck ‘seditious’

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Why Can’t the Rest Of The Dems Be This Honest About Who They Are?

When speaking to the general public, Bertha Lewis is known for her lies and obfuscations. But behind closed doors, talking to fellow travelers, she lets it all hang out:

Video via Verum Serum: ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis Attacks Conservatives, Promotes Socialism:

While she certainly seems sincere, it is almost unimaginable that she truly believes the coming conservative re-alignment will lead to a new era of McCarthyism, segregation – and internment!? More than likely, considering the audience, she was purposefully exaggerating in order to build momentum towards her recruitment pitch. But in case there is any doubt, I think I can safely speak for most conservatives in saying that our only interest is in achieving (overwhelming) victory at the ballot box, and then beginning to get the growth of Big Government and federal spending under control.

Frankly, we want more progressives to openly declare their belief in democratic socialism. Because in an open and honest debate of principles and ideas, there is no doubt we win with the American public. So any talk about renewed McCarthyism, segregation, and internment (!?) is just utterly ridiculous.

Lewis was being honest about her Socialism, but was using nonsensical hyperbole to rev up her young audience. Unfortunately, most Dem Socialists can’t be that honest about who they are, so they speak in generalities about “social justice”, and “fairness”. But the results are the same, reduced individual freedom, and incentive:

The rich stay rich, the poor stay poor, and the classless society becomes one where the boundaries of class are nigh impossible to break.

The Obama administration has already restored full funding to ACORN, which used to employ  Obama.

Gateway Pundit reviewed the President’s extensive history with ACORN:

One of Barack Obama’s first big “community organizer” jobs involved ACORN in 1992. He worked along side ACORN before he became an elected official. Obama also trained ACORN employees. He represented ACORN in court. Obama worked with and protested with ACORN. His campaign donated $800,000 to ACORN in 2008 for voter registration efforts.
And, ACORN even canvassed for Obama in 2008.

In 2009 Obama promoted a top ACORN operative, Patrick Gaspard, who’s organization was fined $775,000 for election violations, to a top post in the White House. Gespard is helping shape domestic policy today.

As I noted yesterday, ACORN is back in business, just in time for the mid term elections, this Fall.



Video:Most Transparent Administration Evah: Park Police Shoo Away Camera’s From DADT Protest

In case you missed this yesterday…

One of the reporters can be heard telling someone on the phone, “It’s really pretty outrageous”, and “I’m not in a position to call anyone at the Park Service and complain but somebody should…..because this is just kinda ridiculous, I mean it’s one thing to to push the public away, but to not let the media film is just ridiculous”.

Ben Smith of The Politico says:

People who have covered the White House for years tell me that’s an extremely unusual thing to do in an area that regularly features protests.

Smith updated that they eventually relented , and let the reporters back in.

Hat tip: Lucianne

Shock and Awe: Rahmbo Lets one rip on the Charlie Rose Show

Emanuel’s one gun salute comes at the :22 sec mark. Watch him smirk and quickly grab for his coffee:

Video via Gateway Pundit, who says: “Of course this surprises no one”.

Makes for riveting live t.v., no? What’s sad, is less hot air was expelled during that blast than everything he said preceding it.

Another unprecedented achievement for the Obama administration.

And historic. God knows everything this bunch does is historic.

– Did anyone from the Bush administration ever fart that loud on national t.v? I think not.