Teaser below, but make sure you go read the whole thing:
Once in power, liberals were the opposite of gracious.
For two years now, I have been called ignorant, racist, angry and violent by the left. The very foul-mouthed protesters of Bush dare to now label my words as “hate speech.”
Last week, the left quickly blamed the right for the national tragedy of a shooting spree by a madman who never watched Fox News, never listened to Rush Limbaugh and likely did not know who Sarah Palin is.
Fortunately, the American public rejected out of hand that idiotic notion that the right was responsible.
Rather than apologize, the left wants to change the tone of the political debate.
The left suddenly wants civil discourse.
The left wants to play games of semantics.
The left wants us to be civil — after being so uncivil for a decade.
Here is the thing and the reason his words resonate so strongly for some conservatives.
In the last couple of years, conservative bloggers have seen their commenting system overrun with Obamabots every time we dare disagree with Obama's politics. We do not agree on the stimulus, they call us racist, hell any time we disagree with anything Barack Obama has said or did, they threw out the race card and 90 percent of the time they themselves were the only ones that were even mentioning race.
Obama himself has referred to Republicans as "hostage takers" and come out with some of the most vile uncivil discourse about anyone that dared step in front of his agenda and try to stop him and the Democratically controlled Congress.
It all came to a head after the Arizona shootings which killed six people and injured 13 others, when the far left immediately started trying to blame the "rhetoric" from the right for the shooters actions.
When facts came out showing the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, was not involved in politics and had a deep seated issue with the Congresswoman who was one of the shooting victims still in serious condition after being shot in the head, some of the rhetoric from those that immediately jumped the gun with their accusations toned down a little, but it incited others to the point where they publicly started issuing death wishes upon conservatives whom the original instigators had targeted.
Now the cry from the left is "we need more civil discourse".
By what definition of civil are we referring to when the left considers their own discourse civil over the last decade?
In the mind of a far left liberal if they use metaphors and symbols, such as crosshairs, bullseyes it is simply that, a metaphor and symbol.. if the right does it, it is inciting hatred. If the left talks of taking torches and pitchforks to the streets it is free speech and patriotic to stand up and disagree with Washington but if the right does it they are hateful and violent.
More examples, via Big Government:
During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama didn’t shy away from confrontation. In fact, he encouraged it by telling supporters to “argue with” opponents and to “get in their face[s].”
The Obama Administration’s confrontational tone included some violent imagery last August, when one White House official encouraged Obama supporters to “punch back twice as hard” against opponents.
Later that day, at an anti-ObamaCare rally in St. Louis, a black man named Kenneth Gladney was handing out “Don’t Tread on Me” flags when he was approached by pro-ObamaCare SEIU union members. One of the men asked Gladney, “What kind of n*%%er are you to be giving out this kind of stuff?”
The union thugs then beat him so badly he required overnight hospitalization.
Obama’s supporters got the message. They were getting in people’s faces, and they were punching. And kicking. Repeatedly.
Yet despite the fact that the Kenneth Gladney beating occurred the same day that the Obama Administration recommended supporters “punch back twice as hard,” there was no hyperventilating in the media about political violence or the veiled threats that encouraged it.
How about talk radio? The left accuses Glenn Beck of inciting hatred but they rooted for and defended the extremely violent hatred from Air America on the airwaves until Air American went bankrupt twice then closed down, then they cried out about the "fairness doctrine".
More liberal "civil discourse": (Via MRC)
In 2009, then-Air America radio host Montel Williams urged Congresswoman Michele Bachmann to kill herself: “Slit your wrist! Go ahead! I mean, you know, why not? I mean, if you want to — or, you know, do us all a better thing. Move that knife up about two feet. I mean, start right at the collarbone.” (MP3 audio)
Can anyone show me where Beck ever, even once told a political foe to slit their wrists?
... Hardball’s Chris Matthews fantasized about the death of Rush Limbaugh: “Somebody’s going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he’s going to explode like a giant blimp.”
Can anyone show me one conservative commentator from television that used a visual or stated that a C02 pellet was going to be jammed into someone's head?
On his national radio show in 2009, however, Schultz wished for Dick Cheney’s death: “He is an enemy of the country, in my opinion, Dick Cheney is, he is an enemy of the country....Lord, take him to the Promised Land, will you?” (MP3 audio) In 2010, Schultz screamed that “Dick Cheney’s heart’s a political football. We ought to rip it out and kick it around and stuff it back in him!” (MP3 audio)
Those are just the tip of the iceberg. Michelle Malkin provides dozens more examples of extreme hatred and uncivil discourse from the left.
The discourse is fine, it is the double standard on the left that is skewered.
When the left can look into the mirror and state just as publicly as the quotes above were stated that they have in no way been "civil" then they can lecture the right on civility, until then, I am with Surber, they can bite me.
When Barack Obama can point to his own words listed above by Big Government and admit just as publicly that his words were not civil, then he can preach about civility, until then I am with Surber, he can bite me.
I applaud Don Surber for saying what so many of us have been thinking.