As regular readers will know, I’m not one who thinks much of the left’s cynical and hypocritical calls for “civility.” In my opinion, what they usually mean is that their opponents should just shut up and let them do whatever they want.
It’s interesting, though, that the left—and most especially President Obama—spend a great deal of their time impugning the character and motives of their political adversaries. A few examples:
- During the debate about the debt ceiling, the president said that “some folks” in Congress were refusing “to put the country ahead of party. There are some in Congress right now who would rather see their opponents los than see America win”.
- As I’ve discussed elsewhere in this blog, the continual attempt to brand the right, and especially the Tea Party, as being “racist.” In fact, it seems that nobody can possibly disagree with the administration without being a racist. (To be fair, Obama himself rarely, if ever, makes this claim himself. His surrogates do it for him.)
- During a speech in El Paso back in May, the President accused Republicans of “abandoning families of autistic and Down syndrome kids.”
- The Secretary of Health and Human Services said that the Republican plan would make old folks “die sooner.”
There are lots of other examples.
Charles Krauthammer described Obama’s political style perfectly: “the professorial, almost therapeutic, invitation to civil discourse, wrapped around the basest of rhetorical devices – charges of malice compounded with accusations of bad faith.”
I don’t want to stoop to their level, but it’s difficult to do otherwise. You see, I actually do question their patriotism, since most of the left explicitly dislikes much of what the United States stands for. I do question their compassion, since the actual effects of their policies are so often the exact reverse of what they claim to do. I do question their motives, since it seems to me that they are driven by a desire to bring the country and its people down to the level of the third-world, rather than trying to help others achieve what we have achieved.
How can I not question their patriotism, their compassion, and their motives? The left’s own rhetoric brings these factors into doubt.