Imagine if a Republican Congressman lambasted rallies for a left-of-center cause, calling them “despicable” and “shameful.” “Reporters” for the various organs of the MSM would report the story, editorialists would deand he apologize if not resign. Democratic Congressmen and Senators would rush to the wells of their respective houses to decry his remarks.
Well, that’s how Illinois Democrat Jan Schakowsky referred to the 250,000-500,000 Americans from all walks of life who rallied yesterday to protest excessive government spending and the higher tax rates that eventually must follow:
The ‘tea parties’ being held today by groups of right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs. . . . It’s despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt.
Um, Ms. Schakowsky, we don’t believe that plan will create that many jobs. Are you calling it “despicable” for us to express our opposition to this plan when we disagree with the President’s economic philosophy?
Let’s change the language a bit. How would you, Ms. Schakowsky, react to a statement like this from 2004:
The anti-Iraq war protests being held today by groups of left-wing activists, and fueled by MSNBC and the DailyKos, are an effort to mislead the public about the Bush Administration’s plan to secure our nation, a plan which has already liberated 28 million people from tyranny. It’s despicable that left-wing Democrats would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt.
Guess it’s only a political stunt when people with a diversity of political views* protest Democratic policies. When they protest Republican policies, well then that dissent becomes patriotic.
Ms. Shakowsky, you need to apologize. If not, those on the right who believe that Democrats in our nation’s capital hold Americans outside urban and coastal areas in great contempt will have further evidence to justify their prejudiced view of your party.
*There were more than just right-wing Republicns there, there were hardcore libertarians and left-wing independents at the rally in Santa Monica. But, I guess to Ms. Shakowsky, they can only be right-wing Republicans because only such extremists would protest Democratic policies.