Last night at the SLDN fundraiser, I did my utmost to stay silent when various participants maligned Republicans and “the right.” Though when one person suggested the Club for Growth had an anti-gay agenda, I blurt out that just wasn’t so. Just one look at their web page indicates that their primary interest is promoting economic freedom.
Yet, when these left-wingers see the Club as backing more conservative candidates and because, in their narrow view of the world where all conservatives hate gay people, they have determined that the Club must needs have an anti-gay agenda. When these people see the tea party rallies, they single out the most hateful signs and decide that all people there share the sentiments printed on that isolated placard.
But, then, it really doesn’t matter what the vast majority of signs say at the rallies, left-wing pundits will focus on the hateful ones (after having ignored the even more vile signs carried at anti-Bush rallies in the early part of the current decade).
(H/t for the sign: Michelle Malkin.)
The media, like all too many on the left are bound and determined to see those rallying against Obama’s policies as having nefarious notions.
There’s an energy on the right and it shouldn’t come as any surprise to those who have studied the history of American conservatism, followed the events in Washington these past few months, even listened to Obama’s campaign speeches. It has nothing to do with prejudice toward gays or any other minority. It has to do with an issue that that Democrat addressed in the campaign. In the third presidential debate, he said:
But there is no doubt that we’ve been living beyond our means and we’re going to have to make some adjustments.
Now, what I’ve done throughout this campaign is to propose a net spending cut.
But, instead of a net spending cut, we’ve had a severe spending explosion. No wonder Americans are upset. Had the President acted in accord with his campaign promises, the GOP today would be as Republicans were in the early 1930s, devoid of ideas with a dispirited base. Instead, Fred Barnes finds “the political energy and ardor are on the center-right“:
A coalition of Republicans, independents, and tea party populists is beginning to take shape. How come? Because they again have a common foe. In the 1970s, it was Carter’s feeble leadership in the face of stagflation and the collapse of U.S. interests abroad.
Today’s it’s the hyper-liberal policies of Obama and Pelosi that are for fostering rampant spending, surging deficits, ruinous debt, higher taxes, growing unemployment and unlimited government in Washington. On top of all that, Obama’s foreign policy of “engaging” adversaries and hammering allies is a dangerous flop.
It’s not just the spending, but the opposition to big government serves as the driving force for the better part of the protests against the President (and his policies). There is an idea animating these conservative protests, the idea of freedom.
And those who try to dismiss this activism as paranoia or racism reveal their own prejudices, their own ignorance. They have decided to hate what they refuse to understand. At the same time, they accuse their ideological adversaries of harboring animus against some and sundry . Seems a case of projection to me.