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Why Do Some on Left Demonize Dissent?

As the folks at Hillbuzz are learning, so entrenched is the hatred some people feel for Sarah Palin that they simply can’t reason with anyone who has a kind word to say for that charismatic Republican and accomplished reformer.   They’re not content just to disagree with her policies, they must needs define her as a horrible, no good, very bad woman.  She’s not just wrong on the issues, she’s been a failure as a politician and is dishonest and unkind to boot.   Plus she wears army boots!

Why can’t some on the left just agree to disagree?  There are indeed many who do.  (I’m fortunate to count a good number of these fine fellows (and gals) as friends.)  But, yet whenever anyone raises his (or her) voice in dissent, some on the left are quick to pounce, demonizing that person, often in the most vicious terms.

Considering the treatment Joe Lieberman has received from the leftosphere, Darleen Click asks and observes

So what is the Left to do with people who are obviously unenlightened and have the audacity to disagree? They can’t be mistaken, so they must be evil or stupid.

Can’t they just be smart people who have reached different conclusions on certain issues?  Why must some define their ideological adversaries (and even their occasional allies) as evil and dumb?



  1. Oh geez. Just maybe for the exact same reason that some on the right demonize dissent, and do exactly the same set of things that you denounce when they occur on the left.
    I mean, do you even read the comments in your own site?

    Comment by Tano — December 15, 2009 @ 4:54 pm - December 15, 2009

  2. ” . . .fine fellows (and gals). . . ” fewer words with “. . . fine folks. . . “

    Comment by Jax Dancer — December 15, 2009 @ 5:14 pm - December 15, 2009

  3. Because if one is pushing the politics of salvation (of whatever type) then someone who disagrees is an “enemy of salvation”. It is a form of cognitive blockage, which I discuss in a recent post.

    Comment by Lorenzo from Oz — December 15, 2009 @ 5:25 pm - December 15, 2009

  4. I mean, do you even read the comments in your own site?

    I think there’s a huge difference between dissent and plain ol’ dumbassery Tanogillietim favor us with.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — December 15, 2009 @ 5:27 pm - December 15, 2009

  5. […] and open-minded than conservatives? Maybe you do not – but I think that is a safe assumption. So why can you not just say ‘Lieberman is dead wrong and this is why‘? Why do you say ‘f–k you!’ and fantasize about beating him with a sock […]

    Pingback by Liberal(s?) assert they are not warm and fuzzy at Live the Trinity — December 15, 2009 @ 5:55 pm - December 15, 2009

  6. This is a good example of the ugly partisanship that has helped alienate me from BOTH parties. You give an example from the Left, of which there are oh so many more, yet there are numerous from the Right as well. From what I can tell about Palin, I like her. She has a compelling backstory, seems to have done pretty good as governor and comes across as a likeable person. Does this mean I believe she is presidential material? Nope. Yet this plus my disagreements with her on some issues aren’t enough for me to demonize a woman who seems to be a decent enough person.

    Comment by John — December 15, 2009 @ 6:54 pm - December 15, 2009

  7. Dissent from the right looks like this: Obama’s health care plan will raise costs and lower the quality of care, and should therefore be opposed.

    Dissent from the left looks like this: Bushitler lied us into war so he could make his buddies at Halliburton rich and steal oil from brown people.

    All dissent is not created equal.

    Comment by V the K — December 15, 2009 @ 9:17 pm - December 15, 2009

  8. V the K,

    Buddy, you are a riot. That first part of your post – “dissent from the right”, is probably the calmest, most ratonal sentence you have ever written on this site. Man, it must have been a huge effort for you to do that.

    Weren’t you just itchin’ to write “MaobamaStalinHitler, the Kenyanmooooslim commiefascist has liedliedlied to us about his totalitarian healthcare plan that will enslave America, murder our grandparents and our parents and our kids, and must be defeated as the existential threat to all of western civilization that it is – time to water the tree of liberty, blah blahblah”
    Y’know, like you and yours do on a daily basis…

    Comment by Tano — December 15, 2009 @ 9:58 pm - December 15, 2009

  9. Proof that Turdo doesn’t read V’s comments.

    Good job, dumbass.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — December 15, 2009 @ 11:58 pm - December 15, 2009

  10. Comment by ThatGayConservative

    more to the point, it shows that Tano does the same thing with projection as a lot of other leftoids – he likes to put words in other people’s mouths, but those words are really his.

    Comment by StraightAussie — December 16, 2009 @ 1:44 am - December 16, 2009

  11. I don’t know why some can’t agree to disagree, even when they agree on so much else.


    It’s almost like they are demonizing people:

    It boils down to this: there is nothing “conservative” about — as Barber inimitably puts it — “one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love.’” Or two women awkwardly mimicking natural procreative relations or raising a child together in an intentionally fatherless home. This does not mean that people practicing those and other immoral (and changeable) behaviors cannot think and act conservatively on other issues like lowering taxes, cutting government spending, ending abortion, etc. But let’s be honest: the “proud” in GOProud is not about pride in opposing the death tax, or defending the right to bear arms; it’s about proudly embracing sinful homosexual behavior – and that is hardly a conservative value.

    Why must the left right define their ideological adversaries (and even their occasional allies) as evil and dumb?

    Comment by torrentprime — December 16, 2009 @ 11:57 am - December 16, 2009

  12. Um, torrent, you’re dealing with a fringe group. Now, go back and click on the link to Darleen Click’s post and you will find that she’s not talking about fringe lefties, but referencing one who blogs at/writes for a mainstream liberal magazine.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — December 16, 2009 @ 12:13 pm - December 16, 2009

  13. dan, there’s nothing about this post that can’t be said about elements of the conservative party. sarah palin referred to the democrats’ health plan as evil. yesterday, laura ingraham adapted the poem “first they came” to smear health care reform proposals as nazi-esque. i don’t see what you gain by pointing out the bias of liberal pundits when the same thing can be said about (some) conservatives.

    Comment by Chad — December 16, 2009 @ 12:35 pm - December 16, 2009

  14. “one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love.’” (Sorry, haven’t figured out how to do the quote thing yet.) BUT. …

    Wow, violently? Really? Sounds like someon’e sexual experiences are a whole lot more interesting than mine!

    Comment by Scott V — December 16, 2009 @ 1:20 pm - December 16, 2009

  15. Proof that Turdo doesn’t read V’s comments.

    I don’t read hers. So, it’s all good.

    Comment by V the K — December 16, 2009 @ 1:46 pm - December 16, 2009

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