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Do some liberals define themselves by what they’re against?

Is is just me — or are others noticing that their left-of-center Facebook friends are still posting more links (and commentary) critical of Republicans (and conservatives) than they are posting pieces praising the reelected president and promoting his second-term agenda?

How quick some were to pounce on General Powell’s suggestion about dark undercurrents of racism in the GOP. (They didn’t bother to come up with facts backing up their assertion — and ignored the fact that most Republicans seem pleased the the nation’s only Indian-American woman governor appointed a black man to serve in the United States Senate. And when you provide examples of Democrats saying similar things to those Republican statements Powell singled out, well, it comes time to insist that Republicans really, really are racist.)

One friend just linked something from an outfit called Americans Against the Tea Party. Is it that those folks define themselves not by what they’re for, but by their against?

Just wonderin’.



  1. Liberalism is driven by selfishness and fueled by hate. That’s really all there is to it.

    Comment by V the K — January 16, 2013 @ 10:32 am - January 16, 2013

  2. 1. What they’re ‘for’ is frequently unsupportable.
    2. Their sympathetic positions are typically very shallow and easily shaken.
    3. The left is consumed by a culture of agitation to outrage.
    4. In the absence of a grounded philosophy (1 & 2), the expression of this rage (3) by animosity, bitterness, indignation, resentment and violence is the only emotional outlet they have.

    Comment by BigJ — January 16, 2013 @ 10:44 am - January 16, 2013

  3. Liberalism is a dead-end philosophy; at some point, as Maggie said, you run out of other people’s money. Our Behemoth state is already borrowing nearly half of what it spends, and our private sector is contracting under the weight of taxation and regulation.

    This is obviously unsustainable. We are just about where the Soviet Union was in 1989. So the question is, what will happen after the liberal model collapses in on itself? Historically, the next stage is either tyrannical fascism (Europe in the 1930’s) or dissolution (the USSR and Yugoslavia in the 1990’s).

    The latter course is definitely preferable, at least some parts of the former USA might have freedom.

    Comment by V the K — January 16, 2013 @ 10:52 am - January 16, 2013

  4. Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. Never go outside the experience of your people. A good tactic is one your people enjoy. Keep the pressure on. The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength. —Saul Alinsky.

    These people are fed a regular dose of hate from their talking points sources and they run to their computers and spew it. They are so sealed shut in their mindedness that nothing you say actually makes any difference.

    However, their constant onslaught is indication that they do fear losing. The deeper into the muck Obama leads them, the more fierce their attacks.

    Right now we are being treated to guns being worse than the skyrocketing debt and the skyrocketing debt being the fault of Congress as if the President and the Senate have no hand in it and the Republicans can only deal with it by starving children, offing old people and making the rich become richer.

    Just imagine the human being who repeats that mantra and what a sour, dour, mental midget he must have to be in becoming a compulsive brown shirt who forces the party line on everyone whenever and wherever possible.

    Comment by heliotrope — January 16, 2013 @ 10:53 am - January 16, 2013

  5. I agree completely that they are fueled by hate. They also pay lip service to compromise. Oh and they have a “I know better than you” attitude.

    Comment by Just Me — January 16, 2013 @ 11:00 am - January 16, 2013

  6. I am just so amused that the Obamaphone Lady has turned out to be less of a slobbering cultist than some of the lefty commenters here.

    Comment by V the K — January 16, 2013 @ 11:00 am - January 16, 2013

  7. I think liberals an conservatives are both guilty of this. But I can only speak for what I see in my own social media feeds, and my friends are quite a mix within the political spectrum. The “conversation” has become what – and quite often whom – someone is against than what they are for. But to be fair, social media is quite possibly the worst place for political debate online. Or maybe I’m just tired of seeing it.

    Comment by Neptune — January 16, 2013 @ 11:17 am - January 16, 2013

  8. I just fwd’d this link to Bruce yesterday. It illustrates perfectly the attitude of most liberals (at least in my experience). If you can’t argue intelligently with a conservative, just run them over.

    Comment by Ed — January 16, 2013 @ 11:24 am - January 16, 2013

  9. Liberalism: Background checks on suspected terrorists – worst violation of human rights EVER! Background checks on law-abiding gun owners – sensible safety precaution.

    Comment by V the K — January 16, 2013 @ 12:07 pm - January 16, 2013

  10. V the K: make mine dissolution, please.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — January 16, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - January 16, 2013

  11. If not for Double Standards, Leftists would have none at all.

    Look no further than Al Gore and Obama’s Cabinet for proof.

    Romney was scathingly attacked for being rich — and Bush and Cheney for being in bed with Big Oil. Notice the deafening silence on Al Gore? He’s richer than Romney thanks to his Current TV sale, and he sold to someone funded with Big Oil money. And yet magically, mystically, the Left says nothing.

    Romney and Republicans were pummeled for being anti-women (Women in Binders) and racist, for not having enough minorites (we ignore Mia Love, Condi Rice, Clarence Thomas, etc, for some reason). These pummelings came from the President himself, in some cases. And yet when HIS Cabinet appears to be all old white men, the same silence as with Al Gore comes into play. Excuses are made, especially by head apologist Candy Crowley.

    Leftists determine morality by who is performing the act, not by the act or results.

    Romney rich = bad. Gore rich = apparently okay.

    Repubs racist and sexist by default, evidence be damned. Obama does the very thing he and his Leftists accuse the Repubs of, and it’s fine.

    Hell, Obama wants to destroy the Second Amendment. So, why isn’t David Gregory in jail? Why is he sending his daughters to a school with armed guards? Why did he sign back into law the idea of lifetime security for former Presidents?

    There’s that rampant Double Standard again. Guns for me, but not for thee.

    How CAN Leftists admit what they stand for? It doesn’t stand up to any kind of examination — far, FAR easier to demonize the opposition (as Obama said in his first run for President, and kindly demonstrated in his second run).

    Thanks for posting!

    Comment by Acethepug — January 16, 2013 @ 12:32 pm - January 16, 2013

  12. V the K: make mine dissolution, please.

    I look forward to being a proud citizen of the Federation of Texas and Associated Free States. We’ll have guns, God, and jobs. The blue states can have welfare, gay marriage, and tyranny.

    Comment by V the K — January 16, 2013 @ 12:51 pm - January 16, 2013

  13. Also, liberals don’t really believe in that equality stuff they always spout. It seems, some animals are more equal than others.

    Comment by V the K — January 16, 2013 @ 1:52 pm - January 16, 2013

  14. Colin Powell can blather on about racism in the GOP all he wants, but this is the party which, when in power, made him Secretary of State and then followed up with a black woman as his successor. The party which, when in power, had him in a senior military position for Gulf War One. The party which, in opposition, seriously entertained Herman Cain as a candidate. And so on.

    Comment by perturbed — January 16, 2013 @ 4:41 pm - January 16, 2013

  15. I don’t think most of our lib trolls can tell us what they’re for, unless they’ll actually admit it’s “I’m for myself and screw anyone else.”

    Comment by The_Livewire — January 17, 2013 @ 3:07 pm - January 17, 2013

  16. Livewire, or maybe ThinkProgress or TalkingPointsMemo could provide them with what they are for and they could copy/paste it here.

    Comment by V the K — January 17, 2013 @ 8:32 pm - January 17, 2013

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