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Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Coming Wave of Leftist Bigotry




Cal Thomas has a good article in yesterday's Washington Examiner which lays out how the Left is already bearing it's fangs at two of the early front-runners for the GOP nomination who wear their evangelical faith on their respective sleeves...


"Though anti-Semitism and anti-Catholic bigotry sadly are still with us, the new and "accepted" bigotry among some on the left is for those who call themselves -- or are sometimes mislabeled by people who don't know the difference between born-again and born yesterday -- evangelical Christians.

With two evangelicals running for president, the opening salvo in what is likely to be a God vs. government battle has already been launched. A June 22 article in Rolling Stone magazine gives bigots permission for more bigotry. The illustration by Victor Juhasz, which accompanies it, reveals where the writer is headed.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is dressed as Joan of Arc with a Bible in one hand, a bloody sword in the other, a cross on her chest, and the "finger of God" pointing at her from heaven.

In the background, people are being burned at the stake. Father Charles Coughlin at his worst would have had trouble topping this on his bigoted radio broadcasts in the 1930s.

Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi says Bachmann is "a religious zealot whose brain is a raging electrical storm of divine visions and paranoid delusions." One of many examples he cites is her assertion that China is "plotting to replace the dollar bill."

Recently, China's official Xinhua News Agency editorialized in favor of a new global reserve currency, replacing the dollar. Don't look for a retraction.

There's plenty more in "Michele Bachmann's Holy War" on which the bigots can feast. This is the argument of anyone who has little or no faith in God. They attack people who believe the Supreme Being does not sit in the Oval Office."



Add to this the infamous and completely biased cover of Newsweek in which they took the worst possible photograph of Bachmann and splashed the highly tolerant words "Queen of Rage" under it. If you were under any impression that the MSM in this country is anything approaching neutral, you can abandon it now.

Not that it actaully gets any better overseas. The campaign to destroy Michelle Bachmann is at full throttle in the UK and is plainly visible by simply clicking here, here, here, and here. Do democrats as a whole get anywhere near the same scrutiny as Bachmann alone in the pages of The Guardian? No way.

Next, Thomas brings up a recent article that appeared in The New York Times which displays more metaphorical feces being hurled by the left, this time over Governor Rick Perry's (R-TX) beliefs.



"The secular left is also going after Gov. Rick Perry's faith. Writing in the New York Times, Timothy Egan refers to the Texas governor as a "biblical bully" and asks, "Is God listening to Rick Perry?"

Ideas that come from the minds of secular liberals are considered right and good, no matter their track record. Ideas from conservatives, be they secular or especially evangelical, are "bat sh*t crazy," according to Taibbi's scatology.

There is a way to blunt this coming tidal wave of anti-evangelical bigotry. Bachmann and Perry -- and any other Republican who wishes to join in -- should not play on the territory of their opponents.

Instead, they should focus on what works and whose lives have been transformed by embracing similar faith and similar attitudes.

Each time a liberal wants to raise taxes to pay for more programs, Republican candidates should introduce to the public people who liberated themselves from government, as examples for others to follow."




Thomas ends his article by saying that "The bigots, like the poor, will be with us always" and I heartily agree. The bigots are on the move people. Let's not let the arena of public discourse to be drowned out by their bigotry but instead focus the relevant debates on the issues at hand and hang them on the petard of empirical evidence based facts and evidence.


UPDATE: Quite frankly, I'm suprised it took them this long. Apparently Rick Perry does not care about science, however he does have a close relationship with guns.























11 comments:

GentleSkeptic said...

Please.

The only thing that raised my eyebrows was the "Queen of Rage" headline. As for the photos … well, that's just how she looks.

Do democrats as a whole get anywhere near the same scrutiny as Bachmann alone in the pages of The Guardian?

You do know that there's no Democratic primary this election, right? That it's ALL about Republicans for the next 6 months?

Thomas ends his article by saying that "The bigots, like the poor, will be with us always"

And he prefaces this bit of ironic wisdom with this:

Growing numbers of people are addicted to government and need help getting "clean." Bachmann and Perry could respond to the bigotry by announcing a joint project to be continued no matter who wins the nomination and election. People who want to escape poverty would be introduced to local churches and synagogues, or secular organizations that operate on similar principles.

LOL! Ya think? What are the odds of THAT happening?

Honestly. Are you really that bent about well-financed presidential frontrunners being given a hard time? Or are you just taking it all personal because you're tight with Jesus, too? Such a softie. Hate to break it to you, but Romney is almost certainly your candidate.

But really, it's JD advocating for "empirical evidence based facts and evidence" against "bigotry" that's the kicker here. Priceless. Empirical evidence based facts AND evidence? Are you sure you have both of those things?

GentleSkeptic said...

Perfect timing.

If liberals start mocking his rural Texas roots in 2012, I'll publicly say that they're wrong to do so. Our politics shouldn't be about cultural cues and identity politics. But any insults will come two years after Perry, in his 2010 book, pointedly mocked residents of California and Massachusetts for their cultures and values. It is too much for Perry or his sympathizers in conservative media to now come along and cast themselves as victims, or even to suggest, as Lowry does, that it is Perry's identity, rather than deliberately combative constructs, that makes him controversial.

He knows exactly what he is doing, every time he plays up his drawl, goes on about the superiority of Texas, mocks a blue state, holds a politically timed prayer rally, or regales reporters about the laser sighted pistol he carries while jogging. It's all a transparently calculated show that is best ignored, and insofar as it disadvantages the right in a way that has nothing to do with substance, it is only because so many conservative voters demand, as a condition of their support, candidates who go out of their way to antagonize non-conservatives.

GentleSkeptic said...

And really: who needs the left with "allies" like this?

Rove, Goodman, Lowry, Douthat, Rubin, and others are all coming down pretty hard on Rick Perry.

Popcorn time.

JD Curtis said...

You do know that there's no Democratic primary this election, right? That it's ALL about Republicans for the next 6 months?

You do know that there are democrats in the House, Senate and numerous governorships?

Hate to break it to you, but Romney is almost certainly your candidate

Speaking as the former moderator of Floridians For Romney at mittromney.com during the '08 primary, I think youre flat-out wrong on this one.

Why did Perry jump out to a double digit lead over Romney as soon as he formally entered the race?

Popcorn time

Quite.

JD Curtis said...

The pace here is almost breakneck.

Video: Mom Pushes Kid to Ask Perry About the Age of the Earth

His Lordship The Gun-Toting Atheist said...

These pictures are worse:

http://www.gadailynews.com/politics/71722-michele-bachmann-corn-dog-picture.html

Speedy G said...

Coming wave?

That wave has been washing over us since the founding.

GentleSkeptic said...

And now Pete King!

Oh, those leftist bigots!

GentleSkeptic said...

“I would hope that whoever the Republican candidate is, he or she will not tell us that creationism or intelligent design is the equivalent of evolution — just another theory about the origins of the biological man. To put intelligent design on that level is like offering grade-school children a choice between astronomy and astrology.”

— Leftist Bigot Charles Krauthammer

GentleSkeptic said...

Why did Perry jump out to a double digit lead over Romney as soon as he formally entered the race?

Why did Trump take the lead when he entered the race? Why did Bachmann take the lead when she entered the race? Why does each "new" candidate take the lead? Why do non-candidates like Palin and Ryan outrank them all?

Because they're desperate. It's the Dems in '04 all over again, only on the other side…

Speedy G said...

...as desperate as a pack of great whites swimming near a school of wounded mackerel.