Are You an Extremist? – Bill O’Reilly – Townhall.com

 

Are You an Extremist? – Bill O’Reilly – Townhall.com

Are You an Extremist?

That “vision” would be federal spending cuts and entitlement reform.

While chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan sent two spending bills to the House, both of which passed but were killed in the Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats. The bills cut federal programs across the board. Ryan is also a fan of reforming Medicare and Social Security, which are going bankrupt.

In the bubble that is the liberal media, trimming government spending and making entitlements more fiscally viable are extreme positions. That’s somewhat ironic because President Obama’s strategy of massive government spending and borrowing is perhaps the most extreme economic plan in the nation’s history. Never before has the USA run up such an enormous debt and had so little to show for it.

So defining Ryan as extreme is an interesting scare tactic — and one that might be extended in the days to come. Here are some other positions that the committed left media consider extreme:

–If you believe traditional marriage should be kept as the exclusive standard, you are not only extreme; you are a homophobe.  

–If you believe all Americans should pay less in taxes, you are greedy and an anti-poor extremist.  

–If you believe the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to buy and possess guns, you are promoting violence in an extreme way.  

–If you believe the government has a duty to combat overseas terrorists without giving them constitutional protections, you are an extreme anti-human rights individual.  

–If you believe abortion is the taking of a human life, you are an anti-woman extremist.  

–If you support securing the nation’s borders and regulating immigration, you are anti-Hispanic.  

The list goes on and on.

By labeling someone as extreme, you can dismiss whatever they say. That’s the strategy being used against Ryan. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd writes: “Ryan should stop being so lovable. People who intend to hurt other people should wipe the smile off their faces.”

So in Dowd’s estimation, Ryan is in politics to harm the folks. He gets up every day and plots the personal damage he might be able to achieve.

This is now where we are in American politics. If Ryan’s reform vision will harm Americans, let’s hear some specifics. So far, under Obama, we have a sluggish economy, high employment and record debt. Sounds harmful to me.

But then again, I’m an extremist.

 

Never Apologize – Tea Party Nation

Never Apologize – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

“Never apologize.  It is a sign of weakness.”  Captain Nathan Bittle spoke those famous words.  Bittle was actually John Wayne in the 1949 movie “She wore a yellow ribbon.”

 Someone else today might be thinking about John Wayne’s wisdom today.

 Who might that be?

 It would be Rush Limbaugh

 Yesterday he apologized over the faux Sandra Fluke controversy.   The left is now looking at it as a sign of weakness, even to the point of one leftist trying to get the FCC to force Limbaugh off the air. 

 The Constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments only stops the government from doing those things.  If there were a complete ban, there would never be another Maureen Dowd column.

 I misread a tweet earlier today and thought that she had come to Rush Limbaugh’s defense, so I read her column.  We are all attracted to freaks of nature, which explains why anyone reads her column.   Her column was not a defense of Rush, but more of her typical rantings.

 The difference between Maureen Dowd and someone in a persistent vegetative state is that the person in the persistent vegetative state has some glimmer of hope for future brain activity.

 Dowd whines about what Limbaugh has said about her, yet with the same breath calls him variations of the same thing that Limbaugh called Sandra Flake. 

 Flake’s ‘testimony’ was the most bizarre exercise in left wing feminist victimization creative writing that we have seen in a long time.  Flake is allegedly a law student whose testimony was full of unattributed hearsay.  The Rules of Evidence for court exist to limit testimony to evidence that can be considered reliable.    Congress has no rule like that because if they did, Democrats would never be able to offer another witness to testify.  The good news is we would never have to endure another brain-dead celebrity prattling on about some subject they obviously know nothing about.

 Most congressional testimony is under oath.  Fortunately for most Democrat witnesses, the only people who get prosecuted for perjury to Congress now are former major league baseball stars. 

 Fluke’s ‘testimony’ was better suited for a creative writing contest.  Her tome included a veritable cast of characters, all from the mind of a politically correct feminazi.  She had a lesbian, a rape victim and a poor heterosexual married woman.  Her diversity character generator was working overtime.  The only one she seems to have missed would have been a quadriplegic Hispanic transvestite who was a victim of domestic abuse. 

 The left is going nuts with Limbaugh’s apology.   They believe they can now force him from the air.   Ultimately this is the truth of liberalism.  They cannot stand a dissenting voice.  No one may dare disagree with them.

 Rush Limbaugh succeeded because he offered ideas and people wanted to hear him.  Maureen Dowd succeeded by…. well actually she has not succeeded.  Who in the hell cares what she has to say?

 No one. 

 If Twitter is any guide to go by, the sponsors who dropped Rush Limbaugh are going to regret it because his supporters are already making notes and planning to no longer use those services.  Carbonite may be the first and most prominent advertiser to lose for dumping Rush Limbaugh.

 Meanwhile, I’m calling a lawyer friend of mine to see if I can sue the New York Times for violating my rights against cruel and unusual punishments by inflicting Maureen Dowd on the nation.

The Liberal Media is Deserting Obama – Tea Party Nation

The Liberal Media is Deserting Obama – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

The conservative media has been criticizing President Obama since before he was President and that hardly comes as a surprise, but there is a discernible trend occurring among the liberal media. They are beginning to abandon Obama and, if that continues, it will erode his base and the electoral turnout he needs to be reelected.

New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd, is one of my barometers and she has been backing away from Obama for weeks. In an August 6 column, “Downgrade Blues”, she opined that “Barack Obama blazed like Luke Skywalker in 2008, but he never learned to channel the Force. And now the Tea Party has run off with his light saber.” It’s more like Obama has become Darth Vader, destroying the economy since the day he arrived in the Oval Office.

“When he had power,” said Dowd, “he didn’t use it.” No, Obama’s problem is that he did use it and most dramatically in his effort to impose Obamacare on an America that did not want it. Only a straight party vote in Congress passed it despite a massive 2009 march on Washington to protest it. That sparked the Tea Party movement and that transferred power in the House in the 2010 midterm elections.

The syndicated columnist, Eleanor Clift, a strident devotee and defender of Obama, wrote on August 9th that “Disappointed liberals are among Obama’s harshest critics. They feel he’s given away too much to conservatives and they don’t understand where his gifts of intellect and oratory are now that the country is looking to him for a bold plan forward that can take the economy out of the doldrums.”

Like so many liberals, reluctant to assign any blame to Obama, Clift ignores the trillions in additional debt that Obama added to an already tenuous situation when he became President. She ignores the failed stimulus program or his administration’s all out attack on the energy sector of the economy. It’s a long list of bad judgments.

As to his alleged intellect and oratory, Obama’s dependence on teleprompters became a running joke early in his first months in office. During his address on Monday, his “oratory” fell flat with both the media and the public. A string of clichés and worn-out ideas, plus a plea for bipartisanship he has never displayed resulted in a further plunge in the stock market.

A Spurned Prom Date

David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times, on July 25 sharply criticized Obama after the debt ceiling negotiations, saying “the president lost his cool. Obama never should have gone in front of the cameras just minutes after the talks faltered Friday evening. His appearance was suffused with that ‘I’m the only mature person in Washington’ condescension that drives everybody crazy. Obama lectured the leaders of the House and Senate in the sort of patronizing tone that a junior high principal might use with immature delinquents. He talked about unreturned phone calls and being left at the alter, personalizing the issue like a spurned prom date.”

Assessing the Monday address following the Friday Standard & Poor’s credit rating downgrade, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, wrote, “Yet Obama plods along, raising gobs of cash for his reelection bid—he was scheduled to speak at two DNC fundraisers Monday night—and varying little the words he reads from the teleprompter. He seemed detached even from those words Monday as he pivoted his head from side to side, proclaiming that ‘our problems is not confidence in our credit’ and turning his bipartisan fiscal commission into a ‘biparticle.’”

In October 2010 the Washington Times published a commentary of mine that asked if Obama was a moron. Turns out, he is.

In the August 9 edition of the conservative Wall Street Journal, columnist Bret Stephens’ column was titled “Is Obama Smart?” Concisely summing up the two views of the President, Stephens wrote “Liberals say he’s too cerebral for the Beltway rough-and-tumble; conservatives often seem to think his blunders, foreign and domestic, are part of a cunning scheme to turn the U.S. into a combination of Finland, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.”

“I don’t buy it,” wrote Stephens. “I just think the president isn’t very bright.” He concluded “Stupid is as stupid does, said the great philosopher Forrest Gump. The presidency of Barack Obama is a case study in stupid does.”

For me, there is more than a degree of schadenfreude, taking pleasure in other’s misfortunes, but the really bad news is that Obama’s misfortunes are America’s misfortunes and the mainstream media is beginning at last to take notice.

© Alan Caruba, 2011

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