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A Plea for Understanding

As Lori just pointed out, there are certainly enough reasons to unleash righteous anger at the mainstream media and their blatantly obvious attempts to either downplay, ignore, or insult those of us who attended Tea Party protests yesterday. But after thinking it over last night, I came to the conclusion that perhaps we have been too quick to judge our liberal brethren.

You see, being a Democrat and watching yesterday's Tea Party protests is kind of like being a wholesome kid raised in a devout Fundamentalist Christian home and being forced to sit through a screening of an old Sam Kinison routine. How do you react when the very people and things that you have been taught are sacred and beyond reproach are ridiculed, criticized, and blamed for all the things wrong with our nation today? Of course liberals and progressives have been treating social conservatism, free market economics, and traditional Christianity this way for the past forty years. But being on the receiving end of criticism is a wholly new and completely unnerving experience for them.

There was a lot of Kool-Aid consumed during the 2008 election, a strange brew that transformed an inexperienced legislator from Illinois into an Übermensch the likes of which has never been seen in modern times: The Soul Fixer, The Healer, The Jedi Knight, The Light Bearer, The Messiah, The Leader God Has Blessed Us With, The One. He was to bring openness, peace, and unity. He was a "post-partisan." He was to govern from the center, to listen to both sides and bring Americans of all backgrounds and ideologies together. He was to restore the dignity of America to the rest of the world. He was to heal the planet, to cool the atmosphere, to lower the oceans. He was to be adored and honored and universally loved. He could not fail.

How can the morality and certitude of the ideals emanated by a man of such transcendent power and glory be questioned?

See what I mean now? How can you help but not feel sorry for these poor people? Their worldview has been questioned, their Savior has been mocked, and their sacred ideals have been rejected wholesale by numbers of Americans that they still can't comprehend.

What kind of numbers? Here in Oklahoma City, the rallies held during the past years by peace activists generally drew crowds of 100 - 200 people. Amnesty protests, end-the-death-penalty protests, and other social justice gatherings usually drew similar crowds. Not surprisingly, many of those attendees were part of our "professional social justice protester" group that you will see at every social justice protest. I'm not disparaging those folks; I know many of them and they are good, honest people who are passionate about what they believe.

But as I mentioned yesterday, our Tea Party protest drew between 3000 and 5000 attendees, and I'll guarantee you that 99.9% of them had never been to a political protest before in their lives. A friend of mine who is into community organizing likes to say, "one person is crazy, but a hundred people is power." Well, 5000 people is a lot of power.

Granted, different cities will have different turnout ratios for liberal vs. conservative protests. (Sheesh -- did I just type 'conservative protest'?) But it is undeniable that the Right is now a force that will need to be reckoned with, beyond ignorance and mockery. And liberals who have spent the last five months basking in the glory of "we won" are now scared. Big time. Somewhere behind closed doors, liberals are looking at photos of Cindy Sheehan's much-hyped Crawford, TX protests and celebrity book signing, and then at photos of the crowds that attended yesterday's Tea Parties, and then uttering a lot of obscenities.

So please be kind to the Left. In these days of frustration and panic, it's the least we can do.

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Another sign liberals shoul... (Below threshold)
TOhio:

Another sign liberals should be scared is the chart-topping sales of Mark Levin's conservative book "Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto."

I had to wait to get it from Amazon - something that's never happened before!

No main stream media coverage, no main stream media interviews, but a book on conservatism that has been selling like hotcakes.

Conservatism is alive, growing and angry. This is a potent mix that liberals have never seen before and they should be worried. It's not going away.

I would be more likely to a... (Below threshold)
Ken Hahn:

I would be more likely to accept your thesis if those poor souls wouldn't cheerfully burn both of at the stake for heresy. Lefties are very good at hating and they really hate us now. Attempting to "feel their pain" will not make them any less likely do whatever they feel is necessary to silence us.

They are not the kid you described, they are the Inquisition.

Here in Honolulu we had a g... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Here in Honolulu we had a great crowd of people. In Hawaii, Obama's 'home', a confirmed welfare state which the Democrats have had a lock hold on since, well, forever. The smell of fear is strong among the Democrats and their cheerleaders in the 'news' media.

Wait a minute, Mr Hahn........ (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Wait a minute, Mr Hahn.....are liberals lazy, milquetoast weaklings who want the nanny state to cater to their every whim, or are they jackbooted brownshirts who would burn you at the stake?

While we're at it, is President Obama a spineless pantywaist, afraid of everyone from a Somali pirate to Nancy Pelosi, or is he a brutal, power-mad, would-be dictator, willing to trample any one who gets in his way in his quest to impose Demislamunistofascism?

All of the above, Bruce. T... (Below threshold)
mantis:

All of the above, Bruce. They are impervious to cognitive dissonance.

Michael, liberals are scared because no pays attention to Cindy Sheehan? Good theory, chuckles.

Thank you, teabaggers. You have provided us with great amusement and a window into the thinking of what remains of conservatives. We appreciate your efforts.

"So please be kind to the L... (Below threshold)
Rance:

"So please be kind to the Left. In these days of frustration and panic, it's the least we can do."

Now I get it. The elections last November was just the Right Wing version of the Rope-a-Dope.

They just let The Left punch themselves out electing Obama and a matching congress. Now that The Left is worn out, The Right is going to rise up and overthrow them armed with tea bags.

b henry - "While we're ... (Below threshold)
marc:

b henry - "While we're at it, is President Obama a spineless pantywaist, afraid of everyone from a Somali pirate to Nancy Pelosi, or is he a brutal, power-mad, would-be dictator, willing to trample any one who gets in his way in his quest to impose Demislamunistofascism?"

I wouldn't say obama is a "spineless pantywaist" but I have a good idea who is as they demonstrate their complete inability to utter anything but the latest memo from media splatters, moron.org, and think[less] progress as they lay prostrate at the feet of olberfool at MSNBC.

Brucea. You still... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Bruce

a. You still have not replied to this thread.
http://wizbangblog.com/content/2009/04/15/my-question-re-fox-and-the-tea-parties.php#comments

b. YOu still owe Lorie an apology

c. You need to give me your address so I can refund you the $2 that you have had confiscated from you in tax money to cover my pay, training and retirement from being in the military. I dont to claim that you spent any money on my training, pay, or retirement.

d.

"Wait a minute, Mr Hahn.....are liberals lazy, milquetoast weaklings who want the nanny state to cater to their every whim, or are they jackbooted brownshirts who would burn you at the stake?"

Hitler had jackbooted thugs and sheeple that went along with his methods.

F.

"While we're at it, is President Obama a spineless pantywaist, afraid of everyone from a Somali pirate to Nancy Pelosi, or is he a brutal, power-mad, would-be dictator, willing to trample any one who gets in his way in his quest to impose Demislamunistofascism?"

Well you guys accused Bush of not being able to speak English and masterminding every crime known to man.

G. As I said in the previous thread you arent man enough to admit that you were wrong when you accused Lorie of posting things she pulled out of her ass.

H. For all the servicemen and women who cant speak due to having died for your right to say that your tax dollars paid for them to advance their skills in civilian life I wholeheartedly say

SCREW YOU.


rm - "c. You need to gi... (Below threshold)
marc:

rm - "c. You need to give me your address so I can refund you the $2 that you have had confiscated from you in tax money to cover my pay, training and retirement from being in the military. I dont to claim that you spent any money on my training, pay, or retirement.

My question is, is that 2 bucks per year?

In that case the Gutless Turd, otherwise known as b henry, gets a 20 dollar check due to my 20 years service.

And P.S. screw you bh. With a cherry on top!

Actually Marc that share co... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Actually Marc that share covers my 20years plus 10 years of retirement. And that $2 being his share is VERY generours IMO.

Speaking of Cindy Sheehan, ... (Below threshold)
Dennis D:

Speaking of Cindy Sheehan, I remember when she could get on any MSM outlet she wanted to as long as she bashed Bush. From The View to GMA etc. Then she began attacking Democrats and announced she was running against Pelosi for Congress . And guess what? She practically vanished from the TUBE.

Heh. You're right, Dennis.... (Below threshold)

Heh. You're right, Dennis. I had forgotten that Mama Moonbat is now anathema to liberals. I was about to ask mantis if the praise and adulation and cult worship heaped for years upon Cindy Sheehan by the Left was nothing but lies. But you've cleared that up for me. I just picked a bad example, I guess.

I'll be happy to show the l... (Below threshold)
SATerp:

I'll be happy to show the lefties as much kindness as they showed us over the last 8 years.

Which is to say, none.




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