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Hypocrites On Parade

President Obama reverted to full campaign mode last night.

His bellowing rhetoric and displays of phony conviction reverberated throughout the chamber, with his fellow socialists wildly applauding his every word.

Reaction from the left was instantaneous, with live blogging and minute-by-minute updates.

Blogs like the Huffington Post and Daily Kos had Obamagasms as the night unfolded. One mesmerized commentator at Huff-Po said, "I am sitting here thinking that was one of the very best Presidential speeches I have ever heard. JFK's inaugural and a couple of FDR's best are the only ones I can think of that moved me so much."

BARF!

Over at Kos, they weren't as smitten. Not that they did not love the speech, but their collective hatred of Republicans trumped their admiration for it.

No less than four articles on the front page were dedicated to Representative Joe Wilson's "You lie!" outburst, which was the only true statement to have come out of the entire hour. (As of 5:00pm EST, the number of articles about those two words at Kos ballooned to NINE.)

They have nothing more to get behind then manufactured outrage over one person's two word comment. The hyperventilation about this is so disingenuous and hypocritical of these leftist mental patients that one wonders how they keep their cookies down when looking into a mirror.

For a sample of this hypocrisy, here is a bit of Nevada Senator Harry Reid's feelings toward President Bush:

From factcheck.org:

Reid originally called Bush a "liar" in 2002 after a speech that Bush gave about storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, saying, " President Bush is a liar. He betrayed Nevada and the betrayed the country."

Reid questioned Bush's truthfulness again in late April of 2005 in the midst of the battle over judicial filibusters in the Senate. In a press release, Reid said:

Harry Reid, April 5:

Last week, I met with the president and was encouraged when he told me he would not become involved in Republican efforts to break the Senate rules. Now, it appears he was not being honest, and that the White House is encouraging this raw abuse of power.

Reid made another personal attack on Bush at Del Sol High School in Nevada on May 6, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Reid, May 6:

The man's father is a wonderful human being. I think this guy is a loser.

Later, in an interview with Rolling Stone from June 2, Reid confirmed that he had called Bush both a "liar" and a "loser":

Q: You've called Bush a loser.

Reid: And a liar.

Q: You've apologized for the loser comment.

Reid: But never for the liar, have I.

I've searched through the bowels of the Kos archives and could not find one statement of condemnation directed at Reid for these disrespectful, personal attacks against President Bush.

The online empires of places such as Huff-Po and the Daily Kos are predicated on nothing but hatred and demonization of all things not conforming to the leftest agenda.

Instead of attempting to accentuate the positives they may find in Obama's lecture, the focus of all their energy since has been dedicated to hyping up faux-outrage over one man's two little words.

I guess "speaking truth to power" is out of style now.


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To quote one of the frequen... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

To quote one of the frequent trolls that appears here:

"scary, scary people" over there at Huffpo and DK.

Although they do support 'diversity of thought', as long as you agree with them.

"I guess 'speaking truth to... (Below threshold)

"I guess 'speaking truth to power' is out of style now."

Likewise, dissent no longer appears to be the highest form of patriotism. In fact, these days it's downright un-American.

"'Tis okay for me, but not ... (Below threshold)

"'Tis okay for me, but not for thee.", so sayeth the Great American Liberal.

I don't think I'm asking fo... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I don't think I'm asking for too much in the way of health care reform. I want the same package that Barry, Nancy and Harry have.

With the way their printing money, it's not like they can't afford it.

I really believe the left i... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I really believe the left is oblivious of their actions. They have no recall of the total disrespect they showed GW Bush and his family. They seem to think it was deserved but now "we must respect the office" yada yada. True blue delusion and/or hypocrisy. I do not condone Wilson's outburst, but he said he was caught up emotionally (let's be fair, Obama really...well...lied a lot last night) and he apologized to Obama and the congress and it was accepted.

I am really trying to find the apology from the democrats for booing and hissing GW Bush in 2005. I don't think I will find it. The left doesn't do wrong.

As a conservative I am grateful that Obama and his actions woke up the independent voter and all Obama has now is the left.

Another thing is Obama is on 60 Minutes Sunday, and giving another televised speech on Monday. Most people at this stage are plain tired of hearing him go on. He has bored the electorate. Except for the Obamabots that is.

My advice to Obama: Keep it up and thanks. ww

"Most people at this stage ... (Below threshold)
groucho:

"Most people at this stage are plain tired of hearing him go on. He has bored the electorate."

Define "most", please. Most of your friends? Certainly most of the people on this site, for sure. You give the electorate too little credit, why do you think so little of the American public, the majority of whom are certainly very interested in this issue?

Why don't you all take a couple of southern states, secede, take your pathetic, negative, anti-American, regressive ideology and start your own thing? Return to the land of your dreams, 50's America, where men were kings,women and people of color knew their place and god smiled down from above.

Define "most", please.... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Define "most", please.

Well for starters, all of those who went to watch "You say you can dance" rather than watch Barry speechify at length (again). Then there's the phony CNN poll released moments after Barry concluded indicating that once again they oversample Democrats to Republicans by about 4 to 1. Somethings wrong when you have to phony up a poll in order to get the numbers you want. I'd say that's a pretty good example of "most" are tired of hearing him. Except of course, Obamabots like yourself. Probably have tapes of all his speeches so that you can listen to His Magnificence 24/7. What to lay some money on what Queen Elizabeth did with Barry's speeches on her iPod?

Liberals have thier panties... (Below threshold)
LiberalNightmare:

Liberals have thier panties in a wad over Joe Wilson calling Obama a liar during Obamas press confer ...oops, speech last night.

They seem less upset by the fact that Obama was in fact, lying when Joe Wilson called him a liar.

I thought Obama wanted us to call people out when we heard misinformation?

Groucho -I'll repe... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Groucho -

I'll repeat my statement from a previous post for you --

I think the majority of Americans really don't much care about politics - until something comes along and bites them in the ass.

At this point, a lot of them are feeling teeth, looking down, and finding Democrats staring back belligerently and going "What - you got some sort of problem with this?"

And they DO, oddly enough. You see it in the tea parties - you see it in the town hall meetings. For a long time people have felt safe in ignoring politicians - they felt that no matter how wide the swing, the political pendulum would swing back the other way eventually... but now they're seeing people in charge who seem determined to make sure that the pendulum doesn't have a chance to swing back ever again - and they're not standing for it.

(Then stuff about ACORN, yada yada yada...)
I'm sorry you think this all has to be viewed in a racist manner, and I hope you'll understand that I think you're the flaming racist for trying to somehow link everything to Obama's skin color.

I guess it's difficult for you to understand, being so obsessed with racism and all, that it's NOT about how much or how little melanin Obama's got - it's about his fucking policies and the fact that his charisma's running about as thin as a used-car salesman's when you bring back that cherry used car under 'warranty' when the transmission starts straining and slipping. He WAS your friend when you drove off the lot... But you're back, and there's suddenly pressing business elsewhere.

Something I've noticed that's interesting - back in February there was a movement to reactivate the support network that got him elected to generate support for the 'stimulus'. And people weren't exactly buying into it.

Initial response to Obama's grassroots appeal: It's a bust | McClatchy

WASHINGTON -- Few supporters are answering President Barack Obama's call for nationwide house-party gatherings this weekend to build grass-roots support for his economic stimulus plan.

A McClatchy survey of sign-up rosters for a score of cities across the country revealed only 34 committed attendees in Tacoma, Wash., as of midafternoon Friday; in Fort Worth, Texas, only 54, and in Sacramento, Calif., just 78.

"Before the election, we would have had 500 to 800," said Kim Mack, 46, a Sacramento city-facility manager who's hosted house parties for political figures and causes since the mid-'90s.
And after that? No more 'house parties' - it was 'Tea Parties'.

And you, pitiable fool, think you can reframe this as a racial issue?

"... why do you think so little of the American public, the majority of whom are certainly very interested in this issue?"

We don't. And they ARE interested in this issue, but not accepting the half-baked ideas and promises the Salesman-in-Chief is trying to get them to buy. They're getting much more active - but since their ideas don't jibe with yours however, YOU have to frame the disagreement as racism in order to have at least a spark of relevance.

But that's a dead issue, much as you keep trying to perform CPR on its moldering corpse. Or are you actually french-kissing it with necrophiliac glee, secretly dreaming it'll turn into a zombie you can control and destroy all those who don't believe as you wish?

Groucho - one last bit.<blo... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Groucho - one last bit.

What was the purpose of heckling the President? | Reclusive Leftist

By the way: my favorite part of the speech? The part where Obama lumped in abortions with death panels and illegal aliens and other crazy-ass shit his healthcare plan would never pay for. Fuck you, Obama. Just fuck you.
He's managing to piss off people on both sides. Guess that's a 'bi-partisan' activity for you, eh?

"But that's a dead issue, m... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"But that's a dead issue, much as you keep trying to perform CPR on its moldering corpse. Or are you actually french-kissing it with necrophiliac glee..."

JL you do have a way with words! :)

Um, Shawn - as shown by man... (Below threshold)
jim:

Um, Shawn - as shown by many people including the impartial politifact.com , Wilson's statement was, in fact, false.

As anyone can see by actually reading the language in the proposed bills, illegal immigrants are specifically excluded.

Jim,With enforcement... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Jim,
With enforcement stripped from the bills, that is a meaningless distinction. If the cops couldn't pull people over, would people obey the speed limit?

There were individual sente... (Below threshold)

There were individual sentences in the speech that, taken out of context, would be true. However, those statements are arguments against ObamaCare.

For example, the statement that we need more competition.

Shawn Mallow condemns those... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Shawn Mallow condemns those ... disrespectful, personal attacks against President Bush while, without missing a beat, applauding more direct attacks on President Obama, such as Wilson's outburst, "You lie," in a joint session of Congress, which Mallow describes as speaking "truth to power" in a post titled 'Hypocrites on Parade'.

As for the undercurrent of disrespect and tinge of racism that Groucho alluded to, Mark Keiman has it about right about Wilson, and those who cheer him on, and their lack of r-e-s-p-e-c-t.

That's why military courtesy, with its respect for rank, is such a central feature of military life. (And why some of Wilson's fellow retired military officers were shocked at his rudeness to their Commander-in-Chief.)

Wilson's outburst reflected - though it may not have been his conscious intention to forward - a mood on the Right in which "Obummer," "Barry Soetoro," "the Messiah," "the Obamination," isn't really President - after all, where's his birth certificate? - and therefore isn't really entitled to the deference a President usually gets, even from his political enemies. If the country sees Obama being dissed with impunity, that mood gets reinforced and validated. To express an inchoate sense as a syllogism: if it's not safe to insult the President, and if it is safe to insult Obama, then Obama must not really be President.

Being insulted in public is one form of "degradation ceremony," and the damage it does to the status of the person insulted requires reparation, ideally by the degradation of the one who delivered the affront.

And of course Obama's race plays into this; remember Rudy Guiliani's reference to David Dinkins as a "washroom attendant," and remember who won that election. Since it's surprising to find a black man in the White House, his grip on the respect that the office otherwise automatically generates is less secure than it would be were he white. That a former staffer for Strom Thurmond should grossly insult the first black President isn't really surprising.


Garandfan -That pa... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Garandfan -

That para started with the old beating a dead horse line, then morphed into doing CPR on a moldering corpse... and then - well, too many zombie movies, I guess.

BTW, for a laugh you might want to try Quirk Classic's new 'Pride and Prejudice With Zombies'. I've got a friend who teaches HS English and ESL courses, and was a big Jane Austen fan. She said it was excellent, especially the part with the ninjas...

I completely welcome Obama ... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

I completely welcome Obama and anyone else who wants to develop another option to the current healthcare insurance industry... outside of government.

However, they have no interest in engaging in a non-government venture.

Why ?

Ask yourself what's the one thing that government can legally do that a non-government entity cannot ?

Speaking of hypocrites, che... (Below threshold)
Johanna Ross:

Speaking of hypocrites, check this out: http://www.ranker.com/list/joe-wilson-_a-collection-of-joe-wilsonisms_/web-infoguy I don't think the liberals could be any more ridiculous.

I don't recall Steve Crickm... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I don't recall Steve Crickmore being all that upset about the Democratic response to President Bush during his SOTU address in 2005. Nor any repudiation of Bush/Hitler.

So stick a fucking sock in it Stevie boy.

And nice throw with the race card! Why is it only liberals bring up Barry's race?

_Mike_: are you stupid or i... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

_Mike_: are you stupid or ignorant? Government does a whole lot of shit that private industry should never, ever be trusted with: fighting fires; maintaining infrastructure, even in shitty non-tax-paying neighbourhoods; waging war; passing legal verdicts...

But then you're not actually that stupid, are you. You're just trying to be provocative! Shorter version of _Mike_: I'm making fart noises and monkey faces in your general direction!

Huff that glue, Michael. HUFF IT!

"Huff that glue," hyper, "H... (Below threshold)
Marc:

"Huff that glue," hyper, "HUFF IT," because frankly you're not only misinformed but as usual full of shit.

Ever hear of a Volunteer Firefighter?

There are tens of thousands of them in the U.S., perform a vital service on their own time and their own dime, and perform as well as those supported by state and local governments.

And BTW, show me where the U.S. gov hides all the men and equip to maintain infrastructure.

Other than the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers they don't exist all that manpower and equip comes in the form of contracted work in the private sector.

So.... once again [love saying this] you're full of shit.

"Why is it only Liberals br... (Below threshold)
914:

"Why is it only Liberals bring up Barrys race?"

1. Thats why they voted for Him.

2. They are racists

"As for the undercurrent... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"As for the undercurrent of disrespect and tinge of racism that Groucho alluded to, Mark Keiman has it about right about Wilson, and those who cheer him on, and their lack of r-e-s-p-e-c-t."

And that bring us to exactly what this post is about: h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y.

914, I agree with:... (Below threshold)
Hank:

914, I agree with:

"Why is it only Liberals bring up Barrys race?"

1. Thats why they voted for Him.

2. They are racists

I'd also add:

3) they have nothing left to defend his incompetence with, hence the worn out race card.

Hank - I think you... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Hank -

I think your #3 nails it. There's no logical defense of criticism, so there's a reversion to emotional defenses - and the one that's gotten the most traction over the years is the racism accusation.

But that's pretty well worn out at this point.

I'm thinking next it'll be "Cut him some slack - it's a really hard job and it's just his first term!"

Chimpy McBush/Hitler.... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Chimpy McBush/Hitler.

You know, R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the presidency.

Nice post, Lawson.

I think that point #3 subst... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I think that point #3 substantiates point #2. The reason they jump to the race card to defend Obama's incompetence is because they themselves equate race with intelligence and ability.

Hyper- most of your post ab... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Hyper- most of your post above is rather beneath your usual standards. I'll put it down to disappointment with The One...

"Government does a whole lot of shit that private industry should never, ever be trusted with: fighting fires; maintaining infrastructure, even in shitty non-tax-paying neighbourhoods; waging war; passing legal verdicts..."

Please explain the following:

Volunteer fire departments which are essentially private citizens protecting their own.

The Chicago Skyway, which was sold to a private organization which has improved and repaired the crumbling structure and increased the utilization of the highway where the city of Chicago was utterly incapable of operating and maintaining the highway and people avoided it because it was becoming too dangerous to drive on.

I'll give you waging war, although the founding fathers did pretty well with this prior to the formation of the Continental Army and I'm not too sure that the government does that well with passing legal verdicts anymore.

Thank you, thank you... (T... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Thank you, thank you... (Tips hat to Bobdog...)

hyperbolist:<blockqu... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

hyperbolist:

_Mike_: are you stupid or ignorant? Government does a whole lot of shit that private industry should never, ever be trusted with: fighting fires; maintaining infrastructure, even in shitty non-tax-paying neighbourhoods; waging war; passing legal verdicts...

Thanks for demonstrating your complete inability to answer the simplest of questions. If you were semi-literate, you might have been able to notice that I did not ask what should private industry be "trusted with". The other examples you cite are a consequences of that which I'm referring.

Since hyper is 'mentally challenged', I'll be explicit and use smaller words.

The ONE thing that government CAN DO LEGALLY that a non-government entity cannot is - employ force to achieve its ends. The ability to levy taxes, rendering criminal/legal verdicts, etc are all based upon government's ability to legally employ force to achieve it's ends.

So, why is that Obama doesn't simply start a non-profit entity to offer another option ? Because he REQUIRES the government's ability to use force to compel people into compliance.

At this point I might ask you whether you're "stupid or ignorant", but it'd be a false dichotomy since I offered no conjunctive.

There are volunteer fire de... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

There are volunteer fire departments? You don't say!

That private citizens volunteer to perform certain tasks that the government is ultimately responsible for, fails to address my point: that we trust the government to perform certain tasks, and it tends to do them pretty well.

As for the government being allowed to apply force in order to achieve its ends, _Mike_, private industry does that all the time. I think you think you're being profound. Funny.

hyper:As... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

hyper:

As for the government being allowed to apply force in order to achieve its ends, _Mike_, private industry does that all the time.

Bullshit. Does being a moron require effort or does it come naturally for you ?

Name one instance where private industry employs coercive force to achieve its ends.

RE:25As of this mo... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

RE:25

As of this morning I have read no less than 3 articles where they state "President Bush had 8 years to drive the country into the ground, and the right has been attacking President Obama since before he took over, saying its all his fault." Or "8 years to screw it up, 8 months to fix it?" Or other versions of the same sentiment.

So indeed, the new defense is "Its too early and you aren't giving him a chance." Apparently he needs time to figure out how to do his job since he had no experience.

Come on guys. Who do you th... (Below threshold)
jim:

Come on guys. Who do you think you're fooling here?

The problem isn't that someone called someone else a liar. That clearly happens all the time, on all sides of the aisle.

The problem is when someone like Wilson, who is hired by and supposed to be a representative of the American people:

a) yelling it to interrupt a formal speech the President is invited to give
b) on top of that, being factually wrong - because the President was actually telling the literal truth.

Come on people!! It's embarrassing watching you twist around like this.

Can't you just admit Wilson was a tool and move on? You can still hate everything about Obama, I promise.

Jim, that is the definition... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Jim, that is the definition of a lie of omission. Say no incorrect statement while misleading by not telling the whole story.

SCSIwuzzy, the bill **speci... (Below threshold)
jim:

SCSIwuzzy, the bill **specifically states** that Illegal Immigrants **are not** to be covered.

Therefore to claim that the President is lying and that the Bill **covers** illegal immigrants is false.

You can see that right?

Please explain how Obama can possibly be lying by omission, when the Bill **specifically state** that illegal immigrants are not to be covered.

Also Shawn, please show or ... (Below threshold)
jim:

Also Shawn, please show or explain what enforcement provisions were removed.

And while we're at it, I'd love to know how the Federal government could possibly exclude 100% of illegal aliens from receiving funds, without an amount of identity control and police statism that would literally actually be fascist.

My apologies - my above com... (Below threshold)
jim:

My apologies - my above comment should be addressed to SCSIWuzzy re: #13, not to shawn.

hyper[BSartist] - "That... (Below threshold)
Marc:

hyper[BSartist] - "That private citizens volunteer to perform certain tasks that the government is ultimately responsible for, fails to address my point:"

Sorry it was your point which you plainly stated as, "Government does a whole lot of shit that private industry should never, ever be trusted with: fighting fires;"

America's volunteer firefighters, which number in the tens of thousands, are just as proficient in doing their job as fed and state funded firefighters.

Your snarky retort is a result of being caught flat-footed and being shown to be ill informed. At best.

And as jim m points out the Chicago Skyway is another example of gov failure turned into a much better service by the private sector.

You wanna talk about Amtrack passenger service vice that provided by private rail service?

Somehow I doubt it, at least not honestly.

jim - "I'd love to know... (Below threshold)
Marc:

jim - "I'd love to know how the Federal government could possibly exclude 100% of illegal aliens from receiving funds, without an amount of identity control and police statism that would literally actually be fascist."

Requiring proof of citizenship leads to "police statism" and "fascism?"

Geesh, and I thought the meme was all the "rethuglians" were a bunch or bed-wetting pussies.

Let me guess, you are opposed to a national ID card also.

No Mark, requiring proof of... (Below threshold)
jim:

No Mark, requiring proof of citizenship is not police statism and fascism. I have no problem with that per se.

It's **enforcing a 100% certainty of citizenship** that would require it. This is because no matter what the ID requirements are, some people will always find a way to lie, forge, or otherwise get around it.

So to ask President Obama and the Democratic Party to guarantee this certainty, and hold the fact that they can't guarantee this certainty as "proof" that they secretly want to insure illegal aliens...I think that's asking a bit much, don't you?

Especially since there's no Republican solution that can guarantee such a thing either. Does that mean the GOP stands for giving health insurance to illegal immigrants? Of course not.

As a side note, I'm not opposed to setting up a national ID card system - but it would require a lot of work, probably as much work as the current health care bill. Which I do think is a higher priority.

In case hyper hasn't comple... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

In case hyper hasn't completed fled the thread, I'm still curious about those private businesses which are legally capable of employing coercive force on their own. However, I imagine he's busy dislodging someone's foot from his ass or mouth.




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