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Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead

In all the excitement of the death of Osama Bin Laden, there was another passing -- one that will in all likelihood have a far greater and lasting effect on American politics. And it needs to be noted and observed.

For far too long, we've played the "guilt by association" game in politics. It's occasionally appropriate, but in the past few years -- say, a decade or so -- it's gotten way, way out of hand. Some examples are the calls for figures to "distance or denounce" others, others who have in some way done something disreputable.

The blogosphere offers a prime example -- the once-great Charles Johnson (now best called "King Charles The Mad") of Little Green Footballs determined that certain European groups had passed from entirely appropriate anti-Islamism into outright racism and white supremacy, and started denouncing them. Then, he escalated, calling out American bloggers who had spoken in support of some of these European groups' actions and statements and demanding that they join him in "distancing and denouncing" them. When they balked to jump at Charles' command, those bloggers -- Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer were the most prominent -- found themselves labeled as "white supremacists" and "hate bloggers." And when others didn't start "denouncing and distancing" themselves from Geller and Spencer, then that was obviously evidence that the white supremacist conspiracy was even greater than even Charles had thought.

Here's another. Donald Trump took up the "birther" cause, at least slightly, and finally drove Obama to release his long-form birth certificate. But while he was pushing it, lots of conservatives found themselves pushed to "denounce and distance themselves" from Trump and his provocative positions.

Personally, I gave a Dogbert-style dismissive wave and "bah." I had no interest in playing that game, but I did find it entertaining to watch.

And then there's the biggie. The Tea Party movement. It seems that at pretty much every gathering, there were signs of racism, birtherism, and other unpleasantness -- which, naturally, were focused on far out of proportion by the Lamestream Media. Some were even legitimate, and not liberal plants and infiltrators. Even when the majority of Tea Partiers explicitly played the game and "denounced and distanced themselves" from the whackjobs, it did no good -- the mere fact that the nuts (and plants) showed up was enough to discredit the entire movement.

But in the last week, we finally saw sanity prevail and that wretched trend fail -- and we have the liberals to thank.

Recently, in Los Angeles, President Obama's favorite union, held a May Day rally. It was a glorious celebration of the worker and the labor movement. And quite prominent among the attendees were a whole host of Communists.

No, I'm not joking, I'm not exaggerating, I'm not fear-mongering, I'm not trying to start a new Red Scare. Actual, honest-to-God, self-proclaimed Communists. Side by side with the SEIU. Hell, quite a few were both union members and Commies -- see for yourself.

But did you hear about how the SEIU (as well as the AFL-CIO and other unions who participated) is actually allied with Communism? Did you hear the ringing demands that the unions "denounce and distance themselves" from the Communists? Did the media focus on the red flags and the pictures of Lenin and Che, to the exclusion of pretty much all else?

Hell, no. Because the days of "guilt by association" are over, my friends. No longer do we have to spend most of our time looking suspiciously at those around us, paranoid that they might say or do (or have said or done) something somewhere that we might not like or agree with, and always be ready to "denounce and distance ourselves" from them at the drop of a hat. We can simply say that "we agree on these few points, and that is all what we care about today. By standing together this day, we say that and nothing more."

Thank you, liberals. Thank you, unions. Thank you, Lamestream media. By putting an end to that ugly practice, you've done this nation a great service.

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Comments (24)

Yep, that and the 'new civi... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Yep, that and the 'new civility' have certainly made things easier.

Who knew that hypocrisy could be such a wonderful thing.

The left is so delusional t... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The left is so delusional they do not even recognize their own hypocrisy. Watch. Chico, Hyper or someone will defend the indefensible. ww

No offense, but shouldn't t... (Below threshold)
Hank:

No offense, but shouldn't this be filed under satire?

"In case you were wondering... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"In case you were wondering what the SEIU was saying during all of this, here’s a video of the SEIU chanting “Legalization or REVOLUTION!” Clear enough?"

The video Ringo supplied say's it all, red on the inside AND outside and openly proclaiming it. If they start a civil war they'll have plenty of cannon fodder from the looks of those fools.

The (P)resident has friends he meets with daily (Andy Stern) that he can't just 'toss under the bus' with the same explanation he tossed Rev Wright. These fools are the gift that keeps on giving.

And don't forget that "the ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

And don't forget that "the most transparent administration, evah!" now meets with ??? across the street from the White House so that no records have to be kept.

I read something recently, ... (Below threshold)
Eric:

I read something recently, I don't remember where but it went something like "If It Weren't For Double Standards, They'd Have No Standards At All."

I think that little bit of wisdom still applies.

I saw that, but it was no s... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

I saw that, but it was no surprise. It's been obvious that SEIU (and AFSCME) are communist front groups for a long time.

For some reason, they think they can break cover now. Gee, I wonder why that is.

Well, now that Barry has sa... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Well, now that Barry has saved the economy, reduced the debt and ended terrorism, its nice to see Him laser focusing on the top issue facing us 'Immigration climate change' just in time for the 2012 race card debacle.

Yeah, turn down the Texas r... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Yeah, turn down the Texas request for federal declaration of a disaster area because of the wildfires, but fly in to give a speech on "immigration reform". That's going to go over real well.

Clearly you're joking, but ... (Below threshold)
Oldpuppymax:

Clearly you're joking, but I'm concerned some might not get it.

Jay, the whole gist of your... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Jay, the whole gist of your argument is predicated on the belief that the Left view Communism as something to distance itself from in the first place.

Your point is moot.

Anyone else think this was ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Anyone else think this was an announcement of Pelosi's demise?

I was all ready to go "Dude, don't be like that!" but it was something else entirely. Woah. Blew my mind..

Jay, the whole ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Jay, the whole gist of your argument is predicated on the belief that the Left view Communism as something to distance itself from in the first place

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Faith+1, I know that the Left is a bunch of Communists, but I'm surprised that they admitted it publicly. Up until now they've been using the "softly, softly catchee monkey" approach. That works well with brain dead liberals who don't realize that the Reds don't give a crap about any of the individual issues (immigration, feminism, environmentalism, homosexuals' squawks), which they regard merely as vehicles for agitation among groups that are either disaffected, or can be made so.

Hello, Jay. You know how I ... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Hello, Jay. You know how I feel about unions. So I'd like to share my own opinions here.

The CPUSA organization is a pretty irrelevant force in American politics. It has very few members and has lost financial support form the Russian Communist Party after the fall of the old Soviet Union. What's left of the tiny organization no doubt hopes to boost membership somewhat by participating in union rallies, even if they are largely viewed as unwelcome guests.

And the Communist label is pretty irrelevant around the world as well. In Russia, the organization largely financially survives by their friendship with a few Russian oil billionaires. In China and Vietnam, the Communists in both countries are some of the world's best businessmen and capitalists. In China, the number of billionaires is expected to surpass the U.S. within 5 years because their economy shows so much growth. Only in North Korea and Cuba is where the unreconstructed Communists hold on to an old Stalinist type of rule, which is also keeping the economics in a real state of distress.

Make no mistake, Communism is a horribly failed 1800's style of government. This poor form of government isn't about to make any comeback in it's old unreconstructed versions. I also wish that all unions would make it clear to Communist groups that they are an unwanted presence at their rallies.

My dad was a labor union member for 40 years. It provided him a safe and comfortable job as a baker with good health and retirement benefits with a $1600 month retirement paid for by union investments in mutual funds. He provided me a good life that I've only built on by owning three homes, fast cars, motorcycles, TV shops, a grocery store, and a now a bid to become the largest gentleman's club owner in Portland, Oregon. These opportunities have also helped me to find a wonderful 28 year old girlfriend even though I'm nearly 56. I'm a happy man because my father's good union job laid the groundwork to make my own life better.

Labor unions have also represented the upward mobility of many African Americans in cities like Detroit, moving many workers up the ranks from being working poor to becoming middle class. Unions have all sorts of forms. Actors have unions. Basketball players have unions. Unions can't really be stereotyped by any one type of organizational form.

Jay, I'll continue to view labor unions as largely positive and good for American society, while you do not share the same opinion. That's fine. Not everyone thinks the same or should think the same. Back to my entertainment writing now...

The CPUSA organ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

The CPUSA organization is a pretty irrelevant force in American politics.

Yeah, it is. I know that. I use the term as shorthand for the shadowy hard left. They don't call themselves CPUSA, preferring various names that they hope obscure things. (For example, "progressive" was a favorite euphemism of the USSR to describe fellow travelers; "Democratic Socialists" was the name of Barry's old party, Maoists, Trotskyites, etc. all working for "social justice," "immigrant rights," etc.)

So they don't call themselves CPUSA, but they're of the same ilk.

And the Communist label is pretty irrelevant around the world as well.

Again, this is merely a rebranding issue, no more. They don't generally use the "communist" any more, because it puts people off, but they hold exactly the same views as people who used to call themselves "communists." So the name change reflects a distinction without a difference.

In China and Vietnam, the Communists in both countries are some of the world's best businessmen and capitalists.

What's your point? That they're hypocritical? I'm familiar with American liberals, so hypocrisy comes as no surprise. George Soros contributes heavily to promote "social justice" and to help the downtrodden, and yet he's the most ruthless c*cks*cker polluting the planet, the poster boy for a robber baron who enriches himself by impoverishing others (see his record of currency manipulation in Thailand and the UK, among others).

This poor form of government isn't about to make any comeback in it's old unreconstructed versions.

I hope you're right, but I'm afraid you're not. Your argument implies that communism is finished because it's unpopular, but communism has never been chosen in any country; everywhere it's been tried, it has been imposed by force. And that still works. No one voted for communism in Russia, North Korea, China, Vietnam, Poland, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Rumania, Bulgaria, or Cuba. Popularity or lack thereof is irrelevant. Secret police, a gulag, and the will to use them are all that is required.

I also wish that all unions would make it clear to Communist groups that they are an unwanted presence at their rallies.

Me too. But they didn't.

Imagine the outcry if a Tea Party demonstration had had the participation of some people one-tenth as noxious as the Reds. Think the media would have laughed that off?

I'm a happy man because my father's good union job laid the groundwork to make my own life better.

But Paul, you're presupposing that all of this happened because your father belonged to a union, when we don't that that would have been the case.

I'd say unions are to labor as cartels are to companies: a mechanism for restraining competition and extracting more value from others than they would give up voluntarily.

Jay, I'll continue to view labor unions as largely positive and good for American society

Do you encourage unions in your enterprises? I mean, after all, they're good for American society, right?

...even if they... (Below threshold)
...even if they are largely viewed as unwelcome guests.
Did you click through and look at the pictures, Paul. They don't look unwelcome at all. They look like members of the family, and not the embarrassing members that no one will admit to inviting to the family reunion either.
First up, Hank, I did tag i... (Below threshold)

First up, Hank, I did tag it "Modest Proposals." I didn't want to be THAT obvious.

Next, Paul: you never fail to find an excuse to monologue your own points, even if -- especially if -- you have to run roughshod over the actual subject.

And to Paul and everyone else: there were a LOT of proud Commies there, including one guy wearing an SEIU shirt and carrying a Commie flag. They don't get much more blatant and welcoming than that.

J.

It would have been fairly d... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

It would have been fairly difficult for Ringo to photochop that video that Zombie has at the link.

The rest of the photo's speak for themselves. If they had been seen at a TEA Party rally the media would have had them front and center for a week crowing about how extreme they are.

Ok, I actually loo... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Ok,

I actually looked at the pictures and bleh,' Barry's brown-shirts are truly a despicable mentally deranged lot.

"I'm a happy man because my... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"I'm a happy man because my father's good union job laid the groundwork to make my own life better"

Gee I am happy and my dad didnt have a good job, wasnt part of the union and groundwork he laid had to do with my morals.

Maybe Paul, it had nothing to do with the union. Maybe, just maybe it was something else.

"I'm a happy man because my... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"I'm a happy man because my father's good union job laid the groundwork to make my own life better"

Gee I am happy and my dad didnt have a good job, wasnt part of the union and groundwork he laid had to do with my morals.

Maybe Paul, it had nothing to do with the union. Maybe, just maybe it was something else.

Retired Military, you serve... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Retired Military, you served our nation. That's something to be proud of. There's a long military history in my family as well.

Paul:Both my paren... (Below threshold)
epador:

Paul:

Both my parents served WWII and Dad put in 23 years.

What's the name of the military union?

Oh yeah, the USA!

Who were they fighting when my Dad retired? The Hammer and Sickle folks!

You know, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

How's that for union busting, huh?


Paul, I noticed that while ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Paul, I noticed that while you've responded to other comments, you've seen fit to ignore my question, so I'll repeat it:

Do you encourage unions in your enterprises? I mean, after all, they're good for American society, right?

I look forward to your answer. If I receive none, I'll consider you a raging hypocrite who considers unions fine for other employers, but discourages them for his own employees.

What's it to be, then? Do you encourage unions in your own enterprises? Yes or no?




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