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Andrew Klavan explains the #1 liberal argument

He posted this in April ’09, and since then they’ve done nothing but prove him right:

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Sound familiar? Now they’re using a mass murder by a complete lunatic in a desperate attempt to get you to — yep, you guessed it — shut up. For the most recent example of this tactic, see the utterly transparent concern troll Mark Halperin. As Mary Katherine Ham reports:

During a discussion on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday, the panel conceded that conservatives and Tea Party activists were unfairly scapegoated in the wake of Jared Lee Loughner’s shooting spree in Tucson, Ariz., which killed six and left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life after a gunshot wound to the head. Mark Halperin of Time just thinks conservatives shouldn’t bother defending themselves, so as to avoid further political escalation…

“I just want to single out one thing. I think the media and the politicians have behaved pretty well so far. I’m worried about the anger of the right-wing commentariat,” Halperin said. “Fox and George Will and other conservatives are in some cases justifiably upset at liberals, but they’re turning this back into the standard operating procedure of ‘all this is war and fodder for content’ rather than trying to bring the country together…”

“They’re right, but rather than seizing on it and turning the other cheek, they’re back at their war stations. That’s not going to help us.”

“Us” meaning “the people who agree with Mark Halperin.” No, I don’t suppose it is going to help “us.” Remember when dissent was considered the highest form of patriotism? Now we’re told, “Sure, you were falsely accused of abetting a mass murder, but why are you responding to lies with the truth? Shut up.” After you, Mr. Halperin.

Before they even knew Jared Lee Loughner’s name, before they even knew how many victims there were, our moral and ethical superiors had convinced themselves that this psycho validated their “violent Tea Partyers” ploy. Whoops. And now, despite an utter lack of evidence of any connection whatsoever, they’re trying to bull through it and convince everybody that somehow we’re responsible. Hey, if a Democrat was shot, Republicans must be responsible. (Whereas if a Republican had been shot, the blame would fall on the Republicans.)

Stay tuned for further efforts to link you to the actions of a madman, and to therefore stifle your speech. Be prepared to remind your accusers of the facts. Don’t let these ghoulish vultures use the innocent dead to shut you up.

P.S. It’s been pointed out to me that the murdered federal judge was in fact a Republican. Well, I’m sure they can explain that away somehow. In the meantime, they’d appreciate it if you’d shut up.

P.P.S. Giffords’ surgeon says she’s 100% certain to survive. To most, a relief. To Mark Penn and his ilk (“Obama needs his own Oklahoma City”), just another factor in the equation.

P.P.P.S. Meanwhile:

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P.P.P.P.S. Just last month, Halperin was longing for a “catastrophe” that would give Obama “a route to political revival.” Did I mention that these people are vultures?

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  • didacticrogue

    OK – the Palin tweets are absolutely vile.

  • butters

    Actually, ‘turn the other cheek’ is good advice but not in the way Halperin thinks. There is another interpretation to the biblical ‘turn the other cheek’ in that it means the same thing as turning your back in contempt at the person who wronged you. So when Jesus commands you to give your clothing to your enemy, he’s telling you to give it to him as a sarcastic gesture. I think we should mock the left in a similar fashion.

    • libertyatstake

      Mocking them back is very effective, as long as we stay grounded in reality and try to keep it more humorous than mean-spirited. It’s been working for me.

      “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • zelda

    They’re vampires. And not the sexy ones from Underworld. The horrible ones from 30 Days of Night.

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  • texasmamma

    and hooray for G. Giffords — great news!

  • texasmamma

    here’s what makes me sick (among other things), for the sheer hypocrisy on display: immediately after the Ft. Hood shootings in Tx, there were no flags lowered to half-mast in D.C., there were not numerous photo-ops & press statements from the president, there was no “moment of silence” featuring a (thankfully) muted pres. & his ever-so-somber-looking wife, nor, as i recall, was there any rush by the pres. to fly to Tx. to “comfort” or “meet with” victims’ family members or whatever it is he thinks he’s going to accomplish.

    i’m sure it discomfits him that his advisers have told him that, for political expediency, he must travel to the noted backwater — the hated state of arizona.

    A point for contemplation, is it even possible that these people don’t understand how utterly transparent they are?

    • irwinhandleman

      you are utterly, and completely wrong.


      good news: there’s no need for you to feel sick! bad news: your memory sucks.

      • texasmamma

        Irwin, no, my dear, you are wrong, but good enough try, i guess. i wrote “immediately after the Ft. Hood shootings in Tx”. your link is to obama’s appearance at the memorial service which took place many days after the shootings. After someone had prepared remarks for obama, had written a speech for him, and coached him on how to “show some compassion”. according to reports, his handlers did a creditable job. some thought he behaved and spoke as if he cared.

        his first action regarding Ft. Hood was a non-reaction that even a writer in Chicago, of all places, saw fit to comment upon. http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics/A-Disconnected-President.html; here’s another one for you: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6908849.ece

        his next action was to finger-waggingly admonish America not to “jump to conclusions” about the shooter and/or his motives, even though it was known almost immediately that the shooter was a Muslim and that he shouted “God is Great” even has he fired, spreading death and mayhem.

        maybe obama learned some lessons after his callous reaction to Ft. Hood and the wide-spread criticisms of him that followed. here’s one more link for ya’, irwin; only time will tell if obama will echo his followers and supporters and “blame” this horrific event on conservatives, republicans, limbaugh, “the usual suspects”, “rhetoric”, etc., or if he will lay blame at the feet of the evil, deranged shooter. http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/01/why-hasnt-obama-warned-against-jumping-conclusions-he-did-after-f

        by the way, i forgive you, irwin, for trying to be so snarky. especially since you failed and also because you were wrong. relax, dude.

  • irwinhandleman

    “…despite an utter lack of evidence of any connection whatsoever…”

    jim, i agree with you. and liberals probably felt just like you’re feeling when sarah palin invented death panels. or when you guys say that obama wasn’t born in america. it’s complete, made up bs, and yet people keep saying it and there’s a perception by some that it’s true. it’s very frustrating, isn’t it? i guess your own medicine doesn’t taste so good.

    • Jim Treacher

      Somebody check Oscar Wilde’s grave. He seems to have arisen.

    • dougv

      Wow. Shall we call you “moralequivalenceman” instead? If I recall correctly, people died because of this guy. This has nothing to do with Sarah Palin’s “death panels” or whether or not Obama was born in the US. Nobody was killed or injured because Palin speculated the Obamacare would lead to “death panels” or because some people would like to see Obama’s official birth certificate. I kinda feel sorry for you. Actually, for your parents. They must be so proud.

      • Jim Treacher

        But you see, they’re equivalent because it makes Brian feel better to think of them as somehow equivalent. Your mistake is looking at it in terms of facts and evidence. It’s about what scratches the itch, eases the cognitive dissonance. Please take pity on our poor friend Brian.

        • rev

          Ah, but here’s where you’re wrong, Treacher: shut up.

    • Jim Treacher
    • The_anniebanannie

      Somebody on the right saying they want to see proof of Obama’s birth (since his Kenyan Grandmother says he was born there) is exactly the same thing as accusing Palin of being an accessory to the murder of 6 people?

  • tom kinney

    Halperin is one of those guys who typifies contemporary reporters for better and for worse. Clearly, he’s a liberal. Nobody doubts that. But he does seem to have some concept of objectivity and he seems to try to uphold it as best he understands it. However, objectivity these days, and since the 60s, has skewed leftwards, making what we used to call the “middle” a moving goal post. This is apparently very confusing to those like Halperin who would like to think they’re representing an objective POV but frequently stray over the line and don’t seem to realize they have.

    But that’s a dangerous game. If we can’t have a truly objective press, and I’m not sure that was ever an achievable goal, then we should at least have a press that makes clear their partisan affiliations. You know, the same way that Cable TV provides the R or D letter with the name of a congressman. Proceding from that point, as viewers, readers, and listeners, we’d know what ground we were on.