Liberals’ hate-speech double standard

Controlling and neutralizing the opposition’s speech is the name of the left’s game. The liberal speech police have had us walking on eggshells with politically correct speech lists for so long now that by the time we learn a newly sanctioned liberal term for persons, places, or things, it is outdated and we are suddenly branded hate-filled radicals for using it.

But what makes political speech hateful? And who should be the arbiter of when political rhetoric crosses the line?

The American Thinker’s John Dietrich put it well: “when liberals rant, it’s called free speech; when conservatives rant, it is hate speech.”

The reaction of many liberals to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has helped expose liberals’ hate-speech double standard. Well-known liberal pundits and a partisan county sheriff waited just hours before blaming (without a shred of evidence) the actions of a lone psychotic gunman on conservative radio personalities and political voices, ignoring the hateful things that come out of liberals’ mouths.

The following quotes illustrate my point. Try to identify the people being quoted (answers are below):

A. “Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to put him against a wall and shoot him.”

B. “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” & “We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends…”

C. “A message to progressives: By all means, hang Senator Joe Lieberman in effigy.”

D. “Michele, slit your wrist. Go ahead… or, do us all a better thing [sic]… start at the collarbone.”

E. Barack Obama is a “light-skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

F. “All Hymie wants to talk about is Israel; every time you go to Hymietown, that’s all they want to talk about.”

G.  “You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here.”

H. “How much time do we have left to talk about how stupid Sarah Palin is?”

I. Bill Maher: “You could have went to New Hampshire and killed two birds with one stone.” (Senator):Or, I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone.”

Answers: (A) Former Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski; (B) Barack Obama in 2008 and 2010; (C) New York Times columnist Paul Krugman; (D) Talk show host Montel Williams, directed at Rep. Michele Bachmann; (E) Senator Harry Reid, 2008; (F) Reverend Jesse Jackson, 1984; (G) DNC Chairman Howard Dean; (H) The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen on CNN; (I) Senator John Kerry on HBO’s “Real Time.”

Let freedom of speech ring loud and clear. I for one do not want the liberal-progressive voice or slander quieted. The hypocrisy, hubris, and emotion-filled rhetoric of the left illuminate the sanity of conservative policies and traditional American values.

Conservatives should take heart in the even-tempered tone of those representing their ideals in the public forum. At the rate the left self-destructs, it’s only a matter of time before more American liberals grow up and realize their attacks upon the rights they wish to corral and bridle are attacks upon themselves.

James Michael Pratt is a New York Times bestselling novelist and non-fiction author, CEO of PowerThink Publishing, public speaker, Op Ed writer for The Daily Caller, and Founder of Reagan Revolution 2. His creative work may be reviewed at www.jmpratt.com. Email: james@powerthink.com

  • zooeymaddie

    yes,as all you never-do-wrong,fact check people,the democrats are no better than their friends on the right.BUT the difference is those democrats that did say those things did come out AND own up to what they said and agreed that it was not the wisest of words to say.WE are aLL GUILTY name calling and the like but,some own it,and some blame everybody and their brother.noone ever said sarah palin was responsible for the shooting,but her and pther HATE tatics could send a mentally challanged person off the edge.so.own what you did and try to watch and choose your words and rhetoric more carefully,and please don’t compound matters by ranting and playing the victim.

  • The Die Hard

    Oh, sorry. (G) is true. And what Howard Dean said WAS TRUE. Hello, the teabaglicans claimsed an audience of about two thousand was two MILLION, by including pictures of the Black Family Reunion? Repukelibaggers aren’t just stupid useless lying hypocritical scum, but that covers the basics.

  • The Die Hard

    Uh, the fact that everything in this article is a complete lie, and never actually happened, doesn’t bother conservatoads?

    Guess not. Well, that defines teabaglicans for you.

  • StopConRhetoric

    Same old Conservative whining that has existed since they introduced Wedge issues and the “Liberal Media” rants 30 years ago to appease the white Christian masses…

    To quote the editor of the Daily Caller, Matt Labash…

    “[Interviewer Asks], “Why have conservative media outlets like The Weekly Standard and FOX News Channel become more popular in recent years?”

    [Matt Labash answers] “Because they feed the rage. We bring pain to the liberal media. I say that mockingly but it’s true somewhat…While these hand-wringing Freedom Forum types talk about objectivity, the conservative media like to rap the liberal media on the knuckles for not being objective. We’ve created this cottage industry in which it pays to be un-objective … It’s a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Criticize other people for not being objective. Be as subjective as you want. It’s a great little racket.”

  • kaziklibey

    Here’s an interesting Google: MSNBC liberals call for violence after losing house 2010.

    About 1,010,000 results (0.28 seconds)

    …and some folks wonder how I knew the shooter would be a leftwing nut-job before his identity was ever revealed…

    Just as predictable was the Left’s response of pointing fingers at others to evade criticism for their on the record actions just prior to the shootings.

    Some things never change.

    • StopConRhetoric

      Now that’s scientific….NOT!

      So a list of the first 10 hits…2 articles on Pot legalization and “stories” from the following sites:

      Big Government – D-uchebag Breitbart
      Anne Coulter – Conservative Positional Media
      Newsbusters – Conservative Positional Media
      Free Republic – Conservative Blog
      Breitbart TV – Copnservative Blog

      Wow, so what you have discovered is the Conservative positional media is all interconnected and spews the same talking points! No way!

      As Stalin said “the first step to controlling a society is to marginalize the press.”

    • The Die Hard

      Yeah, and you believe all the search-engine hits on flying saucers, too.

      Psychotic moron.

  • ChuckL88

    How about a column comparing the comments of Churchill and Hitler before and during WWII?

    Then we could pretend both sides were equally culpable.

  • Tess_Comments

    It is time for all of us to STOP the HATE Speech.
    We should all come together.
    Check Out: Tucson Tragedy – Christina’s Pledge

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