By Don Feder – BarbWire guest contributor
Speaking at the annual convention of The Race on July 21, La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia said she was “outraged” by chants of “USA! USA!” at rallies in Murrieta, California against the continuing erosion of our national sovereignty via vanishing borders.
“What we saw in Murrieta … was ugly, divisive, and yet another low in a debate I thought could not get much lower,” the La Raza leader intoned. Demonstrators holding up ugly, divisive signs that said “Stop illegal immigration,” had “cloaked their hatred in patriotism,” Murguia charged.
If I noted that (according to Border Patrol agents), the notorious MS-13 gang is recruiting new members from the “unaccompanied minors” at a facility in Arizona, would that be “ugly,” “divisive,” or cloaking my “hatred in patriotism?”
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Hate, haters, hatred, hateful, it’s the left’s favorite mantra – a chorus that at times rises to a deafening crescendo. Those who won’t roll over for its agenda are “bigoted,” “intolerant,” “racist,” “homophobic,” “Islamophobic, “extremist,” “ugly,” “divisive,” and so on.
I’ve thought of setting it to music, like the old Dr. Pepper jingle: “He’s a hater; she’s a hater; they’re all haters; it’s a hate group… Wouldn’t you like to be a hater too?”
If a group is hateful, you don’t have to engage it intellectually. Why lower yourself to answer the arguments of haters? Don’t debate them; destroy them.
Saul Alinsky, Obama’s favorite theoretician, described this tactic in “Rules for Radicals,” No. 12: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Your opponent isn’t a human being who disagrees with you (whose reasoning may be the logic of generations past); he’s a monster, consumed by malice, whose advocacy will lead, ultimately, to crimes against humanity.
A week before Murguia’s rant, Attorney General Eric Holder – who’d look great in an orange jumpsuit – played the race card again. Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Holder said he detected “racial animus” in criticism of his president.
Now, he’s not saying that all criticism of the paragon in the White House is motivated by racism, but “There’s a certain racial component to this for some people … for some there’s a racial animus.”
How else to explain: “You know, people talking about taking our country back” – from a man who encourages national suicide by illegal immigration, doubled the national debt, will soon dictate the health care of every American, wants to carve Hamas-istan out of Israel, and shows his contempt for Middle American values at every turn? Can there possibly be any other explanation for such hostility?
In this election year, Democrats are reviving one of their favorite tropes – the “Republican War on Women.” This is how they’ll hold the Senate, their consultants and media minions explain.
The war is said to be characterized by Republican assaults on “reproductive rights.” Opposition to anti-speech zones around abortion clinics, attempts to ban partial-birth and gender-selection abortions, even Catholic institutions refusing to provide contraceptives to sexually active co-eds, are all part of a heinous plot to “turn back the clock” – to an era when we didn’t destroy inconvenient life in the womb.
So sinister is this campaign that it’s even co-opted a majority of women. In a 2012 Gallup poll, 56% of women said that abortion should be available only in certain limited circumstances or not all – slightly less than the 59% of men who agreed.
It seems Republicans are at war with everyone except white, male millionaires, to the right of Michael Moore.
According to The New York Times‘ Paul Krugman, Republicans have the poor in their sights.
In an October 13, 2013 commentary (“A War on the Poor”) Krugman wrote: “Republican hostility toward the poor and unfortunate has now reached such a fever pitch that the party really doesn’t stand for anything else – and only willfully blind observers can fail to see that reality.”
Wait a minute, I thought Republicans also stood for hostility to women, racial minorities and immigrants – or does it depend on the left’s paranoia du jour?
During the 2009 House debate on ObamaCare, Rep. Alan Grayson (D, FL), recipient of the Harry Reid Award for dispassionate analysis, explained, “If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly.” On the other hand, Democrats would allow the elderly and terminally ill to die slowly, by denying them care through a form medical triage, enforced by death panels.
GOP hostility to the downtrodden is said to be demonstrated by proposed cuts in social spending, calls for balanced budgets and hateful rhetoric about people standing on their own two feet.
On the other hand, Democratic compassion is reflected in the dominance of fatherless families among the poor, third-generation welfare families and eliminating entry-level jobs, through increases in the minimum wage and other voodoo economic measures.
Democrats love the poor so much that they’re flooding the country with illegal aliens who will knock the working poor off the lowest rung in the economic ladder, by taking jobs that require the fewest skills.
But no one surpasses the homosexual lobby and its political allies at tossing around hysterical charges of hatred.
When she learned that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was giving the keynote address at the annual March for Marriage in Washington, D.C on June 19, House Minority Nancy Pelosi had a meltdown.
Although she consistently ignores her church’s teaching on abortion and marriage, Pelosi felt competent to lecture the archbishop on avoiding the mortal sin of political incorrectness.
The March for Marriage is “venom masquerading as virtue,” the political hack instructed the head of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Those participating in the march showed “disdain and hate toward LGBT persons.”
It’s true, most of the co-sponsors – including the National Organization for Marriage, Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America – have been officially designated hate groups by the Church of PC, the Southern Poverty Law Center (a well-oiled fund-raising/libel machine).
In an op-ed in the Salt Lake City Tribune (“World Congress of Families meets our definition of hateful”), the head of the Human Rights Campaign chirped: “Hate is neither an American value nor a family value.”
By hateful, HRC means: opposes same-sex marriage, thinks children need two parents (of different genders), sees gay rights as a way to punish dissent and negate religious freedom, believes the Boy Scouts have a right to the standards that have served them well for over 100 years, would deny the gender-confused the right to use the bathroom of their choice, and so on. (The list is long and constantly expanding.)
Depending on the issue, that makes between 50% and 70% of the American people hateful.
But when it comes to the most common, virulent and frequently lethal hatred in the world – Islamic anti-Semitism – the left is mute.
Jew hatred is a regular feature of anti-Israel rallies. On July 13, at a protest outside the Israeli consulate in Boston, pro-Hamas activists attacked counter-demonstrators shouting “Jesus killers.” One of the Christ-killers they assaulted was a Christian lady who supports Israel.
In Berlin, local Muslims and their Aryan allies chanted “Gas the Jews” at rallies and street protests in support of the Jew-haters of Hamas.
In France, Muslim gangs have attacked eight synagogues, shouting “Hitler was right.” In marches through the streets of Paris, mobs (which frequently veer off to destroy Jewish shops) cry “Allah Akbar” and “Death to the Jews. ”
Dieter Grumann, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, remarked, “We would have never in our lives expected that anti-Semitic slogans of the worst and most primitive kind could be chanted in German streets.”
Almost 80 years after Kristallnacht, a man wearing a yarmulke takes his life in his hands walking through most European cities.
On July 25, a sermon broadcast on Al-Aqsa TV (the Hamas station in Gaza) called for the extermination of Jews, warning, “We will not leave a single one of you alive.”
Muslim calls for murder are actualized in blood. On March 19, 2012, an Algerian jihadist shot and killed a rabbi and three Jewish school children in the French city of Toulouse. Within a week, French Muslim women tried to hold a march – in support of the killer.
For leftists to acknowledge the reality of Islamic anti-Semitism is unthinkable. Muslims are another persecuted people and a reliable ally in their war against the West. To suggest a connection between the religion of peace and the oldest hatred in the world is Islamophobic.
Remember, it’s only “hate” when opposing it fits the left’s agenda.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website, DonFeder.com.
This article was first posted at GrassTopsUSA.
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