Cross-posted by Gary Fouse
Just this past week, we have seen the liberal playbook in action. Not only are they calling out the goons from ACORN and the labor unions to show up at town hall meetings and go after the anti-government health care folks, they are stigmatizing those who oppose said government health care.
President Obama led off the new tact himself this week when he referred to the protesters, in a speech, as the ones who created the mess, saying that they should stop talking and "get out of the way". Sit down and shut up in other words.
According to Nancy Pelosi, protesters are showing up flying the Nazi flag. (Actually, some posters are equating the swastika with government health care, but what are details to Pelosi?)
Then there is New York Times columnist and Princeton professor Paul (the Worm) Krugman, a walking poster boy for how ridiculous the Nobel Prize has become, who wrote a column this week in the Times drawing a link between the protesters and "Birthers", as well as those who "have racial fears about having a black president". You see, all those folks who have turned out to oppose government health care are just a bunch of racists and folks who believe Obama was really born in Kenya. Talk like that will get you a Nobel Prize (for economics) and a teaching gig at Princeton.)
But last night on MSNBC, left-wing hostess (and Tim Geithner look-a-like *) Rachel Maddow had one of her regulars on-left-wing writer Frank Schaeffer. This character wrote a book called "Crazy for God", which blasted his conservative, Calvinist preacher-father. (Mr Schaeffer Jr. doesn't like what he calls "conservative Christians".) In answer to Maddow's question about references to Nazism by protesters having the possibility of leading to violence, Schaeffer took the ball and ran two football fields with it. As his voice became angrier and his eyes widened, Schaeffer told a somberly-concerned Maddow that mentioning Hitler was like "leaving a loaded gun" on the table and encouraging someone to pick it up. He then went on to give a litany of all the conservative boogey-men he could think of, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Dick Armey, the killers of Dr Tiller, anti-abortionists, insurance companies, opponents of Sonia Sotomayor, Fox News, the guy who killed Martin Luther King, "angry middle-aged white men", "bad Americans".....
Hey! Don't take my word for it. Watch it yourself.
You might also note that in Maddow's accompanying video clip of the melee in Tampa this week, she inadvertently showed the scene where one of the union goons (straight out of Central Casting, no less) puts a choke-hold on an anti-government health care protester who wanted to be admitted into the town hall meeting. (Watch the guy in the green shirt as "Sluggo" pushes him into a corner with a choke-hold.)
To sum up, Maddow and Schaeffer's thesis was that right-wing, racist protesters were using Nazi/Hitler references to suggest in "coded messages" that someone should go out and kill President Obama, which is a ridiculous and totally false suggestion. But this is what passes for journalism on MSNBC.
(* Why do I call Maddow a Tim Geithner look-a-like? Don't take my word for it. See for yourself.)
(I think Geithner is the one wearing a tie.)
So it appears that the Administration, the Democratic Party, and their servants in the news media are going after Americans who don't support their health care take-over. We are racists. We are "Birthers". We are "bad Americans".
And to President Obama, thank your, Sir, for "bringing us together".