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Liberalism will lose the war

Published 9:33am Thursday, October 17, 2013

The “new era of civility in politics” called for by President Obama after former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot, lasted about five Washington minutes. Since then Obama has adopted a scorched earth public policy in an attempt to destroy his political enemies, but sacrificing the Constitution as collateral damage.

Consider Obama’s Jan. 12, 2011 words in Tucson: “At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized — at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do; it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”

Fast forward to the Oct. 8, 2013, press conference, when an unhinged Obama used highly inflamed words describing those who think differently as “hostage takers” party to “extortion” and “insanity,” who created “catastrophe” and “chaos.” Rather uncivil discourse for one who seems to believe he is destined to be the fifth president chiseled out of rock at Mount Rushmore.

So what happened between Tucson and Oct. 8? Nothing, really. Liberals by nature are bipolar, switching effortlessly from one issue to the next, depending upon the audience, time of day and what they had for dinner.

In Tucson, liberals perceived a tragedy as a chance to promote gun control. At the press conference last week, liberals weren’t getting their way regarding the debt ceiling and seized the opportunity to change focus by demonizing opponents. Why make rational decisions to salvage the nation’s economy when one can sling mud?

Think back to the 2012 election. The Obama re-election campaign vilified opponents by circulating a list of top Romney campaign donors they claimed had “less-than-reputable records.” Obama’s political lap dogs responded, and not long after, good people fell victim to IRS audits and intimidation.

Similar tactics were used to push back conservative and Tea Party groups. According to Jonathan Alter, author of the book, “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” Obama used an extremely vulgar term “tea-baggers” (My column is PG-13, so you look it up) to publicly disparage Tea Party activists.

The vulgarity went viral and became part of the public discourse regarding the Tea Party, whose only crime so far is having an opinion contrary to the president’s. With tax-exempt status (and their reputations) in limbo, many would-be Romney campaign players were conveniently silenced; hence sending the chilling message: The IRS had Obama’s back and would stab yours if you dared to publicly oppose their guy. Scary stuff.

It is reasonable to say that without these Chicago thug tactics, an inept empty suit sporting golf shoes might not be occupying the oval office. Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto concurs. Taranto wrote, “We now know that government corruption — namely IRS persecution of dissenters — was a factor in Obama’s re-election.

During his second inaugural address, Obama called for an end to political name-calling, but he continues, out of control. His rancor is contagious and trickles down the ranks, spreading from Pelosi, Reid, Carney and the rest of the lemmings to senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer, who recently likened those who disagree to terrorists “with a bomb strapped to their chest.”

Former Obama campaign manager and senior White House adviser David Plouffe was no more civil Oct. 10, suggesting opponents are “committing economic treason.”

Insane… hostage takers…terrorists…the list goes on. Liberalism’s sewer politics may win a few battles or elections — but will eventually lose the war. Liberalism has failed the world over. And today, with the president’s approval numbers at 37 percent , liberalism is headed south in Obama’s uncivil America.

 

Susan Stamper Brown is an opinion page columnist who writes about politics, the economy and culture. Email Susan at writestamper@gmail.com or her website at susanstamperbrown.com.

  • keta

    Of all the funny things in this article, the funniest is the part about the president “destroying his political enemies, but sacrificing the constitution”. Let’s consider that. Under the constitution, if we don’t like the current president’s agenda, we get to elect somebody whose agenda we DO like, and send the old president packing. Republicans have revised that. Now, if they don’t like the way an election turned out, they impeach, obstruct, shut down the government, and threaten to blow up the economy unless they get what they want. Since their party is too riddled with wackos to conduct a successful presidential campaign, this is what the future looks like. Except that most of us are sick of it and embarrassed by it, so that’s a factor. More importantly, normal republicans, average small-government, fiscally conservative republicans, are sick of it and embarrassed by it, so that’s an even bigger factor in the way this plays out. Best case: the teapartiers will split from the party and choose their own harebrained candidate. Hopefully, he’ll campaign like the brain-dead demonstrator who stood in front of the White House gates last week, holding a big old confederate flag. You can’t buy that kind of Democratic vote-getter; you just have appreciate the total idiocy that allows it to happen.

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  • mickakers

    mikehaney; I find it interesting how you manipulate comments and take them out of context. Your style brings to mind a bible thumping preacher who picks and chooses phrases out of the bible to suit his purpose.

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  • mikehaney

    mickakers October 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm Link

    Tribune; Lil Hilary’s comment is food for thought
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    The teapublicans are promoting World Vasectomy Day which is tomorrow, October 18th. Not sure how this will play out politically. Mikehaney, I’m sure you will support your party and participate in their cause.
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    :)

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  • Lil Hilary

    The teapublicans are promoting World Vasectomy Day which is tomorrow, October 18th. Not sure how this will play out politically. Mikehaney, I’m sure you will support your party and participate in their cause.
    Anyhow, that’s what someone told Michele Bachmann in a parking lot and was reported on Faux news so it must be true.

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  • mikehaney

    Once BO forces all christians out of the military what will be next?

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  • mikehaney

    Living in a liberal world.——————————————————————————————————————-“This mischaracterization of AFA is reprehensible and inexcusable. We have many military members who are a part of the AFA network who know these accusations are a tissue of lies,” he said.

    An update on the situation today from Fox News is that the Pentagon is claiming the information used in the presentation calling AFA a hate group “was not acquired from official sources and does not reflect Army doctrine.” However, Tim Wildmon, President of AFA says that the organization will still persue a lawsuit against the military.

    Wildmon told Fox News that “he doesn’t believe the Army’s excuse.” because they are hearing from too many people acroos the US who have had the same experience in military training sessions in both the Army and the Air Force.

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  • mikehaney

    Tough to be civil with lies coming out of BO’s mouth everytime he opens it. What’s the matter with liberals is they can’t stand the truth and wouldn’t recognize it if it smacked them in the face. And the people lose again. The thing about losing is it just makes one stronger when one has a moral compass to follow.

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  • mickakers

    Tribune; Lil Hilary’s comment is food for thought. Susan Stamper Brown is a rabble rouser. Her comments are not productive but counter productive when it comes to reasonableness, cooperation and compromise. These three attributes are vital to good and sound government.

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  • mickakers

    To get the facts, please do a search on; (congress sends obama bill to end shutdown – the washington post). Common sense, good judgement and the American people finally won out.

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  • mikehaney

    Go Tea Party! Good work.

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  • Lil Hilary

    Please tribune, stop printing this woman’s trash. She doesn’t have a rational thought in her tiny brain! Speaking on bi polar, just read this article jumping from point to point. She speaks of Tucson which was praised by all conservatives as Obama’s greatest hour and speech, not divisive or about gun control. She speaks of libs using words like insane, hostage takers, terrorists; republicans are using these words to describe the tea party. Finally, look at people like her and teapublicans at their rally’s and conferences comparing our president to Hitler, a communist, the anti Christ, and not born in this country. Then more recent, they attack Hilary Clinton at a California republican conference with badges marked KFC, saying 2 fat thighs 2 small breasts, left wing… Civility left the tea party along time ago! Hypocritical and delusional indeed…..stop printing this hack! She has trouble with the facts!

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