Civility? What channel?
By Frank Salvato
What's all this talk about civility taking hold in the American political arena? Evidently, Progressive talker Stephanie Miller, who, I guess, has a syndicated radio show – amazing what passes for talent these days on talk radio – didn't get that memo...strange, too, as her leader, Pres. Barack Obama took to the airwaves after the Tucson tragedy to admonish everyone who was throwing rhetorical bombs under the guise of "political debate." Yet, for Ms. Miller, it's full speed ahead with the name-calling and the deprecating jokes.
Mediateite.com reports that while discussing House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH):
"...Miller and her show's producer, Chris Lavoie, mentioned her earlier joke about Barack Obama making 'the Boehner cry'..."
Miller pronounced the Speaker's name "Boner."
"And then came an observation about Boehner's warm glow – an observation that, of course, acts as rather juicy bait for conservatives who will (we're guessing) most certainly ask why it's excusable to make comments about the Speaker's skin color:
"'And then the other big thing I noticed – I'm sorry cause you know you can't help the visual, okay – Boehner is a darker color than the President.'
"Lavoie then chimed in with quite a specific observation:
"'I tweeted last night that if he wore an avocado green tie, he would totally be a 1970's kitchen.'"
That's nice. Isn't it?
Truth be told, when one honestly compares the rhetoric of the Progressive Left, the Democrats and the Right – the main word here is honestly and yes I did separate the Progressives from the Democrats – we arrive at only one outcome consistently, and that is that the overwhelming majority of caustic rhetoric comes from the Progressive faction of our political spectrum.
Politico.com reported in February of last year, well before the Tucson tragedy, that Progressive talker and admitted Socialist, Ed Shultz, said this of former Vice President Dick Cheney:
"You're damn right, Dick Cheney's heart's a political football. We ought to rip it out and kick it around and stuff it back in him...Do you realize that if you had five heart attacks, hell, you wouldn't get past two heart attacks and they'd dump you...But because you're a war criminal and because you are on the take from Halliburton...you can get the best healthcare on the face of the earth."
One has to wonder where all that Leftist tolerance has disappeared to.
On a more measured note, but nevertheless just as dishonest and disingenuous, former (it feels good to say that) MSNBC pundit Keith Olbermann denigrated the Tea Party Movement, challenging:
"Let me ask all of you who attend these things, how many black faces do you see at these events?"
"Why are you surrounded by the largest crowd you will ever again see in your life that consists of nothing but people who look exactly like you?"
Ironically, and simply to make a point, ACORN whistleblower Anita Moncrief recently announced the creation and launch of the nation's first Black Tea Party group. One has to wonder whether Mr. Olbermann can wipe the self-pity from his eyes long enough to see the different "colors" involved in the Tea Party Movement, or whether his arrogance just sees Conservatives and those who want to protect the Constitution as gray.
But why should we be surprised at the vitriol coming out of the Progressive Left?
Progressives are the ones who gin-up discontent around the world. From Greece to San Francisco, France to the G20 summits and World Trade Organization events wherever they take place, if there is a loud, obnoxious, bull-headed protest event, complete with posters depicting someone as Hitler and denouncing Capitalism in favor of wealth redistribution and Che Guevara, there you will find Progressives, in all their disgruntled, arrogant, elitist glory.
Now, you may be asking why I separate the Democrats from the Progressives. After all, they both come from the Left side of the aisle, right?
Wrong. Progressives exist on both sides of the aisle; they simply have found it easier to take-over the Democrat Party.
Nancy Pelosi, the majority of the Congressional Black Caucus (can you imagine if there was a Congressional White Caucus? Whoa!) and all of the mini-me special interest caucus leaders routinely are found to be members of the House Progressive Caucus – 70 House members, along with two Senators comprise the whole of the Progressive contingent. Compare that to the rest of the Democrat side of the aisle which numbers 123, including 26 Blue Dog Democrats.
My point? If you want to truly arrive at civility in the American political arena, all we really have to do is separate the infiltrating Progressives from the true Democrats and spotlight the Progressives for who and what they are: caustic malcontents hell-bent on diminishing our Constitutional Republic to a Socialist Democracy. All we have to do is encourage true Democrats to...take back their party.
That achieved – and only then – can we return to the days of civil, spirited and honest debate in the American political arena.
And so it goes...
Frank Salvato is the Executive Director and Director of Terrorism Research for BasicsProject.org a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization, BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is a member of the International Analyst Network and has been a featured guest on al Jazeera's Listening Post. He also serves as the managing editor for The New Media Journal. Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and is a regular guest on talk radio including on The Captain's America Radio Show, nationally syndicated by the Phoenix Broadcasting Network and on NetTalkWorld Global Talk Radio catering to the US Armed Forces around the world. Mr. Salvato is also heard weekly on The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the USA Radio Network. His opinion-editorials have been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times & Human Events and are syndicated nationally. He is a featured political writer for EducationNews.org and is occasionally quoted in The Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.