Lessons in Civility from Dems

Carol Brown
The accusation of being "Racists!" must be getting old. Because the left has just ratcheted up the assault.

It seems that, perhaps, we aren't just racists. Now we're terrorists.

Most recently, during an ABC news panel discussion, Former Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm, described leaders of Iran and Syria as behaving more rationally than conservatives. Seriously. And others lefties on the panel sat there and listened with a straight face.

Granholm is not alone. Efforts made by conservatives to fight against the progressive agenda is now akin to strapping on a bomb and a suicide vest, according to a White House official.

Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Thursday compared Republican lawmakers to suicide bombers as the showdown over a possible government shutdown intensified.

"We are for cutting spending, we are for reforming our tax code, we are for reforming entitlements," Mr. Pfeiffer told CNN's Jake Tapper. "But what we are not for is negotiating with people who have a bomb strapped to their chest."

Pfeiffer really outdid himself that time. Until recently, he painted us mere "arsonists and kidnappers."

(Is it an upgrade or a downgrade to move from being primarily a racist to an arsonist, kidnapper, and terrorist?)

And don't think for a moment these sentiments - expressed without challenge in the mainstream media - are random outliers. Because they're not.

Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch jumped on the conservatives-as-terrorists bandwagon, stating that "tea party extremists really held this country hostage." Colleague Rep. Alcee Hastings echoed his sentiments, noting that Republicans are "recklessly holding the full faith and credit of the United States hostage until they got everything they wanted and then some."

Froma Harrop, President of the National Conference of Editorial Writers, said "The tea party Republicans have engaged in economic terrorism against the United States-threatening to blow up the economy if they don't get what they want. And like the al-Qaida bombers, what they want is delusional: the dream of restoring some fantasy caliphate." She continued "Americans are not supposed to negotiate with terrorists, but that's what Obama has been doing."

This from an organization that set out to bring civility back to public discourse!

Ironically, the NCEW had a project called Restoring Civility featured on its website. Harrop defended her column as being consistent with the NCEW project. "I see incivility as not letting other people speak their piece. It's not about offering strong opinions. If someone's opinion is fact-based, then it is permissible in civil discourse."

Uh-huh. Whatever you say, Froma.

The accusation of being "Racists!" must be getting old. Because the left has just ratcheted up the assault.

It seems that, perhaps, we aren't just racists. Now we're terrorists.

Most recently, during an ABC news panel discussion, Former Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm, described leaders of Iran and Syria as behaving more rationally than conservatives. Seriously. And others lefties on the panel sat there and listened with a straight face.

Granholm is not alone. Efforts made by conservatives to fight against the progressive agenda is now akin to strapping on a bomb and a suicide vest, according to a White House official.

Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Thursday compared Republican lawmakers to suicide bombers as the showdown over a possible government shutdown intensified.

"We are for cutting spending, we are for reforming our tax code, we are for reforming entitlements," Mr. Pfeiffer told CNN's Jake Tapper. "But what we are not for is negotiating with people who have a bomb strapped to their chest."

Pfeiffer really outdid himself that time. Until recently, he painted us mere "arsonists and kidnappers."

(Is it an upgrade or a downgrade to move from being primarily a racist to an arsonist, kidnapper, and terrorist?)

And don't think for a moment these sentiments - expressed without challenge in the mainstream media - are random outliers. Because they're not.

Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch jumped on the conservatives-as-terrorists bandwagon, stating that "tea party extremists really held this country hostage." Colleague Rep. Alcee Hastings echoed his sentiments, noting that Republicans are "recklessly holding the full faith and credit of the United States hostage until they got everything they wanted and then some."

Froma Harrop, President of the National Conference of Editorial Writers, said "The tea party Republicans have engaged in economic terrorism against the United States-threatening to blow up the economy if they don't get what they want. And like the al-Qaida bombers, what they want is delusional: the dream of restoring some fantasy caliphate." She continued "Americans are not supposed to negotiate with terrorists, but that's what Obama has been doing."

This from an organization that set out to bring civility back to public discourse!

Ironically, the NCEW had a project called Restoring Civility featured on its website. Harrop defended her column as being consistent with the NCEW project. "I see incivility as not letting other people speak their piece. It's not about offering strong opinions. If someone's opinion is fact-based, then it is permissible in civil discourse."

Uh-huh. Whatever you say, Froma.