Still think both sides, Democrat and Republican, are equally bad, equally to blame for America’s problems, equally extreme?
Dana Milbank does. In a recent article, after citing a bunch of crazy things said ONLY by conservatives, Milbank issued the classic bullshit statement the press thinks they have to say to appear objective: “Over-the-top rhetoric comes from both sides of the political spectrum, and it is always in the background.” Again, nowhere in his article does he actually cite anything anyone on the left has said that meets this criteria, but there it is, just so everyone can continue pretending that our two major political parties are equal in dysfunction, rationale, and credibility.
They’re not. In fact, by any objective measure, it’s not even close. Shall we review for everyone, just what Republicans have been up to in the last week?
Let’s start with Dinesh D’Souza, who tweeted, “I’m thankful this week when I remember that America is big enough and great enough to survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House!” and then, also about the President, “YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE GHETTO… Watch this vulgar man show his stuff, while America cowers in embarrassment.” Awesome.
Oh, and then there’s Oklahoma, where a legislative committee, led by Republicans (who dominate by a margin of three to one), voted to ban schools from teaching A.P. U.S. History, because it’s too “negative and unpatriotic.” Not to be outdone, their neighbors to the east, Arkansas’ Republican legislature, just passed a bill that bans any city in the state “from protecting LGBT residents from discrimination.” Nothing says ‘merica like good ole discrimination and bigotry.
In Montana, Republican State Representative David Moore wants to ban yoga pants, or any kind of clothing that, “that gives the appearance of or simulates the genitals, pubic hair, anus region, or pubic hair region.” To be fair, he later said it was a joke, but who knows? Because after Republican Mississippi State Representative Gene Alday said that he comes “from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks’. They don’t work,” he tried to squirm out of it by claiming he was quoted out of context and that he thought what he said was off the record. Funny how that happens.
Of course, if you want more evidence of crazy Republican shit, just read Milbank’s article. In it, he cites Rudy Giuliani’s belief that the President doesn’t love America, because he (Obama), “wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.” Milbank also writes of a South Dakota lawmaker (Republican, of course) who compared “Planned Parenthood to the Islamic State terrorists who beheaded hostages,” and the biggest double speaking asshole in the world, Ted Cruz, who said that President Obama is “an apologist for radical Islamic terrorists.”
What’s scary is that this is just a drop in the bucket. Go to mediamatters.org on any given day, and you’ll see all kinds of crazy Republican statements and plans. In other words, this wasn’t just a bad week for Republicans—this is who they are: crazy, extreme, offensive, and radical.
It even shows up in how they govern. As it stands, we’re on the brink of another government shutdown—this one only partial—because Republicans are refusing to fund the Department of Homeland Security unless the President reneges on his immigration policy. In the real world, this is called blackmail, or extortion. But as evidenced by the fact that this is now the second time in less than two years we’re staring down a government shutdown (remember when Republicans got so freaked out that people might get health insurance through Obamacare they decided not to fund our government?), it seems Republicans see mob tactics as just another way to govern.
My question then, is where’s the liberal equivalent? If “over-the-top rhetoric comes from both sides of the political spectrum,” as Milbank claims, and if “both parties are too extreme and unwilling to compromise,” as we hear again and again from the press, then let’s see it—let’s name names, let’s hear the evidence, and then let’s lampoon the bastards as we do these Republicans.
But we don’t hear it, because it just doesn’t happen. Indeed, where Republicans are more than happy to say awful things about our President and liberals in general, most Democrats and progressives are pretty timid.
And let’s be clear: saying that Republicans are doing something bad—calling conservatives out when they lie, spin, and doublespeak—doesn’t mean that the whistle-blower is biased. That’s the most hilarious part of all of this: conservative voters just ignore it when the right wing media is clearly telling a lie, or when a Republican politician does something despicable, and as soon as someone points this out, they say he’s biased. That’s why you see those idiots driving around with bumper stickers that say “I don’t believe the liberal media.” Wrong dumb-dumb. You don’t WANT to believe the media when it actually does its job by reporting the truth, and that is almost always that Republicans are acting in the interests of the rich and powerful to the detriment of ordinary Americans, then lying about it.
So I’m sorry Dana, I appreciate the fact that you’re calling conservatives out on their nonsense, but your cute little statement that “over-the-top rhetoric comes from both sides of the political spectrum,” is pure bullshit. Over-the-top rhetoric comes from Republicans, because that’s who they are: extremists—often racist and bigoted—who believe in a bunch of myths and lies, and are currently doing everything in their power to make America a miserable place to live.
That’s over-the-top rhetoric. It’s also the truth.