Battlepanda: The Angry Left Meme


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Angry Left Meme

Skillfully demolished by Glenn Greenwald, who notes the hypocrisy inherent in the Right Wing attacks on Rohe, because she was gasp! rude to McCain, a decorated veteran, while they themselves had no compunction about waving purple band-aids. Even better, he brings in the the incident last week in which Democratic Representative Lacy Clay was booed and heckled by Right Wing students, an occurance which was put down to how "hateful" Clay's anti-Bush speech was.

So, to re-cap the rules: (1) When a pro-war politician gives a pro-war speech as part of a graduation ceremony, and students in the audience heckle and boo him, that shows how Deranged the Angry Left is -- because they heckled a pro-war speech. (2) When an anti-war politician gives an anti-war speech as part of a graduation ceremony, and students in the audience heckle, walk out and even riot, that also shows how Angry the Left is -- because they "provoked a near riot" by pro-war students.

One last point that can't go unnoticed: part of the WSJ Editorial that Instapundit quotes warns that Democrats are going to be in big trouble because they are "sneering at our war heroes." That is almost too much hypocrisy to stomach, even for Instapundit. Who has "sneered at war heroes" more viciously and continuously than Bush supporters -- from Jack Murtha to John Kerry to Max Cleland to the war critic Generals? Sneering at war heroes was one of the principal tactics of the Bush re-election campaign and has been a reliable tool to attack and smear any war hero who speaks out against this administration.

[snip] When the likes of Instapundit and the Wall St. Journal Editorial Board rail against the "Angry Left," what they mean are "people who oppose the war in Iraq and criticize the Commander-in-Chief." As long as Democrats remember that that description includes the vast majority of Americans, they should have no difficulty ignoring this pious hypocrisy, which always deceitfully masquerades as an oh-so-earnest effort to help Democrats do better in the upcoming election ("if only you would be more like Joe Lieberman and stop criticizing the war and the President, you wouldn't be perceived as so angry and you'd have a much better chance to win").

OK, I know Glenn Greenwald's posts are long, but go read the whole thing, man, read the whole thing. It's worth it.