Quotes of the day

posted at 11:00 pm on March 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

“After reading and further researching, we were amazed that Fonda, Steinem and Morgan failed to condemn Maher for his hate speech against conservative and liberal women alike. In their piece, they write that their call to action ‘isn’t political.’ Giving them the benefit of doubt, we thought, they were perhaps unaware of Maher’s history of misogyny. But we were wrong.

“Not only have these women not condemned Maher’s vile and violent language, they’ve legitimized it. Both Fonda and Steinem have been guests on Maher’s show, both failing to call him to task for his actions. Sadly, they are not alone…

“While we respect all women who stand up for their beliefs, we reject the hypocrisy that these ‘feminist icons’ try to slip past us. When will they put principle over politics and have the courage to condemn Maher’s misogyny? We applaud Wasserman Schultz for rejecting this sort of language as not ‘funny.’ We agree with President Obama that remarks such as these have ‘no place in the public discourse.’ We ask others including Sen. Chuck Schumer and Obama super PAC co-founder Bill Burton to reject Maher’s donation of $1 million to support the president’s re-election.”

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“No longer is it good enough to disagree with conservatives. They must be fired from their jobs, separated from their advertisers, booted from the airwaves, buried under a prehistoric rock. The tactics attributed to Joe McCarthy tied to the polemical rigor associated with Jenny McCarthy…

“There are also honorable exceptions to the liberal purges. ‘As we all know, Limbaugh’s First Amendment rights aren’t involved here — freedom of speech means freedom from interference by the government,’ writes the veteran columnist Michael Kinsley, referring only to the boycotts. ‘But the spirit of the First Amendment, which is that suppressing speech is bad, still applies.’

“Networks can hire who they want. Advertisers can spend their money as they choose. But there is something unsavory about these organized boycotts and politically motivated pressure tactics. There is something much worse about the government deciding which speech is in the public interest.”

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“The three then exhibit a staggering lack of self-awareness by claiming that Rush Limbaugh seeks to ‘dehumanize’ people. Um. Did Gloria Steinem forget that she called housewives ‘dependent creatures who are still children’ and ‘parasites’? That is the Left’s standard operating procedure. That is what they do, always, and especially with regard to women. This has been proven over and over again and only the willfully ignorant can’t see it. This is followed by the pièce de résistance of the op-ed — they equate Rush with Josef Goebbels. No, for reals. While fascistically demanding that The State’s FCC shut down Rush Limbaugh. While seeking to silence those with whom they disagree – using hysterical lies and propagandist rhetoric – they Godwin themselves with Goebbels. Irony is lost on these geniuses.

“They ended with the most hilarious line of all when they claimed ‘this is not political’. Of course it is. Everything they do is political. Perhaps Robin Morgan forgot that she said ‘I feel that ‘man-hating’ is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them.’ She also said ‘Kill your fathers, not your mothers’ – yeah, no ‘issues’ there. And Feminism itself is not about women at all; it’s about serving a political ideology and agenda always. What they fail to realize, being too busy beclowning themselves constantly, is that they are subjugators of women. They are being used – willingly, no less – to help oppress and infantilize women, making them subservient to The State and Big Daddy Government.”

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“The liberal instinct to attack conservative voices on the radio rather than promote liberal alternatives mirrors the left’s approach to the economy in general. The president of the United States and his apologists insist on raising taxes for the rich as a top priority without explaining how those additional burdens on the most productive are supposed to help the poor and the working class in their struggles. Since Obama acceded to the nation’s highest office, the percentage of Americans in dire poverty has sharply increased, and the unemployment rate for blacks remains stuck at 14.1 percent – nearly twice that for whites (7.3 percent). Democrats make no real attempt to show that raising tax rates on the prosperous will change this situation for the better (especially since higher rates generally produce more tax avoidance, not more revenue), but they do suggest that punishing the rich might at least make the downtrodden feel less oppressed.

“The logic seems to suggest that since we’re suffering at the moment then at least we can make you suffer too; we may not be able to help the poor but we can certainly hurt the rich.

“This reflects the similarly resentful attitude toward powerful voices in radio. There, the left argues that since we can’t get our own messages out to millions of enthusiastic fans, then the least we can do is to stop Limbaugh and colleagues from imparting their dangerous messages to an immense and eager audience. At this point, the critics of the conservative talk medium seem far more concerned with shutting up right-wing voices than with raising left-wing voices as a constructive alternative.”

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“Rather than swallow their ideological pride for a moment, too many liberals, including more than a few leading feminists, have dug in like the Vatican and refused to acknowledge that their side too can be wrong or unfair. Or, as in the case of Maher, who just gave $1 million to a super PAC backing President Obama, as boorish as Limbaugh…

“We in the mainstream media too rarely point out that double standard, but Allred’s retro-hypocrisy – which is about the First Amendment — is too hard to ignore. The obscure Florida defamation code she wants prosecutors to use on Limbaugh is one of those musty statutes that sit forgotten in every state’s penal attic. But to demand in the year 2012 that we criminally prosecute anyone for this kind of speech is disturbing, especially so to correspondents like me who have been chronicling the recent comeback of criminal defamation laws in Latin America. Limbaugh apologized for slandering Fluke; now Allred should apologize for promoting the legal philosophy of Hugo Chávez.”

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Via the Daily Caller.

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I am waiting, patiently, to pi** on Jane Fonda’s grave.

M240H on March 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Take a number. The line should be fairly long. I’m applying for the beer distribution rights for that party.

Jarhead68 on March 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Upchuck Schumer is a stooge for the Democratic party! He is Moe, Larry & Curly rolled up into one. Why ask him a question like that? He will lie his ass off, like his boss, to not say anything against one of their leeches! Chuckie boy is a Nincompoop who always follows Dingy Harry Reid around and stands behind him smiling, as long as he gets in the picture! Show him a microphone and he goes berserk to get to it! The Morons in New york who vote for him really deserve him. I guess he gives them a good laugh!!

Jersey Dan on March 13, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Great sentiments.

But I confess to being an HA moron: how do I figure out who said it? Would it be too much for AllahPundit to put a name to these things?

And all that said: it’s simple, really. The answer to speech is speech (Hugo Black said that), and more speech is better than less speech (Penn Jillette said that). Don’t fear what someone else has to say, fear only your inability to respond intelligently to it (I said that).

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on March 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Bmore-

Why did you send me to the American Specator Hush Rush story? Is it an acknowledgement that you try to hush people up or are you implying that’s what I do? If it’s the latter you may want to Google “Buy Danish”+Muslim Cartoon Controversy.

Buy Danish on March 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Unrepentant Curmudgeon,

If you are asking who said what in the quotes given as this blog post (and every QOTD post), each quote always includes a link to the source story. It is expected that if you are interested, you will follow the link and read the full context of that person’s remarks. You will know who said each quote, and who wrote the story in which it is included, if not one and the same.

As for your quote of “more speech is better than less speech”, are you sure it wasn’t Teller who said that?

Freelancer on March 14, 2012 at 7:22 AM

@Freelancer, thanks on the links. I’ve followed them but not always found what I expected to be there.

As for your quote of “more speech is better than less speech”, are you sure it wasn’t Teller who said that?

Could be, but I am almost certain I heard Jillette say it, possibly on RedEye. He’s the outspoken libertarian; I have no idea what Teller’s political views are, or if he even has any.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on March 14, 2012 at 5:18 PM

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