Great moments in tolerance: Howard Dean says Republicans aren’t Americans

posted at 12:01 pm on May 21, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Old and busted: Dissent is patriotic! New hotness: People who disagree with Democrats on voter-ID laws should “go to Ukraine or Russia!” This sounds an awful lot like the America — love it or leave it” argument during the Vietnam War to which anti-war Democrats so loudly objected at the time. Look who’s suddenly equating citizenship to shut-up-ship (via Twitchy):

Howard Dean, who is still alive, told attendees at a fundraiser for a Democratic congressional hopeful that Republicans “are not American” and would “be more comfortable in the Ukraine or Russia.” He also screamed that GOP supporters should “stay away from our country.”

Dean, a former Vermont governor, a former Democratic National Committee chairman and a 2004 presidential candidate, made the statements last week in a fit of zeal as he was speaking in support of Colorado 6th Congressional District candidate Andrew Romanoff.

“This is a Republican party that has decided they like power so much that they think it’s okay to win by taking away the right to vote,” Dean told the gathered assembly of 750 people at Dora’s Mexican Restaurant in Aurora, Colo.

“They are not American,” he bellowed. “They could be more comfortable in the Ukraine or Russia but stay away from our country. This is based on the right to vote.”

Amusingly, Dean then lectured Republicans on tolerance and love:

“We have had enough of the extreme right wing,” Dean continued. “We have had enough of the politics of anger, we have had enough of the politics of hate, we have had enough of the politics of division,” Dean told the estimated 750 in attendance at Dora’s Mexican Restaurant.

Yes, let’s demonstrate tolerance and love by demanding the deportation of all Republicans to Russia. What a wonderful demonstration of open debate!

By the way, if Dean wants to deport all Americans who want stronger voter-ID laws, he’d better be prepared to deport more than a few Democrats, too:

Seven out of ten registered voters support voter ID laws, which makes them racist, or something. … The survey conducted by Fox News found a majority in every demographic (race, age, income, sex, political bent) support voter ID laws – including 53% of self-described liberals, 70% of men, and 71% of women.

A Marist poll in July of 2013 also found a majority (65%) of Americans describing themselves as “very liberal” supported Voter ID laws.

John Hinderaker writes that Dean is emblematic of a “terrible insanity” plaguing the Democratic Party of late:

A terrible sort of insanity has gripped the Democratic Party. On almost a daily basis, when you see the party’s leaders in action, you want to start edging toward the door, murmuring “Nice doggie. Nice doggie.” Today it was Howard Dean (filmed a week ago, but seen on YouTube today). He was addressing a Democratic crowd in Colorado, and went off on a tirade against Republicans. Yes, he really did say that Republicans aren’t American. And that they should stay away from the United States, and go to Russia where they belong. One gets the feeling that if the Democrats ever have the opportunity, they will have us all arrested. Or deported …

This is a very bad thing. We need two functional political parties, and these days the Democrats don’t get over the bar, no matter how low you set it. Their rants are so crazy that it is hard to tell what they are talking about. Dean says that Republicans want to “take away the right to vote.” Huh? Can you name a single Republican who has ever argued that anyone who has a right to vote should have it taken away? I have never heard such an argument made. Republicans do say that ONLY those who have a right to vote should be casting ballots, and that no one should vote more than once. Apparently Dean disagrees with these propositions, but of course he doesn’t tell us why. It is always easier to lie.

And to hate, and to suffer from projection.


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I believe the article was about what Howard Dean said and you have yet to address that. That was kind of my point, and the fact that trolls generally don’t address the issue but try to deflect. What is your point in being here if not to address the issues?

Annielou on May 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Annielou, since only two people here (Resistwemuch and talking points, to some extent) have said that they don’t believe that “any Democrat or troll who dares to post here is an unAmerican POS who deserves to have his/her property taken without compensation and run down, gutted, killed and strung up in a public square right after you sexually abuse our spouses, children and pets, including turtles and guinea pigs”, I see no reason to answer. Especially since some people (runawayy) refer to me as an “it” apparently in order to dehumanize me.

I’ll be happy to address the issue, but I need to see some good faith responses first, or else my answers don’t matter.

jim56 on May 21, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Sometimes his keepers not only let him slip off the leash, but forget to inject him with his anti-psychotic meds. Not a good combination of events for this dimwit.

Diluculo on May 22, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Diluculo on May 22, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Thanks for the laugh! I sleep better after a good laugh.

Annielou on May 22, 2014 at 2:04 AM

An idiot talking to other idiots about idiotic idiocy.

What else is new?

JetBoy on May 22, 2014 at 7:31 AM

Especially since some people (runawayy) refer to me as an “it” apparently in order to dehumanize me.

I’ll be happy to address the issue, but I need to see some good faith responses first, or else my answers don’t matter.

jim56 on May 21, 2014 at 11:06 PM

That is because you are beneath scum you despicable stalinist.

Tell everyone what you told Emily.

It got you banned, yet it was the one time you told the truth you depraved coward.

Murphy9 on May 22, 2014 at 8:31 AM

What does dean do when he’s not coming out of the woodwork and supporting some local communist like this with a newly recycled and rearranged dean-type rant ? I mean, does he have a job or something ? Also, does he think conservatives are communists, hence the reason we should go to Russia ?

raynbene on May 22, 2014 at 8:36 AM

I’ll be happy to address the issue, but I need to see some good faith responses first, or else my answers don’t matter.

jim56 on May 21, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Your answers don’t matter regardless, which is convenient since no one will ever see them.

But they don’t matter, and not because you won’t give such easy answers. They don’t matter because we all know (you included) that you won’t give HONEST answers. No matter what you say, given your history, we all know you’ll be lying. It’s never been different with you. It’s a joke that you even used the phrase “good faith”.

runawayyyy on May 22, 2014 at 9:48 AM

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