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What the Left Will Never Understand About the Right

posted at 5:09 pm on September 7, 2009 by

Van Jones is gone, and writers on the left are gnashing their teeth. Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake laments that “he’s been thrown under the bus . . . for signing his name to a petition expressing something that 35% of all Democrats believed as of 2007 — that George Bush knew in advance about the attacks of 9/11. Well, that and calling Republicans ‘a**holes.’” David Sirota, writing at the Puffington Host assails Glenn Beck, the talk show host the left blames wholesale for ending Van Jones’ deservedly brief career in federal government, as “the man who leads a 21st century lynch mob looking to hunt down anyone (and especially anyone black) who has ever been a part of progressive movement politics. I don’t use that term ‘political terrorist’ lightly.”

But, see, the thing is that David Sirota and other people on the left do use terms like political terrorist lightly when it comes to criticizing conservatives. Likewise racist, witch hunt, and lynch mob. They conjure up with alacrity the ugliest, most hate-filled relics of our nation’s darkest days and apply these to conservatives for merely disagreeing with them. I defy any liberal to come up with examples of serious mainstream conservative commentators who have used similar language in regard to Democrats. I’m not even sure what those terms would be.

And an even bigger problem is that liberals cut themselves slack for things they would never countenance from conservatives. Hamsher notes, as though it’s a badge of honor, that 35% of all Democrats believed George Bush knew in advance about the attacks of 9/11. I don’t know if she is quoting a reliable source, but in the end she is supporting the argument that because a sizable percentage of Democrats believe a ridiculous conspiracy theory that it is somehow not a problem that one of the president’s special advisers believed it as well? I don’t know that anywhere near 35% of Republicans believe that Barack Obama is not a legal citizen of the United States, but as a blogger I can’t imagine citing their numbers as support for some other nut who believes the same blather and argue that he should therefore be given a pass.

Liberals’ favorite slur against conservatives is that they lack compassion and tolerance. Yet they dismiss out of hand Van Jones’s baseless, absurd — and intolerant — claim that white environmentalists hate black people so much they want to poison their neighborhoods. They write off the use of crass profanity he employed gratuitously to describe the opposition party, this as a representative of the federal government.

Van Jones may well have been the towering figure in the environmental movement that the Washington Post has painted him as. There may have been some merit to Barack Obama’s hiring him, provided you believe what Obama believes about the environment. What is undeniable about Jones is that he is racist, a self-avowed Communist, and believer in inane conspiracy theories, and for those reasons alone the nation is better off without him. Liberals might themselves recognize this, if they would just grow up.

Cross-posted at Zombie Contentions

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What is undeniable about Jones is that he is racist, a self-avowed Communist, and believer in inane conspiracy theories, and for those reasons alone the nation is better off without him. Liberals might themselves recognize this, if they would just grow up.

It’s hard to see a “pattern” of which one is a part.

rebuzz on September 7, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake laments that “he’s been thrown under the bus . . . for signing his name to a petition expressing something that 35% of all Democrats believed as of 2007 — that George Bush knew in advance about the attacks of 9/11.

Ok, so the next time some leftist is complaining about birthers, you have your talking point.

And actually, if that is 35% of all Democrats I wonder if that means that a majority of leftists are troofers.

18-1 on September 7, 2009 at 7:08 PM

If Jane actually believes the 35 percent number, then she actually thinks that the idea that Bush was responsible for 9/11 is mainstream. And if she’s actually right about the 35 percent number, that means about one-half to two-thirds of that group is still “in the closet” — i.e. thinking that Bush, Cheney et al, brought down the Twin Towers, and possibly even talking about it privately with other true believers, but still cognoscente of the fact to put your name behind that idea in public is political poison.

Scratch the surface on some of Barack Obama’s other czar’s, and that’s where you may find their ideology is at, in the same Truther neighborhood as Van Jones, but (at least for now) savvy enough not to trumpet it where they’d actually have to do something inconvenient like provide facts above the Rosie O’Donnell “Fire can’t melt steel” level of logic.

jon1979 on September 7, 2009 at 7:20 PM

You say ‘what the left will never understand about the right’
The left does not care about about ‘undertanding’ the right
This is something that the right does not get. This is especially where the moderates go off the rails, they somehow think reasoned debate and logic will change things when you have a clear example how change actually can happen(i.e Glen Beck in full attack mode).
Engaging the left with there own tactics

kangjie on September 8, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Last time I checked terrorists deserved to be hunted down with military intervention to be killed or captured, wiretapped, asset seizures, etc.

Is this what Mr. Sirota is suggesting should be done to Glenn Beck?

Mr Snuggle Bunny on September 8, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Van Jones may well have been the towering figure in the environmental movement that the Washington Post has painted him as.

And that by itself says a lot about the “environmental movement”, does it not?

N. O'Brain on September 8, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Excellent. I agree completly.

In The Flesh on September 9, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Is this what Mr. Sirota is suggesting should be done to Glenn Beck?

Mr Snuggle Bunny on September 8, 2009 at 10:29 AM

This is the ultimate left-wing fantasy for not just Glenn Beck, but all conservative radio and TV hosts. And, eventually, for the rest of us as well. I’ve seen more than one ‘person’ express a wish that parents of homeschoolers had their children confiscated and placed in a faraway public school brainwashing center.

The main strength of the modern liberal is to send drones in uniforms to destroy their targets. For the moment their army consists of citizens, lawyers and politicians. Occasionally they get to use stronger methods. Then we get things like a child kidnapped and shipped to a Communist dictatorship, or a ‘for the children’ raid that results in the incineration of dozens. (including all of the children, ironically)

Dark-Star on September 12, 2009 at 9:19 PM