Thanks For All That Civility, Mr. President

President refers to Tea Partiers as “Tea-Baggers”:

Three days after he decried the lack of civility in American politics, President Obama is quoted in a new book about his presidency referring to the Tea Party movement using a derogatory term with sexual connotations.

In Jonathan Alter’s “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” President Obama is quoted in an interview saying that the unanimous vote of House Republicans vote against the stimulus bills “set the tenor for the whole year … That helped to create the tea-baggers and empowered that whole wing of the Republican Party to where it now controls the agenda for the Republicans.”

Tea Party activists loath the term “tea baggers,” which has emerged in liberal media outlets and elsewhere as a method of mocking the activists and their concerns.

I guess this means calling half of America “bitter gun-clinging Jesus Freaks” wasn’t an out-of-context mis-step?

Question for my liberal readers:  Does that fact that I’m writing about this make me racist, seditionary, or merely extremist?

17 thoughts on “Thanks For All That Civility, Mr. President

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  2. “Does that fact that I’m writing about this make me racist, seditionary, or merely extremist?”

    None of the above.

  3. Sorry, it just occured to me that your question was rhetorical. It seems that you want so badly to presume that the left in America – especially the obstreporous, color-outside-the-lines left that’s making so much hay these days – represents some sort of depravity that I think some sort of diagnosis – clinical Narcissism? – might just apply.

    I assume your response would be “Obama was the one that called me a tea-bagger.” That may be true and I don’t defend (or necessarily disagree with) his comments, or his politics for that matter. But your self-characterization as being viewed as “racist, seditionary or extremist” for criticizing the President’s choice of words is inacurate.

  4. It seems that you want so badly to presume that

    Well, my “presumption” is based on evidence. Violent lefties all over the place (while everyone from Napolitano to every nutslap leftyblog mewls about an “avalanche of violence” from the Tea Party that does not exist). A campaign of defamation that started at the top of the left and worked its way down.

    And it IS the left that is calling simple political disagreement “Sedition”, and claiming that racism is the root cause for opposing Obama, and finding “violent” boogeymen and “militias” under rocks – now.

  5. apathyboy said:

    “But your self-characterization as being viewed as “racist, seditionary or extremist” for criticizing the President’s choice of words is inacurate.”

    Too true. Most likely apathyboy and others would think these things because they are easily swayed by chanting points.

  6. Sorry, it just occured to me that your question was rhetorical.

    No, ayebee; it was bait. Mitch was hoping to hook a leftist assnozzle to fry up, and he landed a big one.

  7. “And it IS the left that is calling simple political disagreement “Sedition”, and claiming that racism is the root cause for opposing Obama, and finding “violent” boogeymen and “militias” under rocks – now.”

    I disagree with this claim. I’m sure there are more than a few extremists who cry “sedition” and “racism.” But I think its misguided to point to the actions of a few people on the fringe and assume that their behavior is indicative of the movement as a whole.

    Liberal bloggers do that a lot. More than conservative bloggers. But by making the same generalizations yourself you’re legitimizing their actions as strategically necessary.

  8. AB – is CBS the xtreem fringe?

    As to my “legitimizing” their actions – I’m really not following that. Criticizing bad behavior is a justification for bad behavior?

    I’m just a simple minded gun-clinging jebus freak. Explain that one, please.

  9. “…mewls about an “avalanche of violence” from the Tea Party…”

    See also, Rules for Radicals #12.

    …. …. ….

    Mitch, you don’t really expect ayebee to respond after you just took him to task, do you?

  10. I’m sure there are more than a few extremists who cry “sedition” and “racism.” But I think its misguided to point to the actions of a few people on the fringe and assume that their behavior is indicative of the movement as a whole.

    A simple google of “tea party sedition” shows that this is not a few extremists, but rather the attempt by lots of people and outlets at creating yet another talking point.

  11. No, Flash. They did not.

    A few of them sent tea bags to members of congress.

    The media and all the rest of you lefties are using it in the sense of a guy dangling his scrotum in someone’s mouth.

    Don’t try to get cute about this. As a way to refer to those who disagree with you, it’s utterly repulsive.

  12. While Anderson Cooper is a vacuous empty suit, and President Obama has proven that he’s a callow hypocrite on the “civility” “issue”, unless you’re English and looking for a cigarette I strongly discourage that last word.

  13. Amazing.

    Mitch is upset at Ben’s Anderson Cooper reference but he had no problem with his bobo Angryclown referring to Bogus Doug as “that gay guy”.

    Hypocrite much?

    Oh, and Hour 2 of “The Headliners” 4/24/10 has not been posted at townhall.com Hiding something?

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