-By Warner Todd Huston
Goodness gracious, Michael Kinsley, vaunted leftist, upright “journalist,” salt of the earth, is supporting a group that would rather call names and stir hatred for our troops than support a general that the entire U.S. Senate voted unanimously for only a few months ago. The founding editor of Slate online magazine, Microsoft’s “serious” news and commentary magazine, thinks brash, slander is a great way to carry out the public debate on serious issues that affect the lives of millions of people. It’s disgraceful. It’s just beyond the pale … It’s … oh, my heavens … say, is it a bit stuffy in here? … I think I’m going to … Could I have a glass of … oh, dear [thud].
Welcome to the wonderful world of hypocrisy in the American punditry class.
Childishly, Kinsley is turning the controversy over the vitriol and hatred displayed by Moveon.org’s disgusting “Betray us” ad that calls general Petraeus a liar and traitor, into the fault of talk radio and Conservative pundits.
Welcome to the wonderful world of umbrage, the new language of American politics. You would not have thought that the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly would be so sensitive. Sticks and stones and so on. Yet they all seem to have taken one look at that ad and fainted dead away. And when they came round, they demanded — as if with one voice (or at least as if with one list of talking points) — that every Democratic presidential candidate must “condemn” this shocking, shocking document.
This insipid view of the hate indulged in by the American left is as free of morality as can ever be imagined. Kinsley’s blaming of this incident on the reaction of the right, though, is a typical example of the immorality of the left. It is a perfect example of the sort of attitudes that leftists are mired in. Its similar to the sort of assumption that an attacked person is somehow wrong for replying to the attack, as if defending yourself is just as “bad” as the bully attacker’s actions.
After all, isn’t the left upset at Bush for replying to terrorism with force? As if we are wrong for replying to having nearly 3,000 of our innocent citizens incinerated on 9/11?
But, it’s not surprising that the left has no sense of morality, is it? After all, that is the principle reason that the far left is not American in their ideology, principles (or lack thereof), and ideals. their lack of the slightest sense of morality is the chief reason that, since the 1930s, the American left has been engaged in the tearing down of this nation.
And, if it weren’t for people like Limbaugh and O’Reilly, we’d still have a 219 seat majority of Democrats in the House like we did in the days when no conservative voice was heard in public.
And, let’s be honest, shall we? Kinsely isn’t all mad at conservatives for their reaction to this outrageous MoveOn.org ad. He’s mad that conservatives have effective spokesmen for their ideology.
Warner Todd Huston’s thoughtful commentary, sometimes irreverent often historically based, is featured on many websites such as newsbusters.org, townhall.com, men’snewsdaily.com and americandaily.com among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a guest on several radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of publiusforum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston
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