My Ears Are Bleeding

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

So I just completed the 2.5 hour drive from D.C. to Charlottesville for my speech at UVA tonight. Beautiful drive.

Along the way, I listened to some left-wing talk radio, specifically Ed Schultz. And wow. The left’s blathering idiots really are just a mirror image of the right’s, aren’t they? Cognitive dissonance, disingenuous bullshitting, demagoguery, and hateful invective all over the place. It was really something to behold.

Apparently without the slightest hint of irony, Schultz started by casting off the tea party protesters as “un-American” and “unpatriotic.” Yep. Bush has been out of office for all of three months, and the left has already adopted the “people who disagree with us hate America” crap. He then characterized tea partiers exercising their right to free speech and protest as “trying to overturn the results of an election.” Another page ripped from the right-wing playbook. Just substitute “anti-war protests” for “tea parties.”

But Schultz wasn’t done. He then said the tea party movement is primarily fueled by racism, and the parties are attended by people who can’t stand the fact that a black man was elected president. He said the whole protest was fueled by hate and “white power” supporters.

Then it got worse. Schultz actually said that Fox News anchors were secretly hoping for shots to be fired, for government officials to be killed, and for an ensuing violent overthrow of the government. He strongly implied that tea party organizers want Obama to be assassinated. He equated Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s statement in support of the 10th Amendment this week as akin to support for a bloody revolution.

This guy isn’t fringe, either. DCCC chairman and Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen was one of Schultz’s guests today. Schultz also has an evening show on MSNBC, where Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs will be his guest tonight.

Schultz’s bumper described him as the most-listened to liberal talk show host on the radio. God help us if that’s true. You have guys like Schultz gobbling up listeners on the left, and people like Hannity, Rush, and Savage gobbling them up on the right . . . and it’s we libertarians who get tarred as nut-jobs.

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60 Responses to “My Ears Are Bleeding”

  1. #1 |  Hut | 

    Mike – well said. The real opposition to the issues is legitimate, but its being drowned out by this racism and fear-mongering that takes over these events. If the leaders of these conservative protests would take a stand against these more extremist positions, then maybe we could hear the real argument. Instead all we hear is “Obama = Hitler.” It distracting. Allowing it to happen distracts from the real cause.

  2. #2 |  ShelbyC | 

    “How about Michelle Bachman saying she wants people “armed and dangerous.”

    How about it? I want the people that way too. So did the founders.

  3. #3 |  supercat | 

    //How about the Govenor of Texas suggesting that sucession might be necessary?//

    Government actions which are forbidden by the Constitution are illegitimate. If Obama were to direct federal officials to act in a fashion that (1) would be illegitimate, and (2) would cause irreparable harm if not stopped, then anyone who is duty-bound to uphold the Constitution of the United States (including current and retired military personnel, state and federal government officials, and naturalized citizens) would be duty-bound to stop such actions by whatever means necessary. The people who acted to block the government actions would not be anarchists. Rather, the people who ordered and sought to carry out the actions would be the anarchists, while those who opposed them would be the ones supporting legitimate government.

  4. #4 |  Benoit was Framed | 

    “How about it? I want the people that way too. So did the founders.”

    This is ridiculous. And so are you. Anyone defending Michelle Bachman is not to be taken seriously. The founders wanted the people ‘armed and dangerous?” You are an idiot.

  5. #5 |  Nic | 

    “The only real difference of any sort is that conservatives do tend to actually be patriotic, often to a fault, whereas liberals have largely abandoned feelings of patriotism.”

    One comment about the following quote from Mike T. Mike, I know you are using a generalization here, but you can’t possibly believe, that all conservatives are patriotic and all liberals are unpatriotic (or “abandoned their feelings of patriotism” as you say). Either you believe that the military is made up entirely of conservatives (which is not true), or you believe that a good portion of the military are not patriotic (which I find hard to believe). I hope you see the logic here, because it really saddens me anytime I hear someone subscribe to this idea that half this country (i.e. those who voted for Obama/liberals) are not patriotic. (and no, I did not vote for Obama, so my motivation for saying this is not “Obama-mania virus”…I just don’t agree that half of this country is “unpatriotic”)

    Secondly, no matter what party you affiliate with, no matter what your believes are…I don’t think we have anything to gain from mocking people as the “lunatic fringe” on either the right or the left, when not so recently (and even still today) drug reformers and anti-prohibitionists are constantly labeled as part of this same “lunatic fringe”.

    Also, I could find any radio host, whether left-wing or right-wing, and play this game of gotcha…if you are on the air long enough, you will inevitably say something to contradicts yourself, and there will most likely be moments of hypocrisy, sadly, this happens all the time on both the left and right.

    Look, I’m not trying to defend this particular radio host and the racist things her show aired…but I do think we have to be careful about how we characterize people and ideas as “lunatic” or “fringe”…It’s my opinion that there are also many ideas that are generally accepted by the political establishment to be “mainstream”, when in reality they are actually the more “radical” “fringe” ideas. Likewise, there are also plenty of ideas that are constantly characterized as “radical” and “fringe” when in actuality, these ideas are actually the most rational, effective, sensible, etc. Again, case in point being drug reformers and anti-prohibitionists. In fact, it seems to me that the better ideas never come from the mainstream or political establishment, but rather from the “outside” or “fringe”…so I really wish there was less of an emphasis to characterize “fringe” “radical” “outsider” as necessarily BAD…because that isn’t always the case.

  6. #6 |  Nic | 

    oops, when I said “this radio host and the racist things she said” I was referring to the later post…I was sort of confusing this post with the other one, even though they are both related. little clarification there.

  7. #7 |  truthynesslover | 

    Some states have actually run out of ammo and there has been a run on guns…but nuthin to see here.

    The teabaggers were a bunch of racists that are still gagging over the fact we now have a black president,I didnt see a single person who looked as though they earned more than 250k…so they were protesting what?Whom?Where were they when bush lied us into war?when bush ran up the deficit?when he collapsed the international economy?when he started the TARP?Illegal wiretapping…torture?
    Nope it took a black president to get them out into the street…..and look who they blame?

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  9. #9 |  Dad | 

    Agree that hateful insults from either side are obnoxious, however the criticisms of Fox and the so-called “Tea parties” were absolutely valid.
    However, if you want to hear liberal political views on the radio, find Pacifica radio and “Democracy Now” online–no, they’re not easy to locate on the radio, there are hundreds of stations spewing right wing hate radio, while liberal views are almost entirely absent. But “Democracy Now” is worth searching for, a lot of stories the mainstream press is ignoring altogether (pointing out the hilarity of the lie of “liberal media bias”)

    Some of the comments were as out of touch with reality as one expected…the absurd claim that mainstream media has a “liberal” bias, particularly the ONLY really reliable source of credible and unbiased news that has much depth at all to it these days, NPR. And of course the tired, destructive McCarthyite lies that anyone with a concern for the poor is a “Socialist.” Not only are liberals in America NOT Socialist views that are even vaguely close to Socialist cannot even get HEARD in this nation. The moderate health care reform Obama’s proposing will not do nearly enough to address the need, yet the hearings discussing reform banned DISCUSSION of single-payer, even though most Americans when honestly told what it is support the idea. Obama isn’t even that liberal, yet the radical right continues to call him a “Socialist.”

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