Wow, Mike, back to calling the Democratic Party, the Democrat Party! I thought you actually said that you'd not do that, but perhaps my memory has gotten foggy. And Denise seems to avoiding dealing with calling the pro-life folks the "Pro-Abort" people. Each of you seems to be saying that you think that democrats are being hateful, neither of you seem to notice that you are crossing lines that really needn't be crossed.
This language functions as a way of hurting feelings without any particular need to do so right here.
These little language slips are the same sort of thing that seems to be happening nationally. Here, we can look each other straight in the eyes — at least figuratively in our little computer space — and say, Hey, that was painful and needless, and I wish you'd stop that. And we have the choice at that point of pushing the reset buttons in our heads, saying Okay, I see what you mean, and then trying to make the point differently.
No, Mike, I can't order anybody to do that; and if I had the power to do so, I wouldn't. The most I have is the right to say it like I'm serious about it. People usually ignore me anyway, but I can at least feel like I made a straightforward statement about what I think is right, and I usually try to temper it with consideration and politeness. Sometimes that even comes across. I wouldn't want to be in a position of power where I could make what I said stick like that. I've made a point of avoiding that sort of thing. Others are better at it than I am.
The flip side, for me, is that when somebody else is right and I'm not, or when they have a point that I think is a good one, or when I make a mistake and realize it, I try to make a point of saying that as well. As you should know.
Threats and attacks against democrats have been front page news and lead-in stories on nightly news all day long. Why? The answer is simple. They want to discredit the Tea-partiers and republican leadership. It's all a smear campaign on their part and it's orchestrated. If it causes more of the same by highlighting it, they couldn't care less.
Occam's razor applies to your question.
There have been reports of attacks against Democrats all day (and for several days) in the press. These reports suggest that there are a bunch of folks on the right who have been whipping up hate against Democrats, and that some of these hate messages have begun to deliver violence as a result of more than a year of preparation. Many on the Right have called the Democrats names like Fascist, Communist, and socialist, sometimes within the same paragraph. If not precisely, then closely enough as to make President Clinton's comment about what the meaning of the word "is" is look like it wasn't hair splitting at all.
So, why have their been reports about attacks on the Democrats in the press?
William of Occam would suggest to us that the simplest answer is generally the best — not because there's an attempt to smear Republican leadership, but because [i]there have actually been a large number of attacks against Democrats.[i] There is the most reasonable explanation. The fact that folks have been predicting that the constant barrage of lies and distortions directed at the Democrats by the radical right over the past years and a half might have this effect, would surely have this effect unless it was moderated to criticisms based in reality, has conveniently been forgotten. It is not like the Democrats haven't made mistakes worthy of genuine reality based criticism, you know; it's not like a good case couldn't have been built without the lies and the half truths.
I would have agreed with some of it and disagreed with other parts of it, but I couldn't have fought the grounding in the facts. It's the basis of creating attacks based on lies that bothers me, and ought to bother everybody (except those who deal with politics from a purely technical point of view, I suppose) else as well. It's not the wretched press that smears the leadership of the Republicans and of the Tea Party subsection, it the coming out of what's actually been said by these folks yolked to factual reporting of what the actual result has been. When the connection is made, the thing actually looks as ugly as it is. That, my friends, is not a smear; au contraire, it is the merciless light of day focused on what has, till now, been going on under rocks and in various noisome dank places that flourish far better without the sterilizing presence of light.
The buzzards, as we used to say back home in Ohio, have come home to Hinkley.