by Dan Gainor [commentator]
You’re a hater.
Face it. You wouldn’t even be reading this right-wing, reactionary claptrap if you weren’t. After all, I’m a hater as well. So are countless conservatives from Sean Hannity to Rush Limbaugh. Ann Coulter? Was that a question? Michelle Malkin. Of course, she’s a conservative star. Bill O’Reilly? The left has secured a special place in secular hell for him because he criticized partial-birth abortion Dr. George Tiller.
In fact, all conservatives are considered haters unless they agree with President Obama – on everything. Scary, dangerous haters who “cling to guns or religion,” as the president once put it. Especially guns because we are having an epidemic of political killings in America.
Or so we are told.
It’s not true. The fact that lefties are desperately trying to link Holocaust Museum murder suspect neo-Nazi James von Brunn to the right shows how desperate they are for examples – any examples. Remember, the GOP didn’t love everything Reagan did, but a loyal conservative taking up arms against the U.S. and the Gipper? Are they nuts?
Don’t answer that.
Yes, partial-birth abortion Dr. George Tiller was killed. Conservatives didn’t support that or any murder. So far it appears it was one lone gunman. Just like the one lone gunman who shot President Reagan. Or the two separate left-wing gun-women who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford.
In a nation of 300 million people, you need more than one or two examples to prove a trend. That’s my cue to show there are better responses. I’m a hater, so this is part of my soon-to-be government-mandated re-education.
Look at the travesties the right is inflicting on decent, God-unfearing liberals:
* First, we have the CIA director attacking a former vice president saying, “he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point.” Poor Mr. Gore. It’s horrible that Republicans treat him in such a hateful manner.
* Then there’s beautifully bigoted actress Megan Fox who is set to fight the equally evil Megatron in her new “Transformers” movie. She was asked how to stop Megatron and said she would urge him to take the “Independence Day” approach and wipe out urban areas – “instead of the entire planet, can you just take out all of the minorities, the urban poor, the gays, and those crazy Bible-hating atheists in America?”
* Finally, there’s the disrespect accorded Hillary Clinton. One vile, rightwing comedian said she had purchased new makeup to update her “‘slutty flight attendant’ look.” That same moron joked about getting her 14-year-old “knocked-up.” Or maybe it was her 18-year-old.
I’m not a hater, but I’m a liar. Not one of those quotes was targeted at liberals. In the first case, CIA Director Leon Panetta told The New Yorker magazine that Dick Cheney was using “dangerous politics.” But Panetta wasn’t being hateful. Liberals are never hateful.
Or take Megan Fox, please. The mega-beauty showed her mega-ugly side when interviewed about her upcoming film. She went after conservatives, urging Megatron to spare the Earth “and instead of the entire planet, can you just take out all of the white trash, hillbilly, anti-gay, super Bible-beating people in middle America?” Hateful? Her?
Lastly, we have David Letterman. First Letterman mocked Sarah Palin’s attempts to upgrade her “‘slutty flight attendant’ look.” Next he bashed her 14-year-old daughter, then amended his attempt at humor to say he was trying to bash a helpless 18-year-old instead.
Even the National Organization of Women sided with Palin and inducted Letterman into its Hall of Shame. In the testosterone-less world of “The View,” the women agreed Letterman was wrong. Barbara Walters summed it up saying critics can say what they want about a person but “don’t talk about my child.”
In every case, it was lefties holding their everyday hate-a-thon. Of course, it’s not real hate. Real hate happens in countries where hundreds of thousands die because someone wants to wipe them out.
Most American hate pales by comparison – thank God. While other nations get lost in civil war, pogrom or genocide, American hate ends up a twisted update of the Barney song: “I hate you, you hate me.” Americans misuse the word. We don’t hate broccoli, we just dislike it. And most sports fans don’t hate their opponents – except for the New York Yankees.
Hate in America is a marketing tool and the left is milking it for all it’s worth – to push a liberal agenda. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman and others are laying the groundwork to go after conservative speech – on talk radio, on TV and maybe even in print. Other liberals, like supposedly neutral journalist Bill Moyers, want Obama to target guns, too. “Enough’s enough,” summed up Moyers.
In each case, the media are blaming conservatives as haters and ignoring how filled with hate the left is. It’s a ridiculous double-standard.
Don’t you hate that? ExileStreet
copyright 2009 Dan Gainor
Dan Gainor is The Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture. His column appears each week on The Fox Forum and he can be seen each Thursday on Foxnews.com’s “Strategy Room.”