I'll never forget how Al Gore's Democrats tried to steal the 2000 presidential election and then spent the next eight years complaining about Republicans stealing their "democracy." Liberals: Projection is your name.
We've watched their behavior since, from the Democrats' suppression of military voters to Al Franken's larcenous Senate victory to the flagrant voter intimidation of the New Black Panther Party members in Philadelphia to untold stories of voter fraud already emerging in these congressional elections. We just saw a Delaware TV station "forgetting" to broadcast Christine O'Donnell's 30-minute campaign ad.
Sadly, Democrats are often what they accuse their "enemies" of being. They typically engage in that behavior which they decry and exempt themselves from standards they proclaim.
Item: Snarky comedian Jon Stewart issued calls for civility at his mock political rally this past weekend. "But we live now in hard times, not end times," said Stewart. "And we can have animus and not be enemies." Similarly, on his show, he has exhorted people to "stop shouting, throwing and drawing Hitler mustaches on people other than Hitler."
Yet in 2008, Stewart noted that Sarah Palin had said she really likes going to small towns "because that's the pro-America part of the country. You know, I just want to say to her, very quickly, f--- you."
Somehow I doubt that Stewart was similarly miffed at Barack Obama for denigrating small-town Midwesterners by saying, "It's not surprising, then, that they get bitter and they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them." I also don't remember Stewart and his ilk condemning the Bush/Hitler left for its eight years of malicious slander. We will probably get old waiting for "progressives" to denounce their fellow leftist Tony Serra, a defense attorney in San Francisco, for displaying a huge banner in front of his building that reads, "F--- Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina."
But we mustn't let this hypocritical incident pass without also challenging Stewart's bogus premise, shamelessly popularized by the liberal media, that Obama's opponents, particularly tea party protesters, are uncivil, vulgar, bigoted, hyper-partisan rubes forever flirting with violence.
This is wrong in every respect. The protesters are extraordinarily civil, racially colorblind, peaceful and committed to making public officials of both parties more accountable and responsive to the people and more faithful to America's founding principles.