It's clear that the idea of civility is applied selectively. The double standard was made clear again last week when Ed Schultz called conservative radio host Laura Ingraham a "slut".
New tone? It didn't take long for the "Tuscon Truce" to collapse!
Hollywood and Washington are rife with elites opposed to the right to bear arms for folks in flyover country “who cling to guns or religion,” as their champion in the White House described us.
For years, America’s left-leaning mainstream media outlets have belittled and rebuked members of the new media — questioning their credibility, impugning their integrity and assigning all manner of self-serving motivations to their contributions to the marketplace of ideas.
Since the 112th Congress first convened on January 3rd of this year, the U.S. House of Representatives has been aggressively pursuing an agenda of cutting government spending.
President Bush wasn’t exaggerating when he said we were fighting a "long war." And it can’t be won unless we’re always on our guard.
In the public policy conversation today, there is nothing funnier than hearing the leadership of National Public Radio deny there's a liberal bias at play over there.
2012's political topography heavily favors Republicans, who appear well positioned to secure at least a bare majority next year if they competently manage their strong hand.
The response of our State Department spokesman, P.J. Crowley, to the murder of two U.S. Airmen and the wounding of two others in Germany was firmly noncommittal. Crowley was unwilling to call the incident terrorism.
In just about everything, language matters.
Now that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is on the road to recovery, labor unions and others on the American left have pulled out all the stops in blocking spending cuts in D.C. and across the country. Since the left has no substantive, intellectually-honest arguments to offer in defense of the insane levels of government spending, they are once again resorting to hate, vitriol and downright nastiness as its political weapons of choice.
Civility in public discourse is important, but it should not be used as an excuse to stifle legitimate debate or denude our language of color, passion, or good metaphor.
The House Republicans are pushing to repeal Obamacare. But are conservatives prepared to win the debate?
Last week, following the murder of six people and the attempted murder of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, the American people were given a vivid display of the single most important tactic of the left: libeling opponents.
The attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six others in Tucson have transfixed the nation for the past week.
The day that President Obama departed for Arizona to address the nation on the Tucson massacre, Washington was abuzz.
While Tucson victims still were being triaged by trauma teams at University Medical Center, we were "informed" that the killer was a "tea party activist" motivated to violence by "extremist right-wing rhetoric."
The steam seems to be going out of the move to "deftly pin this" -- the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others -- "on the tea partiers."
All decent human beings mourn the heinous action that felled so many wonderful people and touches the lives of so many others. Sadly, some in the mainstream media, and liberal pundits on the cable television channels, are using this sad event to score political points, blaming the highest profile targets from the right.
In the wake of the Tucson tragedy the left has made quite the big deal of a map that Sarah Palin put on her website To listen to the media murmur you would think that Palin's Map was the primary, if not the sole cause of the shooting of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six innocent people.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, the photographs of 9-year-old Christina Taylor-Green and her alleged killer, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, may speak volumes about American youth culture.
The conventional wisdom of the media establishment that strident and outspoken political debate catalyzes violence is an absurdity. Telling people to "kill pigs" -- as the '60s radicals did -- in fact, encouraged violence. But vigorous political debate and strongly or even passionately held views have nothing whatever to do with the decision of some nut to kill a congressman or a president.
In the wake of the horrendous shooting rampage in Tucson, why isn't anyone talking about banning "Mein Kampf"? Or "The Communist Manifesto"? Or for that matter, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "The Phantom Tollbooth"?
There is enough blame to go around for this Arizona shooting spree. Unfortunately for Dupnik and his allies, that blame lies almost exclusively with the left.
Widespread deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, along with laws that require a showing of dangerousness before a person can be involuntarily subjected to treatment, make it exceedingly difficult to stop a crazed gunman before his murderous spree.
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