Libeling the Right: The Key to the Left’s Success


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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.

Most Americans have been naively and blissfully unaware of this aspect of the left’s arsenal against the right. But now, just as more Americans than ever before understand the left’s limitless appetite for political power in an ever-expanding state, more Americans than ever before understand that a key to the left’s success is defaming the right.

I do not recall any major American daily attacking another major American daily the way the Wall Street Journal attacked The New York Times last week under the heading “The New York Times has crossed a moral line.” I do not recall Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer ever expressing contempt toward a colleague the way he did against The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman last week. Krauthammer ended his Washington Post column “Massacre, then libel” with this sentence: “The origins of Loughner’s delusions are clear: mental illness. What are the origins of Krugman’s?”

People are awakening to the seminal fact of left-wing success: The only way the left can succeed in America is by libeling the right. Only 20 percent of Americans label themselves liberal, let alone left. How, then, do Leftists get elected? And why don’t more Americans call themselves conservative when, in fact, so many share conservatives’ values?

The answer to both questions is that through its dominance of the news media, entertainment media and educational institutions, the left has been able to successfully demonize the right for at least half a century.

The left rarely convinces Americans to adopt its views. What it does is create a fear of the right that influences many Americans to align themselves with the left.

For example, most Americans want to retain the man-woman definition of marriage. Even most voters in liberal Californians want to. The left has not been able to convince even Californians to redefine marriage to include members of the same sex. So what the left did was to declare as “haters” all those who wanted California to retain the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

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  • Len

    The Times and Krugman are not the only ones. Hendrik Hertzberg in the New Yorker this week wrote a snide column. He started out with several paragraphs describing the Rabin assassination which he says was clearly to to "right-wing nationalists," "ultra-Orthodox rabbis" and "the organized religious right." Then he says that Arizona was different in that "no such close, let alone casual,connection" applied. So why did he then write about how "no one's first thought was that some unhinged leftist was responsible?" And how "commentators of all persuasions assumed something like the opposite?" And he then went on and on about "crosshairs" and a "two-year eruption of shocking vituperation and hatred , virtually all of it coming from — conservatives." Hertzberg evidently did not know of all the vituperation and hate spewed at George W. Bush; or Sarah Palin. He has less of an excuse than the Times or Krugman because his hateful article is patronizing since he knew full well that Conservatives had nothing to do with the shootings; yet he chose to dump on them anyway.

  • GodlessLiberal

    Oh the histrionics of the Right. Wah wah wah, blame those godless liberals! Woe is me! Why is everyone persecuting me?!

    • Harry G.

      How typical. You can always tell a Progressive or Lefty by their cruelty and their lack of class.

  • Amused

    Aww c'mon did everyone just fall out of a christmas tree ? This crap's been going on for atleast 3 decades . Mike Savage ranted that a pot smoking lefty committed this crime . And on the left more of the same .It doesn't matter who starts a pissing contest , at the end of the day , all parties are showing their arses . As for "hate mongering " ? It's quite clear and painfully obvious , that IT is a two way street . Who's kidding who here ?

  • mick

    Amused,

    Fact: The kid smoked pot.

    Fact: His high school friend said that he was “left. Quite liberal.”

    Fact: Other friends reported that when someone said “Bush” the kid would fly into a rage.

    But just because he was those things (more than anything, he was just off his nut) doesn’t mean that all Leftists are to blame. The Left came out and blamed conservative talk radio and Sarah Palin, for crying out loud.

    The kid was also an atheist. Maybe we should all blame Bill Maher for perpetuating atheism. It’s stupid.

  • mick

    Amused,

    Fact: The kid smoked pot.

    Fact: His high school friend said that he was "left. Quite liberal."

    Fact: Other friends reported that when someone said "Bush" the kid would fly into a rage.

    But just because he was those things (more than anything, he was just off his nut) doesn't mean that all Leftists are to blame. The Left came out and blamed conservative talk radio and Sarah Palin, for crying out loud.

    The kid was also an atheist. Maybe we should all blame Bill Maher for perpetuating atheism. It's stupid.

  • Jim

    The left doesn't seem to have all that much success. They don't understand that the beliefs they deride are held by the majority of the Americans. If the liberals expect to do well they need to understand you can't insult so many Americans and achieve much more than to be disrespected.

    How ever I am sure if Bill Mahr calls me a moron, who knows nothing ,at least 5000 more times then I am sure I will see it his way.

  • tanstaafl

    Why should we limit discussion in response to this horrible massacre? Seems to be we need more speech, not less.