August 20, 2010
Which party is it that likes to call their opponents un-American? Despite what the left likes to pretend, it’s nearly always the Democrats. For the latest example, I give you Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm:
Q: And we know you’ve had the disaster in the Gulf, you’ve had an oil spill in your own state. You know, you guys are doing a lot in making these investments in batteries and in new care. And here you have people like Rush Limbaugh, come out and say that the Volt is an “overpriced lemon.” What do you say to critics?
GRANHOLM: It’s just un-American. I can’t believe that somebody would say this about this American product. He hasn’t even driven it. He hasn’t sat in it. You know, why wouldn’t you be supportive of American manufacturers building American vehicles with American workers, who now have jobs as a result of this.
If you don’t like an American car, you’re un-American. Wow, that’s a lot of un-American Americans.
July 12, 2010
Democrats need to learn what the rest of us have learned already, the media cannot be trusted:
Democrats are slamming House Minority Leader John Boehner for reportedly saying the Social Security retirement age should be raised to pay for the war in Afghanistan — though Boehner’s office vehemently denies he made that connection.
The comment came during an interview Monday with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Boehner said the retirement age should be raised to 70 for those at least 20 years away from retirement and suggested wealthy taxpayers should not be receiving benefits at all. . .
Though a video clip of his Social Security comments does not include any reference to Afghanistan, the newspaper’s article on the interview said Boehner cast the changes as a way to pay for the war.
Democrats seized on the interview, accusing Boehner of wanting to pay for war on the backs of seniors. Ohio House Democrats held a press conference Wednesday to denounce Boehner, with Rep. Marcy Kaptur calling it “un-American” to cut Social Security.
“The House Republican Leader John Boehner and his GOP colleagues want to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70 and cut benefits in order to pay for George Bush’s war and their failed policies of the past,” House Democratic Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., said in a written statement. “Democrats will not stand for this.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office put out a “fact sheet” accusing Boehner of wanting to “slash” Social Security not to stabilize the program, but to pay for Iraq and Afghanistan – though Iraq was not mentioned anywhere in the Tribune-Review article.
South Carolina Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler called on her state’s Republican congressmen to “renounce” Boehner’s comments, accusing him of looking to “break America’s promise to her seniors.”
The Trib has since corrected its story. The Democrats could have avoided some embarrassment if they had checked the facts first.
June 3, 2010
Fox News reports:
The Los Angeles Unified School District school board wants all public school students in the city to be taught that Arizona’s new immigration law is un-American.
The school board president made the announcement Tuesday night after the district’s Board of Education passed a resolution to oppose the controversial law, which gives law enforcement officials in Arizona the power to question and detain people they suspect are in the U.S. illegally when they are stopped in relation to a crime or infraction. . .
According to its press release, “The Los Angeles Board of Education also requested that Superintendent Ramon Cortines ensure that civics and history classes discuss the recent laws with students in the context of the American values of unity, diversity and equal protection for all people.”
I’m sure the LA public schools were rife with political propaganda already, but now they’re adding it as official policy.
April 24, 2010
Six months later, Steny Hoyer (the House Democratic leader) admits it was wrong to call people protesting health care nationalization “un-American“:
“That was not a good phrase, not a good use of language, it was not correct,” Mr. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said. . . Mr. Hoyer said he made a mistake in reading the op-ed too quickly and approving it.
Nancy Pelosi did not join him in retracting the smear.
(Via Big Government.)
September 1, 2009
A Health Care for America Now organizer (none dare call him an astroturfer) trains people on how to shout down health care nationalization dissidents. Plus: “It’s your meeting. Hold on to your meeting.”
Someone tell Pelosi and Hoyer about this clearly “un-American” behavior!
August 17, 2009
Nancy Pelosi now says it’s “un-American” to try to drown out those with opposing views, but in 2006, when the protesters were anti-war, she was quite positive toward them.
ASIDE: I think the “I’m a fan of disruptors” line was indeed intended to allude to the protesters, but the point is arguable. However, there’s no argument but that Pelosi was very friendly to the protesters (“We love it!”), and didn’t consider them at all un-American.
August 10, 2009
Mark Hemingway makes a revealing observation:
Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer this morning:
These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.
Now here’s a recent SEIU memo:
Action: Opponents of reform are organizing counter-demonstrators to speak at this and several congressional town halls on the issue to defend the status quo. It is critical that our members with real, personal stories about the need for access to quality, affordable care come out in strong numbers to drown out their voices.
UPDATE: The White House is trying to clean up Pelosi and Hoyer’s mess. I think they realize that demonizing their opponents is one thing, but doing so using McCarthyite language is surely counterproductive.
UPDATE: SEIU has airbrushed their site, but Perfunction links to a screen grab (at the Weekly Standard), plus more SEIU pages that might not be airbrushed yet. (Via Hot Air.)