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Oh Yeah, I Got Yer Rabid on the Right…


In the past week, I’ve been called an automaton and a rabid lamb by members of the establishment corporate media.  Okay, sure, without at least one cup of coffee or tea in the morning, I can be a bit surly (ask Mr. ReddHedd), but "rabid lamb"?  That has to be one of the all-time worst turns of phrase in political writing.

Speaking of bad turns of phrase and rabid, let’s take a tra la through some thoughts on the right side of the thought mines and see what we find, shall we:

— First, we have this lovely example of American sentiment which was printed in the Denver Post letters to the editor column on 6/26/06:

Why have those who have continually howled at our treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo met the recent kidnapping and sadistic and brutal murders of our two young soldiers with deafening silence? Where is your outrage now? Not only should we behead 100 prisoners in retaliation (complete with Web-posted snuff videos), but also the editors, commentators, college professors and left-wing congressmen who would suddenly break their silence to come out in support of these enemy jihadists. We need to stop listening to these sanctimonious hypocrites who apply the rules of war only to our side. Let us untie the hands of our troops and allow them to fight and win.

Now, I sure as hell understand being pissed off that our troops have been tied down by piss poor planning and bad orders and a Pentagon that is more interested in cost effective bottom lines than sending out adequate armor and numbers of troops on the ground for what they are asked to do. But printing a letter which calls for the murder of a large number of Islamic prisoners solely for retaliation purposes?  And then moves on to editors and pundits who happen to disagree with this man’s point of view — THIS is appropriate American discourse to be printed in a newspaper? Crass, wrong and irresponsible. On so many levels.  (E&P agrees.)  (Hat tip to reader David.)

— Speaking of wrong on many levels, the latest from Malkin is appalling as well, as she encourages her right-wing jihadis to inflame their passions against that horrible enemy of the state…the NYTimes.  (Where was David Brooks on that one, I ask you?  Oh yeah, it’s ALL on the left…moron.  *rolls eyes*)  (Oh, and FYI, a lot of these appear to be poorly photoshopped Propoganda Remix Project posters.  Hmmmmm…wonder if they know, yet?)  (Hat tip to reader mkultramaroon.)

— And then there is this right-wing radio mouthpiece who is just rude.  Flat out rude.  And ill-informed.  (And, btw, Bernie Ward cleans this guy’s rhetorical clock.  Good on him!)  (Hat tip to readers GSD and angie.)

I’m sure David Brooks and TNR will jump right on this.  (Oh yeah.  So not holding my breath.)  But it is instructive to note that the worst of any side can be pulled out as an example at any time — but that if either publication had bothered to actually READ many of the blogs or writers that it has attempted to vilify over the last week or so, they might learn that citizens in this nation of ours — whether they are small name or big name bloggers or incredibly articulate and concerned folks who comment on them — all have a voice and something to say.

And, for the most part, the things that are said are quite on point, ask for accountability at all levels, and hope for a better future for our children and our nation.  Can someone tell me what’s so rabid about that?

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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