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Rep. Waxman: Against the President = Traitor

Funny how the same people who threw hissy fits when challenged on actually rooting for the War in Iraq to fail, now find it perfectly acceptable to question anyone’s patriotism who doesn’t step in line with a hearty “Jawohl!” Well, more sad than funny really:

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who has had an eventful couple of weeks to say the least, believes House Republican opposition to climate change legislation and the stimulus indicates they’re cheering against the good ol’ US of A.

“It appears that the Republican Party leadership in the Congress has made a decision that they want to deny President Obama success, which means, in my mind, they are rooting against the country, as well,” the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman told WAMU radio host Diane Rehm on Tuesday morning, promoting his new book, “The Waxman Report.”

Just to be clear, opposition to the President’s agenda means that you also oppose America, according to Waxman. Doesn’t that mean that Waxman and most of the rest of his Democratic allies, including our current President, were “against America” for not supporting Bush’s agenda?

Ah well. That was a different time, I guess. Things are so completely different now that questioning one’s patriotism is absolutely justified. At least that’s what Steve Benen seems to think:

This sounds like intemperate rhetoric, but under the circumstances, it’s hardly over the top.

It’s not immediately clear what “circumstances” we’re under that render such accusations perfectly acceptable to Benen, but one can’t help but recall Obama’s famous call to bi-partisanship: “I won.”

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15 Responses to Rep. Waxman: Against the President = Traitor

  • Chill Wind…..dissent is the highest form of patriotism…..down the memory hole.

  • Remember  IYNWUYAU?   Now “us” is us.

    • Right. A misquote of what was said to other countries, not to American citizens.

      Bush actually said, “You’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists,” but he was speaking to other countries which provided shelter and logistical support to terrorists.

      That phrase was never used on American civilians.

  • No, what’s “IYNWUYAU”?

  • If you want to know what democrats do / think, just look at what they accuse the GOP of doing. Bunch of disgusting hypocrites. I really don’t know how one can call himself a democrat without feeling ashamed, stupid, and outright dirty.

  • IYNWUYAU=if you’re not with us you’re against us.
    TomD never fails to illustrate just exactly what his character consists of.

  • Ahh, I see now.  TomD was referring to the old lefty canard that Pres. Bush challenged their patriotism when he said:


    Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.

    I always thought it rather strange that the anti-Bush set saw themselves in that statement.

  • I guess waxman, gore, krugman and crew learned deductive reasoning from monty python.
    Ducks and wood float in water so if she weighs the same as a duck then she must be made of wood and therefore a witch.

    • Spot on. Another Monty Pythonism is the Earth actually getting slightly cooler:
      “Man is making the planet hotter!”
      “But data shows it’s actually cooling in the last decade.”
      “Uh, it got better!”

  • As Hillary once said, “I’m sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we’re Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration.”

  • Close enough.  It’s a team sport to him; he’s that loud obnoxious drunk fan of the opposing team in the seat next to you, given to him by a friend, who knows nothing of the game but loves to scream imprecations at the home team regardless.