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The new “civility”, part MCMLXVII

After the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the left -automatically assuming that the shooter was some right-wing extremist – railed against the violent language of the right.  They were sure that they, the keepers of the flame of civility, had been the victim of the right’s violent rhetoric.  And that rhetoric had driven one of their own to attempt the assassination of the Congresswoman.  They were wrong.

Of course it also soon became evident that the keepers of the flame were the worst offenders.  Numerous examples of a lack of civility by the left have been documented since then.  The most recent comes from the usual suspects.  Labor and politicians.  In a Labor Day speech, Jimmy Hoffa decided that instead of inspiring, he’d attack.  Instead of celebrating labor, he’d stoop to general ad hominem attacks on the right.   Apparently, like the race baiters of the passing generation, he see’s his meal ticket in trouble.  Big labor has not been doing well.  And its reaction is reflected in the rhetoric of one of its leaders.  Violence:

Teamsters union president James Hoffa would say it all again if he could, he told TPM Monday.

Hoffa riled up Fox News and the right wing Monday with a Labor Day speech in Detroit in which he called Republican members of Congress "sons of bitches" and said union workers are ready to "go to war" with the tea party next year and "take out" Republicans at the ballot box.

Hoffa said he’d say the exact same words all over again.

"I would because I believe it," he said. "They’ve declared war on us. We didn’t declare war on them, they declared war on us. We’re fighting back. The question is, who started the war?"

The speech came shortly before President Obama took the stage in Detroit — and Hoffa’s remarks certainly overshadowed Obama’s on Fox. But the Teamsters chief said he was just matching fired-up conservative rhetoric when it comes to organized labor and Obama with some fired-up rhetoric of his own.

Hmmm … be nice if he provided some examples.  Michelle Malkin, however, has provided a number of examples of union violence and violent rhetoric.

Hoffa continued:

"The right wing — the tea party, backed by the Koch brothers, the Chamber of Commerce and the Walton family are underwriting, you know, bills to take away collective bargaining," Hoffa said. "Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor want to take away Social Security and Medicaid."

"The answer to that is, people that do that, is we’re going to declare war on them," he added.

Of course Ryan and Cantor do not “want to take away Social Security and Medicaid”, they want to reform it so it is sustainable.  What a horrible goal, no?  And they’re not at all interested in unions in the private marketplace because there’s a market mechanism in place that helps control the excesses of collective bargaining found in public service unions.   Even Democratic governors are moving to curb collective bargaining in those venues.  Hoffa, however, seems to have missed that.

Finally, you see the classic leftist tactic of demonization.  Straight from Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”.  It also helps keep those blinders firmly in place for the mob, those who will do his bidding as you witnessed in the Malkin piece.

And then there’s Joe Biden, always good for a negative example or gaffe.  In this case, he characterized a large part of his supposed constituency – he being Vice President of the United States and not of the Democratic party – as “barbarians”, because, you know, they disagree with his political agenda.

“You are the only folks keeping the barbarians from the gates…the other side has declared war on labour’s house.”

Yes, we had a little hate fest this weekend and it was led by the left.  You know, the civility police.  The side which is sure it is only the right which uses uncivil and violent rhetoric and they are chaste and pure in that department.  I can’t decide whether it is simple hypocrisy or cluelessness.  Or a combination of both.


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18 Responses to The new “civility”, part MCMLXVII

  • This was right on point…
    Especially the quote about class-warfare and revenge fantasy.  Is Hoofa really a Koch brothers conspiracy loon?  Who knows?  But he thinks his rank and file will buy that bilge, so he’s slingin’ it for all he’s worth.

  • Frankly, none of this shocks me. BS abounds.
    We are heading (or are already in) to a “double-dip” recession, and we get this carnival to distract folks from the disaster that going from the “failed economic policies of George Bush” to the “epic failure economic policies of Barack Hussein Obama” has begot.
    The Deutsche Bank CEO just gave a speech that implies that not just Eurozone countries are buckling under the pressure of Greece’s, France’s, and Italy’s debts, but the banks are too.
    … and we’re supposed to worry about Jimmy Hoffa Jr’s “son-of-bullshirt” comments.  Not to worry, Father and son will be together soon enough.

    The president said, ‘I’m going to go make a speech to get bipartisan support from Congress for these proposals,’ and then he sent out an e-mail — which I received a copy of — that says to tell Congress to stop playing political games. Look, if you’re trying to build political allies to get something big done for the country, you don’t immediately send out a fundraising email signed by the president decrying the political opposition for opposing a plan you have yet to lay out.

    Why do we have to find this out from Karl Rove ? Our media are worthless .. excuse me, less than worthless.  We have a Pres**ent who only knows how to campaign, but has no idea how to govern.  How anybody can defend this “half-cracker a-hole” is beyond me.

    • All GOP Senators and Congressones should hold up a copy of the Obama fundraiser and tell the media that we’re going to do our part and oppose the President’s plan … just like he has instructed us to do.

    • “Frankly, none of this shocks me”
      What. you mean the Hoffa duck QUACKED?   I’d have been way more shocked if Hoffa suddenly started talking like my sainted Aunt Mary.

  • In Vietnam, before the Americans arrived in country, the Communists warned the villagers that the Americans were coming to take away their water buffalo. Obviously, when we arrived with air conditioners and helicopters, some peasants figured out that we probably didn’t want their water buffalo.
    The ones who didn’t must have drunken the same Kool-Aid that Hoffa is serving up on Ryan wanting to take away Medicare and Social Security. What are these people going to say when they win power again, and have to do the exact same cuts/refroms that Ryan has proposed or potentially deeper cuts as they will make our finances worse through their plans to tax more, borrow more and let “manana” take care of itself?

  • Decrying the violent rhetoric and double standards of the left won’t get you anywhere. These strategies won’t change, in part because they work (red meat for the troops) and in part because they reflect where the left comes from.
    Personally, I’d love to see Mr. Hoffa follow in his father’s footsteps. Bit I suppose that’s the kind of angry, eliminationist rhetoric that we should all abstain from (unless we’re Dems).

  • What we need is Erb to come round and explain that well educated, PhD toting, nuanced intellectuals are able to discern what is true violent incitement and what is in fact ironic humor that cannot cause violence and blood shed. Righties are simply unable to comprehend subtle sarcasm and therefore believe that what is sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander… however that is clearly just sexist divisiveness since the rightie gander is really just trying to take away the goose’s sauce and give it to the Koch brothers.

    It will be even worse next week after the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I’ve noticed various lefties prepositioning themselves already with the memes that they never said or implied that America got what she deserved 10 years ago but that what happened afterwards clearly shows that they deserve something now. Somehow they have also flipped from “good war Afghanistan” to lumping everything that happened in that decade in a big old box of left-wing hating on the righties. Of course this all stops short of Libya, Gitmo still being open, the demise of bin Laden etc. Sometimes I wish I had taken too many mushrooms back in the 80s and 90s so that I too could wake up every day and throw most of what I believed and said yesterday in the memory hole.

  • “could wake up every day and throw most of what I believed and said yesterday in the memory hole.”
    I can understand how they do it.  Must be nice.  Unfortunately my various accidents have still left me with a couple of brain cells that occasionally bump into one another and they still work.  But think how nice it must be to get up every day and take your marching orders from elites higher in the organization than elitist wannabe’s like HErb.   And they say they don’t like anything about the military – wait, correct that, I can see the difference after all – the military merely tells you what to DO, the leftist elites tell you what to DO AND THINK.

  • Interesting to note that TMP felt it necessary to “clean up” what Hoffa actually said by both breaking up the full sentence into more innocuous words and adding (inventing?) context.

    Hoffa riled up Fox News and the right wing Monday with a Labor Day speech in Detroit in which he called Republican members of Congress “sons of bitches” and said union workers are ready to “go to war” with the tea party next year and “take out” Republicans at the ballot box.

    Except Hoffa made no mention of the fight being at the ballot box.  In fact, the tone of that entire part was of belligerence.
    Full quote:

    President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong[.]


  • “Don’t push it or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe” — John Rambo
    “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That’s* the *Chicago* way! ” — Jim Malone

  • More people than he thinks on the other are really just waiting for a reason to make a move.  Hoffa had best be smart and not give them one.

  • Yeah, the unions wrote the book on “civility”, and the Stasi/Chicago political machines wrote the book on open government.

  • “I can’t decide whether it is simple hypocrisy or cluelessness” Or a combination of both.”
    How about a third choice, pure lust for power, evil, greed, and meaness.