Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Let's Not Go There

From the PJ Tattler:
As Deneen Borelli of Project 21 correctly says, "calls for torture and lynching are not a matter of left and right - they are always wrong." Bryan asked where the Southern Poverty Law Center and the NAACP were. But I won't hold my breath waiting for liberal websites to cover this or for organizations like the NAACP to denounce it, given the double standards they have long exhibited in their unfair and degrading criticisms of principled black conservatives like Justice Clarence Thomas.
Except it wasn't a "call" for torture. It was hyperbole. It was exaggeration. It was a joke.

Tasteless, classless, and undeniable proof that the speakers were clodnoggins, but it wasn't hate speech.

Curse the left for not denouncing it like Nancy Pelosi just denounced using the word "hate" during a conversation with the President, but really, let's just stop pretending that civility is a virtue in political discourse. Let's just go back go viciously insulting our political enemies like grown-ups instead of gasping like a schoolyard tot and running to the teacher exclaiming that Billy said a naughty word.

2 comments:

  1. "It was hyperbole. It was exaggeration. It was a joke."

    I like the way you made your point twice. Isn't hyperbole and exaggeration the same thing?

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  2. Yeah, it was a deliberate use of repetition for emphasis. I would've tossed "figurative" in there, too, but descriptors have more punch in sets of three.

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