Originally published January 14, 2011
At Wednesday's Memorialpalooza rally in Tucson, Barack Obama asked our nation to start speaking "in a way that heals, not a way that wounds." Which is excellent advice, even if many people couldn't hear the president over the chanting crowds, t-shirt vendors, and trumpeting vuvuzelas.
But Hope n' Change got the message loud and clear, and we're putting Mr. Obama's advice into practice immediately.
We won't accuse talk show hosts of murder, nor will we accuse politicians of anti-Semitism when they deny false allegations. We will not suggest that heartless doctors saw the feet off diabetics to make money, nor will we threaten bankers with pitchforks. We won't say that police historically act stupidly.
We won't falsely accuse any news network of saying "wouldn't it be fun to kill people we disagree with?" We will not equate military veterans with terrorists. We will not treat the word "Caucasian" as a synonym for "racist." And we will not disparage America or American values overseas.
Thank you, Mr. Obama. You've opened our eyes.
In fact, it happened right after you left our room.
For these weekend updates, I usually like to go back a couple of years to show how little has changed... but in this case, I'm pulling out a cartoon that is only a few months old to show how quickly and thoroughly the Democrats can go back on their word.
At this writing, a government shutdown has narrowly been averted with an eleventh hour budget agreement. But the ugly and hate-filled rhetoric from the Left over the past few days has destroyed any pretensions of bipartisanship. Far from using "words that heal," as Obama requested while invoking the death of a murdered child, the Democrats have been attacking cost-cutting Republicans in the most personal and vicious ways imaginable.
Nancy Pelosi declared that Republicans wanted 6 million housebound seniors to go without meals. Harry Reid fumed that Republicans wanted to shut down the government "to keep women from getting cancer screenings." And then Democrat Eleanor Holmes lowered the bar even farther, stating that the Republican effort to reign in spending "is the functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians."
Clearly, when the Democrats have to make a choice between healing and spending, they're going to go with spending every time.
Even if the money has been gone for a long, long time.
Even if, by creating and nurturing a real "climate of hate," they encourage blood to be spilled.