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The Politics of Anger & Hate


“It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.“

H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

“Republicans had better worry. Angry people are motivated to get out to vote. If they can channel that anger into something constructive, they can literally upset the presidency.”

Paul Weyrich, a veteran conservative organizer.

"We have been too nice. We have been too polite,"

Ann Lewis, a strategist for the Democratic National Committee.


Can you recall a time when truth was stuck to fact like brothers? Words had meaning and everyone agreed on definitions of those words. History was written and you could look back and see just what happened. You could get a clear understanding of what might be a good course of action today and what should be avoided.

In the past 20 years I’ve seen America go from “One nation under God” to one nation divided into vastly different groups. We are polarized on everything we used to agree on. I believe this division is rooted in anger and hate. Where strong disagreement once lived, hate has taken root and settled down for good. And the worst part about this type of hate is that it’s been cultivated for political purposes.

It started when the US Supreme court sided with President Bush to become our 43rd president. To this very day Democrats are angered about the outcome. Charlie Rangel used race baiting to help get his constituents angry during a recent appearance on Meet the Press with Tim Russert.

MR. RUSSERT:”Before you go, you talk about this with such passion. What do you think the minority turnout is going to be in 2004? Is the outrage that you're now showing on this show, does it exist in the minority community across the country?“

REP. RANGEL: “There's no question about it. And you don't have to talk about Senator Kerry for president or George Bush being out. All you have to do is go into a minority community and have a button on. And just say, "Don't forget Florida." And it will say the whole story.”

This is race baiting and is flat out wrong! The Florida Justice Department did an investigation into voter disenfranchised and concluded that:

“no Floridians were intentionally denied the right to vote during the 2000 presidential election. “

Despite this fact and the numerous recounts siding with Bush, the Democrats are still sucking on sour grapes and have kept the Florida recount in the fronts of every liberals mind.

To this very day Al Gore mentions it in speeches across the country. Telling those that will listen, to never forget what happened in Florida.

Democrats were genuinely angry about Florida in the days after the US Supreme court made its decision. That seems perfectly fine to me. If they weren’t I’d almost wonder why. However, their anger would be about loosing a fair fight, not about some false claim the presidency was stolen.

Their anger should have subsided long ago. Holding onto anger this long is unhealthy and almost inhuman if you think about it. You can expect this accusation of “stealing the election in 2000” to get louder as November gets closer.

If the 2000 elections started these divisions, it was the 2002 senatorial elections and the ousting of Gray Davis in 2003 that sent the Liberals over the edge. They were taught a lesson about anger in those years and they embraced it.

Lesson 1: On October 25, 2002 Senator Paul Wellstone (D) from Minnesota passed away in a plane crash. On October 30th they held a memorial for Paul and it turned ugly. It began with the booing and jeering of Republicans as they entered the arena to pay their respects to a fallen colleague, and turned into what could only be described as a democratic political rally. David Limbaugh stated it this way:

“The ceremony was more about idolizing liberal politics and politicians than honoring the life of Senator Paul Wellstone. If the tone and substance of the various speakers there are any indication, the national Democratic Party has become even more afflicted with the sin of pride. It's almost scary how seriously they take themselves.”

Needless to say America was extremely unhappy with how bad it looked. No amount of interviews from Democratic pundits was going to quell the anger that America felt for such an ill mannered ceremony for a deceased man. It shouldn’t have been about politics that day. It should have been about celebrating his life. America knew it and they responded with contempt and anger for such an act.

Lesson 2: Almost 1 year later Gray Davis is voted out of office because people were angry with his policies and his obvious ties to special interests. A full 72% of those polled by CNN said they voted him out because they disapproved of his job performance. People were fed up with Gray and they wanted him out of office. There is too much information about how corrupt this man was to put in this piece, so instead take the word of 72% of California who ultimately wanted “anyone else”. (Sound familiar?)

The lesson the democrats learned was that anger will win you elections. So they went out and began a campaign to discredit and foment anger towards George Bush. The Liberal Elites are using it more as a political tool than they are about actually being angry. In the 2002 and 2003 elections people were right to be angry, the anger now is manufactured for political gain.

Instead of debating each other during the primaries on the issues, they repeatedly attacked Bush. They called for “regime change” as though Bush was a despot. They called him “The worst president since Herbert Hoover”, “A miserable failure” and “a liar”. Democratic Pundits on cable news channels likened him to Hitler and Saddam Hussein.

In February of this year Al Gore speaking at a rally of Tennessee Democrats, in a fit of rage stated that Bush “betrayed this country! He played on our fears. He took America on an ill-conceived foreign adventure dangerous to our troops, an adventure preordained and planned before 9/11 ever took place."

These are seasoned politicians. These words are planned out way before they ever get to stage. He had passion when he spoke and he was very convincing, but with out a doubt he was just churning the pot as a means to an end.

Not wanting to be left out, Senator Kennedy (D-Mass) in a heated interview to the Associated Press floor stated:

"There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud."

It’s amazing that he made this statement since he knows that President Bush never said that there was an imminent threat in any of his speeches or since. Kennedy never had any proof of these allegations at all, and to make them is reckless, and proves further the Democratic party’s desire to foment anger in it’s base.

The Democratics want to keep liberals angry and hating Bush, it’s their only chance to win in 2004. Their stump speeches are a continued cycle of rhetoric with these guys who for years couldn’t find a way to “get out the vote” so instead of debating issues and actually being concerned about America, have resorted to attacks that are baseless and anger that is faceless.

The Liberal party has rested their hopes on John Kerry, who by all accounts is the most liberal senator in congress. Knowing this, they cannot win on issues, they have to win on emotions.


posted by: Brian Scott

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