Senator Michael Duffy
Transcript of historic speech here.
So what is the prescription here for those of us who are conservative or libertarian? There may be no way to get the “other side” to understand our views, for they may not have the capacity to do so. Until the lack of empathy for conservatives miraculously changes, we might do better to grow our own ranks, getting more of us involved, rather than trying to rationalize our own views to the other side. Giving in only wastes valuable time that could be put to better use and makes liberals more likely to treat us poorly.
(...) a combination of all three is needed: expanding right-leaning media, getting more people involved, and making sure consequences are dealt out to those liberals who lie and treat conservatives with disrespect. Yes, this means all of us speaking up wherever we are when we hear false, inflammatory, or just plain mean remarks made about conservatives. And finally, clamoring for more diverse educational topics and literature in the schools and media would be helpful.
Conservatives shouldn’t back down on any of this, ever. For it is persistence and consistency that will eventually win the day. The left did it for decades and it clearly works. The left’s advantage has been that the right caves and is so worried about appearing moral that they back down, conceding any power. The right’s advantage is that we understand how the other side thinks, while they do not. Keep this in mind when you think about strategies to keep our liberties and freedoms intact.
Low-income Americans already have government-run insurance programs available to them – Medicaid and Medicare in most states (including coverage for children under the age of 18).Those who believe it'll help... they've no reason to believe this. It's nothing but blind faith in something crafted by... politicians. Corrupt politicians. Hell, those who voted for the bill have admitted they didn't even read the damn thing!
The majority — 63 percent — say global warming is caused "mostly by natural changes in the environment" compared with 31 percent who blamed the phenomenon on "human activities." More than a quarter said they agreed that the phenomenon is "a scam."
Federal authorities have arrested a Philadelphia man and charged him with threatening to kill House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and his family.
The Code Pink mobsters have been waging these in-your-face attacks for years without so much as a peep of outrage from the selective NYTimes/MSNBC/Democrat civility police.So they called Karl Rove a "war criminal". Well, then, what is Barack Obama, if not a "war criminal", for doing exactly the same stuff as was done when Rove advised President Bush? Hmm? Why don't the Leftists ever go after folks like Obama? Are these Leftists nothing other than professional brownshirt-style thugs, community-organized to create propaganda stunts to make conservatives look bad and "progressives" look good by default?
New York sportswriter Mike Lupica Monday went on a full-frontal assault of Tea Party members, Sarah Palin, and every American currently voicing dissent about the direction of the nation.
Alas, folks like Lupica and others in the media currently carping about what they see as hate speech not only have conveniently forgotten what happened just a few years ago, but also don't realize that it was their Bush Derangement Syndrome that fostered much of the Right's response to Obama.
Having watched Bush get viciously attacked 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it became apparent that vitriolic demonstrations against the White House and its policies -- regardless of how vulgar and inflammatory -- are now totally acceptable.
As such, what's happening around America today is partially a predictable reaction to years of vile anti-Bush protests not just from citizens but also those that call themselves journalists.
Saturday's Tea Party Express event in the hometown of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was downplayed by much of the media -- perhaps because the only incidents of violent behavior among the large crowd seemed to come from angry supporters of Mr. Reid. Following a week in which charges and countercharges about which side in the health care debate has engaged in more objectionable rhetoric, the media's treatment of the Tea Party event in Searchlight, Nev. was curious.Yep. Seems the Leftist Brownshirts are out there doing their thing...
"It's unsettling to see them use threats and provocation like this," he told me. He was especially peeved at what he witnessed given what he said were the unconfirmed accusations hurled at Tea Party protestors last week in Washington, including that some had used ugly and violent language against members of the Congressional Black Caucus. On stage at the Searchlight event, Mr. Breitbart offered to donate $100,000 to charity if anyone could provide video evidence that racial epithets were used against CBC members. Mr. Breitbart says he suspects the accusations were just a cynical attempt by the left and elements of the media to "marginalize" the Tea Party movement.
Here’s what happened. Mr. Trudeau, a rookie Liberal Montreal MP, was full of vim and vigour yesterday during an appearance on CTV’s Question Period. What landed him in trouble, however, were his sustained interruptions of Ms. Glover.
This did not play well with some viewers – many of whom wrote emails expressing their dissatisfaction with the way in which the panel was moderated (by me) and with Mr. Trudeau’s constant interruptions.
Immediately after the show, he tweeted his regrets: “OK, there seems a consensus: no matter how frustrated I get, I will not be interrupting on panels in the future. I’m learning...”
And today, he said he wants to continue to bring that passion but will “wait for my turn.”
“An activist government doesn’t mean another high-ticket federal program,” he said. “What it means is getting a network of deciders together to face common problems.”
"You’re going to monetize carbon one way or another," said former Westcoast Energy CEO Michael Phelps.
Liberals across the country — who were watching and listening online, in 53 town hall sessions and in their own basements — chimed in with support for the idea through Twitter and the chat feed on the Liberal conference website.
When Phelps praised a carbon tax, stephen f gordon, a university economist from Quebec City, tweeted: "Phelps is my hero. (...)"
“I very much worry the Obama administration is willing to accept a nuclear Iran, that's why there's this extraordinary pressure on Israel not to attack in Iran,”
Bolton said that the Obama administration had embraced the view, prevalent in Europe, that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the key to the resolution of all other conflicts throughout the Middle East, including the Iranian conflict.
He added that the rift in US-Israel relations stemmed from a fundamental difference in the understanding of the Middle East and Israel's role in the Middle East, and is not really about east Jerusalem at all.
Bolton said that the treatment Netanyahu received during his visit "should tell the people of Israel how difficult it's going to be dealing with Washington for the next couple of years."
Ms. Maddow, consider that the hatred runs from your side as well. Words matter, and apparently your words are inciting threats from your listeners. How’s that for hate speech?Just doing my part to help folks get some real perspective on reality.
Maybe a word about that on tomorrow’s show to condemn the hatred of fellow human beings? I won’t hold my breath.
Even a child knows, as a victim, he automatically gains the moral high ground, and garnishes the power of justice to his side. It’s also the tactical defense of bullies and the emotionally stunted Left. From professional victim “Rev.” Jesse Jackson, to the White House chihuahua, Chris Matthews, leftists have been whining all week long.
It’s time for the adults to ignore the whining, and look at the bigger picture.
It’s a given that law abiding citizens do not threaten officials. Conservatives by nature are law abiding; we don’t use slander, destroy private property or bite off the fingers of those we disagree with.
When the adults get real quiet, behind the voting curtain–that’s when we’ll give them something to really cry about.
"We're not going to sit down and shut up. Thank you for standing up," Palin said.See? Perhaps someone who doesn't like Tea Parties decided to call in a phony report. Naturally, no violence was in evidence, because Tea Party folks are non-violent, unlike the thuggish left.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department sent dozens of uniformed and plainclothes officers to patrol the crowd. Officer Jay Rivera said there was a report of a fistfight in the morning, but when police responded, they found nothing. He said there had been no arrests.
"So far it's nice and peaceful," Rivera said.
That’s right, Sarah Palin’s church was damaged by arson after the 2008 election. One man in Modesto, CA was beaten to a pulp because he was handing out “Yes on Prop 8” stickers and a pastor’s car was shot up because he also supported a ban on gay marriage.
But you never heard liberal activists described as “domestic terrorists” did you? Of course not. That privilege goes to the far-left media and those who decided to ram healthcare down our throats.
Congressman Eric Cantor, the House Republican Whip, whose own office was hit by what police say was a stray bullet at days ago in Virginia said yesterday that the Democrats are needlessly and “dangerously fanning the flames by suggesting that these incidents be used as a political weapon.”
I agree. Not only are the Democrats acting like cowards but they are deliberately trying to distract the public from what’s really in the healthcare bill that they passed without ever reading.
Saturday’s “never mind” moment will live in infamy as the Congressional Black Caucus claimed the N-word was hurled 15 times. YouTube video shows that at least two of the men in the procession were carrying video cameras and holding them above the crowd. They have not come forth with evidence to show that even one person hurled the vile racist epithet. The video also shows no head movement one way or another. Wouldn’t the N-word provoke a head turn or two? Is it really possible that in 2010, in a crowd of 30 or 40 thousand people — at the center of a once-in-a-lifetime media circus — not one person’s flipphone, Blackberry, video recorder or a network feed caught a single incident? And if not, then at least someone could have found an honest tea partier to act as an eyewitness — or the Congressional Black Caucus would have confronted the culprit(s). If that had happened, there would be an investigation to see if the perpetrator was a left-wing plant.
President Barack Obama is one of the worst presidents ever in terms of respecting constitutional limitations on government, and the states suing the federal government over healthcare reform "have a pretty strong case" and are likely to prevail, according to author and judicial analyst Andrew P. Napolitano.
Given all of that, one would expect the person who runs the university to rise to its defence. Especially when that person is a former federal cabinet minister who has some experience in dealing with controversy.
Instead, Allan Rock's brief written statement bore no relation to reality. "Freedom of expression is a core value that the University of Ottawa has always promoted," Rock asserted. Maybe his VP didn't get the memo. The president then claimed that people had gathered to "listen to and debate Ann Coulter's opinions." Not quite. She didn't get to speak. And by "debate," he must have meant "shout slogans." Rock finished up by encouraging everyone to maintain the university "as an open forum for diverse opinions." Does he really think that is what his university is?
Rock didn't defend the approach taken by his vice-president academic, nor did he condemn it. He neither supported nor criticized the students who prevented Coulter from speaking. In fact, he said nothing. And he's sticking to it. "No further comments will be issued," the statement concluded.
the Left never takes a break from falsely accusing the Right of fomenting hatred and violence through political speech. The MSM never takes a break from whitewashing leftist intolerance, death threats, and extremism — and engaging in selective reporting (or rather, non-reporting) of the long history of leftists’ manufacturing of hatred for political gain.
“It’s one thing to have a personal relationship,” she said. “It’s another thing entirely to be benefiting from that relationship. Actually being able to fly for free because of that relationship kind of brings it to a new level. A reporter who covers national politics in any way who is in a relationship with an MP is clearly in conflict.”
Kevin Gaudet, of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, says it looks bad.
“That will be a problem for them, for the Tories and the CBC. That will be a problem all the way around. It looks to me like he would be running afoul of the conflict of interest commissioner, and their guidelines of avoiding the appearance of conflict of interest,” said Gaudet.
“And I would have thought that she would be tripping over journalistic integrity by putting herself so closely aligned with the reception of resources available to a member of Parliament.”
We are deeply disturbed by your correspondence with Ann Coulter regarding her speaking engagement at the University of Ottawa tomorrow. Your admonishing her about speech rights in Canada raises serious questions about the University of Ottawa’s respect for freedom of expression and academic freedom.Not only that, they also want F. A. Houle to apologize to Ann Coulter:
We feel you owe an apology to Ms. Coulter and, even more importantly, you owe the University of Ottawa community an assurance that the administration of the University strongly supports freedom of expression, academic freedom and views the role of the university as fostering and defending these values.Perhaps F. A. Houle will be getting the shaft...
The Washington Post laid the blame for the crisis squarely on President Obama, whom it accused of treating Netanyahu "as if he were an unsavory
Third Worlddictator, needed for strategic reasons but conspicuously held at arms length."
The WP went on to say: "Obama picked a fight over something that virtually all Israelis agree on, and before serious discussions have even begun.
"A new administration can be excused for making such a mistake in the treacherous and complex theater of Middle East diplomacy. That’s why Obama was given a pass by many when he made exactly the same mistake last year. The second time around, the president doesn’t look naive. He appears ideological -- and vindictive."
Of course, Canadian universities long ago forfeited any claim they ever had to be considered bastions of independent thought and speech. In fact, all universities shelter within their grey headquarters petty bureaucrats called “equity officers” whose job it is to ensure that groupthink prevails at all times."Equity officers", eh? Oh, he means "liberal fascists". Heh. Them progs... always perfuming their poop with floral-scented euphemisms...
Last year, Queen's University went further, hiring students to surreptitiously eavesdrop on other student conversations lest anything untoward be said. This plan was dropped when some alumni objected, but it gives a good indication of the mindset of university administrators. You might recall that, a decade ago, administrators at the University of Western Ontario did everything in their power to make psychology professor Philippe Rushton a pariah on campus because of his unorthodox research conclusions on race and IQ.
Our universities can best be understood today as finishing schools in political correctness. From pre-kindergarten days, students have been brainwashed by the liberal consensus on all issues – political, moral, social. The university exists to round that off with a little learning. So the Ann Coulter saga is neither the first nor the last to expose the corrupt heart of the university.No wonder the left-wing extremist cunning linguist Noam Chomsky was able to visit my old campus in the afternoon, unbothered by a single protestor... Hell, the old fart was strolling down the hallway with a professor-groupie of his, and both were, I swear, cackling...
She is absolutely correct when she says it reflects poorly on the university and its students. It is also a black eye for all of Canada.
This country encourages debate, dissent and peaceful demonstrations, but we should not condone violence, bullying or other acts that stifle free speech.
“This has never, ever, ever happened before — even at the stupidest American university,” she said later. “It’s always the bush-league schools.”
Canadians can only hope Coulter’s address in Calgary on Thursday goes more smoothly. In London, Ont., on Monday, it created the predictable amount of controversy, but went off as planned.
ELMIRA, N.Y. — A man who had been arrested after praying in 2007 at a public park was suddenly arrested again last week by Elmira police while his case is still on appeal. The arrest of Julian Raven came suddenly on March 15 while he was at his office. According to his wife, police escorted him out of a court hearing Tuesday in handcuffs in front of his crying children to begin serving his 9-day jail sentence.
“Christians shouldn’t be punished for expressing their religious beliefs. It’s ridiculous to consider the act of peacefully exercising one’s faith in a public park to be ‘disorderly conduct’ worthy of a jail sentence,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Joel Oster. “We are surprised at how eager the city was to arrest Mr. Raven again in light of his appeal. Now he will serve time in jail; however, we will continue to aggressively pursue his appeal in court.”
Raven’s original arrest in the case People of the State of New York v. Raven is currently on appeal to the New York Court of Appeals. In 2007, Raven and other Christians entered Wisner Park in Elmira with their heads bowed to pray for the participants of a “gay pride” event. Materials advertising the event stated that it was open to the public and that all were invited.
The group made their way to an area in front of the stage and began to pray silently while lying prostrate in the grass. A police sergeant had earlier informed Julian Raven that he could not enter the public park, walk through the park, or talk to anyone in the park about his religion. After the group began to pray silently on their faces, all were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Since then, the charges have been dismissed against everyone but Raven.
Posters advertising my speech have been officially banned, while posters denouncing me are plastered all over the University of Ottawa campus. Elected officials have been prohibited from attending my speeches. Also, the local clothing stores are fresh out of brown shirts.Wow... they wouldn't treat the ultra-hard-and-far left-wing anarchist Noam Chomsky like that! I know... saw the old fart on my campus many years ago, walking around freely and cackling... no protestors, not a one, bothering him... Even though the Chomster is arguably a hateful little turd...
What other speakers get a warning not to promote hatred? Did Francois A. Houle send a similarly worded letter to Israel-hater Omar Barghouti before he spoke last year at U of Ottawa? ("Ottawa": Indian for "Land of the Bed-Wetters.")
How about Angela Davis, Communist Party member and former Black Panther who spoke at the University of Zero just last month?
Or do only conservatives get letters admonishing them to be civil? Or – my suspicion – is it only conservative women who fuel Francois' rage?
How about sending a letter to all Muslim speakers advising them to please bathe once a week while in Canada? Would that constitute a hate crime?
The move followed boisterous demonstrations outside that sponsors of the appearance feared could turn violent.
“There was a risk there could be physical violence,” said Canadian conservative activist Ezra Levant, who was scheduled to introduce Ms. Coulter.
In an interview, Ms. Coulter said she's given 100 to 200 speeches at colleges and last night was the first time one of her addresses has been “completely shut down.” She said the incident reflects poorly on the University of Ottawa.
“It's at the absolute bush league, bottom of the barrel schools that you get the worst treatment and yet and still I've never seen this before,” she said.
“I'm guessing the scores to get into the University of Ottawa are not very challenging.”