April 17, 2009

Shut Up, She Explained

Janeane Garofalo demonstrates Klavan's point in action....

Liberal actress says tea parties were racist
"Let's be very honest about what this is about. This is not about bashing Democrats. It's not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston Tea party was about. They don't know their history at all. It's about hating a black man in the White House," she said on MSNBC's "The Countdown" with Keith Olbermann Thursday evening. "This is racism straight up and is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks. There is no way around that."

Olbermann did not once try to challenge her on those assertions.

Don't take my word for it, go watch it for yourself. The YouTubery is HERE.

Pretty much any time someone diverts a discussion by tossing in ad hominem responses to substantive argument, they're saying "Shut up!" Meaning they have no counter-argument at hand worth advancing.

If you point out that the legal decisions favoring same-sex marriage are for the most part blatant judicial activism, you're a homophobe. Even if you're in favor of consenting adults making whatever family arrangements they wish, and cheered Vermont for (partially*) reaching that conclusion through the democratic process rather than having it forced on them by an activist court.

Disagree with the President on any small bit of that dogma, and you're automatically a racist, simply because the President has extra melanin.

And oddly enough, agree with the Tea party protestors that doubling our national debt essentially overnight to throw hundreds of billions of dollars at Dem party wish-lists is probably not a good idea, and you're magically that worst of all things...a racist Republican. (Never mind which party you're registered with--or even if you're registered with any.)

I'm guessing the only reason Garofalo left out "homophobe" was that it's kind of hard to call someone a homophobe while also sneering at them as being "teabaggers," regardless of the veracity or relevance of the labelling. Besides, they'd kind of like to distract folks from the rather blatant un-PC other-hating involved in the sexually-loaded adolescent sneers.

Gay Patriot has some additional thoughts on the general subject.

(*--Those in "poly" families feel left out...)

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