We are still called terrorists and terrorist sympathizers if we disagree with the anti-Islamic hard-line Tea Partiers and Republicans, and with great regularity.
This particular outrage supposedly happened while Biden was meeting with House Democrats. FOX News is all over a Politico report that “a senior Democratic official told Fox News that Biden made such comments in reaction to a heated conversation with liberal House members like Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa, who were venting that Republicans got too much out of the debt ceiling deal unveiled the night before.
“They have acted like terrorists,” Biden was said to have responded.
Biden told CBS News anchor Scott Pelley in an interview that aired Monday night that he said no such thing:
“What happened was there were some people who said they felt like they were being held hostage by terrorists,” Biden said. “I never said that they were terrorists or weren’t terrorists, I just let them vent.”
His office said that though “the word was used by several members of Congress…the vice president does not believe it’s an appropriate term in political discourse.”
What is important is less what Biden may or may not have said but the hypocrisy of the Tea Party outrage. We all know by now that they feel no Democratic government can be legitimate. They’ve made that clear repeatedly and in vociferous terms. We also know that they feel freedom of religion and freedom of speech are one-way streets that apply only to them. They’re free to say anything they wish but we’re not free to disagree; we’re not even free to be offended.
As CBS News reports, Ms. Hypocrisy herself got upset:
And in a Monday night appearance on Fox News, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said it was “vile” to use the word terrorist in reference to politicians who were “taking a stand.”
“We’re getting kind of used to being called names. You know, racists and inciters of violence, and being accused with things we have nothing to do with,” Palin told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “But I suppose it’s a bit more appalling to have been called acting like terrorists today from he who is in second in command of the most powerful office in the world. It’s quite appalling and cert proves how out of touch this White House is what it comes to realizing what the silent majority of Americans are seeing and feeling.”
And here CBS needs to be thanked for showing some journalistic integrity and fact-checking:
(Incidentally, Palin has lobbed the “terrorist” claim against her own political opponents in the past: In 2008, she accused President Obama — then the democratic nominee for president — of “palling around” with terrorists. Palin was referring in her comments to William Ayers, a former member of the radical Weathermen group, who served on education boards with Mr. Obama in Chicago. But reports indicated that Mr. Obama and Ayers were not close.)
They can call liberals and progressives the most awful things imaginable and without any supporting evidence at all and it’s all well and fine. FOX News reports on the response of one lawmaker in particular:
The comment drew an immediate rebuke from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., one of the most outspoken Tea Party-aligned lawmakers in Congress.
“With the president holding the American economy hostage, I would prefer to think of myself as a Freedom Fighter,” Paul said in a statement, calling the remarks “insulting.”
Freedom fighter? Hostage taker? Who takes hostages? Terrorists of course. So while expressing outrage at being called a terrorist, Rand Paul is calling the President of the United States…a terrorist.