Thursday, January 26, 2006

We're just not nice enough.

Posted by apostropher http://www.apostropher.com/blog/archives/002047.html

George W. Bush sees fit (here:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/01/20060110-1.html to wag his finger for incivility, noting a "difference between responsible and irresponsible debate" and "demand[ing] a debate that brings credit to our democracy -- not comfort to our adversaries." Glenn Greenwald has a withering take (see here: http://glenngreenwald.blogspot.com/2006/01/rules-for-political-discourse.html on just how those standards are observed over on the right side of the aisle.

Well, I'm just having me a grand old time reading all the tut-tutting from the right about how liberals look down on their fellow Americans and how our enduring nastiness and intolerance of conservatives is what keeps us from winning elections and so on and so forth. I supposed they might have a point, so I went back to check the right wing's record of bipartisan we're-all-in-this-togetherness, as reflected by some of their better selling books that were published during the long, polite campaign:
Ann Coulter
Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism
How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)
Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right

Sean Hannity
Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism
Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism

David Horowitz
Hating Whitey: and Other Progressive Causes
The Politics of Bad Faith: The Radical Assault on America's Future

David Limbaugh
Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity
Absolute Power: The Legacy of Corruption in the Clinton-Reno Justice Department

Mona Charen
Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First
Do-gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim To Help And The Rest Of Us

Michael Savage
The Enemy Within: Saving America from the Liberal Assault on Our Schools, Faith, and Military

John O'Neill
Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry

Dick Morris
Off with Their Heads : Traitors, Crooks & Obstructionists in American Politics, Media & Business

Neal Boortz
The Terrible Truth about Liberals

Carl Limbacher
Hillary's Scheme: Inside the Next Clinton's Ruthless Agenda to Take the White House

Robert Patterson
Reckless Disregard: How Liberal Democrats Undercut Our Military, Endanger Our Soldiers, and Jeopardize Our Security

Laura Ingraham
Shut Up and Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the UN are Subverting America

Ben Shapiro
Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth

Bernard Goldberg
Arrogance: Rescuing America From the Media Elite

Dan Flynn
Why the Left Hates America: Exposing the Lies That Have Obscured Our Nation's Greatness

Barbara Olsen
The Final Days: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House

Al Snow
Liberal-itis: A Thinking Disorder Destroying America

Tammy Bruce
The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left's Assault on Our Culture and Values

Hugh Hewitt
If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It

Hmm. Well, in that spirit of bonhomie and civic highmindedness, I'd like to invite any of my conservative friends delivering lectures about the lack of liberal civility to kiss my hairy red ass. And I mean that in the very nicest, nonpartisan way.