Words Have Meaning – More on the DHS Report


President Obama’s DHS created a stir in conservative circles a few days ago with the release of a controversial report on the potential rise of “right wing extremism.” Emotions are still raw. It didn’t help that the liberal website “Media Matters” made light of the concerns of the right, calling the reaction a “ conservative media freak-out.” Media Matters then offered this defense of the DHS report:

…while the report addressed potential issues that could spur right-wing extremism, it did not allege that someone is an extremist simply because he or she holds conservative views.

Well, that’s good to know.

However, Media Matter’s conclusion contradicts a number of big-name Democratic Party figures who have used the exact same label of “right wing extremist” to describe mainstream Republican leaders.

Vice President Al Gore accuses President George W. Bush as being a “renegade” Right Wing Extremist. Source

Senator Hillary Clinton accuses President George W. Bush of being a Right Wing Extremist. Source

The Clinton Whitehouse accuses Whitewater critics of being a “Cabal” of Right Wing Extremists. Source

President Bill Clinton accuses President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain of being Right Wing Extremists.
Source

Time after time for years now, prominent figures on the political left, including the past Democratic administration, have used “Right Wing Extremist” as a pejorative label to refer to mainstream Republicans.

But now, all of a sudden, we’re not supposed to believe that the new Democratic administration means the same thing when talking about “Right Wing Extremists.” Oh no. We’re over-reacting, hyperventilating even.

My B.S. meter is pegged out.

It’s time for the political left to get this.

Words have meaning.

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5 Responses

  1. If they want to see right wing extremism, they’re going to. They’ve labeled citizens that have taken time off from employment to show up to express their concerns about the drunken congressional spending spree as racists, rednecks, bigots, and right wing extremists. An “extremist” isn’t going to peacefully assemble and then go home. The extremist is going to hang them from the lampposts and then use them for target practice.

    They better be careful what they wish for.

  2. They keep trying to deny it but they can’t quit saying it.
    Janet Napalitano this morning

  3. But words mean what liberals want them to mean. Affixing a strict definiton to a word is so blasse.
    I mean, is only means is when it is convenient for whatever is, is intended to mean.
    /im issy

  4. So the way the liberals have the DHS report worded, if we then all joined and voted these scums out of office we would be major suspects in a terrorist plot?

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