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Thursday, February 4, 2010

What Else Would We Expect?

Rahm Emanuel is back in the news. At a strategy session with liberal groups and White House aides, Mr. Emanuel was told of plans to run ads attacking the "blue dog" Democrats for daring to oppose Obama's health care overhaul. He responded by saying the idea was "retarded". He preceded that word with another. More on that in a minute.

Sarah Palin has called for his firing on her facebook page.

I don't walk in Sarah Palin's shoes but if you ask me, the PC word police have too much power. There are now calls to remove the phrase "mentally retarded" from all government documents. The issue to me is who the vitriol comes from and how that directly contradicts President Obama's calls for civility.

Rahm Emanuel is infamous for this kind of rhetoric. President Obama claims to want civility in a speech at the recent prayer breakfast.

The above links are where the following excerpts came from but don't look at them yet. I want to present them in a different way, juxtaposed together. Obama's words are in bold and Emanuels antics are in italics. There is also a short video of Obama contradicting his own self. If read and watched in the order presented it has more impact. Be warned, the offensive quote will be unedited when you click "Read More".

"At times, it seems like we're unable to listen to one another; to have at once a serious and civil debate."

Emanuel is known for his panache for treating donors right. He sends them cheesecakes from Eli's, the famous Chicago bakery. But the one pollster who notoriously ticked off Rahmbo received a 2 1/2 foot decomposing fish in the mail -- ripe, stinky, and to the point.

"And this erosion of civility in the public square sows division and distrust among our citizens. It poisons the well of public opinion. It leaves each side little room to negotiate with the other."

Oh really, Mr. Obama?

"Empowered by faith, consistently, prayerfully, we need to find our way back to civility".

His foray into fundraising started in Chicago while campaigning for Mayor Richard Daley's reelection, when Emanuel raised a record number of donations. His sales pitch was simple enough: He'd tell contributors he found their offers so low it was embarrassing and then hang up on them. Mortified, the donors were shamed into calling back and giving more.

"That begins with stepping out of our comfort zones in an effort to bridge divisions."

A celebratory dinner took place at a Little Rock restaurant just after Bill Clinton won in 1992.

It was there that Emanuel, then Clinton’s chief fund-raiser, repaired with George Stephanopoulos, Mandy Grunwald and other aides to Doe’s, the campaign hangout. Revenge was heavy in the air as the group discussed the enemies – Democrats, Republicans, members of the press – who wronged them during the 1992 campaign. Clifford Jackson, the ex-friend of the President and peddler of the Clinton draft-dodging stories, was high on the list. So was William Donald Schaefer, then the Governor of Maryland and a Democrat who endorsed George Bush. Nathan Landow, the fund-raiser who backed the candidacy of Paul Tsongas, made it, too.

Suddenly Emanuel grabbed his steak knife and, as those who were there remeber it, shouted out the name of another enemy, lifted the knife, then brought it down with full force into the table. ”Dead!” he screamed. As he shouted each name, he stabbed the table with his steak knife: "Nat Landow! Dead! Cliff Jackson! Dead!" Apparently, others joined in.


"Civility also requires relearning how to disagree without being disagreeable"

Fucking retarded.

5 comments:

guy fauleks said...

While I think the exposure of double standards in the speech of the Obama administration you presented was excellent, I would like to focus on you politically correct comment.

You are correct in that condemning a factual representation of a condition such as the term mentally retarded is ridiculous. There is a large difference in that term and f**king retarded. The former may not be the politically correct way to describe a condition, but it is accurate. As such it is acceptable. The latter does not describe a condition, but is a vulgar personal attack on those that disagreed with the speaker. This is a common tactic of the left.

Honest Debate said...

Guy,

When a mechanic adjusts the timing on a car he may advance the spark or he may retard it.

A doctor might use radiation to retard the growth of a cancerous tumor.

How long will it be before the word police come after them?

guy faulkes said...

There are other perfectly good words that now have PC meanings. Progressive (socialist), straight (heterosexual), and gay (homosexual) come to mind.

One PC quandary are the terms black and Negro. It depends on the person you are talking with if one, the other, or neither is objectionable.

I personally did not think Ms. Palin objected to the word retarded, but to the adjective connected to it. I have to admit I did not read her Facebook post closely, so I might be wrong. As she has a (PC) special needs child, she may be overly sensitive to the word. I do not see the difference as they both mean the same thing.

Reader said...

Wonder why Reuters pulled this story?

http://www.ketknbc.com/news/backdoor-taxes-hit-middle-class

Sarkazein said...

I can see Rahm Emanuel as a political hack from a rough area, or even a Congressman elected with Daly Machine type politics. But, I cannot see someone like that as Chief of Staff for the President of the United States.
Right off, Obama showed himself as a liar. How is Rahn Emanuel NOT politics as usual? How does Rahm Emanuel as keeper of the gate, make Washington less partisan?