This postÃ‚Â in the Flash Report is loaded with all of the venom and spew that the hardcore conservative right has become.Ã‚Â It’s not OC, but a post on the OC-based Flash Report make it noteworthy.Ã‚Â It comes from Michael Der Manouel Jr., the chairman and co-founder of the Lincoln Club of Fresno.Ã‚Â
His contention is Liberal hate Conservatives. No, we don’t.Ã‚Â Some of my best pals areÃ‚Â these politically misguided souls.
He points to posts on the “hate-filled” Daily Kos as proof.Ã‚Â Sorry, I don’t see the hate and I read the site daily.Ã‚Â You’ll get snarkiness in the comments for sure, but hate-filled is pretty strong when you consider all the love the Republicans gave Bill Clinton in his time in office.
The next text kills me.Ã‚Â
“They don’t believe in defending this country, and they don’t believe our President is legitimately elected – either time.Ã‚Â They wish death to Dick Cheney.Ã‚Â They openly root for our defeat against terrorists.”
Not true.Ã‚Â I concede the second point but can only speak for myself.Ã‚Â On death ot Dick Cheney, no we don’t.Ã‚Â And on the last line, hell no.Ã‚Â In fact, on that last line alone, is proof that the hardcore right has gone totally batshit.Ã‚Â How many times must liberals, progressives and Democrats have to say it?Ã‚Â We love America.Ã‚Â End of story.
“They shout down conservative speakers on campus, protest the war against terrorism, and heap anger and misery everywhere they go.”Ã‚Â On the first point, please see the documentaries “This Divided State” and “Shut Up and Sing” to see which side shouts down the other.Ã‚Â We protest the war in Iraq which is not the war on terror.Ã‚Â Heaping anger and misery everywhere we go?Ã‚Â Only in places you lost congressional or senate seats.
Lastly, “…this “greenhouse gas” business is just a load of crap?”Ã‚Â I don’t really need to add anything to that do I?
I have to wonder why Jon Flieschman even gives a voice to “principled conservatives” like this.Ã‚Â It’s stuff like this that is continually thrown at us and we need to respond to it or else it sticks.Ã‚Â I’m old enough to remember days where Republicans and Democrats worked together to move the country forward.Ã‚Â Compromise worked.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â But with conservatives like this, its very hard to be serious about working across the aisle to resolve our statewide and national problems.Ã‚Â And that’s too bad.
AN UPDATE:Ã‚Â This post from the Huffington Post on how Republicans have vandalized John Edwards’ online headquarters.Ã‚Â Perhaps The GOPrati in OC would like to comdemn this action?Ã‚Â