In terms of advancing conservatism the single best tool we have is the willingness of the left to self identify. We saw three examples of this lately:
Item SEIU and Communist Party USA.
Zombie blog and Ringo photos have an extensive collection of photos of the SEIU and American Communists proudly marching together for open borders etc. Of course this was not done without opposition…to the taking of the photos that is:
The young Communist in this picture did not like me photographing him and his group so he came over and draped his red flag over my camera lens. He told me that he would confiscate my camera if I took another picture
I walked away, switched my camera to ‘movie’ mode and went back and filmed him. He came straight back at me and said, “I told you not to take photos”, as he waved his flag in front of my face. I told him, “I can take photos of whoever I want”. Just then his Communist overlord came over and told him to “stop wasting energy”.
Zombie opines further:
Until recently, the average American has regarded fascists and communists as equally noxious and equally malignant. As well they should have. But the drive these days by the left side of the spectrum is to make communism and socialism somewhat less remarkable and more palatable. For two years they angrily denied the Tea Party accusation that Obama’s policies and supporters had a socialist bent. But in recent months, as the accusation had started to gain traction, the new leftist tactic has become: “What’s so bad about socialism after all? You’re demonizing a very popular and respectable ideology!”
I think that when you are losing the ideological battle you have to find allies where you can and that 11% of Americans who think Communism is superior to Capitalism is a lot of people. So if teachers unions want to march with Avowed communists and groups that call for revolt and/or the annexation of the American Southwest to Mexico, hey that’s the way it is.
Will the MSM cover this? Of course not, it violates the narrative. But in an internet age it can’t be hidden.
Item. Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky on the Bin Laden “Assassination”
Slightly different flavors of the same kool aid. Lets start with Noam Chomsky who has always attacked America from his comfortable perch in American Academia:
There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition—except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them. In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial. I stress ‘suspects.
Alan Colmes wisely notes it without comment, they don’t get so lucky with Ann Althouse
This is the kind of thing that Barack Obama might have said before he became President. (Or do we only imagine that he used to say things like that?) A great benefit to having Obama as President is that he is not available to say things like that and very few mainstream Democrats or liberals feel tempted to say things like that.
The amusingly named “reality based community” unwilling to defend Chomsky (although his commentators take up the slack) chooses to attack the messenger.
So before resorting to haldoperidol – which has some nasty side-effects – perhaps Prof. Althouse should just stop getting her news and views from wingnut blogs and the Murdoch/Breitbart media.
Note the tactic, lets not refute the statement, lets delegitimize the messenger and possible sources. Much easier than trying to refute the president’s past associations with ideological soul mates to Chomsky like Bill Ayers and Wright.
However Chomsky is still niche enough that it doesn’t cause a lot of grief for the left, but Michael Moore that’s a different story.
Moore (who lets not forget boasted a bunch of high ranking democratic pols for his Fahrenheit 911 movie and was up in front in Wisconsin can’t be so easily denied
Michael Moore thinks Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. Navy Seals is a conspiracy. In more than 40 Tweets over the past several days, the controversial filmmaker made his case in 140 characters or less. A few are excerpted below
And apparently all he knows about the laws of war and Nuremberg is what he saw in the movie
And you know after World War II, we just didn’t go in and put a bullet to the head of all the top Nazis. We put them on trial. We took them to Nuremberg and we put them on trial, and we said, no, this is important for the world to see these criminals and it’s important for history to have a record of what they did. And so we’re going to do this in a courtroom and we’re going to show these Germans how we do it – with fairness, with justice. You’re going to get to have your own attorney. You get to have your day in court. That’s how we do it. That’s what separates us from you, Nazi scum.
Now this one the left can’t count on the media ignoring so at Daily Kos they are running away
Back away now from your nutty OBL statements while there is still time because you’re making us look bad..
Alas the left they never look worse than when they are unedited.
Update: More Chomsky:
I note here at the end that Chomsky concluded the question and answer session by arguing that Osama Bin Laden was assassinated, “murdered,” so that the U.S. could avoid putting Bin Laden on trial, because “they have no evidence against him.”
That final jab at the U.S. went over extremely well with the crowd of anti-Americans and Arafat-styled student-cum-terrorists.
Yup and we should make sure that everybody knows that crowd agreed.