There is a divide in this country that once didn’t exist a divide that is being illustrated very strongly in action both getting lots of press and being ignored”
During the shutdown we’ve seen what US Park Rangers will tolerate. They’ll tolerate strong-arming tourists and locking them in hotels, they’ll eject WW 2 vets & Vietnam nets from their memorial and even impede access to roads and business to obey the shutdown order.
The Park Service is willing to forever have their reputation tarnished to watch the Back of Obama No matter what effect it has on them.
There was a time when that would have been unthinkable.
It’s been almost 2 years since Andrew Breitbart died but Shirley Sherrod (remember her) still wants blood.
In February 2011, Kirkland & Ellis sued Andrew Breitbart and others for defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
In February 2012, after weathering the pressure of the lawsuit for a year, Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure. He left a wife and four children.
One might have thought that would be the end of the matter.
Not content to have hounded Andrew for a year before he died, Shirley Sherrod’s lawyers are now seeking to add Susie Bean Breitbart as a defendant to Sherrod’s lawsuit. Andrew’s widow has been described as the nicest woman in Los Angeles. She had nothing to do with Andrew’s work at Breirtbart.com, save for perhaps putting up with his endless hours on the phone.
Breitbart was not a rich man but he had written about Pigford and Pigford and as Lee Stranahan reports Sherrod & her family had fingers in it. (emphasis mine)
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this lawsuit comes just as things are starting to heat up in the Pigford investigation. Mrs. Sherrod is connected to Pigford. She’s the largest recipient of a Pigford claim; she, er husband Charles Sherrod and the New Communities farm won over thirteen million dollars while most other farmers only got $50,000. Mrs. Sherrod was hired by the USDA after this award. Prior to being hired, she worked to help keep angry black farmers from pulling out of the lawsuit after they objected to the terms of the consent decree. And despite her hero status with many, the farmers I have personally interviewed about Mrs. Sherrod have decidedly mixed feelings about her.
It’s worth noting while she is going after Breitbart’s widdow & children who she is NOT Suing:
Shirley Sherrod resigned. She is not suing Tom Vilsack, nor is Shirley Sherrod suing Vilsack’s boss, Barack Obama.
That’s because they were enabling $13 mil in government Andrew highlighted it.
There was a time when someone trying to sue a widow & 4 children would have been unthinkable. Not Anymore.
While it has not gotten a lot of press lately the IRS scandal still moves forward. the latest news is that the IRS apparently was sharing personal information:
Top Internal Revenue Service Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and provided to The Daily Caller.
Yes you read that right, the IRS, you know the people who went after the Tea Party because they opposed Obama and whose officials have taken the fifth, they are sharing taxpayer information with the White House. In fact it’s worse than it sounds:
“The data show that, had the Tea Party groups continued to grow at the pace seen in 2009 and 2010, and had their effect on the 2012 vote been similar to that seen in 2010, they would have brought the Republican Party as many as 5 to 8.5 million votes compared to Obama’s victory margin of 5 million.”
Given those numbers, it is reasonable to be suspicious of the IRS targeting, Veuger said.
And who came to those conclusions?
The AEI study was done by Veuger, Andreas Madestam of Stockholm University, and Daniel Shoag and David Yanagizawa-Drott, both from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
And it’s not just groups, individuals are worthy of investigation:
Carson said he had only his suspicions to go on, but this year was the first time his taxes had been audited by the IRS and he added that the agency had tarnished its reputation for trustworthiness in an earlier scandal.
“We are in a situation where a government agency has been used to harass opponents of the administration, which places everything that the IRS does in a light of suspicion,” Carson said in an interview Thursday. “So whether this is a massive coincidence or if I was targeted, it looks suspicious.”
There was a time when such behavior would not be tolerated where the people where the objections would be so strong they could not stand. As Glenn Reynolds put it:
If this were a Republican administration, there’d be impeachment talk on every nightly news program.
But it’s not, so it does not.
In my lifetime the country would have been united against such things now this is not the case and it’s brought this kind of reaction:
More and more I’m beginning to believe that there are very few people on the left who are decent.
To get that reaction from Karen the Lonely Conservative takes an effort. To get it from Stacy McCain, well that takes no effort at all:
The Culture of Victimhood encourages people to turn every grievance into a license to inflict harm on others. Flimsy accusations rooted in dishonesty or self-pity (or both) are applauded as “courageous,” and exploitation of the system is hailed as “social justice.” A sex offender turns her crime into a fable about homophobia, a notorious convicted felon claims to be a victim of “malicious prosecution, conspiracy to abuse process, defamation, false light invasion of privacy, harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and stalking,” and we have become so accustomed to this evidence of pervasive moral decadence that we are not even outraged by it.
I’m past the point of being angry at the people who do this stuff.
I’m angry at everybody who is not as angry about it as I am.
One thing about anger, it comes from expectations. Stacy & I are old enough that we recall when such behavior would have been way beyond the pale and Stacy’s expectations have not decreased. The question is why has the behavior become acceptable against conservatives?
Ironically the answer comes from Jake Tapper on in a Q & A on Reddit: (emphasis mine)
“Do you believe there is bias in mainstream media?” a Reddit user asked. “If yes, which way does it slant and which networks?”
“Yes I do,” Tapper replied, “but I also think it’s more complicated than just liberal bias.”
“I think there are a lot of hard-working reporters in NYC and DC who have never fired a gun, or never worked a 9-5 manual labor job, or lived in the middle of the country, or worried about their next paycheck, or have anyone in their family who serves in the military and I think that creates a cultural bias,”
That’s the secret. Since the rise of secular America there have been two cultures in America, one the Traditional Judeo-Christian culture that has been part of America forever and the other the new secular one which the media and the left has embraced.
Judeo Christian values have specific definitions of right and wrong. There are things things that cross the line and those lines are the boundaries of decent behavior. Thus the while it’s fair to say George Tiller was a killer, murdering him crosses the line and no pro-life group, no member of clergy & no member of the conservative movement celebrated his actions and his killer is not elevated to hero status.
However in a secular culture where right and wrong are flexible, where the ends justify the means, where the tactics are less important that the result things are different.
The Best illustration of this came during the Chick-Fil-A protests, I covered one of them and when the protesters were talking to the MSM they ignored me so I pressed them and something interesting happened:
I was generally surprised at the time they believed I would film their license plates implying I would attempt to trace them personally some way. I was offended at the time that they would think I would do such a thing, but I misread them.
They weren’t offended that I might use such a tactic, they assumed I would because it was a tactic they would use in my place because the ends would have justified the means.
Thus Brandon Darby can be pilloried for reporting an attempt to firebomb the GOP convention since the people who wanted to do it believed the right thing
Thus: Brett Kimberlin et/al can be funded and the tactics of his crowd can be embraced because his targets are conservatives who are impacting the debate against the president.
Thus: the left can decry the Catholic Church for its position on homosexual acts yet shy away from any critique of Islam to the point of siding with those who would censor TV & send Molly Norris into hiding.
Stacy McCain calls it evil and so it is, but the primary enabler of this are not the hard core left, the Sherrods, Kimberlin’s et/al who profit from it. If you talk to people who speak in their favor individually, you’ll get a lot of “Well nobody supports this…” because as CS Lewis pointed out they, like the rest of the Human Race are children of God with that spark of conscience inside.
However good requires courage and confronting evil has a cost.
Molly Norris paid it with her fleeing.
Ben Carson paid for it with an Audit
Andrew Breitbart paid for it with his derision
Stacy McCain Aaron Worthing John Hoge pay for it via a law suit.
It has a cost of comfort, it has a cost of acceptance and of retaliation. That’s where the rest of the sentence comes from “Well nobody supports XXX BUT…”
How many are wiling to pay that price? How many IRS agents were willing to resign? How many Rangers? How many people on the left are willing to make excuses rather than critique for all kinds of excesses for fear of the retaliation?
And how many journalists are willing to cross that line, even a little and risk rejection. The answer can be found by how quickly Wolf Blitzer ran away from this statement on an Obamacare delay
If that small a statement produces a need to run quickly away, how much higher is the price to speak the truth to power every single day.
That’s why I’m not as angry as Robert Stacy McCain would have me be, not because I don’t object as he does, but because I know the price and I don’t expect people without courage to pay it for people they don’t understand or agree with…
…I do ask you to pay part of that price. $305 per week. This week I’m a tad over 15% of the way.
Are there 13 people willing to kick in $20 to get me the rest of the way.
That’s your call, if you say “Yes” hit DaTipJar below: