The last time Salon editor Joan Walsh described herself, it was as “an entitled know-it-all," and "a superior, self-righteous little ass.”
In an article about the movement to impeach President Barack Obama, Joan talks about how Senator Coburn, Senator Ted Cruz, their constituents, and Mark Levin are ‘crackpots’ and that Kerry Bentivolio is a ‘reindeer farmer’ (still trying to figure out the negative connotation there) and of course Rush Limbaugh is a nut.
In order to convince people, Walsh is going to have to be a bit more descriptive in her name-calling. It’s kind of a large net to cast over the entire states of Oklahoma, Texas, and a constitutional lawyer in Virginia, all as a bunch of ‘crackpots.’
Stereotyping hurts, Joan. It hurts bad.
Another thing Joan should be doing, (just a suggestion, Ms. Editor) is to take the time to check and see if what she is reporting is factually accurate. #ProTip
Walsh hinges most of her argument on differing things that Senator Coburn has said, focusing mainly on two town halls that Coburn had; one in 2011, and one recently where he defended and praised Mark Levin’s book, “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic.”
But she didn’t do her homework, and she didn’t accurately report on what Coburn actually said.
So Coburn was having a town hall a couple of years ago, and his nice, respectful, calm, intelligent constituents asked questions on a number of topics such as reforming the tax code, the fair tax, internet rumors (probably from Salon), how to change Washington, foreign disbursements of taxpayer dollars, Dodd-Frank, Medicare, Social Security, controlling the border between the US and Mexico, the fallacy of ‘too big to fail,’ gridlock, the frustration of not being heard in DC, Keynesian economics, the trillion-dollar stimulus, love of the Constitution and of the country felt in America’s heartland, the respect paid to those who died for our freedoms, Middle America, and the hard work it’s going to take to restore the Republic.
What a bunch of crackpots, eh? Nobody believes that but Walsh.
The final question was hard to hear on the audio link, but one man asked if Coburn believed Obama’s intent was to destroy America.
Walsh reported it thusly, “The last time Sen. Tom Coburn spoke warmly but candidly to his Oklahoma constituents about his ‘friend’ Barack Obama, it was to reassure them that the president doesn’t want to ‘destroy America.’ Instead, Coburn said two years ago, ‘his intent is to create dependency because it worked so well for him.’ He went on: ‘As an African-American male,’ Obama received ‘tremendous advantage from a lot of these programs.’ That’s what friends do, in Coburn’s world: They indulge in delusional racial stereotyping to defend their ‘friend’ from detractors.”
But the truth is, to answer the question of, “do you think Obama intends to destroy America?” Coburn actually said,
“No, I don’t. I think he doesn't know what he doesn’t know. Think for a minute, I know him well. He knows me better than any other Republican. We came into the Senate together. He’s a very bright man. Think about his life, and think about what he was exposed to, and what he saw in America, all he’s doing is relating what his experience was. (interrupted) Yeah, but his intent isn’t to destroy, his intent is to create dependency, because it has worked so well for him. And I don’t say that critically. Look at people for what they really are. Don’t assume an ulterior motive. I don’t think he doesn’t love our country. I think he does, but as an African-American man, coming through the progress of everything he experienced, he has gotten tremendous benefit from a lot of these programs, so he believes in them. I’m not against them. I just don’t think they work overall, and in the long run, they don’t help our country. But he doesn’t know that, because his life experience is something different. So, it’s very important not to get mad at the man, and I understand that his philosophy, there is nothing wrong with his philosophy other than it’s wrong, but that doesn’t make him a bad person, and we need to separate (the two).”
Quite a bit different than what Walsh is peddling isn’t it?
In fact, Coburn repeatedly implored his constituents to reach out to people they know who live outside of Oklahoma, and share their concerns about the demise of the Republic. It seems everyone in Oklahoma gets it already. Ms. Walsh needs to give these people some respect, but that is difficult for someone who has no self-respect.
You cannot respect yourself if you are consistently using the color of one’s skin to put down one race in order to prop up another, and judging by the recent book Walsh wrote, “What’s the Matter with White People,” the fundamental unfairness and distasteful racial bigotry that Walsh dispenses is not a popularly held concept.
Industry sources report that Walsh’s book sold slightly over 10,000 hardcovers and a skosh over 1000 paperbacks so far. Luckily, book sales are a pretty good indicator of whether or not the public at large gets you, agrees with you, and is willing to spend money to hear what you have to say.
Compare that to the four blockbuster books that Mark Levin has written. The last three all hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, the two blockbusters Rush has written, both hitting #1 and staying there, the tens of millions of people in this fine nation who listen to 6 hours of conservative thought on the radio between these two men daily, and you begin to see the much bigger picture that wild accusations and hate-mongering are used by elite liberals like Walsh to try to cloud the truth.
The fact is, the senators and the conservative talk radio hosts are of the same generation as Walsh, but she is of the hippy-liberal set, and they are of the responsible, self-governance set, and thank the Lord in Heaven that there are much, much more who resonate with the latter than with the former in this great land.
The hippy-lib set are a bunch of pompous asses, and Walsh is a perfect example, continuing to smear the intelligent and inquisitive, because she fights for Big Daddy Government over individual self-worth and hard work.
As for impeachment, it is very unlikely to happen, and it is almost solely because of people like Walsh, who use the color of one’s skin to bash those with legitimate concerns, causing strife and anger where there was none.
She may be right in saying that, “No, you’re not impeaching anyone,” but it is because her and her ilk are damn willing to start a race war to make sure.