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August 07, 2009

WaPo Columnist Calls Republicans "Terrorists"

Not one day after WaPo staff writer Philip Kennicott called us racist, WaPo columnist Steven Pearlstein says that Republicans who oppose Obamacare are "terrorists."

The recent attacks by Republican leaders and their ideological fellow-travelers on the effort to reform the health-care system have been so misleading, so disingenuous, that they could only spring from a cynical effort to gain partisan political advantage. By poisoning the political well, they've given up any pretense of being the loyal opposition. They've become political terrorists, willing to say or do anything to prevent the country from reaching a consensus on one of its most serious domestic problems.

Republicans are exercising our God-given right to speech--political speech, no less, which is the core of the First Amendment protection. Steven Pearlstein, apparently unfamiliar with the concept, thinks that is terrorism. Sure, he'll claim he's softening it by using the circumlocution "political terrorists"...except, isn't all terrorism political? He just wussy-worded it.

This is an extension of the same old strategy the Democrats are using to try and shut down debate. Call us "the mob." Call us "terrorists." Call in the union goons.

Fortunately, that strategy isn't working. We know we're not the mob and we know we're not terrorists. We are concerned citizens who have a right to demand answers before the Democrats burden us with more out-of-control spending and a crippled healthcare system. Steve Pearlstein is afraid that Democratic efforts to marginalize us aren't working, so he's upping the rhetoric just in time for Obama's union goons to up the violence.

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posted by Gabriel Malor at 10:01 AM

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