Yesterday, I wrote a little piece pointing out the historical significance of the day in American history, that it was the 235th anniversary of the battle of Lexington and Concord.
One of our regular commenters, GarandFan, made the following statement:
“Watch it Shawn! Intelligentsia like Joe Klein (that’s GERMAN, isn’t it?) might say that you are bordering on ‘sedition’.”
While I have heard the name Joe Klein, I honestly know nothing about him. So I decided to quickly look him up, as GarandFan was obviously implying something which was not meant be taken kindly.
As I found out, that’s putting it mildly.
Recently, Mr. Klein appeared on something called “The Chris Matthews Show,” which appears on something called “MSNBC.”
Klein, also a columnist for “Time Magazine,” in a section appropriately named “Swampland,” has made the assertion that people like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are “seditious” in their criticism of the Obama administration.
Appearing on NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show” on Sunday, Klein said: “I did a little bit of research just before the show, it’s on this little napkin here. I looked up the definition of sedition, which is ‘conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of the state.’ And a lot of these statements, especially the ones coming from people like Glenn Beck, and to a certain extent Sarah Palin, rub right up close to being seditious.”
Apparently, he did not provide any actual proof or examples to back up his accusation, nor did Chris Matthews press Klein for any. However, fellow leftist kook John Heilemann, author from the New Yorker, joined Joe’s attack, claiming Rush Limbaugh should be added to that list for his use of the word “regime” to describe the Obama administration. I guess doodles on the back of a napkin is what passes for legitimate journalism on the left these days.
Klein defended his remarks on his Time magazine blog on Monday: “Let me be clear: dissent isn’t sedition. Questioning an administration’s policies isn’t sedition. But questioning an administration’s legitimacy in a manner intended to undermine or overthrow it certainly is.”
I see, Joe.
So, because Rush Limbaugh used the term “regime” to describe the Obama administration, that somehow nullifies eight years of wacky liberal accusations that Bush “stole” the presidential elections. Or that the Supreme Court, despite holding firm to electoral law, illegally handed Bush the presidency. Or comparing Bush to Hitler, that he is a fascist, or that if he was re-elected, he would re-instate the draft, for the sole purpose of scaring the pants off of young voters. Nope. No intention of de-legitimizing the Bush presidency there.
That’s not seditious, at least according to Joe’s definition..
Nor is Hillary Clinton screaming “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.”
Or “Bush lied, people died.”
Or Bush and members of his administration should be “frogmarched” out of the White House and brought in front of the Hague for war crimes. Or Rep. John Conyers holding his own “impeachment hearings” that Bush was guilty of high crimes leading us to war in Iraq under false information, with the “Downing Street Memos” as proof.
Should I go on, Joe?
In a display of tragic comedy, the next day, Glenn Beck shredded Klein and Heilmann’s ridiculous indignation at the use of the term “regime.”
(Glenn Beck speaking) I don’t even understand how speaking out can be sedition but that’s what Klein said about me and Sarah Palin and then Rush over the weekend… The only piece of evidence he sited was that Rush used the word “regime.” Well maybe John (Heilemann) should have done a little napkin journalism and googling before he went on the air as well. It may have helped him find out that the term “regime” was used 6,500 times to refer to the Bush Administration since January 20, 2001. The host he was talking to (Chris Matthews) used the term “regime” to describe Bush and Heilemann himself used regime to describe the Obama Administration at least four times.
Do these stooges really take themselves seriously?
In a prior display of professional impotence, on September 12, 2009, Klein appeared on, surprise, The Chris Matthews Show, this time with network dopette Norah O’Donnell filling in for Mad Dog Matthews, discussing an anti-Obamacare rally in Arkansas.
Unable to come up with any legitimate reason to disparage the participating members of the rally, he immediately pulled out the race-card to explain why they opposed it, and proceeded to place the impetus squarely on “Boss Rush Limbaugh,” implying the participating American people were too stoopid to think for themselves concerning an issue so important and complex.
It really is pitiful to witness liberal pseudo-intellectuals fall all over themselves, believing they are still relevant in some way to the current discourse, attempting only to discredit those with whom they disagree, and even more pitiful that there are outlets like MSNBC that will showcase them as if they actually matter to anything other than a shrinking far-left liberal audience.