Newt Gingrich:

A single, humanistic, decidedly leftist worldview is sold in too many classrooms . . . and the customer refuses delivery at his or her own risk.”

“Admittedly, this is not an unusual expectation for Christians who are increasingly surrounded by a secular-socialist culture.

A lot of leftists — in the offices of government and in the halls of academia — seem to find those ideas laughable. And yet, watch their faces in the courtrooms and classrooms. They’re not laughing. When it comes to eroding freedom to shore up their own politically correct agenda, they are deadly serious.

Keith Olbermann:

“If racism is not the whole of the Tea Party, it is in its heart, along with blind hatred, a total disinterest in the welfare of others, and a full-flowered, self-rationalizing refusal to accept the outcomes of elections, or the reality of Democracy, or of the narrowness of their minds and the equal narrowness of their public support.”Daily Kos:

Which must be why Michele Bachmann (LUNATIC-MN) describes teabaggers as the “happiest people you would ever want to meet.”

Representative Michele Bachmann, referred to the current government as:

“gangster government”

I realize politicians and pundits have a limited vocabulary however I have come to the conclusion that they are no longer able to speak without resorting to the same tried and true inflammatory words.  Regardless of whether they are liberal or conservative, republican or democrat they all seem to resort to the same tired inflammatory words in order to throw red meat to their base and to vilify those on the opposite side of an issue.

As you will note from some of the quotes, which I have provided, and oh by the way this is just a sampling, there are plenty of others.  There

Markos Moulitsas, on MSNBC Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

No stranger to controversy, Moulitsas first questioned the “tea baggers” motives and whether their support for smaller government was real, before stating:

“They’re against democratic government, they’re anti-democratic… basically with just respect for democracy in this nation, I mean this is what the people voted for, and it’s one thing to oppose it on policy, it’s another thing to use the kind of exterminationist, eliminationist rhetoric that they’re using in appealing to violence and uh, and uh, that sort of thing.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/04/20/markos-moulitsas-accuses-tea-baggers-of-using-exterminationist-rhetoric-video/#ixzz0lfmqWYrf

Joe Klein:

“Klein: I did a little bit of research…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 coming from people like Glenn Beck and to a certain extent, Sarah Palin–are right up close to being sedition.”  From http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/kathleen-parker-and-joe-klein-tea-party.

I am not sure why politicians, pundits, and others resort to the use of inflammatory words.  Perhaps it is because they have limited vocabulary, although I doubt it; perhaps they truly despise those on the other side of an argument; again I doubt it; rather I think it is because in this era of instant communications words like this play better than reason.  Reason and logic use to have a place in American political discourse; no longer, we have all resorted to yelling and screaming in order to paint those who disagree with us as being outside the mainstream of American political thought.

I have always been a great watcher of news shows.  Shows such as Meet the Press which in the past shed light on the issues of the day.  But over the years these programs have gone from shedding light to being for the most part a shout fest.  Today if I want to understand the issues I watch CSPAN’s Washington Journal, which present diverse views without the rhetoric, except from the callers.

I know we are not going to put the genie back in the bottle and return to days of yore.  But I do hope that perhaps politicians on both sides of aisle will wake up from their stupor and tame the rhetoric.  Their rhetoric, their choice of words, is what underpins in many instances the distrust of the American public in Government; a distrust that undermines our democratic institutions and is corrosive to the body politic; and a distrust that sees our politicians as being pouting adolescents.

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