On 9/11, Rightbloggers Denounce America's Mortal Enemies: Democrats and Paul Krugman

When Andrew Sullivan, formerly a gung-ho warblogger, expressed doubts about America's military response to 9/11 in a Newsweek article, Ron Radosh of Pajamas Media grumbled, "there is no attempt at balance, no essay from someone like Paul Wolfowitz, or Dick Cheney himself, or anyone in the Bush administration." Gosh, who wouldn't want to read that?

When columnist E.J. Dionne wrote a "Time to Leave 9/11 Behind" column ("The last decade was a detour that left our nation weaker, more divided and less certain of itself"), the Wall Street Journal's James Taranto called him "E.J. 'Baghdad Bob' Dionne." Taranto said Dionne "has his own ideological reasons for promoting complacency about the threat of Islamist terrorism" -- namely, in Dionne's own words, a desire that America focus instead on "a vibrant, innovative and sensibly regulated economy, on levelheaded fiscal policies, on the ability of our citizens to find useful work, on the justice of our social arrangements."

In case you didn't get that these are bad things, Taranto added, "That is, on an ever-expanding welfare and regulatory state, paid for by high taxes... and scrimping on defense. To justify the latter, it is necessary to minimize the threat." We must admit, after years of reading in books like "1984" about leaders pumping up war hysteria to justify austerity on the home front, the idea of tyrants minimizing war threats in order to squander taxpayer money on poor people is a real change of pace.

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The face of the enemy. Never forget.
But rightbloggers really went berserk when Paul Krugman ran a short post at the New York Times castigating "fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush," and lamenting that "the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons." As this was not of the approved variety of 9/11 post -- that is, it wasn't about the menace of Muslims or Democrats -- rightblogger response was fierce.

"If This is the Real Conscience of a Liberal, Liberals Are Disgusting," said Erick Erickson of RedState. "Despicable Krugman... despicable little grunt," foamed The Right Scoop. (Unlike Krugman, "We WILL allow comments to this post," said TRS, "although admittedly I will have no patience with truthers and little patience for those who want to defend Krugman and sully the name of our heroes and those who stepped in to protect us because of 9/11." Note it well, truthers and disbelievers in Prisoner 84888-054!)

"Vile liberal spew about how evil America has become... slimy, gutless assbiscuit," counterpointed The Jawa Report. "Leftist Scumbag... What an asshole," reasoned Weasel Zippers. "Craven, Cowardly Krugman Disgusts," demurred the PJ Tatler. "Paul Krugman Hijacks 9/11," posited The GW Patriot ("Krugman says that the atrocity has been 'hijacked,'" added GWP. "...He's right. And he need only look in the mirror to see the man to blame." High-fives at GWP's debate club!)

Fans of heavier analysis may prefer Conservative Refocus News' "Point By Point Rebuttal to Paul Krugman's Poisonous Liberalism On 9/11: The Years Of Shame." "We do find it poignant," said CRN, "that Krugman would seek to cast the blame on the 'horrible hero's' of 9/11, being those whose first thought was to both protect and defend. This, no doubt, would include the many firefighters, policemen and first responders who also lost their lives. Krugman pretty much denigrates the memory of each and every one of these brave and heroic men and women."

And there's your rightblogger 9/11 takeaway: If you don't love Bernie and Rudy and W, and don't think the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were a good idea, then you hate the firemen and cops who died on September 11. Rightbloggers have indeed heeded the popular 9/11 message, "Never Forget," but what they've never forgotten are the talking points they were using years ago about fifth columnists, "democracy whiskey sexy," being either with them or with the terrorists, etc. And no wonder they remember that stuff so well -- 9/11 was their greatest moment, the last time they could feel confident that everyone who mattered agreed with them. And God, wouldn't they like it back again.

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jim
jim

Maybe the same gang that turned 9/11 footage finto campaign promo fodder should rethink their entire "NEVER REGRET" ethic ... if it also happens to be the gang that took more than a year to get around to opening a Commission to investigate it.

Mmmm
Mmmm

I saw a lot of outrage by conservative bloggers, but  I didn't see any blogger use the word "traitor" or "mortal enemy" though.  The title of this piece is entirely misleading.

Mimistiredofthis
Mimistiredofthis

things I remember about 9/11/2001 are personal to me, as it should be to everyone.  Disbelief at what was happening was the uppermost feelings for me.  If my son-in-law had not turned on the tv that morning as we were getting dressed for a funeral, we would not have known about the Twin Towers until we had finished burying our seven year old grandson.  He was killed by a hit and run driver while riding his bike on September 6, 2001.  I had succumbed to a feeling that God was out to get me, for what I didn't know... and then this happened.  My daughters and their families had flown to Houston to be with us and our son, whose oldest son had been killed.  We had found rooms for them at a new motel not too far from us.  The people who owned it were exceedingly kind gave them a group discount and several other little perks,  They had young children themselves and they could strongly identify with our grief at losing our precious child.

After the funeral when our family members returned to the motel to change; they were met by the owner, his wife and children. The owner wanted to express his sorrow at the attack on America as well as his outrage that it had been perpetrated by Muslim extremists. " We so hope that you do not think that we peaceful muslims do not condone the actions of extremists! Islam has a long history of peace.  But there are those who want "Jihad" against others.  They are ones who take from the Koran what they want to believe, who want to pervert our religion for their own agenda. They are not true muslims to us."

 I told him, "we understand as it is the same in Christianity.  There are those who pick and chose verses and phrases from the Bible, who use only those parts  to support their own desires for control and influence over those people weak enough as to be unable to think for themselves."

My beliefs stand to this day. Not all Muslims are bad, Not all Christians are good. Only God has the right to decide the difference.

VietnamVet
VietnamVet

I know several Democrats who have the Medal of Honor.  Calling Democrats enemies of America is...plain stupid.

UnholyMoses
UnholyMoses

We do find it poignant," said [Conservative Refocus News] "that Krugman would seek to cast the blame on the 'horrible hero's' of 9/11,being those whose first thought was to both protect and defend.

So ... Bush was protecting us when he ran away and hid for hours on end like the coward he is? And Rudy walking around Manhattan pointing at stuff was defending ... what, exactly?

It's like when these clowns claim that Bush "kept us safe" -- just so long as you ignore 9/11, the anthrax attacks, and the tens of thousands killed in his War of Choice(R). Sure, other than all of those massive failures, he did a bang-up job.

Roger Ailes
Roger Ailes

(Those who did not have been drummed out of the union.)

Thugs!

gil mann
gil mann

I'm no fan of Malkin, but I'll admit to being a little taken aback when our local school district added "Heather Has Two Jihadis" to the curriculum.

Mr. Wonderful
Mr. Wonderful

This, no doubt, would include the many firefighters, policemen and first responders who also lost their lives. Krugman pretty much denigrates the memory of each and every one of these brave and heroic men and women."

Oh you rhetorical pussy.  Which is it?  "No doubt," or "pretty much"?  No wonder the only mammals who respect your arguments are the small-brained dogs and Michelle Malkin.  You don't even know what you believe.

StringOnAStick
StringOnAStick

Projection: its all that remains in the RW tactics bag. 

Substance McGravitas
Substance McGravitas

"Vile liberal spew about how evil America has become... slimy, gutless assbiscuit," counterpointed The Jawa Report.

The Jawa Report can follow the assbiscuits with some assturkey and assgravy. It's a special day!

Jt
Jt

Idiot.  Blithering liberal idiot.

Atticus Dogsbody
Atticus Dogsbody

All of us who weren't in a drug-induced stupor recall exactly what we were doing when the attacks came and when we first got word of it.

Well la-de-da, Mr Man. I was in a drug induced stupor and I still remember exactly what I was doing. I never did get to see the end of the Muhammed Ali documentary that disappeared from my screen to be replaced by the image of a burning tower, soon to be two burning towers. And you know what I did then? I smoked more pot.

coozledad
coozledad

 Must be John Lennon Karaoke night at the Malkin household:

spoon-fed the thin gruel of progressive political correctness over the stiff antidote of truth.Is just a short step away from:I'm tired of of being spoon fed the thin gruel of progessive political correctness by these yellow bellied McGovern mother hubbardsYeah. Just Gimme some truth.The stiff antidote of truth...

EndOfTheWorld
EndOfTheWorld

"A special 9/11 curriculum distributed in New Jersey schools advises teachers to 'avoid graphic details or dramatizing the destruction' wrought by the 9/11 hijackers"

Awww, man! And we were going to make such a nice school pageant out of it too.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

On the 10th anniversary weekend of the September 11 attacks, every single living American blogger wrote a 9/11 memorial post. (Those who did not have been drummed out of the union.)

Not I, Roy.  I have nature pics. And my union card is over by the lamp.

;)

Svg1234
Svg1234

""I submit to you," this patriot cried, "that the damage done by four years of liberal legislative assault and 2.5 years of socialist executive rule far exceeds the carnage that was experienced ten years ago.""I completely agree with this comment. It is provably true.

RPorrofatto
RPorrofatto

Jesus, what a depressing selection. It's hard to pick which sociopathic monkey covered himself in the most feces, but I do admire Bill Quick's "the Islam that is my enemy is the Islam that is my enemy and not any other Islam you might be thinking of" approach. And this is a gem:the attack and slaughter was carried out by some of the millions of Muslims who believe that they are commanded by their religion to attack, enslave, and destroy America

Bill Quick, 1969: Manson's attack and slaughter was carried out by some of the millions of hippies who... Bill Quick, 2011: the attack by the flash mob was carried out by some of the  millions of blacks who... uh-oh.

trizzlor
trizzlor

Professor Malkin is really on fire in that column:  "These childhood experts have determined that grade school is too early to delve into the specifics of the homicidal clash of Allah’s sharia-avenging soldiers with the freedom-loving Western world. Yet, many of the same protectors of fragile elementary-school pupils can’t wait to teach them all the ins and outs of condoms, cross-dressers and crack addictions."

DocAmazing
DocAmazing

The funny unfunny part of all of this is that the rightblogger types most afire about an attack on New York have never made any secret of their  hatred of all things New York.  In the early 1990s, I saw bumperstickers at a gun show  that read "I (bomb) NY".

commie atheist
commie atheist

"I submit to you," this patriot cried, "that the damage done by four years of liberal legislative assault and 2.5 years of socialist executive rule far exceeds the carnage that was experienced ten years ago."

Well, to be honest, Obama has said some really mean things about investment bankers and stock brokers.  Doesn't that count for something?

edroso
edroso

Just in case you're serious: The first item considered here is called "9/11 Only Paused the Left's Attack on America." A person who attacks his own country is called what, class?

You will find these essays much more rewarding once you  have acquired some contextual reading skills.

Brian Schlosser
Brian Schlosser

Feh... they probably stole 'em! Everyone knows the Armed Forces are comprised entirely of convervative, Christian Republicans.

Consumer Unit 5012
Consumer Unit 5012

Also the Beltway Sniper, but that probably doesn't count because shut up.

ripconstitution
ripconstitution

Well, that and 9/11. What really irks me is the canard that liberals fall into a deep depression at hearing about anything positive that the U.S. achieves. It seriously pisses me off that everyone is supposed to believe that conservatives are into politics because they love America, while liberals only care about politics because Karl Marx/MerkaSux. Like none of us gives a damn about 9/11, or lost anyone we loved. But as they say, a person doesn't treat someone else badly because they hate that other person; they hate that other person because they treat him badly. That's the real kernel of it all.

Roger Ailes
Roger Ailes

Karen Finley's bringing the assyams.

Chainbark
Chainbark

Well, who can argue with a well sourced, trenchant rebuttal like that. To think that John Stuart Mills asserted that "While not all conservatives are stupid, most stupid people are conservative." What a liberal doody-head!

edroso
edroso

Idiot.  Blithering liberal idiot.

Well, he's got me there.

commie atheist
commie atheist

Jesse threw Michelle down roughly on the bed.  "Enough of this thin gruel of progresive political correctness!" he yelled, tearing her blouse off.  "It's time to give you the Stiff Antitode of Truth!"

"Oh, Jesse," she moaned...

EndOfTheWorld
EndOfTheWorld

Being effete academics, we can't really give you full credit for that answer, Svg1234, if you don't show your work.

susanoftexas
susanoftexas

I used to have two video game units but Socialist Obama (he's like Mattel's Ken, only with a 'fro, African camo and a peace sign secret decoder ring) took one away to give to the poor. How the children cried.

I love how conservatives frequently assert something is provably true but never actually prove it. Instead we get the Conservative Underpants Theory. 

1. Get ripped off by my leaders who gut my pension, 401(k), housing equity and job while running up the deficit to fight wars on credit.

2. ???????

3. Blame liberals!

hell's littlest angel
hell's littlest angel

I'll never forget my grandfather's last words to me as he was hauled off to face the PPACA death panel: "Avenge me!"

Emdee
Emdee

Bill Quick, 2010: Dr. Tiller's slaughter was carried out by one of the millions of fundamentalists who…

(what? didn't that happen?)

Horatius
Horatius

This is why we need social services. Malkin's kids will be so fucked up when they grow up.

Brian Schlosser
Brian Schlosser

Yeah... the people who REALLY understand 9/11 are the people who watched on TV in Tulsa, not the liberal pantywaists in New York who were actually there and watched their city attacked and their friends and family members killed. Why, I bet that no sooner had the towers come down, those traitorous New Yorkers probably ran to the scene to find the remains of the hijackers so they could hug them, and convene an encounter group!

Consumer Unit 5012
Consumer Unit 5012

I guess it's one of those "nobody beats up my little brother - EXCEPT ME" things.

Chainbark
Chainbark

The title of this website is misleading. I don't see any "village," nor do I hear a "voice." For shame, Roy!

Mimistiredofthis
Mimistiredofthis

I totally agree with that Rip! Liberals are lovers of  America, but we see with a clear eye that it isn't  perfect.  Loving America means you want it to be the best country in the world, again.  Not being this big disfunctional mess that it is now.  You can love your disfunctional family but that doesn't mean you have to like everything about it! For some reason, conservative tea party members of our family believe that everything would be great if we just went back to those early days when the constitution was enacted.  It's a great Constitution but it isn't perfect!  God gives us new knowledge all the time, why do some people think that he doesn't mean for us to use it?

The constitution was written in the wordy, pompous languge of the time, like the Bible.  Like the Bible, it needs to be updated to an easier to read by the common person.

GM52246
GM52246

Ailes wins a very competitive thread. +10, Roger. +10.

Angrygeometer
Angrygeometer

 "The republicans are not all scoundrels, but all scoundrels are republicans." -- Gustave Flaubert, author of Madame Bovary and noted liberal poopypants.

Horatius
Horatius

I want to marry this comment and make sweet sweet love to it.

coozledad
coozledad

About thirty seconds later, she curled up on her side of the bed, a knot of resentments, thinking "Half Truth. With gruel."

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

No, they'll probably grow to hate her intolerant redneck ass, and will only visit on major holidays, if even then.

I got friends with Bircher parents, I seend it!

Brian Schlosser
Brian Schlosser

The chief difference between Liberals and Conservatives, I think, is that, like you said, liberals don't love America blindly, and feel that all of us, regardless of our politics are Americans. Cons, while they love America, have a strict set of rules you must follow to be considered "Really" American, and Liberals don't fit the bill.

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