Hillary Clinton said that to defeat terrorism we must “weed out hate and plant love and kindness.” Of course conservatives disagreed…. (More)
“Have a nice day!”
Squirrels aren’t big on fighting. We will if we have to, but mostly we settle our disagreements by chittering and tail-flagging:
A: “I found this nut first!”
A: “So I plan to eat it!”
B: “And I plan to take it away.”
A: “Not. Gonna. Happen.”
B: “Okay, be selfish. I’ll go find another.”
A: “Have a nice day!”
Okay, we don’t usually say “jackass.” Also, we don’t have names like A and B. But that’s a typical squirrel spat.
Alas, humans don’t have tails to flag. So you chitter more, and if that doesn’t work you get violent … and rationalize that with still more chittering.
“Weed out hate and plant love and kindness”
Still, some humans chitter positive ideas, as Hillary Clinton did yesterday:
Hillary Clinton had just delivered some hard talk on terrorism, recalling tough decisions she made in the White House situation room as secretary of state and lashing out at her Republican rivals for threatening the safety of the American people.
But when an Iowa man broke into her riff with a question about how the country could confront a new wave of fear, her response sounded less like that of a commander in chief than of a soothing self-help guru. “We’ve got to do everything we can to weed out hate and plant love and kindness,” she told a crowd of several hundred.
She’s right, of course. It’s absurd to think we can eradicate terrorism with violence alone. Every time we invade and occupy someone else’s homeland, or level a village to kill a ‘high-value’ target with a drone strike, we radicalize more people.
President Obama recognizes that, and that’s why he refuses to say “We’re at war with radical Islam.” If we declare war on “radical Islam,” we commit to an indefinite war that will keep manufacturing enemies. And maybe that’s the warmongers’ goal.
“This isn’t Woodstock. It’s Altamont.”
Consider Iowa wingnut David Burge’s response:
You're confused, Grandma. This isn't Woodstock, it's Altamont. https://t.co/tRXwQ0VWnl
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) December 11, 2015
He is, of course, referring to the 1969 Altamont Free Concert that degenerated into “rock and roll’s worst day.” That was the concert where the Hell’s Angels – drunk on the $500 in free beer with which they were paid – provided what passed for security.
That is how conservatives see our world, and they’re furious when the media publish even a single article that doesn’t fit the right wing’s Manichean worldview. And besides, how can Hillary preach “love and kindness” after she told her followers to argue over Thanksgiving dinner?
Except she didn’t tell us to argue; her campaign distributed talking points, in case conservative relatives started an argument. But for wingnuts, the only true “love and kindness” response when a wingnut starts spewing hate …
… is to sit quietly and let them keep spewing. Or better yet, let them convince you to dash out on the Monday after Thanksgiving to change your party affiliation to R and then empty your bank account with donations to Trump, Cruz, Rubio, and other GOP candidates. Compromise, dammit!
“Not only wrong, it’s harmful”
And RedState’s Kimberly R dials the umbrage up to 11:
Apparently, Hillary’s new strategy is the Care Bear Stare. As a child of the 80s who watched the Care Bears, I remember “the Stare”. The Bears used the Stare to defeat and heal their enemies with love, light, and probably glitter. In a world that requires real action against those who wish to harm us, Hillary – and the Left – have devolved into spreading happiness and cheer. It’s not only the wrong course of action, it’s an ill fit, especially on someone like Mrs. Clinton.
I, and most people with a heart, aren’t opposed to showing kindness and compassion to others. After all, we’re the party that doesn’t support murdering the unborn just because. But using love and kindness as a campaign strategy? Sorry, I prefer a candidate who isn’t afraid of sharing the truth about our country and the world. That would include developing harsh, polarizing policies to not only combat terrorism, but to take a hard look at the U.S. and make necessary changes for the sake of our fiscal survival.
This isn’t a popularity contest for Prom King or Prom Queen; it’s a race for the White House. In 2015, and with the realities that are present, the Care Bear Stare is not only wrong, it’s harmful.
In shorter words, “Those People are Evil and we must use ‘harsh, polarizing policies’ to destroy them … and if you disagree then you’re part of the Evil.”
Like I said, a great strategy for manufacturing an endless supply of enemies.
You humans really need tails….
And on a happier note, the mail room clerk dropped off the latest render of her DAZ Studio Desperate Dancer scene. I guess she wants to show off:
Photo Credit: Joe Raedle (Getty Images)
Good day and good nuts