The concept of Godwin's Law, which is the use of a Hitler reference to win an argument, has parallels within our own country. But here the winning reference is McCarthy.
This tactic -- accusing someone of "McCarthyism" -- has been used for so long by liberals that it is taken for granted that it immediately wins the argument. So when Hugh Hewitt pressed his guest, Karen Finney, on her use of the accusation and her knowledge of history, she became infuriated. And she hung up on him.
Well, take that!
Hugh Hewitt was amused.
This is the face of politics in America in the glorious age of liberal ascendency. The left is angry and they are open about it. They are taking power and they are furious at anyone who questions them. The name-calling, whether it is directed at dog whistle racism or Tea Party terrorism or senatorial McCarthyism is reaching a level of flailing hysteria that more closely resembles a passionate yet ill-informed adolescent than a rational adult.
It cannot be without some measure of amazement and consternation that we watch both our country's liberal media personalities and federal officials make such egregious errors in logic. We hear Chris Matthews state that calling President Obama by his last name is indicative of racism because it is disrespectful. This is not, however, to imply that referring to Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, or Truman by last name was ever disrespectful. We learn from Judicial Watch, a conservative government watchdog group who obtained a copy of the Department of Defense training manual, that the United States government now regards the men who created the United States government as extremists:
The training manual continues:As noted, an ideology is a set of political beliefs about the nature of people and society. People who are committed to an ideology seek not only to persuade but to recruit others to their belief. In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples. (Emphasis mine.)
I find it ironic that Karen Finney is warning of dire and potentially violent consequences should Senator Cruz continue his opposition to Obamacare on a show called "Disrupt", while Tea Partiers who stand for civil disobedience and change through the political process are called terrorists.“Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publicly espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.” (Emphasis mine.)
And I find it downright chilling that our own government considers the founding principles and values of this country to be extremist.