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Old 01-08-2010, 12:43 PM
 
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Liberals pose a more dangerous threat than terrorists to America, say several prominent Republicans. John Avlon on the newest unhinged attack from the fringe right.
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This is consistent with the talk-radio drumbeat that trickles down to the non-fiscal-driven Tea Party protesters. They see centrists in general, Democrats in particular and Obama specifically as ushering in an era of permanent cultural decline. And some present the stakes in such histrionic terms. They’ve been fed a steady diet of all-or-nothing hysteria, where opposing views—let alone legislation—threaten the future of our constitutional republic.
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We should all, Democrat and Republican, call them out, remembering what Tom Kean, the co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission, said: “We should dismiss the partisan bickering over the security failures over this issue.” Or, if some need to reach further back to another long war that straddled administrations of different parties, listen to Senator Vandenberg during the Cold War: “Partisan politics should end at the water’s edge.” Let’s wake up and grow up. What’s left of the mainstream GOP needs to denounce these stupid and self-defeating partisan games.
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The reason these particular unhinged statements deserve to be picked out from the din isn’t only because they come from elected officials—although that would be enough—it’s because they unintentionally gave lie to the cynicism of using national-security threats as partisan talking points. These voices diminished the very real threat we face from the “us against them” ideology of radical Islamic terrorism in favor of false equivalencies that offer shallow and short-term political impact. If you’re someone who takes the non-optional war on terrorism seriously, then the elevation of partisan concerns above that threat should offend.
The GOP's Terror Wingnuts - The Daily Beast
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:38 PM
 
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The Daily Beast, run by Tina Fair, not her real name, who wrote for Vanity Fair and has done work for MSNBC. Now there is an un-biased publication we can believe in.
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:41 PM
 
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If republicans are claiming that liberals pose a bigger threat to America than terrorists, then clearly something is wrong. Obviously you care more about who wrote it than what the GOP are actually saying.
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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The Daily Beast, run by Tina Fair, not her real name, who wrote for Vanity Fair and has done work for MSNBC. Now there is an un-biased publication we can believe in.
How about addressing the points made? Here's one:

Do you believe that American liberals present a bigger threat to America than terrorists? This allegation has now been repeated by a number of prominent conservatives.
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