I stumbled on this excellent post from Steven Hayward today.
It reminded me of what life was like in the 1980s. You know, in the United States where everyone just loved then President Ronald Reagan.
Even Chris "Burp" Matthews seems to believe that all was so peachy during those halcyon days.
NOT! NOT! NOT!
As Mr. Hayward points out, it was Burp Matthews former boss, then Speaker of the House Thomas "Tip" O'Neill that had this nugget of love for the President:
"The evil is in the White House at the present time. And that evil is a man who has no care and no concern for the working class of America and the future generations of America, and who likes to ride a horse. He's cold. He's mean. He's got ice water for blood."
Get that, folks? The eeevvviiiiilll in the White House was. . .RONALD REAGAN!
Yeah, that was real choice from Mr. O'Neill.
Read Mr. Hayward's post in it's entirety. It really scratches the surface. Because I could write a post just to the love our friends on the left showed to Mr. Reagan, it would take away from the larger point.
All this rubbish about how politics is worse today than ever is just that.
The difference today is that there is a push back from a conservative media.
There are people willing to stand up to the "Tip" O'Neill types on the other side. There are those of us that actually believe in what we say and are wiling to speak up.
So people actually fight back when the left says horrible things about Sarah Palin. George W. Bush. Any conservative. And yes, even Sen. John "F--- You" McCain.
Because there was only one Ronald Reagan, he was able to brush it off and come back with a good one-liner. And, as Mr. Hayward noted:
"Just ask Gorbachev; first he smiled at Reagan, and before you knew it, his country went poof."
That is a classic!
But let us not kid ourselves.
I will go back further to the 1964 presidential campaign in which President Lyndon Johnson aired the infamous "Daisy" television ad. That ad implied a vote for Republican Barry M. Goldwater for president was a vote for nuclear war. Yes, even back then our lefty friends use children when all else fails. And while the ad aired only one time, the traction was all that was needed. Again, there was no Fox News Channel. No internet. No serious media scrutiny over the scurrilousness of that ad.
The fact of the matter is that when one dissects what the left is up to, it is clear.
It is up to curtailing free speech, pure and simple.
Like making up Arizona not celebrating MLK day, they start making things up about how crosshairs on internet ads can send someone over the edge. That "targeting" a political opponent is just asking for someone to kill a politician that they do not like.
Not that there is any evidence of such things.
But just keep saying the Big Lie enough the left hopes and people will start to believe it.
But they don't.
Most Americans are not political junkies. Those of us that are know that this is how the game is played. It is, dare I write this, non-lethal warfare. And both sides try to get people on their side.
Some are generals, captains, colonels, sergeants, and troops. And the vast majority kind of take a passing interest.
But to say that the level of discourse is so terrible, the worst in the history of the United States is so over the top. And not true.
The reality is, all this stuff has been around a long, long time. And it will be around a long, long time!
HT: Hot Air @ www.hotair.com