Many Democrats and almost all Liberals oppose war and want negotiation with terrorists, most especially the Taliban. 9/11 for many Liberals was payback for US 'imperialism' and when Bush said 'you are either with us or against us' - all Liberals and many Democrats (imagine the scene in the film Invasion of the Body Snatchers where one of the remaining humans in the town is uncovered by the aliens and they turn, point and open their mouths and the noise that follows ....) began emitting a noise that would seem to come from an animal close to death, in its last throes of pain as it squeals in agony. How dare Bush question our patriotism. How dare Republicans question our dedication and commitment to the United States. So fierce were their screeching sounds that Republicans prefaced everything with - we don't question their love for the country or we don't question their patriotism ... and Republicans tempered their statements even though what Bush stated was very true - you either stand with the United States government and Western Civilization or you support those who want to kill you. We don't have to always agree on how we will oppose them, but we do need to agree we oppose them. Liberals can't even agree on that issue and so perverted the argument it is meaningless - except to place Republicans on the defense.
All of that means nothing if you are a Liberal because you can call anyone you want names and not feel the slightest bit guilty. After all, whatever you call someone, it must be accurate and so calling them a name is fine. Unlike Republicans who do it out of spite and hate.
By: Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan
August 1, 2011
Vice President Joe Biden joined House Democrats in lashing tea party Republicans Monday, accusing them of having “acted like terrorists” in the fight over raising the nation’s debt limit, according to several sources in the room.
Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting.
“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”
Biden, driven by his Democratic allies’ misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: “They have acted like terrorists.”
Biden’s office initially declined to comment about what the vice president said inside the closed-door session, but after POLITICO published the remarks, spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said: “The word was used by several members of Congress. The vice president does not believe it’s an appropriate term in political discourse.”
Biden later denied he used that term in an interview with CBS.
“I did not use the terrorism word,” Biden told CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley.
Earlier in the day, Biden told Senate Democrats that Republican leaders have “guns to their heads” in trying to negotiate deals.
The vice president’s hot rhetoric about tea party Republicans underscored the tense moment on Capitol Hill as four party leaders in both chambers work to round up the needed votes in an abbreviated time frame. The bill would raise the debt limit by as much as $2.4 trillion through the end of next year and reduce the deficit by an equal amount over the next decade.
Democrats had no shortage of colorful phrases in wake of the deal.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) called it a “Satan sandwich,” and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) called seemed to enjoy the heat analogy, saying: “the Tea Partiers and the GOP have made their slash and burn lunacy clear, and while I do not love this compromise, my vote is a hose to stop the burning. The arsonists must be stopped.
The deal was consummated Sunday night, the text of the bill was posted in the wee hours of Monday morning, and the House was expected to vote first on it Monday afternoon or evening. But there are still plenty of concerns in both parties and in both chambers.
Liberal Democrats have had the most averse reaction to the plan, which ensures between $2.1 trillion and $2.4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade without requiring any of it to come from tax increases.
Biden told Democratic lawmakers that the deal would take away the tea party’s “weapon of mass destruction” — the threat of a default on U.S. debt obligations.
“They have no compunction about blowing up the economy to get what they want,” Doyle told POLITICO after the meeting.