"Tens of thousands" of people showed up in D.C. to protest big gov'mint, and I gotta say some of their messages are a little late. Y'all bust out signs saying "you can't fix stupid but you can vote it out" now? Y'all are worried about deficit spending now, and not when Mr. Bush was fighting two wars off-budget and ramming a $700 billion finance industry bailout down America's throat? Y'all are quoting Ben Franklin on liberty and security now, and not when Mr. Bush rammed the PATRIOT Act through and wiretapped innocent Americans' phones? Where were you when America really needed you? Actually, I know the answer to that one: when America really needed you, Mr. Bush was President, and FreedomWorks and the Heartland Institute and Americans for Tax Reform and the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights weren't interested in organizing you.
I also understand Sarah Palin's mad about Mr. Obama's speech. I suppose she ought to be -- she coined the phrase "death panel," and Mr. Obama (finally!) told the world the other night that no bills before Congress contain the sort of "death panels" HMOs already have without being stupid enough to call them that. Mrs. Palin responded thusly: "He called these concerns 'bogus,' 'irresponsible,' and 'a lie' -- so much for civility." If Mr. Obama has one infuriating fault, it's his refusal to be intemperate, but no matter -- Mrs. Palin will just re-label words like "bogus" and "irresponsible" as intemperate. Plus she'll argue that pointing out the other side's lies is not "civil." Remind me, again, how liberals are frail and weak? Right-wingers can't even take it when people tell them they're wrong. And I eagerly await Mrs. Palin's comments on folks drawing little Hitler mustaches on Obama photos, or folks going to townhall meetings with only disruption in mind.
Finally, Maggie Gallagher feels bullied by liberals again. Why? Because while she was campaigning against gay marriage in Maine, a preacher asked her "(s)houldn't we live with our neighbors in peace?", which Ms. Gallagher took to mean she was pro-war or something, and also because a bisexual Washington Post reporter wrote a sympathetic profile about Ms. Gallagher's employee, and Washington Post readers didn't like it. "Either you are for gay marriage or you are a bad person who should be repressed, humiliated, hurt, marginalized and excluded," she writes. I never said gay marriage opponents should be "excluded" from the debate, but what if you've earned "marginalization"? And I absolutely think gay marriage opponents should be "humiliated" for their bigotry, said bigotry being no more persuasive if it's polite. And "humiliation" isn't the same as actually having rights taken from you, or having fewer rights than someone else to begin with.