I just got around to watching last night’s Hannity on Fox News, and I gotta say it was a laugh a minute — especially when the All-American panel discussed the latest antics of Imam Rauf of the Ground Zero Mosque; and Democratic strategist and First Amendment expert, Chris Hahn, suddenly proclaimed “conservatives or the Republicans” unqualified to express opinions regarding the 9/11 terrorist attacks, because, “…they lost all credibility on 9/11… when they tried to block the Zadroga bill that helped our heroes at 9/11…”
So, let’s see if I have this straight. Hahn announced on national television that “conservatives or the Republicans” have forfeited their constitutional free speech rights because a few Senators blocked an aid package for disabled 9/11 heroes until Senate Democrats were willing to shore up some considerable flaws. Sounds plausible. Especially, Hahn said, considering that Jon Stewart — another First Amendment guru and the left’s current exalted propagandist in an Edward R. Murrow suit — declared it so: “…it’s a similar statement to our friend Jon Stewart — he made the same statement — Republicans are no longer allowed to talk about 9/11 at all ever again.”
In case anyone may have forgotten, he is quoting the same sanctimonious jerk who held a rally dedicated to taking the national rhetoric “down a notch.” so in the midst of such blatant hypocrisy I completely understand why guest host, Tucker Carlson, responded by threatening to toss a bit more than Hannity’s trademark football: “Now you’re making me feel nauseous. Now I actually feel like I’m going to be sick on the set, because that’s probably the dumbest thing I have heard this year – and it’s been a year of dumb statements. But… that one… You have just ascended to the top of the pecking order.”
This is hardly unusual. Fair and logical debate is the enemy of the left. Hahn knows it; hence, last night’s inartful plug for silencing half of the population. The senate Democrats know it; hence, shrieks, moans, character assassination, and demagogic name-calling when fiscal-minded Republicans demand remedies for a flawed bill. John Stewart knows it and has earned the adulation of the New York Times for his success in muffling conservative voices like Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck with his trademark sludge of profane, arrogant, and dishonest ridicule.