Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Salon: Opinion: Heather Digby Parton: Chris Matthews and Ed Rendell, Working Class Heroes, "In Their Dreams": You Know You Are Far-Left When MSNBC is Not Progressive Enough For You

Salon: Opinion: Heather Digby Parton: Chris Matthews and Ed Rendell, Working Class Heroes, In Their Dreams

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

When MSNBC which is really not much more than a media operation for Occupy Wall Street, the Progressive Caucus and the Green Party in America, is not progressive enough for you, you know you are on the far-left. Chris Matthews is now the most popular talk show host on MSNBC. Granted that is like say someone is the tallest person at a midget convention with the lack of ratings that MSNBC gets. But people who are as far to the Left as the groups I just mentioned, are not represented very highly in America.

Chris Matthews and Ed Rendell are classic FDR/JFK Progressive Democrats. They go back in forth between FDR and Jack Kennedy on the issues, but they are both mainstream Progressive Democrats. Which is what classical Progressives are, which is mainstream and not thinking that government needs to be big enough to essentially manage people's lives for them. But big enough to provide the services that we all need to do well like infrastructure and education and help people in need. And create an environment where everyone can do well and not just people born to wealth.

But if you work for Salon, progressive government is not big enough for you. Because that type of government still leaves people free to manage most of their affairs economic and personal. And of course Americans are stupid right, at least according to today's Progressives "and you need a government big enough to take care of everyone for their own good". Which is way to the Left of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. Who both are by far the most progressive president's we've ever had at least when it comes to economic policy. 

Salon: Interview: Luke Brinker Talks to Rula Jebreal: Rula Jebreal Sounds Off on Bill Maher Islam Spat

Salon: Interview: Luke Brinker Talks to Rula Jebreal: Rula Jebreal Sounds Off on Bill Maher Islam Spat

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

First of all just about this so-called interview. It sounded more like a conversation to me and a slanted one at that. With the Luke Brinker taking the typical Salon leftist political correctness slant. Suggesting that by asking "does Bill Maher's criticism of Islam give rise to new islamaphobia". Another example  would be "does Bill Maher's criticism make him sound like a Neoconservative". You can click the link in this post to see the actual conversation yourself.

First of all if you saw the show yourself the Real Time episode that Rula Jebreal was on with Bill Maher, it was essentially three against one. Bill Maher, Senator Angus King an Independent by the way, hardly anyone's radical and General Wesley Clark a center-left Democrat. Especially Maher and Senator King were defending free speech and Maher's right to speak freely especially express the truth. With Rula Jebreal trying to put the focus on Maher and herself and debate Islam. With her comparing Maher to an anti-semite of all things.

Any criticism against Islam even when it comes from Liberals and other leftists and you get labeled as a racist or some other type of bigot by the political correctness Left. Even when Muslims such as Reza Aslam are quick to point out that Bill Maher is not a racist and besides Islam is not even a race to begin with. And that is what I at least saw on that show. Rula Jebreal making the politically correct argument against those who would criticize Islam. And Bill Maher as well as Liberals sticking up for free speech. Freedom of Speech vs. political correctness in America.