When a Democratic congresswoman gets shot in the head by a liberal and nearly dies, the left tells everybody it’s time to be nice to each other and pretend we’re all schoolchildren in an episode of Barney and Friends.
When a conservative and arguably the best (though I’d argue the second best) prime minister in the history of Great Britain actually does die, the knives come out.
On hearing the news of the death of Margaret aviThatcher (news which apparently reached the White House slower than did the news of the death of professional movie-watcher Roger Ebert), liberals took to celebrating online.
One of the top trending topics on Twitter yesterday was #DingDongTheWickedWitchIsDead, though in all fairness, most of the ones tweeting it were youngsters who weren’t old enough to have even been alive or otherwise self-aware during Thatcher’s time in office. But it’s hip to bash the old dead woman in the blue suit jacket with giant shoulder pads. Her passing even calls for street festivities!
Thankfully, President Obama was decent enough to put his name at the end of a kind statement written by someone else at the White House on Thatcher’s death. It came a little late, though, like at around 2:15 in the afternoon, presumably when Obama was just getting out of bed and was awake enough to approve the statement before its official release.
Liberals, feeling betrayed by their fellow rabble-rouser in the White House for his respectable, classy statement, took to bashing Obama next. Such bashing included but was not limited to the following words (censored only here):
- “Oh f*** off.”
- “Obama f*** off.”
- “F*** off with that crap now.”
- “[W]hat a massive c**t [Obama] is….”
Kelly Osbourne, daughter of Ozzy, also got some hate when she expressed her sadness on Twitter over Thatcher’s death.
Liberals even took the opportunity to let the world know they wish President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney would die next.
The Associated Press and CNN, worried that someone might confuse them for fair-minded news organizations, wanted to release some partisan obituaries of their own.
In the AP’s write-up of Thatcher’s life and death, such words were used as “intimidating,” “imposed her will,” and “In deciding on war, Thatcher overruled Foreign Office specialists who warned her about the dangers of striking back,” while last month, when Venezuela’s dictator Hugo Chavez died, the same news organization described him as a “revolutionary” who “challenged the status quo” and “electrified crowds.” (The above links for Thatcher’s and Chavez’s deaths are from Politico and The Huffington Post respectively, but the articles themselves are from the AP.)
CNN ran a montage of photos of Thatcher, and one of those photos included her hanging out with Jimmy Savile, who was recently accused of molesting hundreds of children. Probably no agenda in CNN’s showing him with Thatcher, though, because, after all, their tribute to the Iron Lady would not have been complete without that photo of ol’ reach-around Jimmy.
Now, conservatives do sometimes celebrate famous deaths as well, but it’s always the deaths of actual tyrants, not the sort of tyrant liberals claim Thatcher was. I’m talking about Hugo Chavez, Osama bin Laden—you know, dictators and killers, the guys liberals either mourn the deaths of or about whom they lecture, “Now, now, it’s not nice to celebrate his death. We need a new tone of civility in this country.”
What we need is a reformed, accurate sense of what civility actually means. Hint: it’s not what has been dished out to Margaret Thatcher.