Friday, February 18, 2005

I Don't Like You, So You're a Terrorist

This is another local story here in liberal land (Lucas county is one of the few "blue" counties in Ohio) but is indicative of the behavior of liberals at the national level as well.

First, some context. One of our local businesses 5/3ed Bank has made a request of our city government. Like a nice, business friendly and cooperative partner in economic development, the city council has been sitting on the idea neither rejecting or accepting the proposal. While the city council is behaving like a bunch of 3-year-olds, 5/3ed has upped the anti by vowing to leave the city (for a suburb) if the counsel doesn't vote on the proposal.

Now for the rest of the story. (BTW, couldn't find the story on the local liber rag either.) One of our left leaning, tolerant, open-minded council-people (gotta be PC, can't call him a councilman) has equated 5/3ed with terrorists.

Council President Louis Escobar, who opposes the bank's request, said Fifth Third's warning that it might have to transfer jobs to a different location is the equivalent of terrorism. The president (George Bush) doesn't deal with terrorists and neither should I," Mr. Escobar said last week. "If they want to threaten us, that tells me they're not a good corporate citizen."

(shturmgruppa: Does the bad drama ever end with Toledo City Council? It's like the Lifetime Channel over there.) (CJ: Cue corny soap opera music.)

Ok, I agree the idea of tossing out a threat like that isn't nice, especially in light of the fact that this is the second local business to threaten to leave the city if they don't get their way. However, resorting to name-calling is certainly not the way to encourage a discussion, or cooperation. This is just a symptom of a larger problem. The tendency of the left to act childish when they don't get their way. If you don't agree with me, you're Hitler, or a terrorist. If I don't like what you do, I equate your behavior with the holocaust, or slavery.

This kind of histrionic hyperbole has two effects. First, it degrades the other party. Part of surviving in our culture is the ability to come to a compromise. Our government was founded on it. Unlike other forms of government, democracy requires the citizens to come together, set aside differences and find a common ground. In a dictatorship the dictator makes the rules and screw everyone else. The liberals don't seem to really want a compromise. They want it their way or the highway. And if you don't like it, screw you Hitler-terrorist.

The second thing this name calling does, is it demeans the victims of these tragedies. If cutting down a tree is equated with the holocaust you take away from the horror of the sacrifice of 6 million Jews. If building a stripmall is equated with September 11, you are saying the 3,000 people who lost their lives are equal with a bunch of plants. Wanting to build a parking lot is not morally equivalent to blowing up a school bus full of children.

(shturmgruppa: And 5/3ed is not Al-Qaeda.)