If it suits their emotional needs, Leftists will defend the indefensible. They are incapable of admitting that their opponents are right. And they are not ashamed to use the most disreputable and invalid forms of argument. Note below how they defend their friends, the Muslim extremists
On his popular nationally syndicated talk-radio show yesterday, Michael Savage spotlighted the behavior of Democrats at the controversial House hearing on radicalization in the Muslim community in America. “Did you see how the Democrats behaved? How disgusting their behavior was?” Savage asked, pointing to Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, as one of many examples.
After the hearing Thursday, Green bullied a reporter who pointed out that of 126 terror indictments by the Justice Department, all were of Muslims. But Green insisted the Ku Klux Klan should have been investigated along with Muslim radicalization.
“Mr. Green, Mr. Green,” Savage interjected as he played the clip. “The KKK is a despicable organization. They’ve been investigated, they’ve been penetrated. Half of them are FBI agents.” Instead of embracing an investigation of Islam in America, Savage wondered, “why is Al Green suddenly talking about the KKK?”
How many KKK members have gone on shooting sprees at U.S. army bases? But the argument is a non-argument anyway. If someone wants to investigate the KKK, let them. It could be interesting to find out whether they are still all Democrats! But to claim that there should be another enquiry speaks not at all to whether the first enquiry is justified!
And the other classic of illogic is the ad hominem attack: Abusing the arguer rather than addressing his argument. And you can find heaps of attacks on Peter King of that sort here.
And there have of course been innumerable comparisons of Peter King with Joe McCarthy. Again, however, that is a barb without a sting — if only because McCarthy was eventually proved right after the fall of the Soviet Union. To accuse King of McCarthyism is to accuse King of accuracy!
And the most amusing thing of all about McCarthy is that he is regularly blamed for the deeds of the Democrat-led HUAC. Yet McCarthy was a Senator and HUAC stands for “HOUSE Un-American Activities Committee”! And the HUAC enquiries lasted far longer (37 years!) than McCarthy’s enquiries did. How odd that we never hear Democrats blaming HUAC for anything! They only criticize HUAC when they think they can attribute it to McCarthy!
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