Brown win has liberals seeing red, feeling blue
by Barbara Anderson

The Salem News
Saturday, February 6, 2010

The writer Rafael Sabatini once described a character as being "born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." This quotation has become my personal mantra.

"Just keep repeating it, Barbara, and your head won't explode," I tell myself.

Scott Brown has just been sworn in as our U.S. senator and already he a.) is being urged to run for president in 2012, b.) has inspired a new action doll and c.) was being criticized across the political spectrum before he cast his first vote.

I enjoyed his ABC "This Week" interview with Barbara Walters last Sunday. Brown handled the mostly silly questions well. Best moment: When she said that he give a "yes or no" response, he responded with just one word as asked. Has any politician ever done that before?

The interview was followed by the usual roundtable, featuring George Will, Paul Krugman, Arianna Huffington and a surprise guest, Fox News president Roger Ailes. Krugman, the New York Times columnist still looking sick over the result of the Massachusetts election, suggested that we would all vote more intelligently if we'd just read the Times.

Let's watch TV instead. Arianna had apparently been longing for a chance to publicly chide Ailes for keeping Glenn Beck on the air: "Aren't you concerned about the language he is using, inciting the American people?"

Ailes was ready for her, noting that in the Huffington blog, "You wrote that I have a face like a fist, that I was essentially a malignant tumor."

Game, set, match to Fox, again.

I'm not a big Glenn Beck fan, but liberals have been accusing my political friends of being ignorant racists, fascists, haters and greedy capitalists for decades, so if Beck gets in a few licks in their direction, good for him.

Some of us rightists sometimes misuse the word "socialist," but "socialist vs. fascist" can be debated using a dictionary. Leftists throw out vague charges at anyone who questions their right to rule.

The most childish insult this year is to call someone a "teabagger," referring to Americans who have joined the broad, anti-establishment Tea Party movement. I've been told that the word is obscene, but I don't know why and don't want to know. There's the political arena, and then there's the fourth-grade playground. Grow up, liberals.

When I started in political activism, the favored liberal insult word was "Birchers." The John Birch Society supported traditional conservative causes, but its founder, Robert Welch, went too far when he accused Dwight D. Eisenhower of being a communist agent. Liberals pounced on this as a weapon to use against more rational conservatives.

The great conservative/libertarian senator, Barry Goldwater, was called a Bircher when he ran for president in 1964, even though he had no connection with the group.

A gentlemanly Massachusetts Republican named Ray Shamie was inaccurately called a Bircher by John Kerry when they ran against each other for U.S. Senate in 1984. More recently, this past December, the ultra-liberal Daily Kos wrote about "the Tea Baggers, who, in fact, have been encouraged by the JBS (John Birch Society)." I didn't know the JBS was still around.

Never mind, it's being supplanted. This year, the favorite insult of the left, though similar, is not "Bircher" but "birther."

Memo to presidential candidates: After the conventions, when professional astrologers ask for information so they can look at your planetary chart and the date of the election to make their predictions, give them the damn birth certificate!

Presidential finalists have always given their date and time of birth to astrology columnists who want to publish the charts. In the summer of 2008, the Obama campaign refused. John McCain's information was available because of questions that arose when he had run for president previously; it was determined that because he was born on a military base in the Panama Canal Zone, he filled the constitutional requirement of being a "natural-born citizen."

When the Obama birth certificate wasn't forthcoming, it was natural in light of his partly African parentage to ask if Obama was born in the United States. His campaign could have ended the inquiry by simply cooperating with writers who were trying to make a living. Instead, it stalled until the question grew legs.

Some citizens understandably doubted that the 2008 Obama-worshipping media were really looking into the issue. If I were Obama I'd have framed the certificate and carried it around with me, eventually hanging it in the Oval Office as a conversation piece. But he didn't.

Regardless, anti-Obama activists who dwell on this issue aren't doing themselves and their cause any favor. Face it, folks: Even if it were determined that Obama wasn't born on U.S. soil, his election would never be invalidated.

The U.S. Supreme Court would find a way to interpret "natural-born citizen" that would keep him in office. I'm no constitutional expert, but I'll bet our founding fathers put that language in there to prevent British-born Tories from running for president and dragging us back to the hated monarchy.

Liberals who despise the Tea Party revolution, who fear the fresh, energetic candidates who are challenging incumbents this year, and who see their long-awaited agenda fading, are reacting with playground name-calling and unconvincing indignation. Their world is mad, and it's our role to laugh at them.

The comments made and opinions expressed in her columns are those of Barbara Anderson
and do not necessarily reflect those of Citizens for Limited Taxation.

Barbara Anderson is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. Her column appears weekly in the Salem News and other Eagle Tribune newspapers; bi-weekly in the Tinytown Gazette; and occasionally in the Lowell Sun, Providence (RI) Journal and other newspapers.

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