Seven times Democrats played the ‘FEAR!’ card they accuse the GOP of using

The left is in high dudgeon this week over all the “fear-mongering” Republican presidential candidates allegedly did during their debate on Tuesday night. Of course, when you are inclined to believe terrorism is an environmental problem, perhaps any conversation about hard realities will come across to you as fear-mongering.

Still, it baffled me that liberals everywhere — as if they got some kind of memo — started hammering away at this “Republicans are the party of fear” notion. Have they never listened to the way Democrats talk?

So here are seven times in the past few years — just the ones I remembered off the top of my head — that Democrats tried to scare you into voting for them. They’re listed in reverse chronological order, and you can count on at least some of the older ones making a comeback before we get to Election Day 2016.

1. “Here are five times Ted Cruz tried to ban contraception”Hillary Clinton’s campaign website, December 2015

Clinton Cruz Contraception Ban

In the canon of Democrat fear-mongering, few issues surpass what they claim Republicans will do to women. Clinton’s campaign ramped up the rhetoric to claim Cruz would “ban contraception.” In fact, what they are complaining about primarily demonstrates their need to redefine the word “ban” so that it includes removing subsidies, not requiring private companies to provide subsidies, and perhaps prohibiting some kinds of birth control — but far from all, as the campaign implied. After PolitiFact gave the claim a (generous) Mostly False rating, the campaign changed its charge to read he “tried to restrict access to contraception” — still not quite truthy, but less scary-sounding than the original accusation. This is part of a Democratic sub-genre of fear that also enters into other campaigns, such as last year’s Senate race in Colorado, when Democrat-aligned groups ran a Pants on Fire ad about a contraception ban by Republican Cory Gardner, the eventual winner.

2. All of the Republican presidential candidates say “let’s kick out immigrants, let’s take away health care from women, let’s increase taxes on the middle class to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, let’s end Medicare as we know it.”DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, October 2015

I probably could have listed only this one, as it’s the super-fecta of Democratic demagoguery: race/ethnicity, gender, income inequality, entitlements. Note that Wasserman-Schultz was asked about one of her party’s candidates, Bernie Sanders, and whether his label as a socialist would hurt Democrats — and her only response was to spread fear about what the GOP wants to do. Not a single Republican is talking about “kick(ing) out immigrants” in general, as opposed to deporting illegal immigrants; even then, the candidates are sharply divided on the issue. Not a single Republican is talking about “tak(ing) away health care from women.” Not a single Republican is talking about “increas(ing) taxes on the middle class” for any reason, much less to “pay for tax cuts for the wealthy.” A most generous review of her comments might give her credit for tacking on the “as we know it” to the part about Medicare, ostensibly a reference to plans to give seniors the option of using a voucher to purchase private insurance instead, but the clear message she wanted to convey was the “end Medicare” part.

3. By targeting federal funding for Planned Parenthood, Republicans want to take away “the only health care that a significant number of women get. About 30 percent of women, that’s their health care.”Harry Reid, July 2015

This is probably what Wasserman-Schultz meant when she said Republicans want to “take away health care from women,” but she might have avoided such fear-mongering after PolitiFact gave even this somewhat-narrower formulation by Reid a Pants on Fire rating.

4. Ted Cruz “was just bribed by the Kochs to introduce a bill that would gift or sell them and their allies America’s national forests, parks, and other public lands and open them for mining, drilling, fracking and logging.”Facebook post by Occupy Democrats, August 2014

Occupy Cruz Kochs

I’m kind of surprised I could think of only one instance of Democratic fear-mongering involving the Koch brothers, the left’s favorite pair of boogeymen. But if there’s only one on the list, at least it’s a doozy: Those darn Kochs are going to end up putting oil derricks in Old Faithful! In reality, Cruz introduced a bill that would have limited landholdings by the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior to no more than half of the territory in any given state and required the government to sell any land above that threshold as “excess” property. The Occupy Democrats ad got a Pants on Fire rating, not that it induced the group to change anything about the photo, which is still available on its Facebook page.

5. Texas Republicans “believe in abolishing Social Security, abolishing V.A. (Veterans Affairs) health care.”Bernie Sanders, September 2013

This statement is a couple of years old, and about a specific state party, but nonetheless noteworthy since it came from Clinton’s chief rival for the Democratic nomination, a man whose campaign almost entirely rests on the anxieties of middle-income Americans. In true socialist fashion, Sanders thinks privatizing even part of a program equals “abolishing” it. No doubt, he and other Democrats want you to believe Republicans do want to completely eliminate things like Social Security and VA health care, the better to frighten you, dear voter. It’s just that the claim is flat-out False.

6. “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”Joe Biden, August 2012

Biden’s defenders will point out that the “chains” comment was part of a metaphor related to Mitt Romney’s plan to “unchain Wall Street.” Problem is, as far as I can tell that phrasing, too, was Biden’s, not Romney’s. He knew what he was doing, and it was obvious both to his largely African-American audience and the rest of us. As Democrats try to keep the Obama coalition together, and with race relations as tense as they’ve been in years, you can bet there will be more of this kind of talk from Democrats in 2016, not less.

7. Republicans’ proposals to privatize Medicare is like throwing grandma off a cliffthe Agenda Project, May 2011

It doesn’t get any more personal and fear-mongery than this: A Paul Ryan look-alike, pushing a grandmotherly woman in a wheelchair while she smiles — until her face takes on a look of terror as she fears he’s going to do something bad to her, which he does! By dumping her off the edge of a cliff! Message: Be afraid, your granny is gonna die!

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In case you missed this subtlety, let me point out one thing. In talking about the threat posed by ISIS and other terrorists, Republicans are addressing an actual problem that requires some kind of response. Agree with their various proposals or not, the threat is real. The Democratic examples, meanwhile, try to spread fear about distorted, often completely false depictions of what Republicans — the real terrorists, amirite? — want to do.

In that respect, all this “Republicans preying off your fear!!!1!1!” talk is really just another example of Democrats’ fear-mongering as usual.

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ptmmac
ptmmac

There is too much rhetoric on both sides.  The anger and emotion used by both sides to emphasize their viewpoint is counter productive.  Both sides use fear to drive voters to the voting booth.  This is not news.  It is a historical fact.  


My only thought about this is related but not directly to the point.  We have allowed too much of the political process to be hijacked by both big money and emotional froth.  Citizens United and the rise of the wealthy political hack who only looks at the world from his own set of colored glasses are two factors in the extreme disconnect between the 2 parties.  We need a common sense middle ground that does not drive us off the financial cliff or fail to rectify an extremely unfair tax system.  


Avoiding putting boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria is both common sense and good policy.  The whole primary objective of the idiots who run ISIS is to drag America into a fight in the middle east to create a disruptive political environment in all the current stable countries such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, so that their radical Muslim religious views can be confirmed and those governments destabilized.  


That is just skipping over how much money we wasted invading Iraq in the first place.  Fully one third of the current federal deficit can be tied back to the Iraq war and the interest needed to pay for its expenses.  


The reason the tax code is so unfair is it is kept purposefully complicated and obtuse, to hide how much lower the actual rate paid by wealthy tax payers then the amount paid by middle class tax payers.  Some of that can be linked back to social security, but any fair analysis of the tax code has to take into account how riddled it is with tax breaks, and tax credits to special interest groups of all sizes.  


We need to look at having a bare minimum support level for all citizens and a tax rate that steps up from there with no deductions.  If all citizens were given a $500 monthly stipend, and all deductions for corporations and individuals were thrown out the window, we would have a much simpler system that would be infinitely harder to impact with fraud.  Social Security, unemployment, health care and early childcare would be additional claims that would be paid out based upon how much is paid in from the insurance pool of citizens.


The cost to give out that much money would be 150  billion per month minus the lost tax deductions which would probably pay for it without any other income.  A family of 4 with 2 wage earners making $20,000 per year would earn $64,000 with only 4000 in taxes due for the 10% tax bracket from 0 to 40,000.  Social security, and the other insurances would run another $4000 a year from the wage earner and $4000 from the business owners.  Medical Insurance for basic care would be $200 per month for the family of 4 if all it covered were out of patent medicines and a basic physical, immunizations, and blood work reviewed by a nurse practitioner.  Out of pocket medical expenses could be paid on a 25% basis.  We treat our animals better with basic medicine then most people who are uncovered by health insurance.  The next tier up could be $400 per month and include lower out of pocket expenses, basic dental and eyeglass prescriptions.  Free birth control should be available to all who request it, no questions asked.  


Better building codes with simpler basic requirements that allowed low cost housing to be made available to all wanted to own their own housing would make the next step up for the family in financial freedom possible.  


Social Security retirement age should be tied to average life expectancy so we are not paying out more than is being brought in.  


Tax rates should be similar to what is listed in our current tax codes with lower top rates (10, 15, 20, and 25%).  The end of all the tax breaks would make those effective tax raises.  The capital gains tax should have a slightly higher cap of 20% and be tied to the same tiers in income.  Business tax rates should be capped at 25%(15% for repatriated income from abroad).  Anything higher is just unfair given how many other kinds of taxes companies are expected to pay.  The only tax deductions for corporations should be for taxes already paid to other levels of government with a max deduction of quarter of taxes owed.  If the local rates go above that amount companies should either relocate or suck up the expense.  The minimum tax rate would be 18.5% for corporations.  


Individuals with net worth of $10 Million -100 Million should pay a net worth tax of 1.5% per year.  100 Million net worth and up should pay 2% on the amount over $100 Million.  


Congress and all Federal employees pay should be driven by the improvement or drop in federal income.  If we are paying down debt incomes should go up.  If the debt is rising incomes should go down.  Minimum wage would still apply.  


This is not rocket science.  Anyone who tells you that we need a national sales tax does not understand that no tax ever disappears and that additional taxes will require additional regulation of inventories, and charitable donations.  If the rules are simple the IRS could be much smaller and much more effective catching cheaters.







skruorangeclown
skruorangeclown

Poor Ted Cruz is offended by a Wash PO cartoon after he uses his children to make a political ad in which his daughter is like a trained monkey spouting derogatory comment about Hillary- very classy of Ted.

skruorangeclown
skruorangeclown

Points well taken Kyle. Did not watch Democrat debate Saturday ; tired of all the pandering and rhetoric. GSU bowl game and SNL much more entertaining.Country has some serious problems that are getting swept under the rug due to all the politics:


1. Budget  just passed disregards the deficit and includes pork projects, more tax loopholes  and more tax cuts; 

2.No clear solution to proliferation of mass shootings  while assault weapons bans  are upheld by SCOTUS, and assault weapons being weapons of choice by mass shooters:

3. Breakdown of Law and Order due to sensational police shooting of unarmed Blacks after SCOTUS allows police to arrest and strip frisk Black professional who committed no crimes limiting liability of police and jailers;

4. Unclear foreign policies  with Soviets ramping up their military might while top GOP candidate embraces Putin  same as Hillary did and our ally Turkey dragging US into confrontations with Putin while they also bomb our allies, the Kurds, who are effectively combatting ISIS on the ground with US assistance;

5. Terrorism being tied to Iranians by Israel and GOP while majority of attacks on US and formation of ISIS is tied to radical Muslim policies emanating from our Sunni  allies  in Saudi Arabia and  Gulf states, and this where two San Bernadino terrorists met and became radicalized; 

6. Health care costs continue to spiral out of control in US with Reagancare in the ER bankrupting small rural hospitals;

7. Jobs continue to be eliminated by outsourcing, automation and lax immigration policies for admitting foreign high tech workers;


I could go on but tell me how either party has solutions to all of the above. All I hear is noise.


Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

@lvg

The problems are mostly caused by government "solutions" and by a feeble citizenry that looks to government when they should just be living their lives and taking care of their responsibilities.  

In almost every case where the infantilized populace looks to government for a quick fix, what is actually needed is more freedom.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

55% of Democrats had an opinion about whether we should bomb Agraba.  Only 43% of Republicans did.

Democrats:  The real stupid party.

TGT88
TGT88

And yes, that was seven years ago that "His High-temperature-ness" was gleefully spreading the notion that the North Pole was likely to be ice free in five years. As with virtually every other doom-and-gloom prediction by warmists, we're still waiting.

TGT88
TGT88


A great (and necessary) list! However (and surely this has already been mentioned), perhaps the most used liberal boogeyman these days (employed often by Bookman) is the always dreaded, and ever looming, "Climatezilla," the global warming monster who, if left unchecked, will (literally) consume the earth and its inhabitants! The left even created a fictional superhero to battle this monster. Remember Captain Planet?

The left has used Climatezilla to explain everything from terrorism (as Kyle did make mention) to AIDS, hurricanes, no hurricanes, tornadoes, no tornadoes, blizzards, no blizzards, rape, murder, hedgehogs going bald, lobster growth, and on, and on. See: http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm


bu22
bu22

@332-206 Just like in 1776.  We were the only one on the right side!

Pub Heaven
Pub Heaven

195 nations on one side, TGT88 on the other.

Such a close call...

Pub Heaven
Pub Heaven

Clearer by the day that when this gig is over, Breitbart will have a keyboard waiting.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

@332-206

Breitbart does tend to bring up inconvenient truths and rub leftists' noses in their own fear, hate, and hypocrisy.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

@332-206

Breitbart doesn't need my endorsement.  They're doing just fine at making libtard heads explode without it.

Pub Heaven
Pub Heaven

Doubt you realize how much your endorsement is coveted, Barry.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Democrats invented the fear based campaign and have been using it every election cycle.


What about all the AGW fear mongering.  We were told about 25 years ago that we only had 10 years left.  Algore even published a book of total unproven fear, "Earth in the Balance".  Miami and Long Island would be under water by now.


Then their was the ozone hole that was going to roast us.  Nuclear winter was just around the corner.  They want your children to drink dirty water and breathe dirty air in 2004.  The James Byrd ad showing the pickup and the chain, or the one that said if the GOP is elected black churches will burn.


They are going to privatize and take away your SocSec, was used against Bush in 2004.


How about Obama talking about the national debt explosion under Bush which he labeled "irresponsible and unpatriotic".  He whined about how our poor children and grand children would suffer for this huge debt.  Of course he forgot all that, when his spending blew past the Bush amount after about 3 years.


To hear Paul Begala and others whine about the GOP and fear talk is just hilarious.  

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Kamchak @RafeHollister Remember the  1964 daisy/mushroom cloud ad used against Goldwater, long before Nixon came out of hibernation.  Democrats have a long history of fear based ads.

HDB0329
HDB0329

The "FEAR" card is as Republican as Kevin Phillips and the "Southern Strategy", Reagan and "welfare queens" and announcing his support for segregation in Philadelphia, MS....and GHWB's campaign ads about Willie Horton!! That's what the GOP uses to rile up the base...and  many GOPers fall for it!!!

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Got a link for that "announcing his support for segregation"?

Caius
Caius

Playing the fear card is an old American tradition. See Adams vs. Jefferson and relations with Britain and France. 


I personally do not consider this a sin by either party. What matters is does it work politically?  If Republicans can scare voters into putting them in the White House, good for them.


The intellect of the voters falling for handouts and "fearouts" is another story.


Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

When you rely on handouts, not getting a handout for your contraception looks EXACTLY like a "ban".

That's why the phraseology is so effective with Democrat voters.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

@Caius @Lil_Barry_Bailout @Hedley_Lammar

Hopefully something more meaningful than upping the handout ante.

Do women like more economic freedom, less government hassling of job creators, a business tax regime competitive with the rest of the world, preservation of our Constitutional rights, an IRS that isn't used as a political tool, the right to choose their own healthcare, and the respect of other countries?  If they vote Democrat, they're voting against all those things.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Lil_Barry_Bailout Its called employer insurance


Not a handout.


Please by all means keep calling everyone other than yourselves moochers. Its working so well.

Caius
Caius

@Lil_Barry_Bailout @Hedley_Lammar  But the promise of the "handout" and he fact of the "handout" put Obama in the White House with 56% of the women's vote in 2008 and 54% of that vote in 2012. Very effective politics.  Now what are Republicans doing to win 54% of the women's vote?

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Hedley_Lammar @Lil_Barry_Bailout It is not insurance.  Insurance protects you against something unexpected, unaffordable, and unplanned for.  


Nail clippers are not covered by insurance, but everyone needs them. 



Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Obama looking very very comfortable at press conference.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

@Hedley_Lammar

He looked really comfortable talking about the carnage in San Bernardino.  Almost like he didn't give a rat's rear end.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Lil_Barry_Bailout @Hedley_Lammar I'm sure he cared.


But he is also smart enough to put things in proper perspective. 


Did you want him to act afraid ? of ISIS ?


Like I said your odds of being killed by ISIS in America is about the same as having a vending machine fall on you and kill you.


That doesn't make incidents like SB less tragic. It just puts it in the proper perspective. 

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Hedley_Lammar @Lil_Barry_Bailout But you have to admit if it had been a deranged white boy shooting up some gathering, Obama would have cared more, right. 


This one disappointed him, as it is not as good of a transition to a gun control rant as he would like.

goblue86
goblue86

@Hedley_Lammar @Lil_Barry_Bailout Are the odds of getting killed by ISIS increasing, do you think?  Are there vending machines around the world trying to recruit other vending machines to their mission to kill as many non-muslims as possible?  Are they nurturing cells of killers, planning attacks?  Don't let common sense get in the way of a good rant.  AND...he didn't act afraid of ISIS...he still minimizes their impact because REMEMBER...they are just a JV team and they are "contained".  

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

@Hedley_Lammar

It was hilarious that Obama gave himself a pat on the back for being "right" that bad things would happen if Assad stayed in power.  With that kind of mental acuity, certainly a second Nobel is in order.

The thing is, being master of the obvious is one thing, and making easily-called bluffs about "Assad must go" and doing something about it is quite another.

Obama:  Do-nothing coward owned by Putin.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

@Hedley_Lammar @Lil_Barry_Bailout

I'd like him to be effective against ISIS.  Doing stupid stuff like allowing ISIS to continue operating their oil infrastructure (until called on it by Real Americans) is stupid and cowardly (the Obama Doctrine), and aided and abetted terrorists killing innocent people.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@Kamchak You missed the part where 39% of O'Malley's backers also supported the bombing.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@Kamchak I'm sorry, did you have a point besides "only Republicans could be so stupid" or fearful or whatever? And doesn't that point weaken a great deal when one realizes not "only Republicans" answered that way?

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@Kamchak Looking at the actual poll, it's even worse than I let on. The question about Agrabah comes immediately after these:

"Would you support or oppose banning Muslims from entering the United States?"

"Do you believe that thousands of Arabs in New Jersey cheered when the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11 or not?"

"Would you support or oppose shutting down mosques in the United States?"

"Would you support or oppose creating a national database of Muslims in the United States?"

"Do you think the religion of Islam should be legal or illegal in the United States?"

"Looking back, do you support or oppose the policy of Japanese Internment during World War II?"

That is known as priming -- ask a bunch of questions about terrorists and Muslims, and then ask about bombing a vaguely Arab-sounding place -- and the clowns at PPP knew exactly what they were doing.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@Kamchak "Aren't those talking points from Trump's campaign?"

You've actually just underscored my point.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Kyle_Wingfield 

If your point is that Trump is the one doing the priming, then yes you have a point.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Kyle_Wingfield 

"only Republicans could be so stupid"

Posted by no one here but you.

Just sayin'.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Kyle_Wingfield 

Soooooooooo, 30% of Republican primary voters = 39% of "O'Malley backers".

Got it.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Kyle_Wingfield 

Aren't those talking points from Trump's campaign?

Isn't Trump polling right around 30%?

Just inquirin'.