Funny because it’s such a warped inversion of reality. I’m not saying that conservatives and libertarians don’t ever diss their opponents with colourful insults – I certainly do: it’s fun. But the idea that inflammatory language is the preserve of the political right is bizarre to the point of lunacy. What about all those snarling leftist mobs protesting against “Bushitler”? What about the socialists over here who fantasise almost daily about how joyously they’re going to celebrate when the hated Margaret Thatcher is dead? If we on the right have started upping the rhetorical ante, it’s because we’ve learned our lesson from the rabble-rousers of the left.
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