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Leftist America: Obama Opponents 'A--Holes'

By Ben Shapiro · Jan. 9, 2013

This week's column is brought to you by the word “a–holes.” It's one of the left's favorite words these days, fond as they are of shutting down the debate and casting their political opponents out like lepers.

Take, for example, the website Gawker. The website is liberal. And as liberal Obama backers, they feel the necessity not only to support the Obama agenda, but also silence those on the other side through bully tactics. Hence their decision this week to publish a full list of all the registered gun owners in New York City. The title of their big reveal: “Here Is a List of All The A–holes Who Own Guns in New York City.” That's an inaccurate title, of course – the worst people who own guns in New York City likely own them illegally. But it fits with the leftist conceit that those who disagree on gun policy are just bad people.

It's not just gun owners who are “a–holes” according to the left. This week, restaurant chain Wendy's announced that they would have to cut back worker hours in order to preserve their employment thanks to additional costs imposed by Obamacare. This, of course, is basic economics – when you impose additional costs on a business, they have to cut back. But to the left, reality is a mere inconvenience. If you experience additional costs from the vaunted Obamacare program, you're supposed to lift your chin and soldier on, even if it means bankruptcy.

And so ultra-thug Dan Savage tweeted, “A–holes: Wendy's Cuts Employee hrs. to Part-Time 2 Avoid Obamacare.” Savage is, amazingly enough, one of President Obama's anti-bullying czars – he runs the It Gets Better Project, which is closely associated with the White House. He also bullies conservatives routinely. When Chick-Fil-A's ownership turned out to be pro-traditional marriage, Savage tried to redefine Chick-Fil-A to mean a graphically perverse sexual act; he did the same with Rick Warren's Saddleback Church after Warren expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage; he did the same with Rick Santorum's name after Santorum had the gall to speak out for traditional notions of heterosexual marriage. Savage has also berated Christian students for walking out on one of his anti-Christian screeds and suggested that politicians with whom he disagrees should be murdered.

Savage wasn't the only one taking on Wendy's for failing to magically exempt itself from the laws of economics. Potty-mouth comedienne Sarah Silverman tweeted, “What lame period faces.” And Nathan Fillion's of “Firefly” fame wrote, “I just boycotted Wendy's. And broke up with Wendy. Via tweet.”

Leave aside the fact that the leftist solution to Wendy's cutting back hours is to cut their profit margin even further, forcing them to fire people. Focus instead on the morality play leftists shoehorn into the Wendy's scenario: greedy corporation wants to avoid helping people get health care, and so cuts back their hours. Again, the leftist position rests on the thuggish notion that those on the other side are morally inferior to them.

The truth is that the left is morally inferior when it plays these games. Instead of looking for actual solutions to problems of crime and murder and bankruptcy, leftists prefer to grandstand. It makes them feel good to label those who oppose their agenda “a–holes,” even if it doesn't save lives. It makes them feel good to rip Wendy's rather than Obamacare, because you don't win points for backing business – but you do win points for slandering business in the name of the collective.

The left has become a collection of bullies, knee-jerk moralists without the morality. They aren't interested in the best policy. They're just interested in the glow they feel when they self-perceive as having defended a “victimized group.” Too bad the only real victims are those who end up on the short end of their insulting cretinism.



rab in jo,mo said:

When one has nothing to stand on, one must resort to ad hominem attacks.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY said:

Had they actually read the portion of the O-Care bill that now mandated that ALL employees that work 30 hours or more were to be considered full time employees this problem might not have arisen.

I swear these people are brain dead. Did they honestly believe that employers would just suck it up, and pay the extra expenses that they would now incur? What's worse is many, many conservative voices told them that his would happen and they shrugged it off. I am convinced, and I'm not the conspiracy type, that the left actually put this in there to contest unemployment numbers. This is to say, that they could now claim more people "fully employed" by changing the definition of full time employment. Obviously this didn't quite work out the way that had envisioned. So the laws of cause and effect came into play. More PT people are having hours cut below well below 30, and what were once full time employees are being limited to just under 29 hours.

And what is the Neomarxist response? DEMONIZE the companies. for your bad judgment.

BTW, I'll wager that they've not realized another unintended result. Less hours, less paycheck, less tax revenue. Yeah, they solved this problem.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Rod in USA replied:

Great post, Doktor. See my post below. These folks either KNEW what they were doing would have bad consequence, or they are incompetent. They cannot have it both ways. I think they knew

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Rok in miami,fl. replied:

They knew, Nancy knew..I think this was always going to happen, maybe needed to (socialist crap) but i'm sure it will destroy their party before it destroys We the people..

Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 6:47 AM

PH in DE replied:

Read the bill? They should have read the bill? They should have read the bill BEFORE voting on it? How radical an idea is that? How can you expect that of our hard(ly) working public elite, um, servants?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Tyrone in Cleveland said:

Arrogance and Ignorance make a very toxic brew of which the Left loves to partake. Facts, history, logic and plain common sense do not support their grandiose plans and theories, always underwritten by others. Therefore, they resort to name-calling, bluster, prevarification and bullying as defense mechanisms.
They are a unproductive, pathetic and insecure bunch of parasites clinging to the teat of their Mother Host - Big Nanny Government.
For the sake of future generations, we must move on.... with or without the arrogant and ignorant!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

Obama et al are working very hard to put their supporters into lines for toilet paper etc. With their anti-business and anti-employment policies, business will not be able to afford the electricity to produce or the government mandated benefits to hire or keep current workers. Golly, you leftist socialist are really smart!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Rod in USA said:

*"It's not just gun owners who are "a--holes" according to the left. This week, restaurant chain Wendy's announced that they would have to cut back worker hours in order to preserve their employment thanks to additional costs imposed by Obamacare. This, of course, is basic economics -- when you impose additional costs on a business, they have to cut back."*

Here is another way to look at it: The cut back (or if Wendy's had chosen it, higher costs of meals there) is an indirect tax. It may have been by design, or not.

If not by design, it belies abject ignorance of reality, processes, economic knowledge, etc. In other words: Incompetence of our elected "representatives".

If by design, that is worse. That would represent lies, deceit etc. too big for words to describe.

One wonders when folks will figure this out, even the ignorant folks who voted for "Hope and Change".

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:


Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

rippedchef in sc said:

why do we even write this article or reply to these attacks??I don't know about everybody here but I'll bet a weeks wages that 90% of posters here have been called far worse for standing their ground and thinking intead of "feeling"

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 1:45 PM

billy396 in ohio replied:

I'm in that group. The leftist, unionized, brain dead people that I work with have labelled me a racist for telling the objective truth more than once. I merely remind them that every statement that I've made can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. That tends to shut them up - for a moment. Then they blame George Bush. Unions (for the most part) are nothing less than legal organized crime, on a gigantic scale.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

When I was younger, I worked in a production shop, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, on flushing avenue. We had assembly pieces labeled for auto-drilling; B--holes,C--holes,D--holes, we never wrote A---holes on the pieces for assembly.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM

India in GA replied:


Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Liberals are not sane nor rational. You must have a functioning brain to make an informed decision.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Robinius in Broomfield, Colorado said:

Dan Savage is nothing. He is irrelevant and little known outside the Seattle and gay community. Ben, I am surprised you mentioned him in your article.

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Steve in Little Rock said:

I hope all the Libtards boycott the places that try to keep their businesses going because that only makes it more enjoyable for us when we do not have to put up with those "A-Holes" when we patronize those businesses.

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM