The liberal Left has perfected a form of intimidation to shut down debate and discussion with those who oppose them, a strategy that has worked well in the past. They intimidate by threatening advertisers, reputations, and careers on the national as well as local level.
One example of a topic with two extreme sides is global warming. While the Left advances their climate change agenda, those who disagree sometimes face dire consequences.
Look what happened to University of Virginia professor Patrick Michaels in August 2006. He had been the State Climatologist since 1980 until he ran up against the liberal agenda of global warming -- he dared to offer evidence debunking its existence -- and was asked by Democrat governor Tim Kaine to stop "misrepresenting" himself as the state's spokesman. Somehow the paperwork had disappeared in Richmond and the governor claimed there was no evidence Dr. Michaels had ever been appointed to such a position.
Dr. Michaels dared to go against the liberal agenda and was silenced by the Left.
In yet another case, a climate change skeptic had his career threatened by a global warming believer. As reported on Fox News on July 27, 2007:
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he will investigate a threatening letter sent to a global warming skeptic by the head of a group advocating the use of renewable energy.Marlo Lewis dared to go against the liberal agenda and was threatened by the Left.
The Washington Times reports American Council on Renewable Energy President Michael Eckhart wrote to Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis, "It is my intention to destroy your career as a liar. If you produce one more editorial against climate change, I will launch a campaign against your professional integrity."
In another example, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly questioned the appearance of democrat presidential candidates at the radical liberal blog Daily Kos' convention to be held this week. Daily Kos had been instrumental in pressuring those same candidates into canceling a debate on the Fox News Network last month by claiming Fox was a vehicle of the Right.
O'Reilly also exposed Jet Blue's corporate sponsorship of the Kos convention which resulted in Jet Blue pulling out of the deal and removing their advertising from the Kos website. O'Reilly and Fox News have now become targets for liberal activists.
Instead of backing down, O'Reilly is stepping up his investigation. He said:
... if you go to RealClearPolitics.com, you can read a very perceptive article by Reid Wilson about the situation and why Hillary Clinton is showing up at the Kos convention despite the incredible hate on that Web site directed at her.In retaliation, Daily Kos, MoveOn.org, Campaign for America's Future, and other liberals are banning together to call for a boycott of Fox News' advertisers. As reported by Fox News:
In a nutshell, Mr. Wilson says that Senator Clinton and other Democrats fear the Web site. But we don't. And we don't hate them either. We just believe they're bad for the country and have proven our case beyond a reasonable doubt. Come Monday [July 30], the final nail, but it is disturbing so be forewarned.
Once a database is gathered, an organized phone-calling campaign will begin, said Jim Gilliam, vice president of media strategy for Brave New Films, a company that has made anti-FOX videosTheir strategy is to sign up thousands on the Left to put pressure on local and national advertisers at Fox, the fair-and-balanced TV network which offers representatives to debate both sides of an issue, unlike ABC, CBS, NBC, or CNN.
Fox News dared to go against the liberal agenda and is being threatened and intimidated by the Left.
Daily Kos also recently banned anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan because she threatened to run a campaign against democrat Nancy Pelosi.
Former poster child Cindy Sheehan dared to go against the liberal establishment.
On a local level, one of the SWAC bloggers received a threatening comment on his blog a few days ago from a Valley liberal blog, one associated with Daily Kos. The comment said:
Guess what? Your lying, punk ass is going to be featured on a major national blog this weekend. And I don't mean Daily Kos, and I ain't writing it. It's gonna [be] all about you, baby. Be thinking about that next time you cook up plans to take dives at airports, or vandalize your own candidate's signs. Elections are coming ... and [we] will be watching you.A local conservative blogger dared to speak out against the liberal agenda so intimidation in the hope of silencing him followed.
Threats are a way of preventing another blogger from speaking his opinion. This is an example of how MoveOn.org is filtering down to the local level through Daily Kos and others. By being affiliated with Kos they are amplifying its message and, in this case, extending its intimidating methods into the grassroots level of politics.
If anyone opposes the radical liberal agenda they will be targeted so to intimidate them into silence.
By avoiding civil discussion, differences between liberals and conservatives will continue to grow as politics becomes more polarizing in the future.