The Democratic Underground Thread Of The Day: Chavez Rules And Rangel Drools!
Hugo Chavez made some moronic and rude comments about Bush at the UN, which included:
“The devil is right at home. The devil — the devil, himself, is right in the house. And the devil came here yesterday.
“Yesterday, the devil came here. Right here. Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today, this table that I am now standing in front of. Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world.”
In response, Charles Rangel verbally socked him one:
“An attack on Bush is an attack on all Americans…’You do not come into my country, my congressional district, and you do not condemn my president. If there is any criticism of President Bush, it should be restricted to Americans, whether they voted for him or not. I just want to make it abundantly clear to Hugo Chavez or any other president, do not come to the United States and think because we have problems with our president that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our Chief of State’…” — Charles Rangel
Americans aren’t particularly fond of way over-the-top attacks on the President in any case and they certainly don’t want to hear them from some tinpot thug, Castro-wannabe whom we were gracious enough to allow to enter our country. So, Rangel’s comments were good politics and, if you ask me, just common decency.
But, of course, not everyone agrees — like the folks over at the Democratic Underground, in a thread called Rangel: An attack on (CHIMPY) is an attack on all Americans…
As you read these comments, note the poisonous hatred towards Bush which is so extreme, so out of control, that these people are actually spewing massive amounts of venom at an ultra-left winger like Charles Rangel just because he defended George Bush. Apparently, for these people, being a loyal Democrat means NEVER saying a kind word for the other side, cooperating with them , or defending them for ANY REASON, no matter how justified it may be. Some of these comments are just….wow, you’ll see:
Moochy: Oh brother. Nationalism is a poison… Thanks Rangel.
xchrom: then tell your president to stop trying to overthrow legitimately elected governments.
RandiRhodesArchives: that he needs to switch parties! and he can take Zell LIEbushlover with him too!
malaise: Attack? How is calling him the devil an attack. Doesn’t Bushco call people terrorists with no evidence. Bush is the fugging anti-christ. Charlie knows a Dem backlash is coming for Chavez speaking at a Baptist Church in Harlem
OneBlueSky: when that president represents an immediate threat to world peace . . .and, indeed, to the survival of humanity and of the planet itself, I’d say that criticism is quite appropriate — anytime, any place, and by anyone . . .
Generic Other: Evil translates into many languages. F*ck ALL BUsh apologists. I am not offended by the g*ddamn truth.
Rex: Well then he can go and goosestep with his new best friend George Bush. I hear Lieberman was a great progressive at one time and p*ssed his whole career away due to a kiss by the Devil.
michael_1166: Tell you what, Mr. Rangel: I’m just an ordinary German citizen, but I’m not only refraining from visiting your country, I also won’t buy any American products unless your mass murdering president is behind bars.
Skidmore: You know, none of us here could possibly hate this country as much as the chickenhawks voted for these imbeciles that head this Mickey Mouse administration (yeah, I’m calling Boosh & Cheney names so sue me) and the Mickey Mouse Club Congress y’all installed with them. By the time they are done, America will be unrecognizable and no longer sovereign. Land of the free and home of the brave, my ass. Bunch of cowards lined up behind a coward and a bunch of Christian fanatics trying to bring Armageddon on cause they’ve been told that Mickey and the gang are put there by God. Handed the nation over Bin Laden and the terraists a long time ago. “They wanna kill us all.” Inless we go shopping, of course. Shop till you drop, but my guess is y’all won’t wear a uniform and actually go fight. Of course, there are those lucrative positions with KBR & Halliburton in which you can always make megabucks in and retire after a year.
LaPera: SO F*CK YOU CHARLIE RANGEL! Yes, Bush with his war mongering, killer of the poor and his imperialism certainly is the “devil”…But, we all knew this! Viva Chavez! Bravo!!
El Zopilote: What is U.S. Congressman Charles Rangél doing? Is he betraying the Democratic Party? He’s bashing Hugo Chavez and defending Bush. It is very disturbing and alarming to see a Democrat, especially a monority, to critize an international Hispanic leader and ally by expressing sympathy for Bush and his racist Republicans. Has Mr. Rangél gone loco? Has he turned into a rogue Democrat? Is he a traitor? Hopefully Mr. Rangél has an ulterior motive. But as Democrats we must be careful not to create the slightest impression that our strong united coalition has a crack in it. I consider all minorities (African-Americans, Hispanics of course, Muslims, American Indians and all to be my brothers in the cause of solidarity). We must remain united. Solidarity is the key to victory. We do not need dissent.