Framing the Dialogue

Vitriol (vit – ree – all)

Vitriol is defined as:

“Bitterly abusive feeling or expression, language expressing bitterness and hatred.”

Synonyms:  insult, revilement, invective, vilification, or abuse


“Abuse a man unjustly, and you will make friends for him..”

                                                                                   Edgar Watson Howe

Can you use it in a sentence?

The frequent vitriol displayed by many liberals must indicate a basic insecurity in their beliefs, intelligence, policies, and positions.

Can you give me an example?

Example 1:  The most recent example was “comedian” Wanda Sykes’ jokes calling Rush Limbaugh the “20th hijacker,” treasonous, and finally ending by wishing that his kidneys fail.  Mr. Limbaugh is used to the abuse and I did not hear his response to the attacks, but the most interesting part may have been the fact that the President of the United States, you know arguably the most powerful man on Earth, was laughing.  Laughing at the prospect of Rush Limbaugh’s kidneys failing.  That is CLASS.

Example 2:  The song Who Let The Dogs Out comes to mind when you look at the attacks on Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean.  I believe that Miss Prejean, a student at a Christian college, was set up with a controversial question about gay “marriage.”  When she answered that marriage is between a man and a woman she lost the contest and the attacks started.  Vicious nasty attacks that seemed too quick and vitriolic not to be orchestrated.

Example 3:  The MSM, Hollywood elitists, and democrat apologists went on a rampage against the grass roots efforts during the nation-wide tea parties.  The excessive taxation protests were held throughout April with the majority attended on April 15, 2009.  These  kind of attacks are expected from the likes of democrat hacks like James Carville, Paul Begala, Keith Olberman, and Chris Matthews.

However, I was slightly surprised when Anderson Cooper joined the mob with “teabagging” comments.  Maybe the recent ratings showing that the bloviating Olberman coundown is rapidly catching Cooper.  Maybe 360 is feeling a little pressure.  The most egregious comments came from Janeane Garofalo who noted that all of the estimated one million attendees were racists, rednecks who teabag (apparently a gay sexual act).  She also treated viewers to a neurology lecture on the brain structure of conservatives.  I will no longer watch “24” until they kill off her character who happens to be as annoying as Garofalo.

Example 4:  Illinois Senator Dick Durbin’s comments about our troops’ behavior in Iraq and treatment of prisoners:

“If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime–Pol Pot or others–that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.”

Comparing the mistreatment of prisoners (playing loud music, sleep deprivation and nude pyramids) to the murderous practices of Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot (Cambodian despot responsible for an estimated 1.7 million deaths) was vitriolic.  Unfortunately politicians passed some type of legislation preventing them from being held accountable for their statements leading to…

Example 5:  Representative John Murtha’s comments in response to an incedent in Haditha, Iraq where marines were attacked, a comrade killed, and proceeded to return fire and storm the house killing the inhabitants.  Before all of the reports of the incident were in and before any investigations, Rep. Murtha convicted the marines with his comments:

“There was no firefight. There was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood”

Example 6:  This is the first in the Supreme Court series.  After Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court, leftist and USA Today columnist Julianne Malveaux hoped that Thomas’ wife “would feed him lots of eggs, so he would die from a heart attack.”  This is a leftist hoping for the death of a Supreme Court Justice, a black Supreme Court Justice.  It is interesting that she hoped that he suffered the fate that plagues many black men, heart attacks. 

Example 7:  Second and final in the Supreme Court series goes back a few years to 1987 and the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.  Judge Bork was widely considered one of the best persons for the job.  The left and democrats engaged in a scorched earth policy attacking Judge Bork culminating in his nomination being rejected by the Senate.  The personal attacks were, well vitriolic.

I could go on and on and on and I did not even include any of the hundreds of examples available from Countdown With Keith Olberman.  I generally try to keep my posts shorter than that.

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