- - Thursday, January 13, 2011

In the wake of violence perpetrated by a Tucson lunatic, liberals and others who should know better are calling for political rhetoric to be toned down.

It’s only those on the left who really want to tone down the political rhetoric - as in conservative rhetoric.

I say conservatives should turn up the rhetoric. When honestly identified, the hues and cries from the right are good for America, calls to get America back on track. Only those opposed to such an upgrade would find fault with such rhetoric.

Regardless of political stripes, all Americans should refuse to allow the actions of a psychotic mad dog to dictate how we conduct ourselves in the political arena, where political debate has always been spirited, hot and sometimes nasty.

Only softheaded, feel-good fantasizersfrom the cult of denial could believe that toning down the political rhetoric will somehow keep lunatics from doing loony things. Exhibit A: the sheriff of Pima County, Ariz.

Other liberal blowhards, such as Paul Krugman of the New York Times, blame conservative rhetoric for causing the Tucson monster’s violence, even though there is less than zero evidence the monster listened to conservative talk radio.

The Tucson monster wasn’t inspired by conservative ideology that he heard, read or watched anymore than he was encouraged to commit mayhem by reading Mr. Krugman’s column, watching a Michael Moore movie, working out to a Jane Fonda video or humming Harry Belafonte songs.

If liberals truly wanted to tone down the rhetoric, they couldprove it by stopping the lying. But that won’t happen. Mr. Krugman and other liberals know that if it weren’t for a steady drumbeat of lies and deceit, the Democratic Party would cease to exist.

Let’s be honest. Those on the left don’t want to tone down political rhetoric. They only want to tone down conservative speech to make it more “fair.”

The Democrats are wrong on everything from energy to health care to taxes. What they despise is having their agenda exposed, dissected and ridiculed. The truth hurts, and they know it, which is why, ultimately, they want to muzzle conservatives.

Never a group of politicos to let a crisis go to waste, liberals like Mr. Krugman are attempting to blame conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck for complicity in the murder and mayhem in Tucson - anything to take the spotlight off of them and their destructive policies and agenda.

Don’t fall for it. It is yet another liberal ruse to deflect, obfuscate, blame and deny. That’s the liberal modus operandi.

Conservatives on the radio, on television and in print need to turn up the heat on Democrats with wit, passion, ideas and facts. Conservatives should not fall for the liberal ruse of toning down the rhetoric by waving a white flag and promising to play nice.

Liberals and their Fedzilla policies have been severely weakened, as evidenced by their stinging defeat in November. Conservatives should capitalize on that victory and further destroy liberals by ad- vancing conservative values and ideas while aggressively pointing out why liberal ideas are dangerous and destructive to our republic.

In order to defeat liberals on the political-ideology battlefield, conservatives must be clear in purpose and then get after it by targeting (yes, I said targeting) and attacking Democratic nostrums that have weakened America. Expose, isolate and eliminate liberals and their fuzzy-headed policies. Use Saul Alinsky techniques against them.

Political battles are full of military metaphors. No one advocates violence as a means to destroy the political opposition. The only political violence I have seen occurs when dopey liberals throw pies at conservative speakers or try to shout them down.

Conservatives need to turn up the political rhetoric if they want to defeat the liberal agenda with a conservative agenda that is based on the Constitution, small government, lower taxes and much less spending.

Conservatives have liberals outnumbered and surrounded. Don’t play nice with liberal snakes. Don’t let them escape. Instead, do America a favor and crush liberalism.

Ted Nugent is an American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is the author of “Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns & Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).

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