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    ditor’s note: The following is an adapted excerpt from “Liberal Misery: How the Hateful Left Sucks Joy Out of Everything and Everyone,” by Federalist D.C. Columnist Eddie Scarry, available now on Amazon.

    It made some sense that liberal Democrats would be bitter immediately after the 2016 election. The country had just denied Hillary Clinton—yes, Empress Hillary Clinton—as heir to her throne and instead chose to elevate a foul-mouthed barbarian named Donald Trump to the presidency.


    A true outsider who represented all the things liberals hate— masculinity, optimism, independence—ruined the illusion that America was now exclusively their domain, a place they had hoped to use for their racial fixations, “green energy” projects, and weird gender-bender social experiments.

    They lost. And losing hurts. But it’s not supposed to be permanent. The next critical election is always within arm’s reach and there are more productive ways to spend time than holding on to the pain of the last one.

    As of 2016, though, liberals and Democrats no longer saw things that way, if they ever truly did at all. After that election, they believed there was no reason to pretend that they understood differences of political opinion, nor that they could tolerate them. They no longer viewed Republicans, conservatives, or even just open-minded independents as the opposition in an honest democracy. They saw them all as an existential enemy that needed to be extinguished.

    And thus began our long journey through hell. Pussy hats. Public crying. Fake hate crimes perpetrated by nonexistent Trump supporters. Safe spaces. Angry, vulgar protests broadcast on network television under the guise of being Hollywood award ceremonies. The tragic rise of liberal “civil rights attorney” Ben Crump. On and on.


    And if you thought the four years under Donald Trump were bad, those were a piece of cake compared with what would come. A presidential election was approaching in 2020 and the economy was booming. What were Democrats and their reliable friends in the news media left to do other than turn up the dial to a breaking point, generate mass race rioting and covid hysteria, then promise the public that it would only go away if they were put in charge?

    It was fraudulent but enough voters found it persuasive. The bigger problem, however, was that by validating the tactic and voting for Joe Biden, Americans effectively encouraged the Left’s worst impulse, which is to spread its own bitter, joyless misery.

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    Even when Democrats emerged victorious from the suffocating bonfire of 2020, having control of the White House and all of Congress for two years, has their mood change? No. It’s only gotten worse.

    They may have traded their pussy hats for Fauci prayer candles, but the attitude has never been angrier or more spiteful. Vengeance has animated them each and every day.


    There are scores of studies, surveys, reports and data to back up that truism. But like others, I also know it so well firsthand.

    As just one (perfect) example, in November of last year I was sitting with two friends at the bar of All Purpose, a popular pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C. One friend, a white woman in her early 30s, had exchanged niceties with the bar server, also a white woman who appeared to be in her 30s, and with dyed hair that made it look like a mix between silver and very light purple.

    My friends and I at one point were discussing the not-guilty verdict that had just been rendered in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. I mentioned that it was amazing how many people were under the impression that Rittenhouse was prosecuted for shooting blacks, when in fact all parties involved with his case were white. My friend said that nonetheless, she believed that racism colored the outcome of the trial.

    “What makes it racist?” I asked.

    Immediately, the bartender with the dye job looked up from the drink she was preparing to declare, “WHAT MAKES IT RACIST IS—”

    But just as quick as she was to insert herself, I held up the palm of my hand and said, “We were just talking among ourselves.”

    “Okay, no problem,” she said. And then I watched her for the duration of our time sitting there as she walked around, alerting every other member of staff about the belligerent racist who wouldn’t let her speak.

    I mean, I don’t know for certain that’s what she was telling her coworkers, but is there any doubt? That’s precisely what an obnoxious liberal would do anywhere.

    This isn’t normal behavior. Normal people don’t assume it’s their place to butt in on the discussions of strangers, let alone when those strangers will be deciding how much of a tip to leave. The level of discomfort that these monsters are willing to instill on well-meaning, unassuming people has no boundaries. It can be minor, say a cold shoulder at a social gathering, and it can be extreme to the point of obscenity.

    Their thoughts and feelings about politics are no longer a piece of their lives, but all-consuming. It’s not without consequence. When half the country chooses to exist in a perpetual state of irritability, vindictiveness, and intolerance, we’re all forced to share in the misery.



    Eddie Scarry is the D.C. columnist at The Federalist and author of "Liberal Misery: How the Hateful Left Sucks Joy Out of Everything and Everyone."

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    That Reich Wing weasel author just happened to be on Tucker's show tonight . .

    Coincidence ??

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    "Federalist D.C. Columnist Eddie Scarry"
    Figures, as does the poster.

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    Wow - a cynical, hate filled spew calling liberals bitter.
    Never ceases to amaze me how these people have no sense of irony.

    Bobbys, you should read some different stuff for a while. You might feel more relaxed, and have a healthier outlook on life.
    It's all fun and games until Darth Vader comes.

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    "people tend to underline their insecurities"

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    bobbys - do you really believe that spew? Really? It was written by a little man (I'm not talking physical size) who has absolutely no clue about "liberals".

    We don't hate masculinity at all - it's just that we don't believe we have to put women down to be masculine. But - Trumpers are macho 'cause they believe telling women what they can or can't do proves their masculinity. Nope - just proves you are bullies.

    Optimism? We'd have a lot more of it if you guys would stop supporting an obvious lie & a 2 bit grifter who never was a good businessman - just adept at bankruptcies & stiffing his employees.

    Independence? If y'all believed in that you wouldn't spend so much time telling the rest of us what to do & what do believe. Keep your damn religious beliefs to yourself, let people live their own independent lives & we'll all get along a whole lot better.

    I'll say it a different way: if you believe the crap in that article, you really, really need to get out more.
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    Liberals, don’t be miserly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsie View Post
    Wow - a cynical, hate filled spew calling liberals bitter.
    I am coming to think that reading right-wing propaganda is a lot like watching pornography. After a time and if you do too much of it, it gets so deep into your mind that it starts to warp your thinking until you can think of little else. I think this, and the fact that right-wing commentators never really explain their thinking so much as they make accusations, is the reason their followers get so defensive so quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    I am coming to think that reading right-wing propaganda is a lot like watching pornography. After a time and if you do too much of it, it gets so deep into your mind that it starts to warp your thinking until you can think of little else. I think this, and the fact that right-wing commentators never really explain their thinking so much as they make accusations, is the reason their followers get so defensive so quickly.
    At least porn is fun!
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    That C&P may have more falsehoods per line than anything ever posted in the Bilge. Bobbys, with all respect, that guy knows less about liberals than he does about the mating habits of penguins. He's writing propaganda. If you want bullsh!t that reinforces what you already think, fine, but if you want to understand those who disagree with you, read something else.
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    Bobbys, I refer you to the two questions.
    If I use the word "God," I sure don't mean an old man in the sky who just loves the occasional goat sacrifice. - Anne Lamott

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    I’m feeling very owned .

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    I’m feeling very owned .
    In contrast, I feel like I'm living rent-free in bobbys' head.

    Or at least, some bizarre distorted caricature of me. Which (thankfully) relieves the actual me from the burden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    ...that guy knows less about liberals than he does about the mating habits of penguins. He's writing propaganda.
    That's what people do these days. Conservatives point to liberals and say, "This is what you think!" Atheists point to the faithful and say, "This is what you believe!"

    People on the outside can always claim to see more clearly than those who actually experience something, or at least they think they do, and by defining another person's thoughts they are better able to discredit them. It's a contemptible and contemptuous form of debate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    That's what people do these days. Conservatives point to liberals and say, "This is what you think!" Atheists point to the faithful and say, "This is what you believe!"

    People on the outside can always claim to see more clearly than those who actually experience something, or at least they think they do, and by defining another person's thoughts they are better able to discredit them. It's a contemptible and contemptuous form of debate.
    One of my standard posts in the Bilge over the years seems to have been some form of defending Christianity, a version of 'Yeah, but that's only one subset of Christians, and a fairly small one." Kind of odd for an ornery agonistic Unitarian, but what can you do?

    Sometimes outsiders do indeed have good insights, but they have to be honest, not just propagandists.
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    for nature cannot be fooled."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    One of my standard posts in the Bilge over the years seems to have been some form of defending Christianity, a version of 'Yeah, but that's only one subset of Christians, and a fairly small one." Kind of odd for an ornery agonistic Unitarian, but what can you do?
    Yes. By definition, Christians believe that Jesus was the Son of God. After that, there isn't much we agree on. It isn't the one size fits all religion that some would have everyone believe.
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    Oh look (except I won't) ... the Troll-in-Chief posts what is soon revealed as naught but a C&P, and lets fifteen replies stack up from people drawn into his spew, without ever returning to back up whatever he understands post #1 declared.

    It's both masterful - indeed, made all the more awesome in the thread title's spelling mistake - and yet, at the same time, egregiously pointless.

    Andy, one troll on ignore. The others were disappeared by higher powers.
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    Alvin, any comment on your favorite crook targeting election officials?

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-61889951

    In a one-hour call Mr Trump made to Georgia's secretary of state, he badgered him to "find" the number of ballots he needed to defeat Mr Biden and specifically mentioned Ms Ross 18 times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG View Post
    Oh look (except I won't) ... the Troll-in-Chief posts what is soon revealed as naught but a C&P, and lets fifteen replies stack up from people drawn into his spew, without ever returning to back up whatever he understands post #1 declared.

    It's both masterful - indeed, made all the more awesome in the thread title's spelling mistake - and yet, at the same time, egregiously pointless.

    Andy, one troll on ignore. The others were disappeared by higher powers.
    There's a reason he's been on my Ignore List for a long time. So I won't be tempted to let him waste any more of my time. The people who responded to the nonsense OP have to make their own decisions on how much time they have to waste, and how they want to spend it. After years... I highly recommend the IL.
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    "Liberal miserly"

    What a boob!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbys View Post
    Bla bla bla yet another long a$$ C&P without any attribution
    1 Did Mr Biden legitimately win the 2020 presidential election? If not, why not?
    2. What do you think of the attempt to interfere by force with the electoral vote count on January 6, 2021? If you approve, explain.
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    Never heard of this Scarry.

    Richard Scarry is a wonderful writer and illustrator of children's books.

    A few googles let's me know that Eddie Scarry is an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fantasist. He loves commenting on her clothes. He also despises gay men. (There might be some clues there) Quite the intellectual.
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    Post #1 is so toxic in the way it's written that I can't imagine any reason to respond to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    Post #1 is so toxic in the way it's written that I can't imagine any reason to respond to it.
    This is how you respond to it:

    1 Did Mr Biden legitimately win the 2020 presidential election? If not, why not?
    2. What do you think of the attempt to interfere by force with the electoral vote count on January 6, 2021? If you approve, explain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    Post #1 is so toxic in the way it's written that I can't imagine any reason to respond to it.
    You could ask how that election for mayor went...

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