by Doug Muder,The Weekly Sift, 12/17/12
Some lines in our political dialog sound non-partisan, but they only come up in a one-sided way. Once the media habit gets established, those unwritten usage rules are very hard to change.
For years now, liberals have been trying to turn judicial activism back against conservatives. But no matter how many Citizens United or Bush v Gore decisions right-wing judges write, judicial activism only has glue on its left side; it won’t stick to the Right.
We shouldn’t politicize this tragedy is similarly one-sided. It is only said in two situations:
1. To stop liberals from talking about gun control after a mass shooting.
2. To stop liberals from talking about worker safety after a mine disaster, factory fire, or some other big industrial accident.
It never limits conservatives, who routinely score political points in the wake of tragedy without even a sense of hypocrisy. The possibility that don’t politicize tragedy could apply to them just doesn’t register….
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