Call it part of the continuing effort to foment hate and violence against conservatives and the Tea Party. In an op-ed published Tuesday at the Huffington Post, Andy Schmookler, a radio talk show host and former Democratic Party candidate who failed in his 2012 run for the House of Representatives, claims the Republican Party is just like the Confederacy and is ready to plunge the country into a second Civil War.
In a post titled “The Spirit that Drove Us To Civil War Is Back,” Schmookler claims there is a "force" or “spirit” responsible for the Civil War. That force, he claims, has "taken over" the Republican Party. Although he doesn't mention it by name, it's clear he's talking about the Tea Party, the pro-Constitution grassroots movement liberals have loathed since it first came into existence.
According to Schmookler, the "Citizens United" Supreme Court case was not about the First Amendment right to free political speech, but the freedom of corporations to buy elections and dominate others. Voter ID laws, in his view, are not about ensuring honest elections and preventing voter fraud, but about racist Republicans trying to keep blacks from voting.
And if that's not enough, the fact that Republicans don't like Obama just like southern slaveholders didn't like Abraham Lincoln is proof positive that Republicans are ready to break out the muskets and fire on Fort Sumter. Of course, it never occurred to Schmookler that Democrats hated George W. Bush for the eight years he served in the White House.
"Today's Republicans do not seek compromise," he claims, "and the dynamics of the party are such that anyone who works toward compromise is demonized and run out of office by challenge from the more extreme, uncompromising wing of the party." Naturally, Schmookler forgets that Harry Reid and the Democrats run the Senate, and have refused to compromise with Republicans on practically anything. But facts don't seem to matter.
"Today's Republicans have done everything they could to nullify the presidency of Barack Obama, whom the American people duly elected twice," he says, apparently believing that Republicans never get elected to office. He then implies that Republicans are ready to raise an army just like the Confederates did.
"Blocking the president from performing the function for which the people hired him has been their top priority," he adds, as though Democrats have never, ever, sought to block Republican presidents. Maybe Schmookler should Google "George W. Bush," the president some Democrats actually wanted dead.
"As with facial recognition, the configuration of the features tells us, 'This is the same ugly thing, come back again,'" he added. Schmookler then says he intends to continue his demonization of conservatives with an ongoing series apparently intended to twist history while comparing Republicans to the Confederacy.
It's not the first time liberals have twisted history to claim Republicans are just like the Confederacy. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., continues to make the comparison, even going so far as to claim every state that has elected a member of the Tea Party was once a member of the Confederacy. Whether it's Charlie Rangel or Andy Schmookler, the intent remains the same -- to foment hate and maybe even a bit of violence against those with whom they disagree.