Call Me a Nazi and
Ill Deck You
Los Angeles Times, January 18, 1998.
By Doug Gamble
As the Democrats dust off their demagoguery to further
demonize Republicans in an election year, I propose introducing an element to modern
politics as American as the Super Bowl; the good, old-fashioned punch in the nose.
Since the Democrats began their brilliant, Dick Morris-inspired campaign
in 1995 to position the GOP as the party of evil, Republicans have been called everything
from radicals and extremists to terrorists and Nazis, as if disagreements with Democrats
on matters of fiscal and social policy somehow compare with World War II atrocities or
Republicans like me have been accused of wanting to starve
children and kill the elderly, with emphasis on the word "wanting." Disingenuous
Democrats are claiming that harm to kids and seniors would not be the unintended
consequences of GOP policies, but that they are the goals. The concept of
"well-meaning but misguided" has no place in liberal thinking. Conservatives
arent merely wrong, were wicked. We want to demolish Social Security,
devastate Medicare, rape, pillage and plunder.
Liberals always have been ruder than conservativeshave you
ever heard of a liberal speaker being booed off the stage at a conservative
university?but the level of Democratic obnoxiousness
has risen sharply since the GOP captured Congress. If Kermit the Frog thinks it isnt
easy being green, he should try being Republican in my part of the country, where
conservatives are as plentiful as Janet Reno fans at Microsoft.
Ive been accused of contributing to the Oklahoma City bombing
because I listen to Rush Limbaugh, called a fascist for defending Ronald Regain as my
political hero, insulted with an obscenity for pointing out Bill Clinton' deftness
at stealing GOP ideas, called a racist for supporting a pan on preferences and a
misogynist for opposing women in combat.
Im speaking only for myself, but I urge other Republicans to join
me in drawing a line in the mud. From now on, if a Democrat calls me a Nazi, Ill
deck him. If a Democrat calls me a racist, Ill deck him. If a Democrat accuses me of
wanting to starve children or kill the elderly, Ill deck him.
And Id like to see Republican honor defended in this way on the campaign trail as
well. If a GOP candidate is called a Nazi or something just as insulting during a debate,
I think he should immediately walk over to the opponents podium and challenge him to
either take it back or take off his jacket. Republicans should no longer tolerate vile,
hyperbolic, personal insults.
Clinton has described Republicans as mosquitoes to be swatted away by
Democrats. Im one mosquito who is prepared to swat back. To paraphrase Barry
Goldwater, a punch in the nose in defense of personal honor is no vice and restraint in
the face of disgusting insults is no virtue.
Doug Gamble of Carmel, a former humor writer for Presidents Reagan and Bush, now
writes for other prominent Republicans.