If the Left want to be taken even remotely seriously, they really need to get a grip on reality. The founder of Daily Kos says American Conservatives are just like the extreme Muslim jihadists, the Taliban. He calls Conservatives the “American Taliban.”
The Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, want a theocracy of Sharia law. Here’s a partial list of things they prohibit:
Employment, education and sports for women; dancing; clapping during sports events; kite flying; depictions of living things, whether drawings, paintings, photographs, statues, stuffed animals, or dolls; pork, pig, pig oil; anything made from human hair; satellite dishes, cinematography, and equipment that produces the joy of music; pool tables, chess; masks; alcohol; tapes, computers, VCRs, television; anything that propagates sex and is full of music; wine; lobster; nail polish; firecrackers; statues; sewing catalogs; pictures; Christmas cards.
Punishment for violations is severe. Theft is punished by the amputation of a hand; rape and murder by public execution; and married adulterers were stoned to death. In Kabul, punishments including executions were carried out in front of crowds in the city’s soccer stadium.
And this is what Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos and author of the book, American Taliban, wrote in an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle, September 27, 2010, claiming that Conservatives are just like the Afghan Taliban:
I oppose regressive Islamic fundamentalists for the same reason I oppose regressive conservatives – because whether it’s their violent tendencies, views on women and gays, hostility to science and knowledge, or fear of pop culture, they’re cut from the same ideological cloth.
Like their reactionary counterparts in the Middle East, the American Taliban fetishize guns and weaponry. In fact, President Obama’s election has fueled an ammunition shortage that persists to this day. As myriad ideologically motivated violent incidents attest (such as the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, or the plane flown into the side of an IRS building in Dallas), they aren’t afraid to cross that line. Heck, you have a top-tier Republican Senate candidate – Sharron Angle in Nevada – declaring that if Republicans don’t take control of Congress, then “Second Amendment remedies” will be necessary. She’s talking about revolution.
Why the anger and violence? Because the American Taliban seek to impose their rigid mores on a country that is generally uninterested. Most Americans value a woman’s equal role in society. They value the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution, including freedom of (and from) religion. They value open discussion and honest debate and our freedom to dissent. They value tolerance. And even where they fall short, such as marriage equality, they are more squeamish than hateful, and public sentiment is quickly moving the right way.
So when the American Taliban demonize efforts to build a Muslim community center at an old Burlington Coat Factory two blocks from ground zero, that is un-American and speaks to bigotry and intolerance. When they pass around Psalm 109 (“Let his days be few, and let another take his office. May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow”) amid much chuckling, that speaks to a violent outlook that is un-American…. When they create an entire alternate reality chock full of conspiracy theories like “Acorn stole the 2008 elections” and “Obama is a socialist Kenyan communist who wants to throw conservatives into Fema-run concentration camps,” well, that disregard for truth and knowledge is un-American.
[…The above are all] reason I do not want American conservatives to win.