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Columnist needs lesson on what “Stalinist” tactics are

By Michelle Malkin  •  October 1, 2008 03:13 PM

Palin-bashing columnist Kathleen Parker received some nasty e-mails. Now, she’s accusing conservatives who didn’t like her attack on Sarah of engaging in Stalinist tactics:

My mail paints an ugly picture and a bleak future if we do not soon correct ourselves. The picture is this: Anyone who dares express an opinion that runs counter to the party line will be silenced. That doesn’t sound American to me, but Stalin would approve. Readers have every right to reject my opinion. But when we decide that a person is a traitor and should die for having an opinion different than one’s own, then we cross into territory that puts all freedoms at risk. (I hear you, Dixie Chicks.)


“Silenced?” The liberal media and left-wing blogosphere have been splashing Parker’s anti-Palin column from sea to shining sea.

And let’s get something straight: Sending rough e-mails isn’t “Stalinist.”

Trying to sic the Justice Department on your political opponents is.

Trying to intimidate conservative donors through witch hunts is.

Forming Goon Squads of legal enforcers to squelch criticism is.

Suing talk show hosts to shut them up is.

Andy McCarthy has the rundown on what a real assault on the First Amendment looks like.

Let’s leave the hyperbolic attacks on conservatives to the Obama campaign, shall we?

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