Quiner blasted for polarizing rhetoric

By Tom Quiner

The writer was ticked:

“Quiner uses polarizing terms and statements (“liberal thought police,” “liberal bullies,” “elites”) with liberally applied paranoid innuendo to describe the opposing view.”

We will simply call this writer MAD, which are her initials. Her letter appeared in the Des Moines Register in response to my essay, “Chick-fil-A customers have had their fill of liberal bullies.”

She characterized my communication technique as Glen Beckish.

In the meantime, one of my detractors simply responds with these pretty words, “you are scum.”

Nothing heavy-handed with that.

MAD is able to convey her concerns with more civility and panache:

“It adds nothing to the discourse, nor the credibility of the debate, to characterize them or their beliefs as evil.”

For the record, I never talked about Rahm Emmanuel’s views and those of his minions on the Left. The word evil was never used.

In a sense, MAD doesn’t add to the credibility of the debate when she mischaracterizes my words.

I did. however, talk about their tactics. I did talk about their assault on our free speech and freedom of religion. I did point out that they weren’t being consistent in their lack of inclusion, tolerance, and diversity in their approach to Chick-fil-A despite their drooling devotion to these tri-pillars of secular humanism.

In the meantime, I received another missive from the Left from someone who also missed the memo on tolerance:

“You don’t choose to be gay, but you do elect to be a bigot! Let us hate in the name of the Lord. It’s easier than loving in the name of humanity.”

Another detractor also employed the tactic of the Left that if you disagree with their view, then you are a “hater”:

“Would the true Christian have spent that 3.00 better feeding the poor and expressing their true Christian Family values. You should be ashamed to support hate of any American, for the rich will come for your rights next, that is what this fuss is all about a man using his corporate wealth to express his opinion, watch your back your rights are next.”

Another “tolerant” member of the Left fired this barb at me:

“Are you incredibly ignorant, or are you clinically mentally ill?  Honest question.”

All of this leads me back to MAD’s concerns:

“Nothing is gained by the all-too-common vilification of opposition.”

The political Left, from the president on down, beat the faithful over the heads with a thuggish rhetoric that gets a free pass from the most of the media.

It’s time for us to respond with civility, with clarity, and the certitude that our positions are just and moral.

It is time to stop apologizing.

We need to hit back fast and hard. For the record, I know MAD. She is a faithful Catholic and a fine person. I reject her use of the word vilification. Quiner’s Diner doesn’t attack people. It does attack their positions that deserve strong responses, beginning with their insistence on unfettered human abortion “rights.”

I receive a fair amount of thuggish mail, some of which I quoted above. But I also receive wonderful notes of affirmation, for which I am grateful



  1. johnatprairiemeadows on August 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Their OWN hatred is the fuel that liberal/left “logic” burns on!

  2. Lisa Bourne on August 5, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Tom – You are clearly hitting a nerve, or there wouldn’t be the sorry display we see from those who oppose what you present. God bless you. It takes courage to do what you do. It’s also very sadly necessary now. Please keep it up.

  3. texaszea on August 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

    We aren’t about to convince everyone so, keep doing what you do. We are grateful for patriots who tell it like it is. Carry On, November is coming!

    • quinersdiner on August 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks. Come again!