How Do You Fight the Crazy Right?

July 11th, 2010 at 6:36 pm | 54 Comments |

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Look David:  You know this, but I’ll say it anyway.

You’re like some mainstream liberal, circa 1969, having dialogues with the Bill Ayers of that day–in which Ayers is telling you that if you don’t agree with him that “we” should all “off the pigs”, and lead an armed revolution, then it is you who is betraying the “true” left.  Except for one thing–Ayers, Dohrn, etc. were kids then, in their early 20s.  But, in this case, you have mature, middle aged people as the heart of the crazy movement–it’s kids like Alex Knepper who are your only hope.  This is both good and bad–good in that youth has time on its side, bad in that the middle aged Tea Party/love Palin/call-Obama-a-socialist-Nazi lunatics are already in positions of influence throughout the media and, to some extent, political office, too (the Pauls come to mind).

These people are not serious in any sense of the word.  They are not thoughtful in any sense of the word.  And, in my view, anyway, they are not conservative in any sense of the word.  They are excrescences of our pell-mell culture of celebrity.

Ann Coulter writes books with “traitor” in the title, an appellation she applies to tens of millions of her fellow citizens.  Yet these folks are outraged that somehow Coulter could be smeared with the same language that she habitually uses when she pollutes our discourse. David Horowitz thinks people like Michael Tomasky (or me) are traitors.  In the old days, he thought people like Dean Acheson were imperialist blood suckers.  Like a broken clock, he sometimes manages to arrive  upon the truth, but only truths that are, in fact, truisms, e.g. Al Qaeda is evil!   Huh–you don’t say!

I don’t know how you create a sane movement, but I guess it happens one day at a time.

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  • drdredel

    @TerryF98
    About 3 weeks ago he excoriated obama, showing him making campaign speeches about how important it is to shut down our various torture practices and make the executive branch more transparent, only to follow directly in Bush’s footsteps on all those fronts. Terry, you know we generally agree on most things (besides which, I am an Obama supporter, and generally approve of his actions) and I’m not prone to hyperbole, but these statements were, in fact, lies and Stewart, in good form, exposes them as such.

  • busboy33

    @Terry98:

    I think this is the one drdredel means:

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-june-15-2010/respect-my-authoritah

    The first few minutes will be typicla Bush bashing, but ride along for a bit and Jon lets Barak know he is NOT going to be getting a free ride.

    Does he state the words “Barack Obama has told a lie”? No. But you watch that and tell me he’s pulling his punches.

  • nhthinker

    (besides which, I am an Obama supporter, and generally approve of his actions) and I’m not prone to hyperbole, but these statements were, in fact, lies and Stewart, in good form, exposes them as such.

    Progressives like Obama don’t lie- they only change their minds or come up with other excuses why actions other than their own are responsible for them not following through on their promises. Conservatives focus on consistency- something progressives don’t hold in high regard.

    “I voted for the bill before I voted against it.” Or Obama’s “Present!”

  • Churl

    easton // Jul 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    “No, Timothy McVeigh pretty much fit that bill quite nicely. Or does bombing Federal building not count?”

    It certainly counts. And, despite what Bill Clinton said and what it apparently pleases you to believe, Doc Dredel’s menagerie of right-wing demons had nothing to with instigating McVeigh’s crime.

    Again, I’d be much more worried if McVeigh ended up in academia as a Distinguished Professor of Education rather than a corpse on a gurney in a death chamber.