A Gift for Understatement

14 09 2009

Some fear GOP is being carried to the extreme:

“. . .you have to be aware that there’s a line where legitimate concerns begin to collapse into paranoid fantasy.”

Frum and other establishment Republicans have spoken out in recent days against the influence of what they view as their party’s fringe elements.

Some are pressuring the Republican National Committee and other mainstream GOP groups to cut ties with WorldNetDaily.com, which reports some of the allegations. Its articles are cited by websites and pundits on the right. More than any other group, critics say, WorldNetDaily sets the conservative fringe agenda.

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14 09 2009
Nance Confer

WND? That’s who they want to blame?

Not that the rag is blameless, mind you. But how long have these Rs stood by or participated as the country has been pillaged?

And now? Now’s the time to act outraged?

Nance

14 09 2009
JJ

Well, this IS coming from Rs.

16 09 2009
JJ

OTOH to accompany Jimmy Carter’s comments about racism (with which I agree btw) this is coming from an African-American southern columnist:

Culture War is Real, and Scary:

Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people because he was angry at the government, brothers Matthew and Tyler Williams shot two men to death for being gay, James Kopp killed Dr. Barnett Slepian for being an abortion provider, and dozens of other men have been indicted for dozens of other plots to kill thousands of other people with whom they had political disagreements.

It’s one thing to read these stories in isolation and another to see them collected, and thereby connected, here, one extremist plot after another in the 14 years since Oklahoma City. It gives you a sense that — apologies to Buffalo Springfield — there’s something happening here and what it is is all too clear. The report provides troubling context for the outrageous behavior that has attended the election of our first African-American president.

When you call them on that behavior, Barack Obama’s detractors love to accuse you of equating dissent with racism. It is a specious argument. . .

That’s not dissent.
It is the howl of the unhinged and the entitled.

16 09 2009
JJ

And here’s video of the main GOP go-to pollster, Frank Luntz, arguing against Michael Eric Dyson, that it’s impossible race has anything to do with all the righteously pissed off people.

Dyson says racism is terrorism and it’s still with us even when it is denied by people like Joe Wilson. Maureen Dowd’s latest column is invoked too:

The congressman, we learned, belonged to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, led a 2000 campaign to keep the Confederate flag waving above South Carolina’s state Capitol and denounced as a “smear” the true claim of a black woman that she was the daughter of Strom Thurmond, the ’48 segregationist candidate for president. Wilson clearly did not like being lectured and even rebuked by the brainy black president presiding over the majestic chamber.

I’ve been loath to admit that the shrieking lunacy of the summer — the frantic efforts to paint our first black president as the Other, a foreigner, socialist, fascist, Marxist, racist, Commie, Nazi; a cad who would snuff old people; a snake who would indoctrinate kids — had much to do with race.

I tended to agree with some Obama advisers that Democratic presidents typically have provoked a frothing response from paranoids — from Father Coughlin against F.D.R. to Joe McCarthy against Truman to the John Birchers against J.F.K. and the vast right-wing conspiracy against Bill Clinton.

But Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted “liar” at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.

16 09 2009
Nance Confer

You just can’t take some people out in public.

Nance

16 09 2009
JJ

My professional mentor used to say he wanted to be judged by the content of the character of his enemies. Here’s a new blog essay saying the same general thing about the the enemies of the president and his supporters, this time ACORN:

“You Can Tell A Lot About People By Who They Choose to Demonize”

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