Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin are out on the hustings dismissing the charges being flung at them by liberals and progressives that placing gunsight crosshairs on maps of a Congressional district with a Congressperson named thereon, or telling your supporters to reload, or yelling that second amendment remedies are available if voting fails to achieve the desired results are all explosive charges waiting to be detonated by crazy people.

I think most people by now agree that Mr. Loughner can fairly be described as a “crazy person,” even a "dangerous crazy person". His history, his incoherent ramblings appear to demonstrate a person unequal to the tasks of normal daily living and discourse.

That much is not in doubt. However, it seems to me that the ranting of Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Bachmann and others of their ilk can also be dismissed too easily as just normal political discourse. Mr. Krauthammer especially seems to think that War rhetoric is normal in a political contest. That may be right, but when your supporters begin shouting, “traitor” and “kill him” and you do nothing to quell the obvious, uncontrolled rage, you are at the least enabling, if not outright condoning crazy behavior.

I think one can get carried away by Messrs Beck, O’Reilly, Limbaugh, et al. They are, after all, simply actors being paid millions of dollars to say crazy things. To take them too seriously would be akin to thinking of  The Onion News as a serious newspaper. Mr. Murdoch’s hired writers write their scripts at The Faux News Network, and the actors speak their lines, even crying on cue as needed. (makes me wonder whether John Boehner ever took acting lessons with Mr. Beck).

So, the extreme right wing is offended by the fingers of accusation being pointed their way.

Ahh, guys, maybe you need some more testosterone shots to grow your cajones, at least to the size of Sarah’s.

Grow up.

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
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