But NY Times columnist Charles Blow is hearing similar things and notes that it’s troubling at best.
Lately Iâ€™ve been consuming as much conservative media as possible (interspersed with shots of Pepto-Bismol) to get a better sense of the mind and mood of the right. My read: Theyâ€™re apocalyptic. They feel isolated, angry, betrayed and besieged. And some of their â€œleadersâ€ seem to be trying to mold them into militias. […]
For example, Chuck Norris, the preeminent black belt and prospective Red Shirt, wrote earlier this month on the conservative blog WorldNetDaily: â€œHow much more will Americans take? When will enough be enough? And, when that time comes, will our leaders finally listen or will history need to record a second American Revolution?â€
Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, imagining herself as some sort of Delacroixian Liberty from the Land of the Lakes, urged her fellow Minnesotans to be â€œarmed and dangerous,â€ ready to bust caps over cap-and-trade, I presume.
And between his tears, Glenn Beck, the self-professed â€œrodeo clown,â€ keeps warning of an impending insurrection by saying that he believes that we are heading for â€œdepressionâ€ and â€œrevolutionâ€ and then gaming out that revolution on his show last month. â€œThink the unthinkableâ€ he said. Indeed.
So how do reasonable conservatives respond to this editorial?
Rick Moran writes a post entitled BLOWHARD NEW YORK TIMES CONTRIBUTOR A PARANOID LOON, which is so full of holes it’s hard to even read it. He even felt the need to apologize to the fans of Glenn Beck. But, then again, Moran is now writing for the American Thinker, which tried to claim that Ayers wrote one of Obama’s books. So who knows what he’s thinking these days. To be clear, I’m not saying he’s buying into those theories, but when you freely align yourself with that kind of stuff your voice becomes less credible.
Ed Morrissey has a better post, accusing Blow of hypocrisy because he coyly used violent hyperbole in a previous editorial. However, there’s a big difference between what Blow penned and the “revolutionary” talk that’s rolling out of the right wing these days. Because you can actually tell that Blow is employing hyperbole. You can’t say the same thing for a lot of the right wing talk. I have people I know telling me that Obama is taking his cues from Mein Kampf…and meaning it. And just look through the comments section right here on this blog and you’ll see plenty of talk about violent uprising.
Now, I won’t contend that the left didn’t go loony on Bush, but it came much later and only after he had actually done some pretty questionable things. And all we heard then was how Bush and company should be prosecuted for their crimes.
So yes, color me concerned as well. Not afraid, but concerned.
I’ll tell you when it shifts into the next gear.