It's been so much fun the last couple of days. The crazies came out of the woodwork, turning a post on the nature of the "yeah man!" crowd into a free-for-all about police states and how much of a "contrarian bitch" I am. Okay, I'll take that. But only if my interlocutors (if they want to look that up) will admit that the reason they're so outraged isn't because I pissed on their patron saint, but because I called them as I saw them: fools waiting for anyone to throw paint on the principal's car.
The interesting thing is how the left is so willing to eat its own, and not recognize that those who would normally agree with much of what they have to say (if they could say it intelligently) find them to be too mired in paranoia and childish hate to want to take a breath anywhere near them. And they don't seem to notice that their rhetoric is in degrees much like the prattle that comes from the rabid right, or that they take positions that are just as immobile. For instance, this commenter:
...but anyone who actually believes that the right time to complain about dictatorial tendencies in one's government is AFTER they start rounding up dissidents and silencing critics is naive and stupid at best and at worst, dangerous.
Must believe in preemption, right?
Or this one:
This Daniel fellow is just a tasteless, contrarian bitch.
Sounds a little conservative, since it is an essence of liberal thought to be contrary, not for the sake of it, but to invite new thinking. This person is rock-set in his/her own view, and anything that questions it is attacked.
I am also amused that those who cheer criticism of the president find rather mild criticism (if you want to call it that--I actually did not criticize Colbert, just pointed out that he was smartly playing to his audience) their own anointed to be beyond the pale.
But it's America and we must put up with our crazy relatives. I just wonder when it will be that many of those who chose to visit these past days will ever have the self-awareness to realize that their brand of groupthink is every bit as dangerous as the forces they rail against. I doubt it, but there's always hope.