February 28, 2008
Un-American Activities

Imagine this. Democratic candidate John Doe is set to speak at a local campaign rally that his advance men have prepared.

Chosen to warm up the crowd is a well-known local Communist. He comes out and berates the Republican candidate, dissing his race, religion and capitalist beliefs.

It's on film. When Doe finds out about the speech, he apologizes and says it will never happen again.

A local political commentator explains the Communist has a large following and is good at getting out voters. That explains why Doe's staff chose him to deliver his harangue.

Instantly Doe is pilloried by both Republicans and Democrats and is driven into early retirement. Too bad for him he wasn’t a Republican.

Republican neocons and the GOP's mean trash-talkers are tolerated, even revered, by the Republican establishment.

And yet neocons, having captured the executive branch, have caused far more harm to the United States than any domestic Communist ever dreamed of doing. Still, they are tolerated or embraced by a major American party.

The far left of the Democratic party, on the other hand, has been branded as dangerous to the nation. The mainstream Democrats ousted them and would never choose one of them to warm up the crowd at a political rally.

So which party is radical ? Which one harbors anti-Americans in its ranks? Which tolerates members who are a proven threat to the United States ?

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Posted by Bill Doolittle at February 28, 2008 02:55 PM
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Please let some nut to the right of McCain run to win the votes of Mr. Red Raw Meat and his following.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on February 29, 2008 5:50 PM

I think the link you had on the post to The Authoritarians explains this phenomenon pretty well in one sentence, to paraphrase - they're two faced and the faces refuse to acknowledge one another. With one face they take about freedom and with another they scheme to take away as much freedom as they can and rationalize their actions with whatever works for the occasion - chicken-little shrillness about national security is fav. With one face they demonize anyone to the left of Goebbels yet don't see their own excesses.

Posted by: madison on March 2, 2008 4:18 AM
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