“...'mass hysteria.' That’s a phenomenon I wrote about for a quarter-century, from the heterosexual AIDS 'epidemic”'to the swine flu 'pandemic' that killed vastly fewer people than seasonal flu, to 'runaway Toyotas.'
Mass hysteria is when a large segment of society loses touch with reality, or goes bonkers, if you will, on a given issue – like believing that an incredibly mild strain of flu could kill eight times as many Americans as normal seasonal flu. (It killed about a third as many.)
I was always way ahead of the curve. And my exposés primarily appeared in right-wing publications. Back when they were interested in serious research. I also founded a conservative college newspaper, held positions in the Reagan administration and at several conservative think tanks, and published five books that conservatives applauded. I’ve written for umpteen major conservative publications – National Review, the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal and Forbes, among them.
But no longer. That was the old right. The last thing hysteria promoters want is calm, reasoned argument backed by facts. And I’m horrified that these people have co-opted the name 'conservative' to scream their messages of hate and anger."
[Messages from conservative heroes like Michael Savage who defines liberalism as a "mental disorder." That sort of rhetoric, and the acceptance by otherwise reasonable conservatives, will continue to divide us and inflame our national dialog. --SK]
Extremism in the defense of nothing
"Last month [April 2012] U.S. Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican recently considered by some as vice-president material, insisted that there are '78 to 81' Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party, again with little condemnation from the new right.
Mitt Romney took a question at a town hall meeting this month from a woman who insisted President Obama be 'tried for treason,' without challenging, demurring from or even commenting on her assertion.
And then there’s the late Andrew Breitbart (assassinated on the orders of Obama, natch). A video from February shows him shrieking at peaceful protesters: 'You’re freaks and animals! Stop raping people! Stop raping people! You freaks! You filthy freaks! You filthy, filthy, filthy raping, murdering freaks!'
He went on for a minute-and-a-half like that. Speak not ill of the dead? Sen. Ted Kennedy’s body was barely cold when Breitbart labeled him 'a big ass motherf@#$er,' a 'duplicitous bastard' a 'prick' and 'a special pile of human excrement.'
The new right loved it! Upon his own death shortly after, Breitbart was immediately sanctified and sent to lead the Seraphim. He was repeatedly eulogized as 'the most important conservative of our time never to hold office,' skipping right past William F. What’s-his-name Jr."
Seriously? Do the hysterically-honked-up people on the extreme right ever, ever listen to themselves? Reflect on their bombast? When you read their rhetoric in cold print, like Fumento has shown here, one wonders if these extremists are nothing more than street performers hoping to win a prize on America's Funniest Videos, and not representing an actual political faction. Savage, remember, calls liberals mentally ill. --SK
There was nothing 'conservative' about Breitbart. Ever-consummate gentlemen like Buckley and Ronald Reagan would have been mortified by such behavior as Breitbart’s...Civility and respect for order – nay, demand for order – have always been tenets of conservatism. The most prominent work of history’s most prominent conservative, Edmund Burke, was a reaction to the anger and hatred that swept France during the revolution. It would eventually rip the country apart and plunge all of Europe into decades of war. Such is the rotted fruit of mass-produced hate and rage. Burke, not incidentally, was a true Tea Party supporter, risking everything as a member of Parliament to support the rebellion in the United States.
All of today’s right-wing darlings got there by mastering what Burke feared most: screaming 'J’accuse! J’accuse!' Turning people against each other. Taking seeds of fear, anger and hatred and planting them to grow a new crop.
...how much fact was there in Heartland’s billboards, whose shock purpose has been likened to tactics of the hard-left animal activist group PETA, with whom I’ve repeatedly locked horns. Or in West’s assertion? Or Breitbart’s tirades? Rush Limbaugh compared Breitbart, who never wrote a single investigative report, to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the dynamic duo who brought down the thoroughly corrupt presidency of Richard Nixon. He actually said Breitbart’s work was superior. Oh, dear!
I know these words coming from somebody identified with the right are heresy – as defined by this new right. An invite to a marshmallow roast with you as guest of honor. Or worse. It’s to be labeled with the ultimate epithet: RINO.
The hate, anger and fear machine
A single author, Ann Coulter, has published best-selling books accusing liberals, in the titles, of being demonic, godless and treasonous. Michelle Malkin, ranked by the Internet search company PeekYou as having the most traffic of any political blogger, routinely dismisses them as 'moonbats, morons and idiots.' Limbaugh infamously dispatched a young woman who expressed her opinion that the government should provide free birth control as a 'slut' and a 'prostitute.”'
As a conservative, I disagree with the political opinions of liberals. But to me, a verbal assault indicates insecurity and weakness on the part of the assaulter, as in 'Is that the best they can do?' This playground bullying – the name-calling, the screaming, the horrible accusations – all are intended to stifle debate, the very lifeblood of a democracy.
Meanwhile, these people who practice shutting down the opposition through shouts and smears accuse President Obama of having dictatorial dreams? A recent email I received, based on accusations from umpteen right-wing groups, blared in caps-lock fury: 'BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA HAS SIGNED A MARTIAL LAW EXECUTIVE ORDER!' This specific message, from a group calling itself RightMarch.org, goes on: 'THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS! BARACK OBAMA IS TRYING TO VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION, BECOME A DICTATOR, AND TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS!'
Outrageous, indeed. Obama’s order updated a National Defense Resource Preparedness act, which was essentially identical to one signed 19 years earlier and actually originated in 1950. It granted no authority to Obama that he did not already have under existing laws.
President Obama is regularly referred to as a Marxist/Socialist, Nazi, tyrant, Muslim terrorist supporter and – let me look this up, but I’ll bet probably the antichrist, too. Yup, there it is! Over
5 million Google references. There should be a contest to see if there’s anything for which Obama hasn’t been accused. Athlete’s foot? The 'killer bees'? Maybe. In any case, the very people who coined and promoted such terms as “Bush Derangement Syndrome, Cheney Derangement Syndrome and Palin Derangement Syndrome” have been promoting hysterical attitudes toward Obama since before he was even sworn in."
Go HERE to read the rest of Fumeto's scathing article about what conservatism has become. And then stop and think about the sort of extremists who smugly call liberalism a "mental disorder."
Here are some of Michael Savage's thoughts about liberals:
According to Savage, Obama is 'surrounded by terrorists' for friends and is "raping America."
He's a "neo-Marxist fascist dictator in the making" with a plan to 'force children into a paramilitary domestic army." Savage has also attacked gays as people who are "raping our children's minds.'
He has condemned illegal immigrants for having "destroyed" California and accused them of having 'raped and disheveled' the Statue of Liberty.
"I fear that Obama will stir up a race war ... in order to seize absolute power"
Obama Is "Emotionally And Intellectually" Close To Mass Murderer Pol Pot
In my opinion, they are both the same: extremists who seek to divide us; and in Savage's case, enrich himself while doing so.
More reading by conservatives who've left the GOP and by those who remain in the party, hoping it wakes up to what it has become:
Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult
Schwarzenegger: ‘Extreme Right Wing’ Of Republican Party Has Litmus Test That ‘Doesn’t Allow Compromise’
We Republicans Have Completely Lost Touch With Reality
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