Saturday, March 27, 2010

Far Right Extremists

Charles M. Blow in the New York Times:

The far-right extremists have gone into conniptions.

The bullying, threats, and acts of violence following the passage of health care reform have been shocking, but they’re only the most recent manifestations of an increasing sense of desperation.

It’s an extension of a now-familiar theme: some version of "take our country back." The problem is that the country romanticized by the far right hasn’t existed for some time, and its ability to deny that fact grows more dim every day. President Obama and what he represents has jolted extremists into the present and forced them to confront the future. And it scares them.

Fear does seem to be the most common emotion demonstrated by the right wing - fear of terrorists, fear of change, fear of those who are not like them - and when acting out of fear, one is seldom acting with logic and intelligence.

The changes occurring in America may be frightening, but they are noble and true. I take pleasure in watching the wing nuts on the other side of the "America - Love It or Leave It" equation.

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