I try not to use this blog as a personal soapbox. One way to avoid is to provide a mix of weekly links that give at least somewhat different perspectives on the news and that won’t make anyone too angry. But, events in this country of the last few weeks (and last 1-1/2 years, frankly) make that more difficult. The wildly-out-of-proportion right wing response to health care reform and to Democrats’ excercise of ordinary legislative power cries out for explanation. If we’re going to enter a disturbing new phase in our poliitics, we should at least try to understand why.
These links begin that process, even though I don’t fully agree with some of what they say.
Who’s Repsonsible for the Violence?
Is Something Else Going On?
- Is it fear of the “wrong” people getting “our” tax money?
- Is it all about what it has so often been about in the past: that old fear of loss of white privilege? (Read this too before dismissing the idea.)
At the very least, read this stinging indictment and call for all good conservatives to denounce extremism — not just violence but anti-democratic and eliminationist rhetoric.
Forgot the funny? Never. Read this classic of internet silliness.