First, let's get this out of the way: My anger
and digust have reached levels I haven't felt since Ted Turner traded Brett Butler. Reading leftie blogs has become an exercise in raising blood pressure. I just don't get how these people can be so smug, so righteous when they do everything they accuse the right of doing. Do they really believe their shit doesn't stink, or are they so used to wallowing in it they got used to the smell?
Leftie blogs that used to be even-handed and informative have gone so shrill I can't even look at them anymore. Every single post is another episode in the internet show knowns as "I Hate George Bush."
I'm not saying this blog is without its venom, but I do try to temper it with other things. I just can't bring myself to be all hate, all the time.
The more I read on sites like DU and Indymedia, the more sure I am that this country is going to erupt into something very ugly come August.
Don't blow me off by saying that the DU and Indymedia crowd are just a minority fringe. That's just not true. Who are the people who come out to the protests? Who are organizations like Answer and Democracy Now made up of? Who are the people smashing windows and knocking over mailboxes during protests?
Yes, it's the "minority" fringe of the left. Except they aren't such a minority anymore, and they should be feared as if they were a throng of milliions.
Last week, Matt Margolis
and his brother were smacked down
by some union anti-Bush protesters. You can say that's just an anomaly, that protesters and anti-Bushies aren't really violent. But you would be wrong.
Take, for instance, this DU thread
on the "Margolis Incident
" as it's come to be called. It devolves into a call for violence, street fighting and more ugly tactics to take against conservatives.
First, one poster puts the blame
for the "brawl" on Bush's shoulders, even though it was the union guys who provoked and did the hitting. Then one condones the violence
, and one looks forward
to violence. The whole post reeks like a locker room at halftime of the Super Bowl. You can almost feel the "pumped up" vibes coming off of DU and the readiness to crunch bones for a "win."
The closer we get to August (the GOP convention) the more the line between far left and left will blur. I see it happening already. The Dems are accusing the Republicans of staging a nasty campaign but all I see from their side is slurs, insults and contemptable attempts to lay blame on the president for everything from 9/11 to mad cow disease. More and more people who considered themselves moderate lefties are now carrying the placards of hate that used to belong solely to the DU crowd.
I see it on some blogs as well, mostly from certain people who like to hurl accusations and insults and then accuse the people their invictive is aimed at of being hateful.
I'm at the point where I no longer care to spend my strength fighting the urge to despise these people. If you want to paint all Bush supporters with the same broad strokes, don't be surprised when you're lumped in with the Indymedia gang. In just a few months this country will no longer be divided into groups with prefixes like far or moderate. It will be left and right only because we will be forced to take a side. And yes, I am placing the blame for this solely on the left, because they are the ones on the constant attack, they are the ones who are walking around with signs and banners that put swastikas on the lapel of every Republican, they are the ones who bemoan the death of a terrorist, they are the ones out there cheering on strong-armed protesters as they beat on the right.
What are we supposed to do? Just sit here and not respond to the catcalls and lies? How do we fight back without becoming the thing we hate?
I don't know the answers. I just know that this summer is going to be long and hot
and the fall doesn't look to be any better.
At some point during those months, people will choose their sides and stand on either the left or the right and, like hot air and cold air meeting, the noise is going to be thunderous.
Sometimes I think that other countries are providing the laughtrack to the ridiculous freak show we have become.