A post by Pat
In this version Mr. Wilson isn’t the irascible man next door and The Menace isn’t a five-year old boy. The media’s version of Mr. Wilson and The Menace is an exuberant member of Congress named Wilson, the Menace is right-wing extremism. The two are not antagonists, they are villains coiled together in a swamp of hatred. The rancorous townhalls, talk radio and tea parties are part of this multi-headed monster.
As Juan Williams puts it:
It strikes me as something threatening..something angry is in the water here and it could go beyond the moment to, you know, people taking up arms, or attack. It’s extremism at work.”
Something bigger was at work. A culture of confrontation. Hate breeds hate, anger breeds anger, and I have been arguing in this space for years now that the American discourse – fueled by the Internet, talk radio and cable TV – has turned so mean it has nowhere to go but get meaner.
There’s something loose in the land, an ugliness and hatred directed toward Barack Obama, the nation’s first African American president, that takes the breath away. The thread of resentment is woven through conservative commentary, right-wing radio and cable TV shows, all the way to Capitol Hill.
The next step is violence, and thankfully to this point, we have not seen violence erupt from this partisan debate. But is it all that far away?
Here’s the post-show discussion on Fox News Sunday’s Panel Plus*. Brit Hume makes the excellent point that it has now become a matter of what Joe Wilson said not the so-called incivility of his behavior. It is toward the end that Juan Williams expresses his worries about the Right.
Two words and the we hear warnings of dark forces at work. Now poor ‘ol Mr. Wilson must be publicly shamed one way or another.
It does no good to hold up the thick catalog of left-wing extremism. They perfected the tactics of incivility and disorder. It is their stock-in-trade. Community organizers encourage it. I saw the inherent danger of their brand of activism all my life. It is taking hold.
I also feel the presence of something malevolent. The Menace threatening us isn’t incivility or passionate political disagreement, not any more; it is the Stalinist impulses of the Left to suppress opposition while imposing a statist collective oriented society. Step by step they rationalize their oppression in the name of community good. It was previously called the Red Menace. To stand against it is always characterized as the action of bigots and fools. Here we go again. How many more re-runs until this menace is canceled for good?
*(Fox Panel Plus is an extra five minute online segment of Fox News Sunday. They are archived. Every Wednesday Fox Special Report with Bret Baier has a post show panel discussion that lasts about 25 minutes. I don’t think they are archived. I encourage you to watch at Foxnews.com/sronline Wednesdays after the regular show. It’s usually a free-wheeling discussion. Sometimes James Rosen is on and does impressions. You can also ask questions online.)