Blood libeling the right

Krugman spearheads a new effort to blood libel the right…

It’s important to be clear here about the nature of our sickness. It’s not a general lack of “civility,” the favorite term of pundits who want to wish away fundamental policy disagreements. … The point is that there’s room in a democracy for people who ridicule and denounce those who disagree with them; there isn’t any place for eliminationist rhetoric, for suggestions that those on the other side of a debate must be removed from that debate by whatever means necessary. And it’s the saturation of our political discourse — and especially our airwaves — with eliminationist rhetoric that lies behind the rising tide of violence. … Of course, the likes of Mr. Beck and Mr. O’Reilly are responding to popular demand….

Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right. It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be “armed and dangerous” without being ostracized; but Representative Michele Bachmann, who did just that, is a rising star in the G.O.P.

…and embraces an eliminationist strategy in the name of eliminating eliminationist rhetoric.

Well, what did you expect?

First They came for the Race realists — Chuck

First they came for the race realists on the ground that the realists were haters, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a race realist.

Then they came for the paleoconservatives on the grounds that the paleos were haters and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a paleoconservative.

Then they came for the …

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One Response to Blood libeling the right

  1. nanker phelge says:

    This is just Krugman’s “cute” way of calling conservatives Nazis, since the term “eliminationist” only came into use to describe Germans involved in the “Final Solution” in Daniel Goldhagen’s (and may have been invented by) Hitler’s Willing Executioners..

    Keep it classy, Paul Krugman.

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