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 …