Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Richard Cohen's Delusions of Paranoia


Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen should increase his lithium. Recently, he called conservative admiration of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution "clearly the work of witches, wiccans and wackos."

Tim Graham at NewsBusters points out that Cohen Cohen now blames the Tea Party movement for the shooting of "peace protesters" at Kent State University in 1970:

The governor of Ohio, James Rhodes, demonized the war protesters. They were "worse than the Brownshirts and the communist element....We will use whatever force necessary to drive them out of Kent."

That was the language of that time. And now it is the language of our time. It is the language of Glenn Beck, who fetishizes about liberals and calls Barack Obama a racist. It is the language of rage that fuels too much of the Tea Party and is the sum total of gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino's campaign message in New York. It is all this talk about "taking back America" (from whom?) and this inchoate fury at immigrants and, of course, this raw anger at Muslims, stoked by politicians such as Newt Gingrich and Rick Lazio, the latter having lost the GOP primary to Paladino for, among other things, not being sufficiently angry. "I'm going to take them out," Paladino vowed at a Tea Party rally in Ithaca, N.Y.

Back in the Vietnam War era, the left also used ugly language and resorted to violence. But the right, as is its wont, stripped the antiwar movement of its citizenship. It turned dissent into treason, which, in a way, was the worst treason of all. It made dissidents into the storied "other" who had nothing in common with the rest of us. They were not opponents; they were the enemy: Fire!

Here's part of what Graham writes in response:

Cohen makes no attempt to acknowledge that part of the "anti-war" movement that waved flags of the Viet Cong and openly wished for America to lose the war, and openly wished America would be the victim of a communist revolution. How is that not "the worst treason of all"?

Now try to place a violent leftist movement like the Weather Underground into this equation. Didn't their willingness to kill cops (and in acts of terror like bombing a bathroom) innocent Americans put them in a low place? But Cohen can only single out "the right" -- millions of nonviolent people who are horrified by the thought of violent revolution, as opposed to democratic change.

This was a column that someone at the Post editorial page should have walked over to Cohen and said, "This is too reckless." But apparently, no one did.

Cohen has such a firm grip on reality that it occasionally squirts out through his fingers like jelly.

A few asides:

We want to take the country back from socialist morons such as yourself, Mr. Cohen.

The Tea Party movement, and conservatives in general, are sickened by the Party establishment, both Republican and Democrat. We are tired of the establishment Republicans choosing our candidates. They have been sabotaging conservatives who challenge, and often defeat, establishment candidates in primaries. Democrats are just as guilty -just ask Carl McCall.

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