They used to say that the difference between conservatives and liberals were that conservatives thought liberals were stupid, and liberals thought conservatives were evil. Now it would seem they think conservatives are terrorists.
August 24, 2009
The Media’s Shallow Understanding
[I suspect it isn’t really “shallow understanding”. It’s about attempting to demonize in any way possible those who oppose their agenda. People believe what they want to believe and anything that supports their belief system will be latched onto with far less fact checking than if it contradicted their belief system. I’ve been guilty of this too. But there have also been times when I thought (borrowing a literary tool from Say Uncle), “Self, this is too good to be true. You better check this out.” And nearly every time it was too good to be true.
In the case of the present day “militia movement” I can’t help but remember in the mid-90s I knew the names of several different militias both in the Pacific Northwest and other parts of the country. I read about them, by name, in the paper and heard about them in the social circles I communicated with. I saw their displays at gun shows. I occasionally even talked to member of militias. This time? The only “militia movement” I have heard about all traces back to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
I think it’s too good to be true for the left and they latched onto it without checking into it. Someone should check it out and, if my hunch is correct, slap them down. With appropriate timing and proper location it could be a good political tool.–Joe]
You don’t call yourself self?
Nope. You are the first only person I have heard of doing that. I like it though…
Oh course during the previous administrator the FBI thought that a vegan potluck group might be terrorists http://www.boingboing.net/2008/05/21/fbi-looking-for-vega.html . The well have police officers acting as agent provocateur’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_provocateur (read the United States section) in the last couple of elections. Both groups want power and when they have it anyone that looks like a threat will be treated like a threat.
Yes the agendas are different (although given who is paying them not much) the tactics are the same. I read allot of blog’s that are second amendment focused and the same tactics that get whined about are the same tactics the liberals whined about for the last 8 years. Different actors in different venues all using the same script. Change a few word between fox and msnbc and the tactics are the same. Both sides have been had. Actually that is incomplete. There are the Liberal vs Conservative “sides” but there is more importantly the Those want and take Power vs Those that get Used by the first group. The second group is being had by the first.