April 17, 2010

WHILE THE REST OF SIT BACK AND LAUGH AT BOTH WINGS.:

American psychos: A healthy bipartisan tradition (Rich Lowry, April 17, 2010, NY Post)

Only an overcaffeinated tea-partier would believe that America is on the path from "an open society into dictatorship," right? Who could think that there are 10 simple steps to establishing a police state and "that each of these 10 steps has already been initiated today in the United States"?

As you might have gathered, these aren't the words of an unhinged right-winger, but an unhinged left-winger: Naomi Wolf, author of the perfervid 2007 book "The End of America."

Wolf detected a "fascist shift" in the country, and got some respectful notices (Library Journal: "compellingly and cogently argued"). While a New York Times review of a documentary based on the book didn't buy it all, it concluded "there is still enough here to make you shiver." [...]

The baton of paranoia about executive power passes back and forth from one party to the other depending on who's in opposition. The reaction tends to be the same because it's written in our political DNA, inherited from the most glorious paranoiacs the world has ever known -- our Founding Fathers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 17, 2010 7:05 AM
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