While browsing the web for articles providing some history on the FBI and agent provocateurs, I tripped upon this article by Rick Perlstein of Rolling Stone magazine. It's a elegant piece of journalism--factual, based on some investigative reporting, somewhat objective (until he suggests that it might be totally cool if the FBI used KGB tactics of entrapment to hunt down political groups he despises, instead of those with whom he sympathizes).
Out of curiosity, I clicked on his article titled, "Why Conservatives Are Still Crazy After All These Years."
I ain't no conservative. Never have been. And I think the Republican Party has serious flaws in its general worldview and many of its policies. I find many of these policies, and the Republican politicians who represent them, to be repulsive.
But, this shit has got to stop.
Dear Rick Perlstein, you are not saying anything--anything at all--of substance when you whip up the hysteria of your readers by using words like, "crazies," "wing nut-ism," loony," and "whacky," to describe conservatives. Just as vacuous are your claims that they're not "reality-based," and simply using "obstructionism" to deter the general will of the people, which is, of course, known solely and entirely to you, your readers, and your dear leader, some mass-murdering asshole named Barak Obama.
Write a goddamned argument. Stop jacking off to your own reflection with self-referencing rhetoric, like, "enlightenment liberalism." You're not enlightened because you support gun control and taxing tobacco. Neither are your friends. If anything, your article gives validity and clarity to a point made by many conservatives, libertarians, anarchists and authentic liberals such as myself: that the modern Left suffers like a cancer-riddled hospice patient from a very serious affliction called elitist bullshit.
Oh, wait. That's right. Modern PC-Leftists can be elitist because everyone and anyone who disagrees is an "extremist, crazy, racist, loony, wing-nut, irrational, sexist, dangerous, homophobic super-duper radical extremist." Extremist. Extremist. Extremist.
You're not saying anything. But thanks for providing me a taste of what McCarthyism must have been like for some folks when there was a "dangerous, socialist radical, communist lurking around every corner". Oh, does that sound like Glenn Beck? Yeah, you're the same.
And the logic of my conclusion here is no better or more enlightened than yours: