March 31, 2003
To the contrary, my daily commute takes me past a corporation that has declared its desire to see me killed.
Where’s the Ohio National Guard when you really need it?Upside to being shot dead by Federal troops at the behest of the New York Post: Dittohead brother-in-law might actually feel slightly regretful. Hiya!
UPDATE, NEXT MORNING: I shouldn’t have been up at 1:30 AM, much less letting the world get to me. But this definitely gets to me. The admirably moderate Calpundit has been posting about feeling equally alienated by the extremes of left and right. But the difference between the two is illustrated perfectly here. On the left, an untenured professor at a “teach-in” who calls for a “million Mogadishus.” On the right, the New York Post, circulation 600,000.
Obviously, the next time some backwoods militia moron calls for the murder of liberals, I’m entitled to advocate the killing of New York Post staff. Oh, wait. We don’t need to postulate backwoods militia morons calling for the murder of folks like me. We have well-paid media stars on that beat.
In fact, the whole argument about “extremism” is based on the essentialist—and false—idea that views like Professor DeGenova’s are in some way an “extreme” form of views like (for instance) mine. Based on this kind of thinking, both Calpundit and the Post, in their different ways, lay responsibility for the DeGenovas of the world at the feet of people like me. So long as a single speaker at one obscure protest event calls for the death of American soldiers, it’ll be okay for major newspapers to advocate the shooting of protestors. So long as anyone calling themselves a “liberal” or a “leftist” gets themself into a censorious snit over Adrien Brody kissing Halle Berry at the Oscars, it’s okay to characterize the rest of us as prissy killjoys.
I’m generally all for the kind of practical politics Kevin Drum advocates. And I’ve already written about the need to put away the damn puppets. But I’m starting to get the sense that it doesn’t matter. They want us silenced. They’ll wear away at the left and the antiwar movement, using every Professor DeGenova example they can find. Then when they’ve disposed of us, they’ll come for Kevin Drum. [01:27 AM]