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Friday, April 14, 2006

Fear itself

The good folks at Firedoglake are doing our job for us (again).
On the subject of the wingnuttoblogosphere, Kevin K. from catch.com writes:

They’re scared is all. They’re scared of a lot of things because they need to be scared of a lot of things. They lack purpose without things relentlessly scaring the shit out of them. And in order to distract the media from the fact that they’re more juiced up on fear than love for their country, they constantly try to frame liberals —- who in their minds still wear patchouli, listen to Jefferson Airplane and love the fuck out of Jane Fonda —- of being the cowards because, um, we’re "anti-war" (what fucked up times we live in where being "anti-war" is a "bad thing") and we aren’t 100% freaked out that gay people, Mexicans, Arabs and the Dixie Chicks are roaming free in our streets.

You see, in reality, us "cowardly" liberals aren’t afraid of much of anything. Disgusted, sure. We’re plenty disgusted with a lot of things going on in America and the world today, and rightfully so, but our repulsion isn’t fueled by fear. It’s fueled by hope for better days in America, a concept so antithetical to the rightists’ junked-out need for a constant influx of "bogeymen" (they’ve been trained well), that they aren’t able to process the notion that we don’t hate our country, we just take great, full-throated exception to how it’s being run by them. Or, more to the point, run into the ground by them.

I didn’t really follow the explosion of bedwetting blogs post-9/11 because I was too busy languishing in my pre-9/11 NYC liberal mindset, but apparently the blogosphere was flush with dorks in crouched-down, defensive positions who pecked away at something they called "warblogs." These, ahem, "warbloggers" (must … stop … tittering) thought they were at war and no amount of fear of Blogger’s registration process and/or HTML interface was going to get in their way to fight the good fight. They were G.I. Jonesin’ for some seriously manly cutting ‘n’ pasting as they bravely stormed the frontlines of HyperText Transfer Protocol. And some of them, primarily "9/11 Republicans" and alleged libertarians, were so addicted to the notion that "everything changed after 9/11" that they discarded large, important chunks of their belief systems because they figured the "everything changed" doctrine applied to their very beings as well.

There's much, much more. Featuring special guest appearances by the lovely Pamela, Hugh Hewitt, Powerline, and of course LGF. Special props to the wingnut commenter who proposed nuking Iranian cemeteries. Yeah, that'll show 'em!!

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