This is a flagrant pitch for my own site, Parodies Lost. But at least I'm giving credit where credit is due!
The idea for this post came from one by Jan Herman today citing a column by New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman, who worries about extremists ignoring the law in their messianic desire to bring truth the unwashed and unenlightened.
There were a number of pro & con comments, but it occurred to me that Krugman's fears are equally well directed at liberals as conservatives. Krugman is talking about conservatives, and conservatives dismiss him out of hand as a weak-kneed, pandering, girlie-man liberal.
But I think--or at least I hope--he's talking about extremists on both sides, and it's not just the loony extremists. There's too many signs that we're a country losing its civility and resorting to extreme solutions.
Neither the Dems nor Reps in Congress seem to know how to act with anything vaguely resembling sanity, with the result that important issues are ignored while both sides posture for posterity.
You can't reason with most pro-lifers or most pro-choicers. And both would restrict the freedom of the other side because their cause is holy.
America is a country whose greatness is founded on the Constitution and rule of law, not some exalted sense of destiny. And I'm horrified that we have casually allowed the torturing of people, the violations of constitutional rights for everyday citizens without even a discussion, and the easy trade off of freedom for security.
People may think folks like Ann Coulter is either cool or a moron. To me, she's neither. She scares me to death because her power rests not with her wisdom but with her withering wit used to demean. Her greatest strength is her cruelty. She offers nothing in the way of intellectual discourse. And the liberal response: rustle around in the bushes for someone equally as nasty. Hey, let's get Al Franken.
Coulter serves no value. Neither will Franken. All they are their kind will do is further drive a wedge between Americans, making it increasingly difficult for quaint notions such as respect and civility to guide us through these troubled times.