Thursday, April 7, 2011

Paranoia Will Destroy You

The allegations of "left-wing violence" have been greatly exaggerated, and the Faux-News-inspired hysteria has led Republican politicians to live in fear. State Senator Dan Kapanke canceled public appearances based in part on an erroneous belief that someone had deliberately smashed the windshield of his car. It turns out that the damage was done by a stray rock thrown up by another vehicle -- a normal road mishap that many of us have experienced.

The email death threats were absolutely wrong, and the woman who made them is rightly facing felony charges. It turns out, though, that her motive may have been to frame another woman (whose identity she spoofed to make the emails) with whom she had a personal conflict.


Like the allegations of wide-spread voter fraud and the existence of palm trees in Madison, the left-wing-violence meme has taken root in the mythology of the tribe who take Sarah Palin seriously.  It seems to me, though, that encouraging your leaders to live in fear is not a winning strategy.

8 comments:

Dan said...

You mean the same kind of paranoia the left hAs towards Republicans? Like the GOP is going to kill grandpa and grandma. Walker is Hitler. etc..

Dan said...

Umm, hope you live by what you write.
Prosser up by about 200-300 votes now.

Deekaman said...

Guess you weren't in Madison to experience the violence and threats of violence from teachers and assorted union thugs like I was, eh?

Ordinary Jill said...

I'm not sure what violence and threats of violence you're talking about. I heard about the Fox News reporter falsely claiming he had been struck (a bystander with a videocam exposed that lie). There were a few heated words exchanged on the day of the Tea Party Rally, but the most violent rhetoric came from the right. And yes, I was there that day. I even took pictures.

Ordinary Jill said...

Dan, do you honestly believe that the election going Prosser's way is going to spark violence? You're kind of proving my point.

Dan said...

Jill, do you deny that the things I mentioned didn't happen?
During the budget debate, some Dem's said the GOP was out to kill woment. Everytime Social Security is brought up, the Dem's always say we want to kill old people.
it's in their frickin DNA, it seems.
As far as liberals calling Walker Hitler that is also true.

Ordinary Jill said...

Dan, you're conflating separate issues (paranoia and political hyperbole). Hitler comparisons are silly, but the idiots carrying those signs aren't cowering at home because they fear Walker will send the SS after them. The budget rhetoric is similar to the right talking about "death panels" in conjunction with health care reform, or saying that funding Planned Parenthood (the leading provider of affordable cancer screenings for poor women) will kill babies. Yes, PP does perform some abortions. It also saves many women's lives through early detection of treatable cancers.

Dan said...

I guess you just made my point, Jill. Paranoia on the left is very bad and aftger reading the left's response about the Supreme Court race, many on the left has gone tin foil hat crazy.