By Michael Wolraich
From Booklist The persecution narratives of right-wing extremists aimed toward stirring up hysteria concerning the “socialist“ time table of the Democrats mostly and President Obama in particular are a part of a protracted historical past of fearmongering and paranoia, asserts political blogger Wolraich. mentioning pronounces and blogs by means of Glenn Beck, invoice O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, and others, Wolraich taunts at claims that there's a conspiracy to break Christmas in an overwhelmingly Christian kingdom or that Obama’s regulations are racist and geared toward assisting minorities on the rate of whites. He intersperses his feedback of contemporary extremists with historic views on fearmongering and paranoid campaigns, together with the execution of Socrates on fees of corrupting early life, the banning of Shakespeare from London on related fears, bans on comedian books within the united states, and the Red-baiting of the McCarthy period. He dates the intermingling of right-wing extremism and spiritual fundamentalism to the Nineteen Eighties with the IRS crackdown at the tax-exempt prestige of segregated faculties. The Tea get together is the most recent manifestation of concerns approximately hodgepodge conspiracies which are being dangerously exploited through political opportunists. Wolraich is keenly analytical and sometimes caustic during this compelling examine using persecution to push politics to the intense. --Vanessa Bush overview ***The Belltown Messenger*, November 2010 **“It's a type of books i could not placed down, blazing via it in an afternoon… Do get Wolraich's e-book. as well as making me cry, it additionally made me laugh.” ***Instinct journal, *January 2011 **“A good researched examine media and politics (and the politics of media) introduced with an everyday Show-esque tone.” ***Booklist*, 12/7/10** “Wolraich is keenly analytical and sometimes caustic during this compelling examine using persecution to push politics to the extreme.”
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31 Imagine, America’s seniors may soon start dying because their health care benefits have been rationed to illegal transsexual immigrants on welfare. The redistribution of benefits is only the most obvious way in which the health care bill is said to discriminate against white people. The bill also includes a stealth tax on tanning salons. ”32 In addition to persecution fantasies, the health care debate has also been burdened by an unhealthy dose of the slippery slope component of O’Reilly’s formula.
22 And so on. The many blog posts and screeds from obscure fringe publications inspired by O’Reilly’s program were even more hyperbolic. And that was just 2004. By the following Christmas, Fox News anchor John Gibson had written a bestseller entitled The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought, and the Heritage Foundation, which calls itself a think tank, sponsored a symposium to discuss it. Anxious culture warriors founded a new organization to combat the persecution of Christians called the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (not the most original folks).
Instead of Kenya like some people, Guns, Mooseburgers, Freedom again, Christmas, and Glenn Beck’s ferocious chalkboard. Not necessarily in that order. ” demanded MSNBC commentator Pat Buchanan, his voice shrill with outrage. His colleague Rachel Maddow had invited him onto her liberal news and opinion show to discuss the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, but the debate quickly shifted to affirmative action. Warming instantly to the topic, Buchanan indignantly denounced the tragic suffering of white males in America, rhythmically chopping his hands through the air as if he could physically whack the whole idea of affirmative action to bits.
Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies About the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Chris by Michael Wolraich