Many bloggers are noting the MSM efforts to paint a small number
of bad eggs at a few
GOP rallies as the next coming of the Raging Neo-Nazi Hordes.
Michelle Malkin is your one-stop debunker
on the topic; she's been collecting numerous examples of
lefty rage against all things Republican.
It's easy to trapped into metaphysical arguments about whether right-wing examples are commensurable with left-wing examples. Let's not.
The interesting thing, to my mind: left-wing hatred is the water in which the MSM goldfish have been swimming for years now. They consider it unremarkable, so they do not remark upon it.
Or, as Instapundit puts it: "Democrats feel righteous indignation. Only Republicans can be guilty of hate."
The flip side of a biased detection of "hatred" is efforts
to suppress or chill it. Michael Barone sees the seeds
being planted for "The
Coming Obama Thugocracy". Barone sees higher ed speech codes as the
most likely model to be followed:
Today’s liberals seem to be taking their marching orders from other quarters. Specifically, from the college and university campuses where administrators, armed with speech codes, have for years been disciplining and subjecting to sensitivity training any students who dare to utter thoughts that liberals find offensive. The campuses that used to pride themselves as zones of free expression are now the least free part of our society.
Obama supporters who found the campuses congenial and Obama himself, who has chosen to live all his adult life in university communities, seem to find it entirely natural to suppress speech that they don't like and seem utterly oblivious to claims that this violates the letter and spirit of the First Amendment. In this campaign, we have seen the coming of the Obama thugocracy, suppressing free speech, and we may see its flourishing in the four or eight years ahead.
No surprise for anyone who reads the FIRE website.
But now for something completely different:
Aaaaah, I feel better now. (Via Cute Overload.)