My show-business friend writes this evening:
This irrational and virulent hatred radiates from elected officials to all those who elected them. I saw a T-shirt in a Palm Springs shop that said, “So many right-wing Christians, so few lions.” Hilarious, n’est-ce pas? Nothing funnier than religious believers being ripped to shreds by wild animals in front of cheering pagans.
I’m intrigued by the liberal furor over Karl Rove’s remark about the difference in reactions to 9/11. As my old grandfather used to say, “You throw a stone into a pack of dogs and the one that barks the loudest is the one you hit.”
Everything Rove said is absolutely true. I entertained at a 50th anniversary party for a well-known feminist leader about 10 days after 9/11. Much of the liberal elite of the Twin Cities was present. I was wearing a little flag pin that elicited considerable mockery. In a post-performance conversation with 3 prominent DFL activists, they all agreed that 1) America had it coming 2) much of the rest of the world cheered the attacks and that was not a bad thing; 3) the attack was purely a “criminal” matter that required the issuing of indictments, but surely not a war, and finally and most horrifically, a direct quote, “At least we got rid of Barbara Olson.”
Like racists who feel free to use the “N” word among themselves, these people felt free to be so frank and unguarded because they absolutely assumed that I shared their worldview. I was so upset I couldn’t even EAT, and anyone who knows me knows how serious THAT was. I told them I disagreed completely and left. That was the final straw launching me from my lifelong stint as a Democrat to the Republican party.