So, this is how it's going to be? This is the extent of the intellectual framework of the pushback against those who would have the gall to exercise their 1st amendment rights to express displeasure with the president's statist agenda.
Joe Klein of Newsweek scribbling down some "research" on a cocktail napkin.
"I did a little bit of research just before this show - it's on this little napkin here. I looked up the definition of sedition which is conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of the state. And a lot of these statements, especially the ones coming from people like Glenn Beck and to a certain extent Sarah Palin, rub right up close to being seditious."
This would be humorous but for the fact that the cocktail napkin strategy is so offensive and what they are accusing others of is so serious in nature.
It's also pathetic and represents the depth to which mainstream journalism in America has descended. A free press which should have an inherent skeptical and adversarial role to the government has switched sides and is now openly hostile towards the country's citizens.
Perhaps these sages of the media can enlighten us to what exactly it is about a $1.4 trillion budget deficit in 2009 and a $1 trillion deficit in 2010 we are supposed to be happy about.
Precisely what is it about the very real possibility of a VAT (value added tax - the pols know damn well they cannot fund the massive explosion of federal government programs without finding new revenue streams) that we should lay ourselves supine in overwhelming gratitude?
It's obvious that Klein and the others cannot quite get it through their skulls that we may be just a tad dissatisfied over a $787 billion dollar economic stimulus package that did nothing of the sort and did not keep unemployment below 8% as promised and was cynically constructed so that the majority of the spending would take place during the year of mid-term elections.
Perhaps Klein and his buds think we should be overjoyed and throw rose pedals at the feet of our congressional overseers who have inserted themselves into our healthcare decisions.
That the intelligentsia of this country disagrees with our pleas for fiscal responsibility and desires for our government to return to some core constitutional competencies is understandable. They're statists. That's just who they are.
That they cannot, however, at least understand the underlying reasons for this anxiety is demonstrable of either a) just how out of touch with the American public they have become or b) they do understand and they are so in-the-tank for the statist agenda they willfully lie in order to provide cover for disastrous domestic policies.
Either way, they have abrogated their duties and responsibilities as journalists.
Remember when dissent was patriotic?