Saturday, January 31, 2009

Dissent will Not be Tolerated. Silence will Not be Tolerated. Your Active Support is Demanded.

Peter Berkowitz writes in the Wall Street Journal, 1/31/09 --

Bush hatred and Obama euphoria -- which tend to reveal more about those who feel them than the men at which they are directed -- are opposite sides of the same coin. Both represent the triumph of passion over reason. Both are intolerant of dissent. Those wallowing in Bush hatred and those reveling in Obama euphoria frequently regard those who do not share their passion as contemptible and beyond the reach of civilized discussion. Bush hatred and Obama euphoria typically coexist in the same soul. And it is disproportionately members of the intellectual and political class in whose souls they flourish.

As Berkowitz notes, it goes beyond mere intolerance of dissent -- those who do not share their passion for leftism are to be treated with contempt.

An interesting thing happened after the House passed the Obama-Pelosi "stimulus bill" -- instead of celebrating and rejoicing at their win, Dems got angry and attacked Republicans for not joining in. You see, it is not enough that they get their way. It is not enough that you refrain from obstructing them. It is not even enough that you remain silent and refrain from dissent. If you do not openly and affirmatively join them and voice your support, if you do not bow down before them, you will be attacked. Anyone who does not sing the praises of our Dear Leader will be vilified and destroyed.

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