posted on Mar, 25 2005 @ 09:17 AM
Honestly, even though I abhor both forms of conservatism as frothing, foaming at the mouth fanboy wanking or the feverish Jesus Jones backslapping
society, the chances of another McCarthyism are pretty slim.
As I say slim, I won't rule out the possibility, as long as first class nutters like Ann Coulter rewrite the history depicting Joseph McCarthy as
anything other than the paranoid, manic depressive, alcoholic opportunist who ruined more lives than herpes. Or Michelle Malkin, an Asian American who
is a major proponent and apologist for the Japanese internment camps, is allowed continued acceptance.
That being said, we live in a nation of 300 million people, and Bill O'Reilly has about two and a half million hardcore nightly fans. If those were
UPN numbers, he'd be canceled after a week. To put this into perspective, at the hieght of the Dan Rather lynching, he still nearly doubled the
number of viewers that O'Reilly had. Professional Wrestling still tops O"Reilly by nearly a million people.
One of the many reasons for this, and the reason for Joe Scarborough's recent fundementalist turn (Which, by the way, his hand ringing the other
night was laughable..."God have mercy on us all..."), is that there is a glass ceiling for potential conservative viewers. They eached the top of
their bubble, and now all these same conservative commentators are fighting for market share. Because they're fighting for market share, they each
try to be more outlandish than the next. It's the same old story, OP ED are simply the 21rst century's soap operas.
THe only problem is that we've reached our threshold for shock. Eventually, you wake up the following morning after a party, and ask, "What the hell
did I do last night?"
The thing is, and people often times forget this, is that Americans are actually decent and good people. For all the base, hatred proposed by the
facilitators of shock politics, we live in a country of good neighbors. One recent example of this is Terry Sciavo, and while I pray that this thread
doesn't turn into ANOTHER vegetable toss, the fact still remains that nearly 80% of Americans agree on the issue. This crosses all racial, cultural,
and economic lines. Even a majority of Evangelicals agree.
Yet, MSNBC still runs TS promos with the tag, "America divided". Well, America is not divided at all. And that's sort of the point, McCarthyism
most likely could not happan again, because as bad the rhetoric can be, Americans still have a weird kinship with each other.
At the end of the day, the question you have to ask yourself, as every American should ask themself, "If my neighbor needs help, will I help them?".
Whether that neighor be gay or black or christian or liberal or conservative, I would bet you all the money in my pockets that they would.
All we have to do is ignore the fanatical 10 percent, 5 percent on either side of any issue