Fake outrage

I have to admit, I’m getting a little tired of the right-wing blog world getting into an uproar everytime something minor happens in Podunksville or when the left dares to run an ad. The Dan Rather stuff is major, but someone tearing down signs isn’t. Sure, a crying little girl makes for good theatre, but what does it tell you? That left-wing activists are boorish? Hardly news. These are the same people who advocated killing her three years ago, so she’s lucky she got away with merely losing her little sign.

And the Move-On ad with the American soldier trapped in quicksand is not outrageous either. The present situation does resemble that to a certain extent, although I think that Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby are probably a more accurate one. It seems that as we gain more influence, the more we behave like those about whom we have complained about for years. I find that troubling.

There’s enough real outrage in the world; no need to generate the fake stuff.