What is this fury about? In his scant 145 days in office, the new president has not remotely matched the Bush record in deficit creation. Nor has he repealed the right to bear arms or exacerbated the wars he inherited. He has tried more than his predecessor ever did to reach across the aisle. But none of that seems to matter. A sizable minority of Americans is irrationally fearful of the fast-moving generational, cultural and racial turnover Obama embodies — indeed, of the 21st century itself. That minority is now getting angrier in inverse relationship to his popularity with the vast majority of the country. Change can be frightening and traumatic, especially if it’s not change you can believe in.
Even people I know well are in on this. Speaking of the climate bill he so vigorously opposed, Phil Kerpen, a conservative debate acquaintance of mine, called liberals communists on his opportunistic appearance on the Glenn Beck show the other day (in all fairness, Beck egged him on, and Phil is really, really desperate to make it big in right wing punditry). So Phil--did you know that some people want to KILL communists? Shoot them? Did you think about that? I mean, you could have used another term, since "communism" technically means the withering away of the state that follows the public ownership of large-scale means of production, rather than the liberal-statism represented in the controversial and imperfect climate bill. But you couldn't help yourself, could you, Phil? You were wrapped up in the moment and saw this as your big chance to prove yourself with your constituency: the militia-shit-crazy right. If I get shot, I'm blaming you, birdbrain. Boy will I be sore.