It’s worth noting that many of us here at TMV have in recent months been highly critical of some of the demonizing and paranoia-tinged political polemics from the Republican’ Party’s new right. But as those of us who are independent voters know, it is not limited to both sides. And, nooooooo, this is not an invitation to start another tiresome debate about “false equivalency” — a phrase now as grating as “defining moment….just doesn’t get it…tried to change the subject…the smell test.”
But just as it is a fact that not all of the nuts are found on the shelves of your supermarket, not all of the political Twilight Zone cases are on the Republican right.
And just as thoughtful conservatives will not remain silent when silly, paranoid or almost provocative rhetoric comes from the right, some thoughtful people on the left are calling out the Twilight Zoners on the left who perhaps have read too many Jesse Ventura books (maybe they should take a break from those, and start reading TMV).
And to those on the right and left who embrace this kind of rhetoric that only turns off many voters because it is to patently political and inaccurate, here are some songs that may be of interest:
Joe Gandelman is a former fulltime journalist who freelanced in India, Spain, Bangladesh and Cypress writing for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. He also did radio reports from Madrid for NPR’s All Things Considered. He has worked on two U.S. newspapers and quit the news biz in 1990 to go into entertainment. He also has written for The Week and several online publications, did a column for Cagle Cartoons Syndicate and has appeared on CNN.