I’ve been noticing a lot of media coverage of the lamentations and vitriol of the right wing in America that has been growing in volume since at least Election Day, 2008. It’s gotten to the point where at least one state legislature is considering a resolution asserting states rights over the federal government’s. (link; unsurprisingly, the state in question is Texas.) Back in January, my thought was, “Well, doesn’t that make us look silly” — us meaning the left-wingers, who spent the preceding eight years engaging in … lamentations and vitriol over the right-wingers controlling federal government.
So, what I’m saying is, America is a nation of whiners, right? Well, not really, but … well, maybe some of the time. Problem is, by and large, liberals sat and moped for eight years. Conservatives are showing signs of militancy after not even a hundred days.
When us libruls are unhappy, we get together and … drink lattes and write blog posts. We generally don’t take up arms, because one of the more pervasive planks in our platform is gun control. We’re trying to make cities safer and move beyond using firepower to make points.
Right-wingers have guns. Their belief system is based on the power of the gun to get you out of situations you don’t want. Some of their rhetoric indicates that they, at least some of them, are not far from forming a well-organized militia and marching down Constitution Avenue. Already! The paint is practically still drying in the Oval Office.
OK, on the left we do have the anti-corporate protesters who turn out for every world trade-related meeting. But they’re not our mainstream leaders. Their people don’t have media shows that reach millions of viewers or listeners. The guy or gal who organized the G-20 protests doesn’t also govern a state.
We all have opinions, and we’re not all happy all the time. The remedies that some would use for their unhappiness should scare us all. It doesn’t bode well for bipartisanship, or for the nation, for opposing sides to couch their statements and actions in fear and distrust.