If you want to understand the Left, the best place to start is with an understanding of hysteria. Leading leftists either use hysteria as a political tactic or are actually hysterics.He goes on to use the Patriot Act; the War in Iraq; Risks to Health; the Environment; Animal Rights; Racism; and Christianity as examples of his point. Read it all!
Take almost any subject the Left discusses and you will find hysteria.
He forgot to add: anything done or not done by President Bush; Social Security Reform; Abortion; Women's Issues; the Supreme Court; Gay Rights; Katrina; and Rita.
In fact, I can't think of a single important issue today that you can enter into a reasonable discussion about with most Democrats or Leftists. Try it sometime. You will soon find the conversation degenerating into emotional rage with "BUSH DIDN'T WIN THE ELECTION!", "BUSHITLER LIED!" "REPUBLICANS ARE EVIL!", "CHRISTIANS WANT TO TAKE OVER THE GOVERNMENT!", " QUAGMIRE!" "BUSH HATES BLACKS", etc., etc. , etc.
I agree with Prager that the Right is not always free from hysteria when discussing their pet issues; but they are consistently and loudly drowned out by their emotional counterparts on the Left.
I wrote about this in a post titled, "A Classic Case of Hysteria" .
Barbara, I submit to you, is a perfect metaphor for the Democratic Party of the 21st Century. Like Barbara, they have had a rude psychological shock, stumbled, and become blind to the serious events happening in the world around them. They feel they have been deceived and lied to --betrayed even--and have chosen to direct their rage against President Bush, the symbol of all the evil in the world. By doing so, they don't have to focus on the real evil --the horrific attacks of 9/11. They appear to be sublimely indifferent to the reality around them and choose to focus on events and incidents that are trivial in comparison. Like Barbara, their world is falling apart, but all they can do is close their eyes to it and focus ("displace") their anger onto a convenient target whose election was a blow to their narcissism.The use of overblown emotionalism and hyperbole about every issue of national importance is hardly the hallmark of a party that claims to be "intellectually superior" or "reality based".
On the contrary, Prager notes--- and I agree completely-- it's hysterical.
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