Thorns in Her Crown

I know I should leave this alone, but Talking Points Memo has a quote from an editorial about the blood libel of Sarah Palin in the Washington Times…

This is simply the latest round of an ongoing pogrom against conservative thinkers. The last two years have seen a proliferation of similar baseless charges of racism, sexism, bigotry, Islamophobia and inciting violence against those on the right who have presented ideas at odds with the establishment’s liberal orthodoxy.

The word ‘pogrom’ refers to a terrible episode in European history where Christians persecuted the Jewish minority by saying really, really hurtful things. And taking statements and tweets that didn’t mean anything and making a big deal out of it. And embarrassing Jews with tough questions in interviews so that they would get all rattled and mix up their Koreas. It was dark times.

Sarah Palin’s publicists are saying that she’s getting increased death threats, which is not okay. She should call the police, but it’s unclear whether she has. It’s unclear how many threats she got before, is getting now, from who or what or any details. But her people say she’s getting threats and the press reports this as fact. The Nation thinks the press should dig a little deeper.

I think that everyone in public life must be getting flamed all the time. And actual threats are all too common. Incivility makes it harder to sort it out. Also, crying wolf.

If our leaders can’t find it in themselves to embrace civility for its own sake, they need to think about the down side of raising the level of anger. They have to meet the public, and when everyone is yelling it’s hard to spot the one dangerous face in the crowd.