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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

If you're not outraged...

I used to have a regular voice as a reporter and columnist, one that I used carefully. I've been silent for years, honor bound by journalism ethics and the constraints of my PR job. But as Peter Finch said in Network, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more." The grotesque lies and distortion of the Right and the theocons aiming to turn this country into the Theocratic States of America require me to say enough.

Over time I intend to deal with the what really is a right-wing attack machine, one designed to silence critics through slurs, innuendos and outright lies. And let's begin with the notion that liberals are to blame for the horrid state of what passes for political discourse here.

Yes, Robert Bork had a heckuva time and in the end failed to win a seat on the Court. But to say the nastiness started with the Bork fight is to ignore history. Go back a few years from that, to the 1980 US Senate races, the first to see the rise of bile -- and the birth pangs of the theocons of the Religious Right.

But go back even before that: Joseph R. McCarthy was the founding fathers of the modern era of smear. He in turn took his cues from A. Mitchell Palmer, the US Attorney General who launched the Red Scare of the 1920s. And of course I skipped over the Father of Them All, Richard Mihous Nixon.

It is time for liberals to stand up and defend themselves and what they believe. And where better to do it from than from Massachusetts -- which the theocons have managed to turn into a dirty word all on its own. Stay tuned.


Anonymous reporter said...

give 'em hell, harry!

July 20, 2005 8:56 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Back at you reporter!

July 20, 2005 7:01 PM  

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