May 15th, 2013

Just because you’re paranoid…

…it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you—at least once in a blue moon.

That’s another frame liberals are using to deal with the multiple scandals that have suddenly broken simultaneously—especially the IRS overreach.

This article is typical. The message is that the right is ridiculously paranoid, accusing the left of persecuting them when of course that’s an outrageous smear on the righteous left. And the thing that’s so infuriating about the IRS scandal is that, just by complete chance and in a freakily coincidental way, it ends up giving the appearance that there may actually be some truth to the right’s preposterous charges!

Not that there actually is any truth to what the right says, of course. But my goodness, doesn’t this make them look better than they actually are!

Here’s another example of the genre—a very funny one, but an example nonetheless:

6 Responses to “Just because you’re paranoid…”

  1. T Says:

    The rejoinder comes from Charles C.W. Cooke:

    . . . we might insist more loudly that democratization does not necessarily equal government virtue and recall that the Bill of Rights effectively presumes that government is guilty, holding as it does that government may not intrude in certain areas of life however good it claims to be, and that the people may not be asked to relinquish their ultimate checks on power however secure they feel themselves to be. This is nothing short of codified paranoia, and America is better off for it.

    ‘Nuff said.

    The link:

  2. George Pal Says:

    Just because you believe in a ‘vast Right wing conspiracy’ doesn’t mean there aren’t countervailing influences that need to demolished.

  3. T Says:

    and two more citations form Cooke well worth distributing:

    The conceit (in both senses of the word) that such concerns are vestigial rather than timeless — or, worse, that they apply only to a world that we have left behind — is folly.

    Why, you might ask, do I use “paranoia,” instead of the more palatable “skepticism”? . . . because reflexive suspicion of government power is a magnificent and virtuous tendency, and one that should be the starting point of all political conversation in a free republic.

  4. Sam L. Says:

    Not paranoid, just exceptionally aware.

  5. artfldgr Says:

    Only The Paranoid Survive By Andrew S Grove

    a strategic inflection point is when the balance of forces shifts from the old structure, from the old ways of doing business and the old ways of competing, to the new. Before the strategic inflection point, the industry simply was more like the old. After it, it is more like the new. It is a point where the curve has subtly but profoundly changed.

    Andrew Stephen (“Andy”) Grove (born 2 September 1936), is a Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, and author. He is a science pioneer in the semiconductor industry. He escaped from Communist-controlled Hungary at the age of 20 and moved to the United States where he finished his education. He later became CEO of Intel Corporation and helped transform the company into the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductors.

  6. Steve Says:

    The loss of trust is probably irrevocable. What Republican would want to work with Obama in any way at all? Isn’t this a constitutional crisis?

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