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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Political Extremism

This week's TIME cover story features Fox News commentator Glenn Beck.

Mad Man: Is Glenn Beck Bad for America?
By David Von Drehle / TIME / Sept. 17, 2009

I try to watch Glenn Beck as much as possible, leaving me with certain questions: how widespread is his audience? Is he becoming more mainstream? Is this how liberals sounded during the Bush administration? The rhetoric is eerily familiar: the government is ignoring the people, disregarding the constitution, moving toward fascism/socialism, etc., and thus, we are in desperate need of a revolution. For me, it didn’t sound obnoxious then, but it does now. Is that simply my political bias, or has extremist rhetoric been exposed for what it is?

[If you'd like a concrete example of what could be considered "extremist rhetoric", I'll send you parallel images of Bush and Obama being compared to Hitler. (I have judged that it would not be appropriate to post the images here.)]

I'm interested in what you think, especially if you are critical of my analysis. Some people have already posted some interesting comments on my facebook place. You can find the article and comments on my "wall" or in my "links."

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