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Crying Wolf


Charles Johnson (of LGF fame) hits the proverbial nail squarely on the head:
It is, in a sense, a classic case of the boy who cried wolf. Day after Day (and even hour after hour on the blogs) folks like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Pam Geller are sounding apparent "alarm bells" about all kinds of nasty stuff that's apparently set to befall our country.

But as the supersaturation of media starts to numb our minds, the outrage factor goes out the window. What used to be "Oh my god! What the hell is going on here?!" has now degraded to "Yawn...not this shit again...." On the surface this might seem like a good thing, because it will draw attention down from folks like Pamela Geller and her friends.

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Like a drug addict who needs a consistently stronger hit to get high each time, the blogs and commentators need to start making more extreme and more outlandish statements to get the "oh my god!" response out of the average joe.

As these statements and rhetoric escalate, the fire just gets more and more gasoline dumped on it and it's only a matter of time before it starts to, one way or another, burn out of control.
Agreed.

I think that most Americans don't believe that Obama is a 'sekrit muslin' or that our country is being taken over by Nazis. However, the ever-rising volume in the media-machine does give me pause. Johnson is right to be worried that blogs and commentators (minus Yours Truly, of course) continuously raise the bar when it comes to overly-heated partisan rhetoric.

I do hope that things start to cool-down soon as I would hate to see lasting damage from the political divide that currently afflicts our nation.