“Welcome to total political war”
“This total war, in which no one is allowed to be non-political and neighbors and clients become mere pressure points, is a dangerous development.”
When the personal becomes the political, by default the political is the dominant frame. At which point, you are playing completely in the Left’s sandbox.
So. Did Limbaugh’s apology change anything? Or has it merely emboldened those who will use any tools to silence us to step up the scapegoating, and demand even further loyalty pledges and movement purges?
Just asking. Because as you all know, I would have fought the very premise that the Left and it’s faux outrage over Limbaugh’s use of “slut” was anything more than an intentional attempt to take him out of context and use the resultant disingenuous narrative to silence powerful voices who stand in opposition to their political agenda of “fundamental transformation.” I would have loudly and clearly told them that we won’t be cowed by your dishonest and cynical rhetorical gamesmanship — and that we see right through you.
But then, I’m an outlier. And not a pussy.
I guess we’ll see how the right’s willingness to pile on against Limbaugh in order to avoid taking a (presumed) hit with “moderates and independents” works out for them in the long run. My guess is, they get precisely what they deserve: more of the same.
(thanks to geoffB)