Krugman has taken his usual unintentionally hilarious style so far over the top that I am beginning to think he is secretly working for Karl Rove to discredit the left.
The desire to show respect for other people's beliefs all too easily turns into denial: nobody wants to talk about the threat posed by those whose beliefs include contempt for democracy itself.Kind of like when unelected courts impose gay marriage on states despite referendums against the concept passing with large majorities? That contempt for democracy? Or maybe he means the tire-slashing of GOP vans on election eve in Milwaukee, or the shooting of Bush/Cheney offices in Tennesee. No wait! I've got it! He must be talking about contempt for the idea of democratizing Iraq and the greater Mideast.
Laws in Illinois and Mississippi already allow doctors and other health providers to deny virtually any procedure to any patient. Again, think of how such laws expose doctors to pressure and intimidation.Ummm... wouldn't forcing doctors to carry out procedures they don't want to do be "pressure and intimidation?" How is telling them they don't have to do something somehow constitute more pressure or intimidation than forcing them to do something they don't want to? I guess this is the mindset under which Communism sounds like a good idea that will surely benefit everyone.
But the big step by extremists will be an attempt to eliminate the filibuster, so that the courts can be packed with judges less committed to upholding the law than Mr. Greer.You mean, the filibuster that no Senate minority in 200 years of American democracy had ever used to block a judicial nomination before this one did? Wait, which side has the extremists again?
America isn't yet a place where liberal politicians, and even conservatives who aren't sufficiently hard-line, fear assassination.Whew! I was getting worried there. You know, considering that Guardian piece which said of George W Bush: "John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr - where are you now that we need you?" (Of course, the author now claims he was just making a humorous little fatwa-joke playing on the idea that the world would be so much better off with the elected President of the United States dead -- not, you know, suggesting it as a course of action or anything.)
But unless moderates take a stand against the growing power of domestic extremists, it can happen here.Finally, something I agree with. Moderates definitely need to take a stand against the growing power of those nutty extremists before their contempt for democracy destroys us. And we should start with Krugman.