Tuesday, June 27, 2006

That, Lee Siegel, Is Fascism

A lexical lesson for Lee Siegel, courtesy of the good folks at Powerline - who received Time Magazine's Blog of the Year Award in 2004, and whose members appear frequently on CNN and other major networks. From Scott Johnson's brief discussion of the controversial New York Times story cited below, we see an example of a sentiment that I would not hesitate to describe as actual fascism - pure and simple - no hyperbole, no clever prefixes:

If America is going to wage a war against terrorism, it must indeed act on all fronts. In 2006, it needs to act on the home front and direct its attention to those whose war on the administration is unconstrained by the espionage laws of the United States.

Let that sink in for a minute. The administration needs to direct its attention in the "war against terrorism" on the "homefront" against the New York Times - an institution that is waging "war on the adminsitration." Can someone posit a guess as to which of the various methods, tactics and extreme tools that have been employed in the "war against terrorism" Scott Johnson might be urging the administration to use here?

Blog of the Year. Charming. But Jon Stewart and Markos Moulitsas Zuniga are a threat to democracy. And if you believe that one, I've got a Lee Siegel column to sell ya...

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