Carol Platt Liebau: John Edwards' paranoid solipsism

Monday, July 30, 2007

John Edwards' paranoid solipsism

Thank you so much to Carol for inviting me to guest-blog for her. This is Betsy Newmark of Betsy's Page.

In Edwards-world, it's all about him and those who don't support him are not only his opponents, but the opponents of all that is good and pure. In a recent speech, he warned supporters about how "they" were out to get him.
This stuff's not an accident. Nobody in this room should think this is an accident. You know, I'm out there speaking up for universal healthcare, ending this war in Iraq, speaking up for the poor. They want to shut me up. That's what this is about. "Let's distract from people who don't have health care coverage. Let's distract from people who can't feed their children.... Let's talk about this silly frivolous nothing stuff so that America won't pay attention."

They will never silence me. Never.

If we don't stand up to these people, if we don't fight em, if we don't beat them, they're going to continue to control this country. Thye're going to control the media. They're going to control what's being said. They do not want to hear us talking about health care for everybody.
Who are "these people?" Republicans? Anyone who doesn't like him? Anyone who makes fun of his hair and house? Are Jon Stewart and Jay Leno these people?

And who is it that he thinks is controlling the media? Conservatives? Come on, even Edwards can't believe that conservatives are controlling the media and what is being said in this country.

And, it's always cute how someone can give a speech complaining about how others are trying to shut him up. Maybe he could travel to some other countries like North Korea or Iran or Russia these days and find out how "those people" act when they really want to shut someone up. If our goal was to shut up John Edwards, he wouldn't be out there giving speeches in public and appearing on televised debates. His paranoia is delusional.

You know, Democrats love squealing that any Republican who criticizes them on their recommended policies on Iraq are impugning their patriotism. It doesn't matter that their patriotism is never even mentioned; they see any disagreement as an attempt to demonize them. Now Edwards has added a new twist: anyone who ridicules John Edwards (and I plead guilty here) is against the poor. I think he's impugning our compassion.

Cross-posted at Betsy's Page.


Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

This is a problem that is endemic to both sides of the aisle. Each side thinks the other controls the media. Yes, I know you find that unbelievable, but visit the pages of DailyKos to find lots of complaints about the MSM. Your complaints about the media are mirrored by their complaints about the media.

We also hear lots of whining and moaning that the other side is "out to get" our side. There is, after all, some truth to this. Republicans want to gain Democratic seats in Congress and Democrats want to gain Republican seats. So, yeah, they're both out to get each other.

And Republicans can be just as self-righteous about criticisms leveled at them. I have seen very few Republican supporters respond to liberal criticisms by shrugging their shoulders and saying, "Well, it's a free country; he's entitled to his opinion."

Maybe the thing to do here is to stop all the whining and moaning and just talk about the issues.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

I appreciate how you are trying to spin this into John is crazy but he does speak some truth. Our MSM is worthless in providing informative content.

It wasn't very long ago, that Bush was saying the MSM wasn't showing the good stories in Iraq.

I whole heartedly disagree with your last paragraph. All who have questioned Bush's failed policies on the WOT have had their patriotism questioned. They have been labeled cowards, weak kneed, not supportive of the troops, defeatists, and enemy sympathizers. And the GOP has repeatedly blocked debate in Congress saying it would embolden the enemy.

6:04 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

The idea that the "MSM" is inherently geared towards promoting the "liberal" viewpoint is one of the most successful lies told to, and disseminated by, many in the Conservative movement.

In practice, it has led to such a distrust of the media that conservatives will completely ignore basic facts because they are reported by the "MSM", while accepting without question lies and rumours propagated by conservative opinion makers.

8:05 PM  

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