Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The Hammer Drops on Frank Rich

Media Pretty Darn Chill About Arizona Law Protesters' Tone, Violence

BY Mary Katharine Ham

You know, it's really a shame Frank Rich's deadline came up before the May Day riots in Santa Cruz and elsewhere this weekend, because I'm sure he's very anxious to tell all of us what that "rage" is really all about.

I'm sure if he'd been able to, he would have pointed out the "goons" who spray-painted and smashed private businesses while they ransacked Main St. while actually carrying torches.

I'm sure he'd lament how as the week "dragged on," foes of Arizona's immigration law reached such depths that the FBI had to be called in to help as this violent pestilence spread from California all the way to Asheville, N.C.

He'd no doubt seethe righteously at the nasty signs and racially tinged language of protesters and militaristic chants and songs about the "mother country" and "father country."

He'd sound the alarm when counter-protesters were attacked for simply voicing their views.
Perhaps he'd find it curious that "a mob fond of likening [opposition] to Hitler knows so little about history that it doesn’t recognize its own small-scale mimicry of Kristallnacht." (Which, I hasten to add, is not to say that I find mere broken glass to be "mimicry of Kristallnacht," but Rich has told us that's his standard.)

Maybe next week. It's important for him to keep us safe from "extremist elements and their enablers."

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