I want to give a shout-out and thanks to Meg Cox over at Cynicism and Hope for mentioning my blog post on who’s behind the “populists” against health-care reform. It’s a good reminder of how these tactics follow a similar pattern. See Meg’s post below. Also check out her newest book Cynicism and Hope: Reclaiming Discipleship in a Post-Democratic Society.
When I read Rose Marie Berger’s blog post Who Lit the Fire Under the Right-Wing ‘Populists’ Against Healthcare Reform? I had a flashback to the discomfort that made me stop reading the book Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, by Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson, some years ago.
Strange Justice infuriated me, but not because of the sexual harassment alleged by Anita Hill. That was bad, but I kept reading through that part. I became angry enough to put the book down when I read that leaders of a Christian organization were busing people in from out of town to attend rallies in support of Thomas—specifically to create the illusion that there was local support for his nomination. I believe the organizer behind these events was Ralph Reed. (If someone has a copy of the book, I’d be glad if they could check me on these details.)
If a cause is right, truth should be the means of persuasion.