Everett Herald: In Our View: NRA’s Paranoid Style of Politics

After the National Rifle Association’s senior Washington lobbyist compared background checks to “Nazi policies”, the Daily Herald of Everett, Washington editorialized on the organization’s use of “fear” and “misuses of history”:

“Fear, like the misuses of history, works. Paranoid politics feeds the lesser angels. It’s only by throwing light that we understand the nature of the fear. ‘Hatred is the most accessible and comprehensive of all the unifying agents,’ Eric Hoffer wrote in his masterpiece, ‘The True Believer.’ ‘Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a god, but never without a belief in a devil.’

Historian Richard Hofstadter documented the paranoid style of American politics more than 50 years ago. Just substitute ‘treason’ for an opponent’s behavior and people respond.

On Tuesday morning, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, the site of a mass shooting eight years ago, held a press conference demanding that Judy resign. Participants included state Rep. Reuven Carlyle. ‘Mr. Judy asks of Jews, ‘Do you not remember what happened?” Carlyle said earlier. ‘Judy fails to see that this is the most offensive rhetorical question that can be asked of any Jew worldwide and it transcends politics of time, partisanship and nations.’ And with that, silence.”

Read the full editorial at the Everett Herald.

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