Opinion
Demonstrators chant in the driveway during a protest at the McDonald Demonstrators chant in the driveway during a protest at the McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young  

How The Left Drives Itself Crazy

Photo of Andy Patrizio
Andy Patrizio
Freelance Journalist
  • See All Articles
  • Subscribe to RSS
  • Follow on Twitter
  • Bio

      Andy Patrizio

      Andy Patrizio is a freelance journalist based in Orange County, California. He has covered the technology sector for more than 20 years and primarily writes on tech news and issues, but has also covered music and entertainment.

      Andy graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors degree in journalism, along with a minor in political science. Before taking the freelance plunge, he was a staff reporter with InternetNews.com.

A week after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and the left shows no sign of even cooling its rhetoric, much less coming to terms with the truth. Don’t even bother trying to point out that the chain covers 16 of 20 birth control products; that’s a wasted effort. They retort with outrageous claims, like the this particular hyperventilating article on the Huffington Post.

The latest burst of psychosis comes from woman who attacked young pro-life protester with a stream of obscenities. One obvious takeaway is that the woman in the video is irrationally unhinged over a few posters to the point of putting her hands on another person in a threatening manner.

The left’s unhinged behavior has left many an editorialist scratching their heads in utter confusion. They can’t get over the raging insanity and frothing at the mouth levels of anger and hatred spewing from the left, especially given the facts of the Hobby Lobby case.

Authors have written about the craziness of the left in recent years, such as Michelle Malkin in Unhinged. or Greg Gutfeld in The Joy of Hate, but they never looked closer at the causes. They just listed one outrage after another.

That’s probably because it’s risky to play armchair psychiatrist, but I’ll take a stab at it. In college, where good young Americans are indoctrinated in liberalism, I remember hearing this phrase over and over: “Anger is a healthy response.” People chanted it like a mantra; four legs good, two legs bad, anger is a healthy response.

Well no, it’s not. If you do anything over and over again, what happens? You get really good at it. And the left, so studied and practiced at getting pissed off, now does it with the expertise of Neil Peart playing drums, Tom Brady passing footballs and Jay Leno working an audience.

They have practiced outrage for years. Their leaders have used it as motivators. After the 2000 Florida recount mess, then-DNC chair Terry McAuliffe said he would use resentment over the recount as a way to motivate the base. That could arguably be the start of what Charles Krauthammer later dubbed “Bush derangement syndrome.”

What is Media Matters but an outlet for making liberals mad about everything Rush Limbaugh and Fox News say? Generate that outrage. Keep poking them with a sharp stick. Make them mad. Sooner or later, all they know is how to be mad. And as Gustave Le Bon noted in his 1895 book The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind, it’s that a group of like-minded people does not moderate itself. It accelerates.

Not surprisingly, a lot of people don’t want to deal with this endless stream of bile. In January 2007, the Santa Cruz, Calif. radio station KOMY dropped Air America, replacing it with music from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. It wasn’t for ratings. After all, if you can’t sell liberal radio in Santa Cruz, you’re hopeless. The station did well, but it couldn’t get advertisers. “It’s an angry, nasty, pissing and moaning format where the only thing they say is ‘Bush stinks’ or ‘Bush is bad’,” station owner Michael Zwerling told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. “No commercial advertiser wants to be associated with that.”

It gets worse when you take into account the fact that the left is now not only lying on the political stage and in the media to others but it’s also lying to itself. Look at the hysterical reaction to the Hobby Lobby decision. The Huffington Post article illustrates that perfectly. I would be more likely to believe that piece if The Onion ran it. No, the Hobby Lobby decision does not mean Christians can practice stoning as punishment, but that’s what they believe. I keep wondering, is this clever satire?

These sorts of arguments illustrate the futility of dealing with the left. How in the world do you have a debate with people who tell themselves vicious lies and then get worked up into a hysterical frenzy? I have a mix of friends across the spectrum on my Facebook page, and I’ve just given up dealing with the liberals. They were making equally ridiculous posts and all I could do was throw my hands up and just move on.