Granite Countertops & 'Political Terrorism'As Rachel Maddow reported last night, the Fox machine is in a tizzy over poor persecuted Frank Vandersloot, a 'private citizen' who is the victim of 'political terrorism' because he gave money to the Romney campaign. (And if you're wondering what constitutes 'political terrorism', it's people not buying his product.)
Now, let's set aside the fact that as Romney's national finance co-chairman Vandersloot is not so much a 'private citizen' as a political figure, who should expect to come in for some criticism.
And let's skip over the part where Vandersloot himself has used intimidation and threats to try to silence critics (including a full-page ad attacking a reporter, identifying him as gay and questioning his objectivity on that basis).
And let's just gloss over the larger point that boycotts are, in fact, the only real check ordinary people have against the disproportionate political power of the ultra-wealthy.
No, let's just look at the victimization angle. And here's what I have to say to that:
You think you've been demonized? Tell it to Sandra Fluke.
You think your privacy has been invaded? Tell it to Graeme Frost.
You want to whine about lost profits? Tell it to the Dixie Chicks.
You want to talk about this thing you're calling 'political terrorism'? Fine, let's talk about it. We been talking about it for a decade. And when it comes to 'political terrorism' you, Vandersloot, are on the side of al Qaeda.