That Was Quick

As if on cue, Jonah Goldberg chimes in with the latest attack:

There is a virulent form of unpatriotism festering in America today. Like an algae bloom that deprives life of oxygen, it starves democracy of the air of reason. It now thrives on what we call the far Left, but like a dead zone off the coast, it moves with the tides.

I am referring to the seditious dementia of conspiracy theories, the death of faith not in some mere administration or Congress but in America itself.

Notice the words: “unpatriotism,” “seditious,” “the far Left,” like one big rolling fog of ignorance, even as Goldberg buries the truth well past the point of the average attention span:

Nor is it fair to say they are all left-wingers. Indeed, two prominent 9/11 conspiracy theorists — Morgan Reynolds and Paul Craig Roberts — worked in Republican administrations and have strong conservative credentials. And let us not forget that in the 1990s, sweaty fingers pointed right-to-left. Under Clinton, it was the United Nations — with its satellite office at the Rose Law Firm — that imposed order with its fleet of black helicopters.

Huh. So what he’s saying is that there are conspiracy theorists of all stripes. But it “thrives on the far Left.” You could write an equally barren column about how throughout all of history there have been conspiracy theorists hanging on the fringes, calculating letters and numbers and science and magic to form grand indictments of the rich and the powerful, but then, the words “seditious,” “unpatriotic” and “the far Left” wouldn’t have any place in it. It would just be one of those odd facts of history, a sideshow for the sane. Leave it to a Loyalist like Goldberg to take this simple truth and turn it into another attack, on cue, as expected. You can always count on pricks like him to prove your point.

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