Tag Archives: The Paranoid Style in American Politics

Virginia’s Chapter of the Paranoid Caucus

You know how when you’re walking through the woods in the summer and you lift up a rock, remember what happens? The bugs underneath the rock run from the daylight. I feel like that’s what happened on April 15 with these AstroTurf Tea Party tax protests, except this time, the bugs didn’t run away, when America lifted up the rock. Continue reading


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Glenn Beck: High Priest of the Paranoid in American Politics

I have a new favorite YouTube Channel and it’s run by Gil Smart, columnist with the Sunday News of Lancaster, Pa. Mr. Smart also blogs here. (He’s on Twitter, but hasn’t gotten the hang of it.)

I stumbled upon Mr. Smart’s commentary about what historian Richard Hofstadter called, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” It’s worth a look.

After calling out Rep. Eric Cantor for his performance last week on C-SPAN where he appears to agree with a caller’s statement that, “true fascism that is happening in this country today [under President Obama],” Mr. Smart has some choice words for TV commentator Glenn Beck whom he names as “the high priest of the paranoid style.”

Check it out. I know you’ll like it. After all a fellow named Bill O’Reilly said of Mr. Smart, “The fact that the Lancaster News allows a guy like that to write a column is disturbing as well as ridiculous.”


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