I want to point out that the campaign to demonize the proposed Islamic cultural center a couple of blocks from the World Trade Center site has been, as is pointed out in this post from Charles Johnson, been largely generated by the sick, perverted hatemonger, Pam Geller, who readers of this blog will be familiar with from my reporting of her endless, vicious lies about Muslims, Obama and others. Pam sunk so far into her hatred a few months ago that I found it too painful to cover her, and have stopped giving her even the minimal publicity she gets from my fringe blog.
The reason I bring this up is to point out a perfect example of a phenomenon that I have talked about a number of times. Here we have ideas that should be as tolerable to decent Americans as the writings of Hitler, and yet the conservative machine is walking them step by step into common discourse, so that now these hateful views can be spoken aloud by the likes of Newt Gingrich, Peter King, Tim Pawlenty and other elected Republican officials.
It is frightening how the Republican party has perfected the art of making the most disgusting views acceptable to large numbers of people, and how easily they are able to induce Americans to indulge in orgies of hatred. Having followed these people for decades, I am stunned by the momentum they have generated, and by the willingness of people in the teabag movement and in the Republican party to openly advocate things that should fill them with shame and self-loathing; and their willingness to embrace people like Pam Geller, who are truly Hitlerian, in their hearts if not in their effect.