As Driftglass says:
1. The scripture-barking, Christ-defiling demagogies who run the show carefully and deliberately angry up the dung people.
2. They glean votes and dollars and ratings and its all a lot of fun until Tim McVeigh blows up a federal building because he took them at their word.
3. Then the scripture-barking, Christ-defiling American Taliban who run the show swear they had no idea it would ever go this far.
4. Then they do it all over again.
A great many people in the center and on the left believe that if you ask a person to stop doing something unpleasant, that person will simply stop. The lesson of the last 13 years is that no, that belief is simply wrong when mania is in play and money and power are at stake. The Right Wing Noise Machine practices a scorched earth policy its opponents either pretend not to notice or pretend won’t scorch them. Well, events of the last week have demonstrated that no one is safe and for the noise machine, no tactic is beyond the bounds of decency.
It is long past time to recognize that bullies and blowhards have no power we don’t grant them.
It is time to go further and treat the Christofascists to a little doing unto them as they do unto others. It’s simple. There’s nothing to it. …And you’ve done something marvelous for free speech, for women’s health and reproductive rights, for Jews, Muslims and gays, not to mention a presidential campaign that’s barely started.
Whatever you do, don’t just sit there and feel powerless, because if you do, then you fucking are.