"By the reaction I received, you'd think I'd committed murder," writes spanking new blogger Happy Batson Jones of The Prickly Pear re what it was like to live in a fear society right here in the United States [via Hugh Hewitt]:
I was a democrat, a liberal, who lived in an area where only left-wing liberals lived. Everything was hunky-dory until I questioned a couple of leftwing viewpoints. By the reaction I received, you'd think I'd committed murder. The responses to my questions were so hostile that after awhile I became afraid to express myself honestly. I realized if I did, I would be ostracized from my associates and friends. Instead I just repeated the usual liberal mantras and kept the peace. I wonder if there are other liberals who do the same thing?
I'm a new Republican now, and the thing that amazes me is that liberals and democrats can disagree with Republicans to their faces, and the Republicans will argue policy with them, sometimes passionately. But they never seem to attack on a personal level. Or behave in a way that makes the liberal shut up. As a Republican, I feel like I have my freedom back. I'd lost it. Not like the people in the Middle East, of course. But in a way, my experience differs only in the matter of degree.
As we blogged here a coupla months back re the "doublethinkers" among us who enable the hegemony of leftist elitist p.c. thinking on our campuses and in our MSM newsrooms by holding their tongues:
Call it "Fear Society Lite." [Soviet dissident Natan] Sharansky's "mechanics of tyranny that sustain such a society" are at work in those lofty intellectual bubbles just as surely as they were in the old Soviet Union and are today in the Arab tyrannies. A repressive society is a repressive society, wherever it may fall on a continuum of brutality and thought control. The crushing of dissent brutalizes the human spirit. Sharansky's optimism encourages the human spirit to soar.
Welcome to the blogosphere, The Prickly Pear!
Update: InstaLanche! "It's time to stand up to the new climate of fear," writes the Professor, linking to this related pre-election post from Man Without Qualities:
But there may be a genuine political climate of fear in some parts of the United States -- including my corner of Los Angeles:
I call it "a climate of fear" because nobody should have to take into account a serious likelihood that those who do not agree with a bumper sticker's sentiment will damage a car or a home. But I am not really afraid of these new liberals. They are pathetic.