It doesn’t take much to become a celebrity

Two examples of the phenomena. Say something that does not fit the paradigm and become a celebrity for assault. This happened to Governor Palin. Rush Limbaugh is having a go at it with his description of Congressional Hearing testimony. Betsy Galliher describes another in Girl Scouts: The awful truth.

“Indiana freshman Representative Bob Morris is learning the hard way that the Girl Scouts of America is to the progressive agenda as the Komen Foundation is to Planned Parenthood, and the Catholic church (or so Obama presumed) is to an Obama abortion mandate. What is — in one word — cover.”

He had the temerity to explain why he wasn’t supporting a 100th anniversary of the GSA resolution.

“Overnight, Morris became the fodder of mainstream media and late-night hosts. Even Morris’s fellow Indiana House Republicans joined in the mockery, purchasing cases of Girl Scout cookies and crunching away in front of Morris during a House session.”

The issue is about change over time, a change away from an original focus.

“What Morris’s fellow Republicans fail to understand is that in collective outrage, there is truth — exposed. And the truth is that, for all the generations of earnest, jumper-clad cookie entrepreneurs the GSUSA has lovingly nurtured, the organization is moving left at a fast clip, even if only at its highest levels of leadership. This may be news even to most scouts, if not the parents, citizens, and business leaders who volunteer their time and talent as troop leaders. “

One of the ways to measure the extremism is by the outrage that is stimulated by exposing it. That is being seen over and over again. Rush Limbaugh can tell you about that.

“And thus, a new welfare entitlement must be created so that society will pay for it. You know, somebody asked me, “Why are you so insulting?” Me? Can anybody understand that a whole lot of us are insulted by this? Here we are, we’re minding our business one day. We’re bothering nobody. We can’t anyway! We can’t inspect your kids’ lunch box. We can’t raise your taxes. We can’t send your kids off to war. We can’t make you buy a certain kind of car. We can’t do anything. And all of a sudden we’re told that people who want to have sex without consequence, sex with no responsibility, and we have pay for it! We’re told we have to pay for it — and if we object, that somehow we’re Neanderthal. Just out of nowhere this comes up.

Now, that, to me, is insulting.”

It appears that the birth control controversy is a ‘made for politics’ effort. The testimony to Congress and the whole law school birth control issue was constructed by an activist seeking a target for promoting her views. That implies that one side of the debate is using the outrage stimulation as a tool for its political power plays. To do that requires gullibility in its followers and adherents. When the other side is trying to ‘play fair’ and believe that its opponents are honest, the ‘fight’ gets rather one sided.

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