Even the most liberal among us can freely admit that there are some fairly crazy liberals out there. However, even the craziest of the crazy on the left do not compare to most of the reactionary conservatives on the other side of the political spectrum. There is not an equivalent organization on the left to the Tea Party and even MSNBC is not at the level of Fox News on the wacko scale. Fundamentally, in the long run, the hardcore liberals end up looking forward-thinking, while the conservatives of fifty years ago wind up appearing downright reactionary.
The often cited “crazy liberals” do not serve up anywhere near the same level of laughable quotes and tasteless comments that their conservative counterparts do. Michael Moore, for example, is certainly on the crazy end of things. But besides continued insistence on the fact that Bush should have lost the 2000 election (which the popular vote totals happen to agree with) and a slightly too conspiracy-theory tinged idea of 9/11 and the Bush administration, he is not all that crazy. Whereas Glenn Beck calls President Obama a racist, makes hateful comments about African-Americans and Muslims, and constantly compares liberals to Hitler.While many fringe conservatives get in consistent trouble for making comments with thinly-veiled racism, the worst charge that liberals garner on a regular basis is not being quite enough pro-Israel. When a Fox News host has to tell a conservative guest that they went too far, you know they must be off-the-rocker. When conservatives like Ann Coulter make comments saying that it would be better if women could not vote, or offensive statements about 9/11 widows, it is hard to find someone equivalent on the left. Somehow, to most people, a liberal supporting higher taxes on the wealthy does not seem to carry the same level of offense as equating homosexuality and alcoholism or implying all Muslims are terrorists. It seems the craziest you see on the liberal side of things is minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, not wanting to negotiate on certain entitlement programs. I guess I forgot how eager Tea Party Republicans have been to compromise.
The political left does not engage in the sort of mass group dynamics of believing unsubstantiated rumors like we have seen on the right. With the support of people like Donald Trump, rumors of Obama having been born in another country caught steam, and at its peak, fewer than half of Republicans in many polls believed that the President was indeed born in the United States. There has been widespread scare tactics adopted surrounding the President’s Health Care plan and its “death panels.” Not to mention the numerous Republicans who began to get behind the idea of repealing the 14th amendment, which grants citizenship to everyone born in the US regardless of race. Apparently, they think that granting citizenship to former slaves was a big mistake.
When you look at MSNBC and Fox News, there is no real comparison. While MSNBC commentators like Chris Matthews are certainly not unbiased, they are fairly open about their allegiances and at least present both sides of issues. When you watch Fox News, every time that you go to a commercial break after a segment in which some liberal is compared to Hitler, they remind you that Fox News is “Fair and Balanced.” Clearly they present both sides of issues, the conservative view and the reactionary view.
If there is one thing you have to grant to those on the far right, it is that they are much more entertaining to watch. Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Michele Bachmann, Glenn Beck, Christine O’Donnell—it is like a never ending stream of hilarious, though painful to read, quotes. While those on the far left may be a little extreme, it is nothing like the factory of gaffs and racist remarks seen on the other side.