Monday, January 08, 2007
This is American Fascism:
Commentary at Sullivan
, TPM (w/YouTube)
, newsrack blog
, Blue Girl, Red State
Wikipedia: Enemy of the state
An enemy of the state is a person accused of certain crimes against the state, such as treason. Falsely describing individuals in this way is often a manifestation of political repression. For example, an authoritarian regime may purport to maintain national security by describing social or political dissidents as "enemies of the state".
- In the case of Ancient Rome, see "Proscription".
- In the Soviet Union during the period of Stalinism, the corresponding term was Enemy of the people.
- For a prominent example in fiction, see Emmanuel Goldstein.
Proscription (Latin: proscriptio) is the public identification and official condemnation of enemies of the state. It is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as a "decree of condemnation to death or banishment" and is a heavily politically-charged word frequently used to refer to state-approved murder or persecution.
From Blue Girl, Red State
: (emp add)
On Sean Hannity's new Sunday night show, he is designating an Enemy of the State. No kidding. Enemy of the State. He is selecting a fellow American every week and accusing them of treason, a capital offense. [...] You don't go around branding your fellow Americans as guilty of treason. This is the kind of thing that emboldens the Eric Rudolph's and the Tim McVeigh's and the zealots who gun down doctors for providing abortions. It incites the unstable to commit terrorism against their fellow Americans.
Would there be any way to sue this clown for defamation of character, or something like that? I would think that being called a traitor on national TV with no objective proof of that treachery is almost a slam dunk, legal-wise...
(: Tom :) wrote, ...being called a traitor on national TV with no objective proof of that treachery is almost a slam dunk...
Not if the defamed person is a public figure.
Well, Hannity is a public figure, so I hereby proclaim that Sean Hannity is a traitor to the people of the united states and has committed treason.
Think of Hannity as an enema of the state.
Okay, I give up. What's the symbolism of having the "enemies of the state" all wearing photoshopped black suits and ties? (Even Barbra Streisand is in a suit, and not as Yentyl.) Is this supposed to denote East Coast liberalism -- even for Kim Jong Il?