Over on Daily Kos "progressive Zionist," Volleyboy1, yet again accuses those who disagree with him on politics as being insane or deranged. It is probably the lowest form of political discourse to suggest that those who disagree are mentally ill. It is an illiberal form of bullying and is, in fact, what the Soviet Union did to dissidents. Dissidents in the Soviet Union were routinely labeled mentally deranged and shipped off to institutions.
Why someone who considers himself to be a "progressive," i.e., someone who allegedly stands for universal human rights, would stoop to this despicable tactic is not hard to understand (ends and means, after all) but it certainly cannot be respected. In fact, if the progressive movement ever stood for anything good, it stood for a sense of fair play. At its heart this is what the progressive movement was supposed to mean. But what are we to make of people who self-identify as "progressive," but who use bully-boy, authoritarian tactics in pursuing their political aims?
The heart of Volleyboy's diary is the charge that Rick Santorum is deranged for claiming that Obama is "doing absolutely nothing in a consequential way to make sure that they (Iran) do not get this weapon."
One may agree with this statement or not, but to suggest that Santorum is something akin to a rabid dog for making the claim is a failure of human decency.
After smearing Santorum as mentally ill, he then goes forward to suggest that what the former Pennsylvania Senator may really want is a regional war, for the purpose of crashing the U.S. economy, so that the Republicans can beat the Democrats in the November election.
Aside from the shear illogic of such a position, the malice of it is... I have no words... beyond comprehension. Volleyboy1 is suggesting that Rick Santorum is such a foul human being that he wants war for the purpose of personal political gain.
I used to live in Pennsylvania and, you can be sure, I never voted for Rick Santorum, nor do I have any intention of advocating for Santorum if he gets the Republican nomination. Nonetheless, to suggest that the guy is both mentally ill and so heinous that he quite literally would like to see hundreds of thousands of people brutally murdered solely for his personal political gain speaks far more to the character and integrity of the individual making the charge than it does to the candidate, himself.
It's a shame that Volleyboy1 seems incapable of producing an argument that is not grounded in dragging others through the mud.
Nobody is perfect... G-d knows I am not... but this is just sad.