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Calvin Freiburger

So, Sean Hannity Is Driving People Into Bunkers. Or Something.

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Posted on September 8 2010 10:00 am
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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It’s been a while since we took a look at an attack on Sean Hannity that was more flat-out stupid than merely misleading and hypocritical, so today I’ve got a real winner. Somebody at dime-a-dozen Fox hater blog EyesOnFox.org thinks he’s discovered another example of the damage those crazy, irresponsible right-wingers are doing by making people fear poor Barack Obama:

Sean Hannity sent out some ace reporter to look into the Vivos underground shelter network. The kid covering the story isn’t a very good reporter – hey, this is Fox News after all – and treats it half-seriously. Well, that much is probably appropriate. If you visit Vivos’ site they feature a rival ABC News story. Better reporting without all the cheesy editor FX TV effects applied to video news clips of the Obama administration and background clips like on economic dark skies. Please Fox News leave the cheesy editing and lame attempts at humor to amateurs like me.

Yet, there’s a serious side to all the right-wing chatterboxes hyping up the bunker mentality. People are paranoid enough to fork out something like $50,000 for the peace of mind they’ll have a hidey hole to dive into to escape the coming apocolypse. Fear not only sells bunkers and gold (a great source of income for many conservative pundits like Ingraham and Beck) it also is a great tool to demonize anyone to the left of them.

Maybe the bunker story was a waste of time, but as our friend admits, “the kid covering the story”—actually Steven Crowder—only “treats it half-seriously.” And while I don’t doubt that some of Vivos’ new customers fear potential fallout (metaphorical and otherwise) from our current ruling class’s misdeeds and incompetence, just because they’re reacting in a paranoid way to what they hear in the alternative media doesn’t make what Hannity, Beck and their colleagues have to say false. (Review how Team Obama’s been reacting to the threat from Iran, or how they’ve been handling foreign policy and national security thus far, and try to tell me how safe you think America really is right now.)

Besides, I don’t remember all this hand-wringing going on when the Left was on the outside looking in. It wasn’t so long ago that these latter-day realists were the ones playing Chicken Little.  Where was EyesOnFox.org during the days of Bush Derangement Syndrome, when we were told that the former president stole the 2000 election (in part by disenfranchising black voters), let the September 11 terrorist massacre happen, knowingly sent American soldiers to die based on faulty intelligence (driven by his thirst for oil), was going to turn America into a police state with the Patriot Act, rigged voting machines in 2004, and committed all sorts of other unconscionable acts. Were those who threatened to leave the country when Bush won (hey Alec, we’re still waiting) demonstrating “paranoia,” and if so, who was responsible?

If there’s one thing conservatives absolutely must understand about the activist Left, it’s that their moral critiques of conservative conduct are strategic political attacks first and foremost— never sincere concerns. If Republicans win back the White House in 2012, you can bet that today’s partisan recklessness will become tomorrow’s sacred dissent once more.

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Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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