This past weekend has been rather interesting, looking around the blogs. I see a lot of posts listed on Digg talking about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and how it’s going to create a “police state.” Yes, according to them, posse commitatus was being overturned, and the military was going to be snatching people off the streets and slapping them into indefinite detention! Here in this country! It was awful, terrible, a betrayal of progressives by the President! Oh, he went back on his promise to veto it! Just awful, right? Except that what they were talking about wasn’t in the bill.
Everything they complained about was based on amendments and proposals as the bill wound its way through the legislative grinder. Which the President threatened to veto if those were in the final bill. After discussing it with the Administration, they took them out of the final bill, and just left things as they were, with a few extra restrictions when it came to military detentions. How do I know that? Because there are people like Milt Shook, along with sites like Angry Black Lady, Mother Jones and The People’s View who, instead of running off with their hair on fire went and listened to the debates in Congress, and read the final bill.
You wouldn’t know that if you only read Glenn Greenwald, or any of the other members of the Professional Left. They were busily handing flammable hair gel and matches to people. Yes, they could have taken a day or so to wait and see what was in the bill, but that wouldn’t drive as much “outrage” or fit into their preferred narrative that the President was “a failure.” The results were predictable, and yes, their frustrati followers promptly lit the matches and ran around the blogosphere screaming.
This isn’t the first time this has happened. It happens on a regular basis. They get worked up over something Greenwald, Hamsher, Moore, Olbermann, or some other member of the Professional Left said. Then it turns out that what they’re saying wasn’t true, or was something that didn’t happen, when looked at carefully. By that time though, they’re already on to the next outrage. You see, the PL know that the frustrati are reliable. They won’t bother to sit and examine something, they just enjoy being worked up. They’re easy to play, and once again they got played. Pity that that hasn’t sunk in yet to the frustrati.