When the Revolution Comes…

Is a penchant for ridiculous hyperbole required to write for the National Review Online?

Have a friend who was in Riverside Park (Manhattan) with his baby daughter. A woman came up to him and said, “Are you a registered Democrat?” He said no. She said, “Well, you can register right now — it will just take a second. I have the necessary paperwork here.” He said, “No, actually, that’s not it — I am registered. It’s just that I’m a registered Republican.” He said that the woman gave him a look of hate such as he had seldom seen — sent a shudder down his spine. She walked away, still glaring, bitterly, without a word.

Now, the thing is, my friend’s not very political at all — he’s not like me and the rest of us NRO-niks. He just has a nice career (unrelated to politics), and a nice family, loves to play golf, likes to go to the movies, and goes about his business. And he thought, “Shouldn’t she simply have been pleased that I was registered? Isn’t political participation and good citizenship what it’s all about?”

Oh, no, no, my friend — not by a long shot. Come the revolution, you will understand. And that lady will give you a good long time in a camp to think about it.

That lady was in the wrong, sure. But coming from the same folks that rode for a president who politicized the administration of justice,  this is pretty rich.



Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.
  • Hyberbole? Yes. Geesh! If you are not an extremist, no one will listen. Is that the new rule? Sounds like it. (I don’t mean you; the writer for the NRO. haha)

  • McLaren

    Perhaps the writer was thinking of a time when people who didn’t look or think like the majority of Americans were locked up in prison camps. And this was done by a “progressive” president, so you might understand the writer’s sarcastic hyperbole.

  • The fact that you’re seriously asserting that an Obama administration means that the Fox News audience is gonna be round up and tossed into camps is really unsettling.