Mr. Ambrose commits two signature errors common to well-meaning but feckless folks. He tries to justify wrong things by pointing out that other people do wrong things too and he forgets that the lesser of two evils is also evil.
Orange Clump is an enemy and must be thwarted at every turn just as Badcock Hussein Onana is an enemy and just as Distaff Clump is an enemy.
Anyone who is indifferent to the evil done by my enemy is also my enemy.
That last line could very well be Fyodor's Rule #11.
Ambrose: How to build paranoia - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Frum spends a lot of time on subjects irrelevant to his main topic, such as possible conflicts of interest. He gets downright ridiculous when he apparently thinks Trump’s rhetoric is more dangerous to a free press than the Obama administration’s spying on The Associated Press and threatening reporters with jail on issues of identifying sources. He goes after Fox TV as entangled in a Trump love affair without acknowledging a widespread media enmity that he himself illustrates.
Frum also cheats statistics by denying a significant crime rise in America’s biggest cities in Obama’s last years in office, seeing this claim as a political trick by Trump to divide and conquer. Beyond Frum, there is the Muslim ban that was not a Muslim ban. There were the immigration raids that were no different from similar raids under Obama. There were Trump’s court criticisms that did not come close to Obama’s 2010 State of the Union assault on Supreme Court justices sitting right in front of him.
“How To Build An Autocracy” is the headline of the Frum piece. Obama gave us some very good lessons.
Jay Ambrose is a columnist for Tribune News Service. Email email@example.com
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