What is Mainstream?

There is a ridiculous story on CNN’s political blog (find it here). Basically, a bunch of liberal and gay rights groups are whining because Obama has tapped Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inaugural ceremonies. This is not surprising. What was surprising to me was the craziness contained in the following snippet from the article.

People for the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert told CNN she is “deeply disappointed” with the choice of Warren, and said the powerful platform at the inauguration should instead have been given to someone who is “consistent mainstream American values.

“There is no substantive difference between Rick Warren and James Dobson,” Kolbert said. “The only difference is tone. His tone is moderate, but his ideas are radical.”

It’s like I’m Alice and I’ve gone through the looking glass. It’s like the prank we used to play in middle school where we would say it was “opposite day” and yes meant no and so on. The fact of the matter is that Rick Warren (and James Dobson for that matter) does represent mainstream American values. It is both absurd and misleading to call his ideas radical. And if you need proof of the mainstream-ness of his views on marriage, look at the fact bans on gay marriage have now passed in each of the 30 states in which they’ve been put before voters.

The fact of the matter is that most of the liberal groups that the media gives voice to – and by doing so helps legitimize them and make them seem more representative than they really are – are the ones with the “radical” ideas. They are the ones out of touch with mainstream America. We really need to start calling out the media for allowing these ridiculous groups to have more of a voice than they deserve.

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One thought on “What is Mainstream?

  1. This is simply another example of the left grabbing control of the rhetoric. They begin to vioce these opinions, and conservatives smurk at their ridiculousness. The media is complicite because they legitamize the views by reporting them. It keeps being said, and it keeps being reported. Then one day, the media will begin to work it into their own reporting, and present it as truth because no one has shouted it down. This is unfortunately a truism because conservative people are just that, conservative, and they generally do not go around shouting things down.
    We will probably lose the rhetoric on this just as we did in the gulf war, and then we will lose the war just as we will in the gulf war. Depressing….

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