A reader writes:
You articulated what I have been thinking for years about Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, and these supposed conservatives.
If you listen to Limbaugh, Savage, and Hannity on the radio or TV you discover that their perceptions of terrorists and U.S. Democrats and liberals are identical, as is their level of vitriol for both groups, and the methods they expouse for dealing with them: obliteration, actual or rhetorical.
Their rage is contagious. You either buy into it or become agitated with them and have to turn them off. This dichotomous 'all or none' 'good and evil' thinking (called splitting in the psychoanalytic literature), to me, is not healthy.
With Hannity, you only have to read the title of his recent book: "Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism". The fact that he can equate liberalism with terrorism and decribe each of them as "evil" means he has given up on democratic discourse. I wish it had given up on him.