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January 8, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

"ENEMY OF THE STATE"....Parody is going to become a lost art if the blowhard brigade keeps trying to top itself with stuff like this. I mean, what could I possibly write that was any more ridiculous than the thing itself?

And a note to Alan Colmes: I know Fox pays you a lot of money, but at some point it's time to reclaim your dignity. Now would probably be a good time.

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hail stalin!

Posted by: al on January 8, 2007 at 6:51 PM | PERMALINK

Dignity?

GO GATORS

Posted by: Live Free or Die on January 8, 2007 at 6:51 PM | PERMALINK

Because we've always been at war with Eurasia...

2 legs good, 4 legs better...

George Orwell just spun in his grave for the eight hundred thousanth time. Poor guy will never get any rest.

Posted by: Marcus Aurelius on January 8, 2007 at 7:02 PM | PERMALINK

And a note to Alan Colmes: I know Fox pays you a lot of money, but at some point it's time to reclaim your dignity.

I admit, my knowledge of Alan Colmes outside of his role as Hannity's punching bag is somewhat limited—was there a time where he had dignity that he could now reclaim?

Posted by: cmdicely on January 8, 2007 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

Parody is going to become a lost art if the blowhard brigade keeps trying to top itself with stuff like this.

How is this any worse than Keith Olbermann's Worst Person in the World? It's just meant as humor, but I see you don't get the joke.

Al

Posted by: Da Al on January 8, 2007 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

Sean Penn? I saw him on the Katrina news hauling stranded people out of the water and into his rented boat. The State could use a few more "enemies" like him. Heckuva job, Penny.

Posted by: buddy66 on January 8, 2007 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

I believe those ships have sailed.
Parody is a lost art and the time for Colmes to reclaim his dignity has long passed.

Posted by: b.h. on January 8, 2007 at 7:05 PM | PERMALINK

Someone blogged that Colbert is kicking himself for not thinking this up first.

Sean (rhymes with Pawn) Hannity (rhymes with Vanity) has a big Farah Fawcett type photo of George W. Bush up on his office wall.

Posted by: Robert on January 8, 2007 at 7:06 PM | PERMALINK
How is this any worse than Keith Olbermann's Worst Person in the World?

"Worst Person in the World" is simple, though superlative, moral condemnation.
"Enemy of the State" suggests direct threat and warranted action against the offender.


Posted by: cmdicely on January 8, 2007 at 7:09 PM | PERMALINK

a big Farah Fawcett type photo of George W. Bush up on his office wall.

Complete with perky titties?

Posted by: Keith G on January 8, 2007 at 7:11 PM | PERMALINK

"Enemy of the State" suggests direct threat and warranted action against the offender.

It's also an ironic description of someone who's actions are patriotic but feared by the government.

It's also used by totalitarian governments who use the deification of "The State" to get rid of anyone they please.

It's also the name of a popular Will Smith movie where he's a stand-up normal citizen hounded by government agents after he accidentally becomes a threat to someone who has the power to make him "Enemy of the State".

Posted by: Boronx on January 8, 2007 at 7:17 PM | PERMALINK

Someone needs to remind Andrew that FOX has a crack security team that O'Reilly uses to harass callers to his radio show.

Posted by: Th on January 8, 2007 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK
It's also an ironic description of someone who's actions are patriotic but feared by the government.

Well, yes; such irony is contextually communicated. Does that really seem to be part of Hannity's use (I'm asking seriously, as I haven't watched Hannity in quite some time, and don't have any immediate plans to do so just to answer that question)?

Posted by: cmdicely on January 8, 2007 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, Kevin.

Giving advice to Alan Commie? He never had any dignaty to start with.

Posted by: egbert on January 8, 2007 at 7:25 PM | PERMALINK

His first guest is going to be Emmanuel Goldstein.

Posted by: alex on January 8, 2007 at 7:25 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps we should "Yankee Doodle" him and lionize those he singles out for the Two Minute Hate.

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 8, 2007 at 7:26 PM | PERMALINK

Does that really seem to be part of Hannity's use

No, in Hannity's case the irony is dramatic.

Posted by: Boronx on January 8, 2007 at 7:27 PM | PERMALINK

Hannity is an Enema of the State, and if there was any justice, it would shit all over him.

Posted by: E. Henry Thripshaw on January 8, 2007 at 7:29 PM | PERMALINK

Someone needs to remind Hannity of the proud tradition his "race" has of dropping explosive devices into public waste receptacles in order to back the transfer of political powers to religios extremists. (a.k.a. "terrorism").

O'Reilly too.

I hear Ireland has a lot of natural offshore Petroleum deposits.

Maybe they need liberating.

Or maybe in the UK, Hannity should be called an "Enemy of the State".

Or maybe - Hannity just needs to sit down and watch the movie "Enemy of the State" (you know, that one with Will Smith).

Posted by: Extradite Rumsfeld on January 8, 2007 at 7:41 PM | PERMALINK

I remember Colmes used to do a radio show in NYC many moons ago. I don't know what happened to it. If Colmes had any dignity, he'd never have done a show with Hannity in the first place.

Posted by: Ghost of Tom Joad on January 8, 2007 at 7:44 PM | PERMALINK

Which State? Denial?

Posted by: jb on January 8, 2007 at 7:52 PM | PERMALINK

cmdicely, "Enemy of the State" suggests direct threat and warranted action against the offender.

Exactly, this isn't funny or ironic.

This quack is associating himself with state authority and Republicans literally believe this kind of thing.

Whatever nut was sending people anthrax is certain to be find hope and encouragement in this, --and is this not the reaction Hannity hopes to inspire?

As Ann Coulter put it, about normal judges that seem to her like leftists, "These people need to know they can be killed."

Posted by: cld on January 8, 2007 at 7:56 PM | PERMALINK

It's gangsterism.

Posted by: cld on January 8, 2007 at 7:57 PM | PERMALINK

I thought the modern American conservative movement proclaimed that "government is the problem"? How then can you be an "enemy of the state", when by definition, the state is the enemy?

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on January 8, 2007 at 8:08 PM | PERMALINK

The irony of all this is that there was once a tribe in the United States known as "conservatives," who fiercely believed that this nation was special because it did not have a "State" in the European sense. We had a federal government, of course, but we did not have a single institution that embodied the national authority and could declare people to be its enemies simply on the basis of their beliefs. They thought this was an essential aspect of our nation's character, which was worth fighting for.

They were a bit of a dodgy tribe, and I never cared much for their politics, but there was at least some intellectual coherency to the philosophy.

I tried to explain this to a younger co-worker the other day, but I don't think she believed me.

Posted by: ajl on January 8, 2007 at 8:08 PM | PERMALINK
He never had any dignaty to start with….eggbutt at 7:25 PM
Try d-i-g-n-i-t-y Colmes is paid to store his balls in Hannity's purse. Posted by: Mike, Enemy of the State, on January 8, 2007 at 8:11 PM | PERMALINK

How then can you be an "enemy of the state", when by definition, the state is the enemy?
Posted by: The Conservative Deflator

And that is why your handle is soooo apt.

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 8, 2007 at 8:20 PM | PERMALINK

The Conservative Deflator: How then can you be an "enemy of the state", when by definition, the state is the enemy?

Your "logic", and other liberal apostasies, have no place in the post-modern narrative of Fox "news" (though I did think your point quite clever).

Posted by: alex on January 8, 2007 at 8:26 PM | PERMALINK

Enemy of which state? Police state? State of confusion? This is Fox, so maybe, state of grace? And Sean Penn? Sean Penn??!!! An actor is the best Hannity can come up with? It's like the guys are not even trying anymore. The collective whining of the right-wing has gotten so sad & pathetic that it almost isn't any fun to mock or laugh at.

Posted by: Nathan64 on January 8, 2007 at 8:27 PM | PERMALINK

"Department of Homeland Security."

"Patriot Act."

And now, thanks to Sean Hannity, "Enemy of the State."

American Republicans sure do sound a lot like ... well, a group of totalitarians from a few decades ago.

By the way, "Enemy of the State" is a terrific film starring Will Smith that is a lot more relevant now than when it was made back in 98.

Posted by: CMc on January 8, 2007 at 8:30 PM | PERMALINK

The Dems have had power only for a few days, partial one and hanging by Johnson's breath at that, and look how obnoxious and uncivil and ill-mannered they have become, ridiculing one of the most patriotic Amrican's attempts to expose the traitors in our midst.

Posted by: gregor on January 8, 2007 at 8:33 PM | PERMALINK

As to whether enemy of the state is more threatening than worst person in the world, as one of the people of Josh Marshall's blog pointed out, enemy of the state comes from the Latin hostis reipublicae. When the Roman senate voted someone hostem reipublicae (contrary to the blog it required a vote rather than a decree by a dictator) it simply meant that the government (or rather any magistrate) was entitled to kill them.

Whether Hannity has a clue about all that I have no idea; I'm pretty sure that the modern totalitarians who took over the term knew it quite well. I also doubt that Hannity was thinking of the aria Nemico della Patria from Giordano's Andrea Chenier, in which the hero is guillotined after being denounced as an enemy of that state by a sometime friend, who describes his guilt in the aria. Doubt Hannity will be singing that song.

Posted by: Gene O'Grady on January 8, 2007 at 8:44 PM | PERMALINK

Hate is all these monsters have to offer. They cant allow their base to reflect on circumstances.

Posted by: Michael7843853 G-O in 08! on January 8, 2007 at 8:45 PM | PERMALINK

"Enemy of the State" sounds so wonderfully Soviet.

"Sean Penn, Enemy of the State" just sounds hilarious.

If Penn is the biggest threat to America that one of our leading wingnuts can think of, then it's time to repeal the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act, shut down Gitmo and the Department of Homeland Security, because the Republic is safe for a good, long time.

Posted by: RT on January 8, 2007 at 8:45 PM | PERMALINK

Hannity's Christmas gift from Richard Mellon Scaife --a life sized replica of his own toilet in 100% solid porcelain, stuffed with little chocolate elephants.

Of course it doesn't really work, it's to sit on his giant Hannity-sized desk.

Posted by: cld on January 8, 2007 at 8:57 PM | PERMALINK

You don't go around branding your fellow Americans as guilty of treason. This is the kind of thing that emboldens (embiggens?) the Eric Rudolph's and the Tim McVeigh's and the zealots who gun down doctors for providing abortions. It incites the unstable to commit terrorism against their fellow Americans. So - either Hannity knows this and doesn't care, in fact intends to whip up the masses and foment violence, or he's stupid. (Indeed, if it's the former, Hannity is an Enemy of the State!!! )Either way he should have angry cats thrown at him.

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 8, 2007 at 9:39 PM | PERMALINK

Global Citizen:

"You don't go around branding your fellow Americans as guilty of treason. "

You mean like you libs do to our President and Vice President every day? Every. Single. Day?

You speak of terrorism? You, who enable the terrorists by making known your dissent to our enemies, thereby strengthening their revolve? We'd be through Iran by now if it wasn't for you libs.

I tremble for my country.

Posted by: egbert on January 8, 2007 at 9:51 PM | PERMALINK

Marcus Aurelius on January 8, 2007 at 7:02 PM:

George Orwell just spun in his grave for the eight hundred thousanth time.

Get me some wires and magnets, and I'd have a nice little generator!

Not only is Hannity a dishonest hack and, as Penn described, a whore, but that whole segment is completely unoriginal....which is not a suprise considering the source. I mean come on...Is ripping off Olbermann the best the sooper production geniuses at Fox News (*cough*) Channel can do?

Apparently.

Global Citizen on January 8, 2007 at 9:39 PM:

It incites the unstable to commit terrorism against their fellow Americans.

Yup. See Operation Rescue and the late Dr. Barnett Slepian for another example.

So - either Hannity knows this and doesn't care..

Bingo.

...or he's stupid.

Well, that too. Bingo again!

Either way he should have angry cats thrown at him.

Hungry, 300-pound ones. But that's a joke, much funnier than anything Hannity could come up with.

Posted by: grape_crush on January 8, 2007 at 9:53 PM | PERMALINK

Fun facts:
1. Alan Colmes owns alan.com. I'd seen him a few times before learning that he owns a four-letter English word domain, and that's the only thing that I respect about him.
2. In one interview I saw with a rabbi who went to Iran's holocaust conference, Alan Colmes lied by putting words into the rabbi's mouth. The rabbi wanted to have a serious discussion and mentioned serious scholarship relating to (I believe) this: tinyurl.com/yg3mqg. Unfortunately, Alan didn't wan to have a serious discussion and kept interupting and putting words into his mouth.

-- Your buddy

Posted by: TLB on January 8, 2007 at 9:53 PM | PERMALINK

I tremble for your caretakers.

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 8, 2007 at 9:53 PM | PERMALINK

egbert on January 8, 2007 at 9:51 PM:

..strengthening their revolve?

...If I can get them to spin really, really fast and hook up some magnets and wires....

Posted by: grape_crush on January 8, 2007 at 10:00 PM | PERMALINK

grape_crush: If I can get them to spin really, really fast and hook up some magnets and wires

Is that the new green, wingnut powered?

Posted by: alex on January 8, 2007 at 10:03 PM | PERMALINK

Time was there couldn't be anything more unAmerican than questioning another American's patriotism. That didn't mean ridicule was out but absolute denial of civil rights was seen as the utmost threat to the state and the social contract that holds society together. This is worse than bad manners because it promotes hooliganism.

Posted by: opit on January 8, 2007 at 10:08 PM | PERMALINK

I tremble for my country.

No, you tremble because the meds are wearing off.

Posted by: floopmeister on January 8, 2007 at 10:10 PM | PERMALINK

Time was there couldn't be anything more unAmerican than questioning another American's patriotism.

Yet another reason why, when our grandchildren stand at our gravesides it will be invective and not eulogies that issue forth.

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 8, 2007 at 10:15 PM | PERMALINK

Hannity reminds me of some dipshit security guard who goes around impersonating a police officer. Usually at some point they start harassing someone who made the mistake of ignoring them.

Posted by: coldhotel on January 8, 2007 at 10:25 PM | PERMALINK

For those keeping score at home, Ann Coulter is still leading in the Wingnut that Holds Together the Western World sweepstakes, but with this thinly-disguised unveiling of the Two Minute Hate, Hannity moves into striking distance.

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 8, 2007 at 10:39 PM | PERMALINK

When will these clowns ever realize that George Orwell wrote cautionary novels and not blue prints for society.

Where is an English literature professor when you need one.

Posted by: Ron Byers on January 8, 2007 at 10:47 PM | PERMALINK

Ridiculous, you say?

I'll show you ridiculous.

Here's from a piece by Nicholas Von Hoffman in the New York Observer of July 31, 2006:

"As for Iraq itself, there isn’t a street in the country that an American can walk down without courting death. Thousands of Iraqi professionals, university faculty, engineers, doctors and businessmen quit the country in fear of their lives. Even in Baghdad, the city captured with such trumpeting way back when, the Americans are no longer in control.

"If the D’s can’t make political capital out of this, how realistic are their hopes for this November? As things are shaping up, while the Democrats writhe and wriggle trying to get out from under the cut-and-run label, the Republicans will be doing a sneak and run out of Iraq and calling it victory.

"Big announcements of troop withdrawals are slated for September, nicely timed for the electoral campaign. The Republicans will soon be telling every voter who listens that the war is all but over and democracy reigns. Mission accomplished."

Posted by: samuel on January 8, 2007 at 10:52 PM | PERMALINK


Probably someplace reading Sinclair Lewis' "It Can't Happen Here" with a smug little smirk on his face at people always connecting Orwell & the Shrub in chief.

And I ask again, Sean Penn??

Posted by: Nathan64 on January 8, 2007 at 10:55 PM | PERMALINK

Where is an English literature professor when you need one.

I've been saying something similar for ages. They didn't read 1984 and foresee a warning about an undesirable future - they read it as an ops manual.

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 8, 2007 at 10:56 PM | PERMALINK

I'm more worthy of the title than Sean Penn.

You know, the only resolution I made this year was to open a shelter for battered onion rings, but I have time to add one.

I resolve to inspire Sean Hannity to proclaim me an Enemy of the State! C'mon guys, I need your support here, but together, by God, we can achieve my dream!

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 8, 2007 at 11:01 PM | PERMALINK

Global Citizen: I need your support here

No problem - I've always considered you an Enemy of the State. I'm sure Sean would too. But 2008 is my turn.

Posted by: alex on January 8, 2007 at 11:15 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, whatever happened to the freepers' fear of big government and black helicopters and all that?
All of a sudden they loooove The State and can't tolerate people who don't.

When'd that change, 2001? And should maybe somebody call them on that?

Posted by: Kenji on January 8, 2007 at 11:17 PM | PERMALINK

Well, maybe the segment will be autobiographical, in which case, go Hannity!

Posted by: craigie on January 8, 2007 at 11:20 PM | PERMALINK

Lovely. It's Staatsfeind in the original German. You can imagine whom they applied it to.

Posted by: R. Porrofatto on January 8, 2007 at 11:33 PM | PERMALINK

egbert, You mean like you libs do to our President and Vice President every day? Every. Single. Day?


Personally I'm proud to be an enemy of Hannity's state.

There is a certain distinction here: What did Sean Penn do that could merit such a phrase? Try to rescue people in New Orleans?

And what did George Bush do? Leave them to die?

Posted by: cld on January 8, 2007 at 11:47 PM | PERMALINK

I mentioned the freund/fiend dichotomy when I I posted about it.

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 8, 2007 at 11:57 PM | PERMALINK

Two points:

1. A fair-minded critic would wait to see how Hannity actually uses this shtick before blasting him for it.

2. Look at the things you folks routinely write about Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, etc. They are pretty equivalent to the "enemy of the state" concept. I guess it only smacks of fascism when conservatives do it.

Posted by: ex-liberal on January 9, 2007 at 12:06 AM | PERMALINK

Liberals make a case for their statements, conservatives merely vilify.

Liberals provide evidence, conservatives provide fraud.

Posted by: cld on January 9, 2007 at 12:13 AM | PERMALINK
Hey, whatever happened to the freepers' fear of big government and black helicopters and all that?All of a sudden they loooove The State and can't tolerate people who don't.

When'd that change, 2001? And should maybe somebody call them on that?

They don't love the state, per se, just its military and other manly aspects. Of course, they'd lose bowel control at the mere possibility of personal involvement in combat, however they do bang their keyboards with a certain masculine vigor.

Posted by: idlemind on January 9, 2007 at 12:17 AM | PERMALINK

There is a difference in criticizing the members of government and singling out a citizen for individual vilification.

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 9, 2007 at 12:19 AM | PERMALINK

egbert: "He never had any dignaty to start with."

A lack of "dignaty" certainly never stopped you.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on January 9, 2007 at 12:22 AM | PERMALINK

If you drink tea, leave out the milk,

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn10913-milk-wrecks-the-health-benefits-of-tea.html


If you're conservative and drink tea, just deny it was ever in there, find some guy who can be paid to carry on about how the evidence is a matter of opinion, how the long history of milk drinking has never had any real bad effect, deny we have any right to know what you put in your milk, and you did say it was milk you were putting milk into and this is how confused these liberals are, and it is your personal business after all, and the cook is now part of a different department that is subject to the official secrets act and can't talk about it because that would clue in the terrorists.

And just who do you think you are trying to insult America's cows, letting down the herd?

Posted by: cld on January 9, 2007 at 12:24 AM | PERMALINK

Mike Cook: "... I would love to relive my Vietnam days with much a much more war-like spirit on my part today ..."

My "Vietnam days" included losing my father over there. I'll take a pass. Have fun.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on January 9, 2007 at 12:27 AM | PERMALINK

Donald - I posted a nastygram to Mike Cook on the wrong thread. What a vile, nasty little instrument of (purely banal) evil he is.

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 9, 2007 at 1:06 AM | PERMALINK

Okay, done grading and ready for bed - but I'll post this for the early birds...My son emailed me a link for The The Twenty Most Annoying Liberals In The United States: The 2006 Edition while I was off.

For the record, I can think of 20 more annoying Liberals than they did. Poor souls just seem...dispirited...these days. Harry Belafonte? But not Rosie O'Donnell? Or Carville? Not a Clinton to be found?

Like I said, the poor dears are barely trying now that a Democratic Congress is a reality.

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 9, 2007 at 3:44 AM | PERMALINK

I noticed Sean has his tie off--obviously ready to step outside the studio, find Penn and administer some Hannity Justice!
That, or he's showing off his chest hairpiece.

Posted by: Steve Paradis on January 9, 2007 at 8:38 AM | PERMALINK

Irony alert: "ex-liberal," that perenially dishonest neocon hack, commenting about what a "fair-minded critic" should do.

A fair-minded critic would wait to see how Hannity actually uses this shtick before blasting him for it.

Not at all -- the title alone communicates plenty and is eminently worthy of criticism. Tell ya what, "ex-liberal" -- if Hannity uses the segment to describe what great people these so-called "enemies" are, I'll apologize publicly for misjudging him. Don't hold your breath.

Look at the things you folks routinely write about Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, etc. They are pretty equivalent to the "enemy of the state" concept.

Well, if we folks routinely write equivalents of the "enemy of the state" concept (as opposed to incompetent, mendacious, corrupt misleaders), it should eb easy as pie for you to post a few examples. Put up or shut up.

I guess it only smacks of fascism when conservatives do it.

Maybe not "only," but conservatives do tend to smack of fascism more often -- as you well know, my neocon friend.

Posted by: Gregory on January 9, 2007 at 9:07 AM | PERMALINK

Hannity sinks to a new low.

Everyone keep the link to throw in conservative faces when they claim a self-righteous high ground.

Enemies of the State were usually marked for death. This is more desparation on the part of the right to demonize their opponents and fatten their wallets. We all should call this spade like we see him.

Posted by: D-Vega on January 9, 2007 at 10:05 AM | PERMALINK

Between Sean Inanity's "Enemy of the State" and President Bush's "New Way Forward" it feels like the good old days back in 60's Peking.

Along Pennsylvania Avenue we'll see posters of Bush and Inanity with over-sized shoulders, wearing berets with red stars and hoisting AK-47s, eyes skyward.

This calls for Mel Brooks!

Posted by: pj in jesusland on January 9, 2007 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

Only an AGENT OF THE STATE, can declare someone an enemy of the state. Is this Fox "News" coming out party?

Posted by: rjatlanta on January 9, 2007 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

GC: open a shelter for battered onion rings

Oy! Funny girl.

Posted by: MsNThrope on January 9, 2007 at 11:42 AM | PERMALINK

Thank you MsN. (*smiling and waving*)

I am devastated. Iwao Takamoto has passed away. He did more to help a generation distrust the motives of real estate developers than any one man could have ever hoped to.

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 9, 2007 at 12:06 PM | PERMALINK

Hannity's list for the year.Pat Robertson,Newt Ginrich,Rush Limbaugh,Ann Coulter,Dick Cheney,Don Rumsfeld,Michelle Milkin,George Bush,Condi Rice,Mike Reagan,Ron Reagan,George Washington.

Posted by: Thomas3.6 1/2 on January 9, 2007 at 12:29 PM | PERMALINK

oh by the way Michelle Milkin if your reading this I would like to see you do porno please.

Posted by: Thomas3.6 1/2 on January 9, 2007 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

Do you suppose Hannity would ever feature himself on his new show?

Posted by: pj in jesusland on January 9, 2007 at 12:58 PM | PERMALINK

Jeso Pete! Sean Penn?! Obviously, he does not qualify as an Enemy of the State and this Hannity segment is a form of McCarthyism, a Faux News specialty.

What Hannity didn't mention was that Sean Penn made his remarks about Hannity being a "whore," and of the Bush Admin, to "impeach these bastards," during his acceptance speech for the 2006 Christopher Reeve First Amendment Award.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 9, 2007 at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK

Hannity is placing himself in this category. The Democrats haven't even had congress back for a week, and conservatives are already relishing their role as victims...poor little guys.

Posted by: dave on January 9, 2007 at 1:14 PM | PERMALINK

In our Republic democracy, would not the "state" be considered the "people"?

Posted by: nikkolai on January 9, 2007 at 1:31 PM | PERMALINK

nikkolai: in our Republic democracy, would not the "state" be considered the "people"?

Enemy of the State = fascist

Enemy of the People = communist

You know the difference between fascists and communists, right? Oh, ok, I can't remeber either. All totalitarians look alike to me.

Posted by: alex on January 9, 2007 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

Being one of Sean Hannity's "Enemies of the State" will be a badge of honor, like being on Richard Nixon's Enemies List. I mean, Sean Penn called Hannity a name, poor diddums. And he thinks the adminstration is doing a terrible job and should be booted. Well, he'd certainly be an enemy of the Administration. And what's wrong with that? Not a thing.

Posted by: Wendy on January 9, 2007 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

Fascist=fealty to corporatism

Communist=fealty to the collective.

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 9, 2007 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

Global Citizen: Fascist=fealty to corporatism, Communist=fealty to the collective.

Ok, but a corporation is an ownership collective.

What can I say? To me it's a distinction without a difference. No freedom of speech/press, no contested elections = no legitimate gov't.

Posted by: alex on January 9, 2007 at 3:42 PM | PERMALINK

"Enemy of the State," part 2: Sean Hannity and his fascisti friends open concentration camps, manned by the white ethnic policemen they so know and love.

Posted by: Vincent on January 9, 2007 at 9:06 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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