Worried by the growing radicalism of political rhetoric? So was Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 40 years ago:
Stalinoid rhetoric of apocalyptic abuse on the left, and its echoes on the right, have created a public atmosphere of anxiety and portent that would seem to have touched us all. It is with every good reason that the nation gropes for some means to weather the storm of unreason that has broken upon us. The Public Interest, Fall 1969.
As bad as the summer of ’09 was, its legacy is unlikely to be anywhere near as pernicious as the Summer of Love. At least I certainly hope the tea parties won’t be remembered as our decade’s Woodstock.