His Wiki page almost reads as if he wrote it himself. He founded Talking Points Memo which gets, according to Wiki, 400,000 page views every day and more than 750,000 unique visitors every month. He’s had his articles appear in nearly every liberal mouthpiece in the country, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, the Bill Moyers Journal and GQ. He (I’m sorry – Wiki) adds:
Hendrik Hertzberg, a senior editor at The New Yorker, compares Marshall to the influential founders of Time magazine. “Marshall is in the line of the great light-bulb-over-the-head editors. He’s like Briton Hadden or Henry Luce. He’s created something new.”
If he didn’t write it, he certainly knows about it and probably goes there frequently on bad days to refresh his self-image. He also thinks he speaks for millions. Hence the title of his January 17th blog, “Speaking for My Tribe.”
It’s about guns and how he hates them. There’s something to be learned about how liberals view guns in his screed.
First of all, there’s this great divide: there are gun-owners, and then there’s everybody else:
I’m not a gun owner and, as I think as is the case for the more than half the people in the country who also aren’t gun owners, that means that for me guns are alien.
Alien? The word alien has three classifications: Alien (law), a non-citizen resident of a country; Extraterrestrial life, life which does not originate from the Earth; and Introduced species, a species not native to its environment. He’s a wordsmith who picks his words carefully. I wonder which classification he refers to?
But he continues to use the word anyway:
I come from a culture where guns are not so much feared as alien, as I said. I don’t own one. I don’t think many people I know have one. It would scare me to have one in my home for a lot of reasons. Not least of which because I have two wonderful beyond belief little boys and accidents happen and I know that firearms in the home are most likely to kill their owners or their families. People have accidents. They get depressed. They get angry.
There’s so little empirical or statistical evidence for this that it isn’t even measured. But to Marshall it’s real: it’s his world. I wonder who’s the alien now?
I could go get a link to back up what I just wrote but I didn’t bother because Marshall would call it bogus anyway. He lives in a world where facts don’t matter. If they don’t support his point of view, they’re irrelevant:
There’s a lot of bogus research (widely discredited) purporting to show that if we were all armed we’d all be safer through a sort of mutually assured destruction, pervasive deterrence. As I said, the research appears to be bogus. But even if it was possible that we could be just as safe with everyone armed as no one armed, I’d still want no one armed. Not at my coffee shop or on the highway or wherever. Because I don’t want to carry a gun. And I don’t want to be around armed people.
See what we have here? He’s not rational. He’s emotional. It’s a bad feeling he has:
I think guns are kind of scary and don’t want to be around them.
Wouldn’t that make him an alien? Just how would we communicate with an alien? Just asking…