Frank Rich is a propagandist. Secret paymasters and heady insinuations about shadowy Arabs? Give us a break. I'm sure it will approvingly cited by Digby tomorrow. This shit makes me crazy. Look, people feel legitimate anger toward their government. They sense that the vague democratic ideals they have held since childhood have been traduced and betrayed. And they have. Now, I would argue that the betrayal was inevitable and embedded from the start in the America project, which was dreamed up by a gaggle of wealthy Romaphiles. And of course, I think they are as deluded in thinking that Barack Obama is America's first space-Muslim president as liberals were in thinking that George Bush was our first American Mussolini. And sure, their commitment to "small government" or whatever similar catch phrase is just cultural signalling; it ends at the rocky cliffs of the Department of Defense budget. But you gotta respect that they are pissed off, and even if their radicalism is an inch deep and their revolutionary sentiments mostly window dressing for what are some pretty conventional convictions, at least their response is something more legit than, what, making YouTube raps about some Harvard smarty-pants getting a bureaucratic sinecure.