Naomi Wolf on Sarah Palin

“Has Sarah Palin been picked as the titular head of the coming police state?”, asks Naomi Wolf.

My answer: No.

Journalists were arrested [at the RNC] — for reporting. Amy Goodman and ABC producers were arrested. Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake and others were forced to lie face down as armed agents tied their hands behind their backs.

This is not new. It happened repeatedly in the 60’s. We survived.

The riot police wore the black S&M gear of the Rovian fantasy life and carried the four foot batons cops carry in North Korea. All this is not John McCain’s imagery or strategy: it is Karl Rove’s.

How can she possibly know what Rove’s fantasy life is? Just wondering. Saying that the militarization of police is a Rovian plot grants way too much power to one person in addition to being more than a little Black Helicopter-ish. . Some perspective, southern cops in the 50’s did much worse things to nonviolent civil rights demonstrators than just cuff them on the ground. And – don’t forget – we eventually won that battle, against what at the time often seemed insurmountable odds.

Back in the 60’s-early 70’s, like now, there were dark rumors that the president (Nixon) was secretly setting up concentration camps for dissidents, would cancel elections, roll in the tanks, and that a police state was just ’round the corner. Didn’t happen, did it?

Wolf has done many important things, but if you posit the opponent as all-powerful and all-controlling, then you can paralyze yourself into inaction. Maybe it’s more like the Wizard of Oz. A little man with some machinery. Seems to me if you take that view, you will then be more optimistic and thus have a better chance of accomplishing your goals.

“Paranoia strikes deep / Into your life it will creep / Starts when you’re always afraid.”