Perkins should be smart enough to know that comparing anyone to the Nazis is one of the third rails of American political discourse. To compare it to the Occupy movement or a few zealous activists is more than a stretch.
The lawsuit on the Panthers was a rush to judgment -- filed long before it was ripe, before a full investigation was completed, and contrary to longstanding practices whether the defendants be black or white.
This is an opportunity to explain to a world that has too many people ignorant of how American democracy really works, or suspicious of America in general, that freedom is a complicated and wonderful and yes, sometimes frustrating thing.
What synapse snapped in the loofah-scrubbed mind of Bill O'Reilly to take to task one of America's sweethearts, Jennifer Aniston, for her simple statement in support of the possibilities of single motherhood?
The Civil Rights Commission has become the attack dog lackey of the extreme right wing of the Republican Party, and it will be no surprise when it issues a hysterical red-baiting screed castigating the Obama Administration.