Poor Amanda Ripley is ALARMED!
Watching a single woman-in-red denounce President Barack Obama as a noncitizen is not particularly scary. We can imagine any number of complicated life narratives for this woman’s shotgun rage. We may even muster compassion. The more alarming question is, Why are all those other people cheering her on?
Ms. Ripley can rest easy. To put it in terms she understands, think of the woman in red as a transgressive performance artists. Sort of like the painters who smear dung on pictures of the Virgin Mary. The crowd that cheers her on is energized to see stale pieties challenged.