I love The Twilight Zone. Beautifully-constructed, twenty-three minute morality tales -- challenging us to study the world around us, ask ourselves what we value, fear atomic annihilation and never judge too quickly.
That's why this ridiculous ad for conservative congressional candidate Vernon Robinson makes me so sad.
He refers to a country of gay rights, immigration and free speech as "The Twilight Zone," scaring viewers with extreme and distorted versions of each.
Of course, in the real Twilight Zone shows, Rod Serling argued for tolerance, diversity and patience. And when a quiet suburban block turns murderous for fear of "invasion," the message is that paranoia is the real enemy.
The Twilight Zone was creative, unflinching, serious in the issues it addressed, playful in execution, unafraid of moral assertions that praised compassion, inclusion and humility, and a frequent dance partner with the foggy gray areas of a complicated world.
In other words, Twilight Zone was a liberal show. Don't worry, Rod Serling, we know where you stand.