Tuesday, August 25, 2009

No Kidding

The Guardian has an excellent and concise piece pondering the insanity-- and the potential consequences-- of right-wing politicians and pundits fanning the flames of hatred toward Obama, non-whites, and liberals.
I could only rub my eyes in disbelief when I saw footage of one protester standing outside an Obama town hall meeting in New Hampshire with a loaded handgun strapped to his leg, holding a placard proclaiming: "It is time to water the tree of liberty," in reference to the Thomas Jefferson quote "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots." In Maryland, one man went even further, holding up a sign saying: "Death to Obama" and "Death to Michelle and her two stupid kids".

This militant, rightwing craziness comes on the back of the now-infamous ad published in a Pennsylvania newspaper in May, calling for Obama to be assassinated – and, of course, in the wake of a presidential election campaign in which crowds at Republican rallies shouted "Kill him!", as well as "Treason!" "Terrorist!" and "Off with his head!"

Less than a year on, and under the spurious guise of a "row" over healthcare, we are left, in the words of investigative journalist Chip Berlet, with "a very dangerous situation that can spin off 'lone wolf' individuals who decide now is the time to act against people they see as an enemy."
If, God forbid, Obama were to go the way of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy, as that Pennsylvania newspaper ad demanded, 21st-century America would be engulfed by violence and protests on a scale not seen since the 19th-century civil war. The country would tear itself apart.

Republicans should beware. They are playing with fire.
Truer words have not been spoken.

1 comment:

Dean Wormer said...

This has recently started to worry me as of late.

We're going to get a watered down health care bill that's pretty much nothing but a handout to insurance companies because Obama wants a political victory.

The base of the democratic party is going to be pissed and frustrated. But the base of the republican party will be even moreso for no good reason.

When you've spun yourself into a position where you feel that any health care reform is tantamount to rebuilding the third reich then I don't see how that doesn't lead to political violence.

They've already shown their complete disdain for representative democracy.