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Gunmen prove Homeland Security right

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The Department of Homeland Security is formed ...

On April 7, the Dept of Homeland Security issued a report warning of the dangers of domestic terrorism from right-wing extremists.

Outraged, some leading conservatives demanded apologies and terminations.

A month later, the assassinations began.

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April 7, 2009: The Department of Homeland Security releases a nine-page assessment document entitled “Rightwing Extremism […] [It] warned of “a heightened level of extremist paranoia” and “lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”
April 14, 2009: Former Speaker Newt Gingrich:

The person who drafted the outrageous homeland security memo smearing veterans and conservatives should be fired […]

April 14, 2009: Conservative commentator Sean Hannity intentionally misrepresents the focus of the assessment as targetting “people who have pro-life bumper stickers.”
April 14, 2009: Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin:

The “report” … was one of the most embarrassingly shoddy pieces of propaganda I’d ever read out of DHS. I couldn’t believe it was real. …By contrast, the piece of crap report issued on April 7 is a sweeping indictment of conservatives.

April 15, 2009: House Republican leader John Boehner demands an apology from the Department of Homeland Security for the report.

May 31, 2009: Dr. George Tiller [killed in Wichita church] … suspect apprehended is a right-wing extremist […]

June 10, 2009: [Lone gunman opens fire at] U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum … suspected shooter is a right-wing extremist […]

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Far-right speakers have continually pooh-poohed the idea that their over-blown exaggerations could stimulate some to actual violence.
The evidence is on the table.

Enough. Time to stop crying “socialism” (Sarah Palin) andif somebody doesn’t stop him, America will cease to exist… and Obama is “the focus of evil” (Alan Keyes) and “… the tree of liberty will be fed with the blood of tyrants and patriots. You are the patriots.” (Rep. Michael McCaul). Time for Republicans to utterly reject demagogues and their hyperbole – for what right-winger would believe a Democrat’s plea?

Just as the world waited to hear from reasonable Muslims after 9/11, our nation should hear now from reasonable conservatives, who should be vigorous in their denunciations of the irresponsible, emotional, and self-serving claims of Limbaugh, Hannity, Gingrich, Palin, Malkin, Boehner and the lot.

Stop it. Tragedy has begun.

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  1. Monte says: This comment is a bit too absurd to leave posted here. It’s over, TD. No more, please.

    TD

    June 11, 2009 at 6:33 pm

  2. Monte One of the hardest things I have learned is not use words that cause others to view my views as prejudice. Because we both believe and so strongly have confictions, it is so easy! I think we (country)are progressing but so slow!

    Thanks for making folks think! God is good and He will win out regardless! Leroy

    Leroy

    June 11, 2009 at 8:01 am

  3. Three things that have REALLY surprised me about the Obama candidacy and presidency are
    1 – the very visceral reactions that conservatives have to him (I know people who believe he’s the Antichrist or a terrorist)
    2 – the apocalyptic nature of the anti-obama rhetoric. An entire mythology has been forming over the years and is now coming to a head wherein an evil liberal left is out to destroy Christianity and Democracy, kill or corrupt our children, and deny us our freedoms. The size and weight of this, and people’s ability to believe in it and BUY this world view, absolutely astounds me.
    3 – the way that some people are willing to believe the worst about him regardless of all evidence to the contrary. I’m not naive enough to think he’s as good as he may look, but c’mon, he’s not out to take down the country on purpose, he’s not a terrorist, and – I could be wrong – but my money’s on “not the Antichrist.” ;-)>

    I think your point, Monte, is well made. Living in rural Iowa, I can attest that there exists “a heightened level of extremist paranoia” in certain elements of the culture. The rhetoric from conservative outlets needs to be toned down. Score political point ON political points, not on whipping up paranoia and creating in your listenership a bizarre world view wherein liberalism is a bogey man that’s going to eat your children.

    What’s really sad in this is that we NEED a strong Republican party counterbalanced with a strong Dem party. Your comment “Just as the world waited to hear from reasonable Muslims after 9/11, our nation should hear now from reasonable conservative … ” is prescient. I believe this is a tremendous opportunity for someone to assert themselves as a true leader in a party that desperately needs leaders whose primary focus is not “entertainment”. What the Republican’s need more than anything is an adult in charge.

    Joe Hayes

    June 10, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    • Thanks, Joe, this is well-said. I especially benefit from this sentence:

      Score political point ON political points, not on whipping up paranoia

      And I agree completely that:

      we NEED a strong Republican party counterbalanced with a strong Dem party

      .

      How we would benefit from having deep-thinking, fair-minded Republicans on the stage right now (and more Democrats and Independents of that sort, too!)

      Monte

      June 11, 2009 at 1:49 pm

  4. “rightwing extremists”
    “leading conservatives”
    “Rightwing Extremism”
    “Rightwing Blowback and Politicization”
    “Conservative Commentator”
    “Conservative Commentator”
    “House Republican leader”
    “Rightwing Extremist”
    “Rightwing Extremist”
    “Far right speakers”
    “Time for Republicans”
    “Right-winger”
    “reasonable conservatives”

    I offer the words of your post as evidence.

    TD

    June 10, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    • OK, you’ll have to help me here, TD. I don’t see how I could make the point about inciting violence without describing who’s doing it.

      I used the words “right-wing,” “extremists,” and “far-right” to make it clear that I was not talking about Republicans or Conservatives generally using such language, for they are surely as appalled as am I.

      But there is no corresponding left-wing incendiary rhetoric; there is no left-wing vigilantism around just now, as far as I know. Nor are there left-wing talkers who use thinly veiled language about violence toward political opponents. Do you know of any in the last 40 years? By contrast, I remember Waco; I remember Oklahoma City. Right-wing extremism.

      It appears the price of being considerate to Republicans and conservatives, and being specific about the real issue, left me open, somehow, to the accusation of partisan manipulation of tragedy.

      It simply isn’t so. You’re following the time-tested formula of dysfunctional thinking: change the subject from the problem to what someone said about the problem.

      But no such weasel-words allowed here. The problem is the problem – and the problem is that two unstable right-wing radicals probably responded to a number of irresponsible right-wing demogogues, and my hunch is that it won’t stop until many quit whining about getting picked-on and utterly reject comments that could incite domestic terrorism.

      Monte

      June 11, 2009 at 4:02 pm

  5. Stop it. Tragedy in the air.

    Take your own advice and please refrain from trying to use murders to score political points.

    TD

    June 10, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    • Thank you, TD; apparently my point was unclear.

      I didn’t intend to argue against “scor[ing] political points,” as you suggest, but rather for toning down emotional, exaggerated talk that may embolden vigilantes. It isn’t about political points, in my book – it’s about the safety of some people I care about.

      A second point was that many pooh-pooh the risks and dodge personal responsibility for changing the extreme right’s violent innuendo, often by claiming political points are being unfairly made against them.

      I offer your comment as evidence.

      Monte

      June 10, 2009 at 8:53 pm


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