Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lead Us Into Temptation

Listening to the constant lying from the right wing makes a lot of us libruls - that get that Colbertian bias of the facts - pretty baffled. The congress these days is an object lesson in fiction as the wingnuts fight against the public interest. Existing U.S. health care, that 85% of the public wants restructured, can't be justified by any means but lying.

While I don't listen to much of it, the insistent canting a mantra that is blatantly wrong does grate in the bits and pieces I do hear. The victims of that campaign of lies are the wingnuts who follow and revere the opponents of public interest.

Last night, Bill Moyers' Journal took on the media blitz of haters that the right wing puts forth as its spokespeople. He focused on the Tennessee shooter , Jim David Adkisson, who killed members of a 'liberal church' in his attempt to save the country. That pathological shooter was sure that it was the liberals who are responsible for what he sees as a weakened country, where he can't get a job. How many jobless and frustrated people are following that spiel on the air by winger radio and television 'hosts' and learning the same directions? we have to wonder.

MICHAEL SAVAGE, THE MICHAEL SAVAGE SHOW: Liberalism is, in essence, the HIV virus, and it weakens the defense cells of a nation. What are the defense cells of a nation? Well, the church. They've attacked particularly the Catholic Church for 30 straight years. The police, attacked for the last 50 straight years by the ACLU viruses. And the military, attacked for the last 50 years by the Barbara Boxer viruses on our planet.
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GLENN BECK:I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out of him. Is this wrong?

RICK KARR: Michael Reagan, son of the former president, suggested that people who claim that "9/11 was an inside job," a U.S. government conspiracy, deserve to die.

MICHAEL REAGAN, THE MICHAEL REAGAN SHOW: Take them out and shoot them. They are traitors to this country, and shoot them. But anybody who would do that doesn't deserve to live. You shoot them. You call them traitors, that's what they are, and you shoot them dead. I'll pay for the bullet.

RICK KARR: Neal Boortz went after victims of Hurricane Katrina.

NEAL BOORTZ, THE NEAL BOORTZ SHOW: That wasn't the cries of the downtrodden. That's the cries of the useless, the worthless. New Orleans was a welfare city, a city of parasites, a city of people who could not, and had no desire to fend for themselves. You have a hurricane descending on them and they sit on their fat asses and wait for somebody else to come rescue them.
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REV. CHRIS BUICE: When you blame all your problems on some minority group, then everyone else is exonerated. We exonerate ourselves. We don't have to look at ourselves to see what sort of ways we contribute to the problems of the world. We don't have to examine ourselves, to see what we are doing that is helping to create the problems that we're so concerned about.

RICK KARR: In other words, Buice says, angry talk radio rhetoric simply sets up scapegoats for society's problems. And ever since Jim David Adkisson walked into his church and opened fire he can't help but wonder whether that might lead to more violence.

REV. CHRIS BUICE: I just think a lot of people are hurling insults from the safety of television studios, the safety of radio studios, the safety of cyberspace, which they would not throw if they had to stand right next to a person and look in their face and say the same thing. And so that's a void in our community, the chance to be in the same room and to have these exchanges and remember the humanity of the person on the other side

BILL MOYERS: That report aired on the Journal on September 12, 2008. Earlier this year, when Jim David Adkisson was sentenced to life behind bars, he released what he called a manifesto -- a four-page statement he wrote before his shooting spree. It was a manifesto, all right, spewing hate like fire and lava exploding from a volcano.

"This was a hate crime," he wrote. "I hate the damn left-wing Liberals [sic]. There is a vast left-wing conspiracy in this country & these liberals are working together to attack every decent & honorable institution in the nation, trying to turn this country into a communist state." Among the targets of his malice -- the Democratic National Committee, for "running such a radical leftist candidate, Osama Hussein Obama, yo mama. No experience. No brains, a joke. Dangerous to America."

"Liberals," Adkisson went on, are "evil ...like termites. Millions of them. Each little bite contributes to the downfall of this great nation." He longed to exterminate the traitors one by one. "Who I wanted to kill," he wrote, "was every Democrat in the Senate & House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldbergs [sic] book." --Full disclosure: I'm one of the hundred. "But," Adkisson lamented, "...these people were inaccesible [sic] to me. I couldn't get to the generals & high ranking officers of the Marxist movement so I went after the foot soldiers, the chickens**t liberals that vote in these traitorous people."

And that's how Adkisson decided on his victims -- he would go after the foot soldiers, the congregation in the church he described as "a den of un-American vipers." He had a patriotic imperative for anyone who read or heard his manifesto: "do [sic] something for your country before you go. Go Kill Liberals."


While you are sitting at your computer reading in a place you've learned to expect analysis and facts, in other places with other motivations hundreds of thousands are being persuaded that they need to do violence to folks like you who are on the other side. This mind-numbing ignorance has a vast audience, and elects the wingers who are trying to mobilize them to kill our government, our interests, and us.

Eliminating by the vote would be a really good way to start. Removing the liars who want their audience to believe that the government that administers their own health plan can't possibly be trusted to serve the public - the public it is supposed to represent over their worst efforts - there's a good beginning.

I don't listen to the Savages, the Limbaughs, the Obbs rants, but those who want to protest their spewed tirades might well do so at the networks that consider them worth public attention. Here are a few places you can place your remarks.

Glenn Beck; foxnews.com/

Neal Boortz; wsbradio.com/

Michael Savage; www.wnd.com

Rush Limbaugh; choose your closest station at; http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/menu/rush.guest.all.html

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5 Comments:

Anonymous UknowWho said...

sad state of affairs when free speech is used to kill.

I really wonder what would happen to Washington and the wingnutters if they could no longer live off the people. Of course, that day is coming sooner than they wished. So many millions are unemployed and will not have income to be taxed.
As usual, they probably never thought of that.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Thinking doesn't appear to be part of the wingnut m.o. Reacting is more the pattern.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to turn the TV off, as the clips were so nauseating. These are very scary people indeed. Pure id without any controls.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I've heard liberals screaming "Death to Bush" among other violent comments. Among the mobs, there are voilent types everywhere. I fully expect left-wingers to use these comments to justify their own violence.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Any actual links, Greg? Any examples?

2:28 AM  

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