Thursday, June 26, 2008

Keeping Our Heads Above Water

While listening to us lefties venting about Obama today, I ran into a comment at Dave Neiwert's post, Orcinus, that reminded me that we can take too much comfort from the rational minds we surround ourselves with. Mostly, I stay with leftwing blogs, although I make sure to read the Dallas Morning News to keep in touch with what goes on out there. I see some reflection of rightwing thought in other blogs. I also listen to House debate and only when it's completely little black lies do I turn it off - which with the energy falsifications is rather more often the past few days.

Today Dave reminds me that there is a large bloc of those who treasure up their violence and throw it out in hopes it will make them fearsome. They are all around us, they just don't usually make it too plain because people will avoid them. Oh, people like us, who are not the majority in some circles.

The crazies and Obama
Saturday, June 14, 2008
-- by Dave
If there is a President Obama come next Jan. 20, normal folks better brace for what the right-wing crazies have in mind. Because it's becoming clear that they are winding themselves up now for a fresh spate of violence if Obama wins.

You can find the signs in the things they're saying now, both on Internet forums and in the things they say when they think no one is listening. For instance, read some of the details emerging from that militia bust in Pennsylvania that the media have been studiously ignoring. To wit:

Bradley T. Kahle, 60, of Troutville, was one of five people arrested in last weekend's sweep. He told undercover agents he hoped Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama would be killed if they were elected president, and that he would shoot judicial and law enforcement officials if he became terminally ill, according to an affidavit of probable cause made public Tuesday.

"Kahle said words to the effect of, that 'if Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama, get elected, hopefully they will get assassinated, if not they will disarm the country and we will have a civil war,'" the affidavit stated.

The same man also told authorities he planned to visit Pittsburgh so he could get on top of a high rise and start shooting black people. And of course, the judge let him go on bail. Would I be crazy to suspect that if he were a Muslim talking about shooting white people from a high rise and hoping John McCain would get killed, no judge on earth would let him go?

You remember these people from the jeers at those who were labeled brainiacs, the back of the gym during the pep rallies, in the parking lot when they were supposed to be in class. I know, I know, then they got control of the executive branch.

The past eight years probably made them feel like they had been empowered. They are going to be very, very bitter.

This is not going to be easy.

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Blogger Anna said...

Ruth: Dave Neiwert's always-good Orcinus co-conspirator, Sara Robinson, expands on this at Blog For Our Future today,

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had these crazies forever and ever. I would be way more alarmed by the repeat of the Clinton lynching that went on from 92 to 2000.

The Republicans simply do not give any legitimacy to a Democratic administration. This time it's way worse because of the potential of war crimes indictment or even The Hague imminent for Bush and Chaney.

Although I am squarely in opposition to Obama based on his right wing agenda and being a hate monger, I due believe that his FISA vote is clear hint to the Republicans that he is not going to pursue any legal process towards the Bush regime.

3:06 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Sadly, the themes that can always be used to manipulate blocks of people are the same ones that advertising is directed toward, so they are cultivated by the business interests as well as by the press. The internet is a big hope for the future.

1:43 AM  

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