Is it Time to Take Out the Tea Party?
Anarchists, libertarians, and conservatives — right-wingers all — are trying to take our country away from us. As long as I have a breath and a rifle, those who want to destroy America will not prevail. Just as our fathers fought to protect our freedom in the Great War, sons of liberals everywhere must gather our armies. We must now rise to defeat and destroy those who would dismantle the American Great Society. Good Americans everywhere need to lock and load!
You might find that paragraph shocking, idiotic and outrageous. I agree. I don’t actually believe any of it. But fear mongers on the right are now claiming that liberal rhetoric is just as toxic as theirs. If it was, this is what it would look like. The take away message is that this is the first time you’ve read anything like it.
Conservatives of all stripes are frantically engaged in an effort to separate their toxic rhetoric from the massacre in Tucson. They aren’t afraid of being a cause of the carnage. (And there is no direct link that we know of.) They are afraid that the slayings will make hyperbolic mudslinging unacceptable to most Americans. If that happens, the right wing is sunk.
Simply put, no liberal idea is as awful or as apocalyptic as they claim. There is no un-American cabal of citizen-traitors bent on destroying our way of life. The right’s biggest fear is that we will figure this out. Imagine if they could no longer operate the outrage factory. Without the blindness of outrage, they’ve got nothing.
Conservatives are also hell bent to convince you that left is just as violent as the right. There is no evidence of that either. It’s a ridiculous assertion recently tackled by blogger Greg Cornell. His chart is sunshine on this big stinking pile of manure.
Some liberals — most of whom are Christians — seem perfectly willing to accept the “we’re all sinners” biblical viewpoint. But we’re not all sinners. Politically violent rhetoric today, like political violence, is the provenance of the right – only the right. Before we forgive them, a little naming and shaming is in order.Continued on the next page