Friday, January 14, 2011

The haters dissemble

"Let's Get This Straight: There Is No Progressive Equivalent to the Right's Violent Rhetoric"

Even more importantly, the long, long list of violent attacks since the election of Obama - a group that the mainstream media hardly ever mentions (and I imagine the Secret Service has a much longer list, stifled so as not to encourage copycats) - is always inspired by the right-wing hatemongers.

"The Right's Rising Tide of Violent Rhetoric Is Deadly"

"Yes, Jared Loughner's Act Was Political"

"David Brock Explains to Chris Matthews That Beck Has Been Responsible for Three Thwarted Assassination Attempts" "David Brock on Hardball: 'Glenn Beck Himself Has Been Responsible For Three Thwarted Assassination Attempts This Year.'"

"Glenn Beck and Jared Loughner: Separated at birth?" "Separated at Birth?"

"a dirty bomb in maine?"

"What violent rhetoric? Another right-wing nutcase arrested for threatening congressman. Was O'Reilly the inspiration?"

"'Who I Wanted to Kill Was Every Democrat in the Senate + House': Where the Notion of Right-Wing Political Murder Comes From"

"Tucson tea party founder says Giffords to blame for getting shot" Note that his goal is clearly to turn society into competing bands of armed men, with social 'peace' determined by who can afford the most gunpower.

"More evidence of right-wing links to Tucson attack"  Note how lucky the right-wingers are that this inevitable attack was by someone they are able to portray as unpolitical, or even 'leftist'. In fact, the general right-wing nuttiness of Arizona is directly responsible for the budget cuts that meant there was no treatment for him. 'Conservative' and 'stupid' mean the same thing.

"Following the trail of political rhetoric to violence: Can we deny that words matter?"
"And here's the central point to remember: Violent language and hateful political rhetoric don't make most of the people who hear it run out and kill. Rather, the problem is that it makes it more likely that a handful of more fervent, less stable, more susceptible, less socially connected individuals will hear the message and take it to heart. And in a world where guns are cheap and plentiful, all it takes is one.

The solution, needless to say, is not censorship. The solution is to view those who favor violence as a way of dealing with one's political opponents with contempt, and to treat entertainers who use such language and tropes as moneymaking devices as beneath even that. I don't want the government telling Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, or any other xenophobic whack job what not to say; I just want sensible Americans to switch the channel and confine them to the obscurity that they deserve."
There needs to be a master list of advertisers on all these shows - Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly, etc - and advertisers need to be told unambiguously that if they continue to support this hatefest they will be permanently boycotted by decent people.  Any politician like Palin who dabbles in violence needs to understand that any chance of a political career is over.
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