I’m STILL thinking about the recent rise in domestic terrorist actions. These things, in particular, made me think that maybe Improbable Joe is on to something…
First, there’s this article by Joseph A. Palermo about the spin job that extreme-right talking heads are trying to put on the shooting at the Holocaust Museum in DC.
Yesterday afternoon Glenn Beck and two of his guests argued that Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party were “leftwing”; that “political correctness” led the committed white supremacist, James Von Brunn, to shoot a security guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC; and that ultimately President Barack Obama is the one responsible for the violence because his “bailouts” and “Socialistic” policies are engendering widespread anger. Beck denounced those who claim he is “churning the pot” because, he says, “the pot is already boiling.”
This piece from Here and Now (go here and look up June 12th – the story titled Hate Crimes in America; I can’t do a direct link to the story) was on the radio this afternoon:
We speak to hate crime expert Mark Potok of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center about this week’s shooting at the US Holocaust Museum and the murder of abortion provider, Dr George Tiller. He says hate crimes are on the rise — as the nation’s demographics change and the economy worsens.
I’m also interested in this piece by Ed over at Gin and Tacos where he postulates that some in the right-wing camp are baking slowly away from the nutjobs they have been stirring up.
I have to hand it to Smith, who apparently has a conscience, for his restraint. He does everything except stare into the camera and scream “What the fuck is wrong with you people?” Unfortunately for Shep, it’s going to be hard to develop his line of argument without addressing the key role played by his employer and colleagues in stoking exactly the kind of paranoid, apocalyptic attitude which so horrifies him.
Finally, I came across this audio clip of Wiley Drake (who, it seems, is a Baptist minister with some sway) on Fox News Radio claiming that Dr. Tiller had it coming. His prayers were answered, he said, in Tiller’s murder and, what’s more, he’s actively praying for President Obama’s death.
These people scare the shit out of me.
Edited to include; this helps…