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A Review Of Recent Right Wing Violence

By The Reverend Published: June 13, 2009

Paul Krugman on Thursday....

Today, as in the early years of the Clinton administration but to an even greater extent, right-wing extremism is being systematically fed by the conservative media and political establishment.
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And at this point, whatever dividing line there was between mainstream conservatism and the black-helicopter crowd seems to have been virtually erased.

On February 16, 2009, 4 months ago, I wrote a blog posting entitled, "A Grave And Gathering Storm?" The post reflected on the July 2008 killing spree by Jim Adkisson in a Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church. I included this question in that posting....

I am a free speech enthusiast…after all…I'm a blogger. At the same time, is it possible that the thuggish speech and printed word of our nation's fringe dead-enders on the right could actually be fomenting violence? Is this something we should be concerned about, especially in light of a Democratically led government?

Here are a few comments from that post....

Da King...
Sometime your posts are just wildly inaccurate and stilted. Other times they are wildly ignorant. This one falls into the latter category. One nutjob goes off, and you're ready to blame the entire conservative movement for it. BIG FAT "DUH" for the Rev for this one.

larry d.....
Just because some violent crackpot is right about several issues doesn't mean his methods are correct.

And of course the line of thinking the Reverend is chasing would work very well when comparing American libs with Middle Eastern terrorists.

Da King...
And for a political left that continuously calls Republicans "racists," and says Republicans "hate the poor," and "only care about the rich," etc, it takes a real lack of self-awareness to even bring this subject up.

On February 23, 2009, I posted a blog entry entitled, "Glenn Beck's 'War Room' Inciting Violence". The blog post included a video piece from Beck's cable program. I referred to sections of that video, here is one example....

At the 1:50 mark, "tax revolts….this is gonna' be violent….cities will resemble Dodge City, gangs who control, motorcycle marauders…."

At the 5:00 mark, in Beck and FOX's "light scenario"….Glenn asks, "I don't think we would head for an American revolution, we'd head for a French Revolution." Beck's guest, at the 5:50 mark, references the second amendment (militia gun ownership rights), "weaponry to defend themselves, as a last resort, against a tyrannical government." "A tyranny of incompetence….I think that, ultimately, is what our country is facing." Beck adds, "don't get me wrong, I am against the government,…and I do think they have been betraying the principles of our Founders." "Do the soldiers come in, and do they fight with the people? What does the Army, what does the military do?" Guest, Michael Scheurer, "I don't think the military is going to shoot on the American people." Beck…"People are training for civil unrest all over this country."

I asked this question at the end of the blog post....

Is it time for FOX News to be confronted for their inciting of violence in America?

Some comments from that blog post...

larry d....
How is it inciting violence? Does Beck tell people they should take up arms?

Da King...
Rev asks, "Is it time for FOX News to be confronted for their inciting of violence in America?"

That's the real WTF. Yeah, let's kill free speech for those FoxNews people.

With all due respect, this is an idiotic post.

Da King...
Today, I heard Glenn Beck was number one in his time slot, after being on FoxNews for only one month. Beck has more viewers than CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC combined. There must be a lot of people who agree with what he's saying.

And there still wasn't any call to violence by Beck. That contention is still nuts

On April 6, 2009, I constructed a blog post entitled, "GOP Media Has Blood On Their Hands". The post followed on the heels of three Pittsburgh police officer killings by a young man who was motivated by phony conservative rhetoric about the newly elected President Obama's desire to confiscate guns from Americans. Here are some of the responses to that blog....

larry d.
At first it seems deplorable to use the tragic deaths of three law enforcement officers to make cheap political points, but I suppose it's as good an excuse as any to crack down on Americans' right to free speech.

Such is the world we live in under the leadership of the present administration, I guess.

Christopher
This is some of the dumbest stuff I've ever heard of…unfortunately its typical from the far left.

No, don't blame the guy who took a weapon and shot people, blame the people who are commenting on the current administrations disdain for gun ownership.

Then on June 1, 2009, following the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, I wrote this....

These are the people Napalitano's Homeland Security report warned us against….and the far right howled over how they were being singled out in some kind of political witchhunt.

Now a good man, one of three remaining late-term abortion doctors in the country, has been executed by a member of the American Taliban.

I've blogged extensively on the role the conservative movement and it's corporate media partners have been playing in stirring up domestic acts of violence.

Some comments...

Quidpro...
Life and politics would be so much more orderly if we could just banish the thoughts and speech of those with whom we disagree.

You have made your position clear Reverand. You are in favor of banning the free speech rights of those who criticize positions which you advocate. Apparently, this applies even when the criticism is factually true.

Da King...
The hate speech hardly all comes from the right, and some of it isn't hate speech at all, such as this observation I will make right now – late term abortion is murder. That isn't hate, it's medical fact. Aborting 6-8 month old fetuses that are viable babies cannot be objectively categorized as anything other than murder.

Quidpro...
Hate speech drips form virtually all of your posts. Do you really believe that your fascist behavior advances your goals?

On June 11, 2009, 2 days ago, at All Da King's Men, following up on the most recent domestic terrorist killing at the Holocaust Museum, Mr. King wrote this...

A racist like James von Brunn is a person advocating for his collective, white people, over the interests of others. Racism IS identity politics, and it's not right-wingers who are it's primary practitioners. That comes from the other side.

...scumbags like James von Brunn are always labeled as right-wing extremists. I don't get it. Maybe it's because the ones doing the labeling come from the left. I don't know.

And the comments....

Tory Bug...
I don't understand how liberals or conservatives can take a single act of insanity, committed by a single person, and turn it into an indictment of either conservatism or liberalism.

Da King....
Extremists can be found under any political persuasion, but you're going to have to provide me with some examples of "Republicans…welcoming…militant conservatives into their fold" before I will accept that.

I just think it's helpful to see this discussion in a broader, more panoramic way. I'm not drawing any conclusions in this review. I encourage readers to do that for themselves.

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