Crossposted at Daily Kos
The lesson we should learn from Dr. Tiller’s murder is that if someone is demonized enough in the mass media, some crazy person will try to kill them.
Marabout40 has an excellant RecListed diary at Dkos titled Thank You Rachel Maddow & Frank Schaeffer!. Within that diary there is a video featuring Frank Schaeffer which I strongly suggest that you watch. In that video Mr. Schaeffer is quoted as saying :
“Their coded message to their own lunatic fringe is very simple, ‘Go for broke’
[It is} literally leaving a loaded gun on the table, saying ‘The first person who wants to use this, go ahead’“
I do not wish to fear monger, but I genuinely fear for our President, and our Democracy.
There is a reason they are called dittoheads. There is a small percentage of the population that can not think for themselves. When they hear their own insane thoughts repeated on TV and the Radio they feel a sense of affirmation. When they hear their own racism and hatred echoed in the media they feel justified, and when they hear Obama and Democrats, union members and others compared to Hitler and Fascism they will think “Anything I do will be justified.”
The hateful and racist, the fools who are easily scared must think, “I am not crazy. After all, I heard it on the TV/Radio!”
But this is not Bill O’Reilly taking a long but solitary battle against one man to the extreme, this is a 24/7 Right Wing Noise Machine that is saying in so many coded, whispered words, “These people are pure evil and must be stopped“
The following videos are all from mediamatters.org, and they are all from today, in case I seem to be over-reacting. Mediamatters is an invaluable resource and does a great service for our Democracy. If you are able to, please make a donation to them so that they can continue to provide the very resources that our 1st Amendment depend upon in the face of Corporate partisan propaganda; accountability.
Dobbs ominously warns that “this is a dangerous moment in our history” and the nation’s values “are under assault”
Dobbs: “[W]hat this White House is leading us to is direct confrontation, a physical confrontation”
Beck fill-in Bolling suggests footage of chanting ACORN protesters “looks a little bit more mob” than town hall disruptions
Limbaugh again refers to “similarities” between Dem Party leaders, “Nazi Party of Germany”; adds Pelosi “started it”
Limbaugh: Obama “inciting violence” at town hall protests, “armying up” with “union bigshots”, “tort lawyers”
Limbaugh: Obama, Dems are “sabotaging democracy”
Dobbs sticks up for caller who threatens to “brawl” with people at town hall meetings
Savage says he wants to see town hall protests “snowball” to include “far extreme, violent motorcycle groups”
Beck warns that ACORN, unions, AmeriCorps acting as Obama’s “civilian force,” “brownshirts”
This is just from today. Nevermind yesterday, or the day before that, or the day before that.
There is a reason Rush calls them DITTOHEADS.
Just look how they latched onto Birtherism, and ACORN, , and socialism, and Soros, and any other claim the right wing has made. It doesn’t have to be true as long as you repeat it often enough
Dr. Tiller was a man who was mentioned and demonized sporadically by Bill O’Reilly, and we all saw what effect that had. This is not sporadic. This is 24/7. This is character assassination with the intent to dehumanize and demonize the President, Democrats and their supporters with one purpose in mind.
It is time to call this exactly what it is. Terrorism
The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.
I genuinely fear for my President’s safety, and for the future of our Democracy.
Tommorrow I will be attending the town hall meeting that is being held by Representative Scott Murphy (D-NY20). Members of my family have asked me not to attend. They fear for my safety. These are people who are not nearly as informed as you or I, but they are afraid nonetheless, and that speaks volumes.
I will NOT be intimidated. That is how the terrorists win, and make no mistake about it, this is terrorism, domestic terrorism that is being pushed by the Right WIng Conservative media in the hopes that just one racist hateful sick human being acts on the words no one said out loud (well, except for Michael
Savage Weiner), but which are heard by the demented loudly and clearly.
I am not one to be easily frightened, but tonight, I will pray to the Gods for our President’s safety, and the future of our free Democracy of We The People.
Tonight please say a prayer. Our nation lies on the precipice of destruction.