(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
If you haven’t heard about the 30 Governors who have received “Resign or else” threats, you might be interested to learn about this.
The group, “Guardians of the Free Republics,” wants to “restore America” by dismantling parts of the government, according to its web site.
The website also promotes tea party protests, calls for revolution, videos from Glenn Beck, and sympathetic articles about recent right-wing domestic terrorist activities, like the suicide attack on an IRS building in Austin earlier this year.
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Yeah, who would ever dare to think that some tea partiers could also be capable of acts of terrorism and politically motivated violence?
Urban combat? Wonder where this guy thinks that might happen.
And wherever would they have gotten ideas like that anyway?
To those who take exception to my latest diary detailing Sean Hannity’s dismissal of right wing violence in a supposedly “snark” comment about teabaggers being Timothy McVeigh wannabes, I offer you this.
Since when are domestic terrorists who plotted to kill American police officers considered “captured warriors” ? Isn’t that a case of Fox being soft on terrorism ?
You might have heard of the Hutaree Militia if you watch anything other than Fox News.
All were indicted by a federal grand jury of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.
And what was the Hutaree Militia plotting?
Nine suspects tied to a Midwest Christian militia that was preparing for the Antichrist were charged with conspiring to kill police officers, then attack a funeral using homemade bombs in the hopes of killing more law enforcement personnel, federal prosecutors said Monday.
The Michigan-based group, called Hutaree, planned to use the attack on police as a catalyst for a larger uprising against the government, according to newly unsealed court papers. U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said agents moved on the group because its members were planning a violent reconnaissance mission sometime in April.
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So here is Hannity dismissing Right Wing anti government violence just days after a Right wing anti government group was arrested for planning violence.
FBI agents moved quickly against Hutaree because its members were planning an attack sometime in April, prosecutors said.
I, for one, do not buy the idea that what Sean Hannity said here was taken out of context, not on the heels of this news about the Guardians of the Free Republic and their demands against 30 Governors.
HANNITY: When you think about the vast majorities that they have in Congress and they had to bribe, backroom deals, corruption, that’s all because the tea party movement, the people – all these Tim McVeigh wannabes here.
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
As they say . . . .
Some have taken exception to the fact that I had inadvertently omitted the last part of what Hannity had said, which was that Tea partiers are McVeigh wannabees “as they say”, they being the left.
I do not see how that changes his statement. If it was meant as sarcasm or snark it was in very bad taste and still should not be excused, but, more to the point, the fact is that “they” are RIGHT! “They” are correct that some of the people aligned with teaparties ARE making threats of violence against other Americans. “They” are telling the TRUTH when “they” say that politically motivated violence is coming directly from Right Wing pundits and politicians who are promoting tea parties and anti government sentiment. “As they say” is trivial compared to the fact that “they” are CORRECT! To dismiss that is the equivalent of saying “Some say there is no proof of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq” when we all know that those “some” were entirely correct!
I should hope that “As they say” is not the strongest argument in saying that there are positively ZERO people aligned with tea parties and RW rhetoric that are capable of politically motivated violence, because that is EXACTLY the argument that Sean Hannity was trying to make.
Why would Hannity and other Fox employees be so quick to dismiss this kind of violence? Because they have been working very hard to incite it, and they need to cover their asses.
WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal intelligence note is warning police that an anti-government group’s call to remove dozens of sitting governors may encourage others to act out violently.
A group that calls itself the Guardians of the free Republics has a plan to “restore America” by peacefully dismantling parts of the government, according to its website.
As of Wednesday, more than 30 governors had received letters demanding they leave office within three days or they will be removed, according to an internal intelligence note by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, which was obtained by The Associated Press.
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+ a hat tip to DKos diarist Brainwrap who also has a diary covering this matter. You can read that article by clicking on this link
Peaceful demands to resign or “be removed” ? That is not how these Governors are taking it.
What the Right Wing pundits and politicians have done since President Obama’s election victory in 2008, most visibly through Fox News, is to try and make the case that Obama and Democrats are trying to destroy America and bring about tyrannical government control of everything. Of course, the already unhinged on the right are going to react violently at this.
When Sean Hannity makes the case that teabaggers are not “McVeigh wannabees” he is making the case that there are no Mcveigh wannabees anywhere among the teaparty, right wing following. This is patently false, and it is designed to give the right cover that they have had no role at all in pumping up the hysteria on the right. These are not isolated incidents. This is a pattern.
And where is it starting? On Fox News, the network that calls domestic terrorists who are plotting to kill law enforcement officials “warriors”. The network that decries Obama’s “tyranny” but cheer-lead Bush’s torture, war based on lies and war crimes.
But, of course, Fox is pushing the “Left does it too” narrative while diminishing and ignoring the calls for violence on the right as well as the hair on fire behavior of their own employees. That makes it “Fair and Balanced” and as far from the truth as you could possibly get.
You can’t keep throwing red meat to your conspiracy minded right wing base without eventually getting blood on your hands. I only hope it never happens, but in reality that is a fools hope. A more reality based way of dealing with Right Wing Dog Whistle antics like what passes for journalism on Fox is to call them out on it LOUDLY until they stop. I don’t know if that will work, but it is better than doing nothing at all and hoping the lone wolves at the door go away.
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Crossposted at ProgressiveElectorate.com