Skip to comments.Hate Retoric Is Escalating Into Violence (Free Republic Mentioned)
Posted on 03/28/2010 10:43:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Just this week a militia group and the tea party movement intersected. Mike Vanderboegh, former leader of the Alabama Constitutional Militia, recently called for hundreds of thousands of gun owners to point their muzzles at the hearts of tyrants when discussing ways to oppose recent congressional legislation. He also encouraged breaking of Democratic Party leaders windows to get their attention. He said To all modern Sons of Liberty: THIS is your time. Break their windows. Break them NOW. After this, there was a rash of such incidents.
And, today 7 militia members were arrested in FBI raids in the midwest for plotting violence against Muslim organizations. This particular group calls themselves the Hutaree whose members describe themselves as Christian soldiers preparing for the arrival and battle with the anti-Christ.
What is happening? Why the hateful rhetoric, and the threats of violence?
Mark Potok, director of publications and information for the Southern Poverty Law Center is quoted as saying I think its very clear that you see ideas coming out of all kinds of sectors of the radical right, from the immigrant radical right, from the so-called Patriot groups, the militias and so on and you see it spreading right across the landscape at some of these Tea Party events, he says. I think its worth saying that much of this is aided and abetted by ostensibly mainstream politicians and media members. ... I think a lot of these ideas start on the radical right, but they are also being flogged endlessly by Republican officials, he says. Even those who are sort of considered [to be] responsible Republicans have completely abstained from any kind of criticism of this talk. So even way back when, when Sarah Palin was talking about Obama setting up death panels and so on what we heard was a deafening silence from the mainstream of the Republican Party.
Whose Country Is It? by Charles M. Blow hits the nail on the head as to the root cause of the rage we are seeing displayed by some over the passage of the health care bill. President Obama and what he represents has jolted extremists into the present and forced them to confront the future. And it scares them. Even the optics must be irritating. A woman (Nancy Pelosi) pushed the health care bill through the House. The bills most visible and vocal proponents included a gay man (Barney Frank) and a Jew (Anthony Weiner). And the black man in the White House signed the bill into law. Its enough to make a good old boy go crazy.
The Rage Is Not About Health Care, Frank Rich ... To find a prototype for the overheated reaction to the health care bill, you have to look a year before Medicare, to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Both laws passed by similar majorities in Congress; the Civil Rights Act received even more votes in the Senate (73) than Medicare (70). But it was only the civil rights bill that made some Americans run off the rails. Thats because it was the one that signaled an inexorable and immutable change in the very identity of America, not just its governance. ... If Obamas first legislative priority had been immigration or financial reform or climate change, we would have seen the same trajectory. The conjunction of a black president and a female speaker of the House topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay Congressional committee chairman would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play. Its not happenstance that Frank, Lewis and Cleaver none of them major Democratic players in the health care push received a major share of last weekends abuse. When you hear demonstrators chant the slogan Take our country back!, these are the people they want to take the country back from.
Both of these journalists say much more eloquently what I have been thinking, ITS THE DEMOGRAPHICS STUPID.
In an article I wrote last year on racism as a component of disrespect towards President Obama, I said: However, the current climate has gone far beyond simple disagreement or even righteous indignation about a particular issue, and it is difficult not to see that for a very vocal and visible fringe group of Americans racism is certainly one component of their anger. There are certainly many components of the rage expressed by this group, but at least one of those components is showing itself to be race. I also wrote about the connection between Obamaphobia and Islamophobia with the Obama is a Muslim crowd, and the fact that anti-Muslim rhetoric is reaching a dangerous level.
We have seen in the last few years a shocking escalation in EXTREME RHETORIC against whoever is seen as the other.
Signs from the 9/12 Tea Party march in D.C. ranged from simply unkind - bury Obama care with Kennedy - to conspiratiorial - wheres the birth certificate, Obama is a Muslim, and dont kill Grandma - to vaguely menacing violate our liberty at your peril, keep pushing us and find out what happens - to really over the top - we came unarmed (this time), Obama waving to al-Qaeda saying whoa boys, Ill take it from here, hang em high, traitors in Congress (and a list of names), Obama is the anti-Christ, a picture of Obama slitting the throat of Uncle Sam - and of course, there were Confederate flags and outright racist signs What you talkin about Willis?, Homey dont play dat . Earlier Tea Parties had the same sorts of signs - Sieg Heil Herr Obama (with picture of Obama with a Hitler mustache), Barack Hussein Obama the new face of Hitler, Chairman Maobama, Obamas plan, white slavery, We need a Christian President. Huffington post has a list of the 10 most offensive, but other sites found other signs that they found just as offensive, including The zoo has an African and the White House has a lyin African!. A news report called Is the Tea Party Racism Going Too Far? showed my personal vote for most objectionable - a sign depicting President Obama as an African witch doctor.
Remember those fellows at Obama rallies who were carrying loaded weapons, assault rifles and pistols? Frederick Clarkson pointed out [I] Chris Broughton, 28, made national news when he showed up to protest a speech by President Barack Obama in Phoenix, Arizona with an AR-15 automatic rifle slung over his shoulder and a handgun. ... The night before Broughtons fifteen minutes of fame, he attended a fiery Sunday sermon by his pastor, Rev. Steven L. Anderson, at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona. Rev. Anderson, also 28, explained not only Why I Hate Barack Obama, but also why he and God both want the president dead. When I go to bed tonight, Broughtons pastor declared, Steven L. Anderson is going to pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell.
Some individuals have called the presidents domestic agenda economic fascism, called the President an all-controlling Fascist leader, a socialist, a communist, compared to Hitler. The birthers claim that Obama is not an American, and their are even Pastors praying for the Presidents death.
A tea party activist forwarded an email of Obama as a witch doctor.
There was a racist Obama billboard in Missouri.
There were the offensive Obama as a monkey tee shirts.
An Ohio man who hung an effigy of Barack Obama in his back yard.
On their website, the Republican Women of Clifton joked that Baskin Robbins had created a new ice-cream flavor named Barocky Road, which was half vanilla and half chocolate. But, this extended metaphor continues, the vanilla portion of the mix is not openly advertised and usually denied as an ingredient, which doesnt even make any sense. Does white woman from Kansas ring any bells? It should.
Back in July, Chris Parry of the Vancouver Sun in an article entitled Conservative Free Republic blog in free speech flap after racial slurs directed at Obama children discussed and quoted some remarks made on the Free Republic site: A typical street whore. A bunch of ghetto thugs. Ghetto street trash. Wonder when she will get her first abortion. These are a small selection of some of the racially-charged comments posted to the conservative Free Republic blog Thursday, aimed at U.S. President Barack Obamas 11-year-old daughter Malia after she was photographed wearing a t-shirt with a peace sign on the front. The thread was accompanied by a photo of Michelle Obama speaking to Malia that featured the caption, To entertain her daughter, Michelle Obama loves to make monkey sounds. ... Could you imagine what world leaders must be thinking seeing this kind of street trash and that we paid for this kind of street ghetto trash to go over there? wrote one commenter. They make me sick .... The whole family mammy, pappy, the free loadin mammy-in-law, the misguided chillin, and especially lil cuz This is not the America I want representin my peeps, wrote another. This FreeRepublic.com website earned a spot in Keith Olbermanns Worst Persons in the World segment after waiting all of three days to step in and take action on a message board thread full of such racist comments.
Shouts of Shouts of traitor, terrorist, treason, liar and even off with his head have been called out at Republican rallies.
Tea Party sign threatens gun violence if health care passes.
Tea Partiers called Rep. Barney Frank a f****t. They called Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver the infamous n-word. They bullied a peaceful health care reform advocate with Parkinsons disease, assuming for reasons known only to them, that he is too lazy to work and only seeks a handout. Communist you have to work for everything you get!
Well known public figures have also participated in this extremist rhetoric.
Rush Limbaugh talked on air about wiping out political opponents. Rush Limbaugh played a parody song Barack The Magic Negro on his show.
The Values Voter Summit sold boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap.
Glenn Beck labeled progressivism a tumor and he told listeners to eradicate it from the nation.
Bill OReilly wants to waterboard Nancy Pelosi. And, he said Yeah, tax revolt. I think people, when they figure out how badly theyre going to get hurt in the next few years, theres going to be a tea party on taxes and its gonna get nasty. Nancy Pelosis going to be bobbing up and down in the Boston Harbor.
Randall Terry at a press conference warned of Random Acts of Violence over Healthcare Legislation
The Christian Coalition published a statement claiming that Rep. Bart Stupak was a traitor just like Benedict Arnold and Julius & Ethel Rosenberg.
And sadly, civic and government organizations are not free from this inability to see just how dangerous this rhetoric is.
Sherri Goforth, an executive assistant for Tennessee state senator Diane Black, e-mailed a photo collage of Americas presidents that portrays President Obama as a set of eyes in the darkness.
Longtime GOP activist and former South Carolina State Senate candidate Rusty Depass wrote on Facebook that an escaped gorilla was just one of Michelles ancestorsprobably harmless.
South Carolina GOP activist, Mike Green, tweeted the alleged joke, JUST HEARD OBAMA IS GOING TO IMPOSE A 40% TAX ON ASPIRIN BECAUSE ITS WHITE AND IT WORKS. And yes, it was, obnoxiously, entirely capitalized.
After a friend elegantly declared, obama bin lauden is the new terrorist .muslim is on there side need to take this country back from all of these mad coons .....and illegals on the Facebook wall of Young Republican vice-chairman Audra Shay, Shay responded, eight minutes later, You tell em Eric! lol.
The newsletter of the Chaffey Community Republican Women of San Bernadino, California, contained a food stamp depicting Obama as a donkey surrounded by things black people are supposed to enjoy eating.
On sale at the Republican Partys booth at the Evergreen State Fair in Washington State around the time of the Pennsylvania primary was a three-dollar bill showing Obama wearing a Muslim headdress.
After complaints, he Sacramento County Republican leaders took down offensive material on their official party Web site that sought to link Sen. Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden and encouraged people to Waterboard Barack Obama.
The mayor of Los Alamitos, California sent out an e-mail that depicted the White House lawn planted with watermelons, under the title No Easter egg hunt this year.
A Republican womens club in San Bernardino County, California sent out a newsletter with a photo of Barack Obama surrounded by fried chicken, watermelon and ribs.
A Councilman in Atwater, California named Gary Frago forwarded a series of emails which used racial comments and imagery to criticize the president. Some compared Obama to O.J. Simpson while others suggested that nigger rigs should now be called presidential solutions.
Chairman of the RNC, Michael Steele, issued a call to Republicans to put Nancy Pelosi on the firing line because of the health insurance reform bill.
Sarah Palin via Twitter told her Republican followers to reload and aim for Democrats, directing GOP activists to her SarahPac website where they found a map of the country festooned with rifle scope cross-hairs over Congressional districts held by Democrats. (John McCain defended Sarah Palin.
Mike Huckabee said we should bring back tarring and feathering.
Kennesaw, Georgia city councilman John Dowdy circulated a message promoting a racist, violent anti-immigrant video game.
Texas Governor Perry suggesting the possibility of Texas seceding from the union.
House Minority Leader John Boehner referred to a Democratic member and said he cant go home; hes a dead man.
Richard Behney, a candidate for the Indiana Senate said at a gathering of Evansville 2nd Amendment Patriots that if new people dont get elected to Congress in 2010, hell be getting out his guns to face down the American government.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said at CPAC: Ive had enough. We should take a page out of her playbook and take a 9-iron and smash the window out of big government. Rep. Michele Bachmann said that she wants residents of her state armed and dangerous over President Barack Obamas plan to reduce global warming because we need to fight back. Congressman Mark Kirk commented that Illinois residents are ready to shoot anyone who is going to raise taxes as much as Gov. Pat Quinn is proposing.
This sort of rhetoric whether directed at immigrants, a racial group, a religious group, ........... can go beyond talk pretty quickly, especially during difficult economic times.
Rep. Steve Driehaus receives death threats. Rep. Anthony Weiner receives white powder in a threat letter.
Snipers threat left On Rep. Louise Slaughters Voicemail after Health Care Vote. There was also a brick thrown through her office window.
The propane gas line at the home of Rep. Thomas Perriellos brother was cut after the address was posted by an organizer for the Lynchburg Tea Party, apparently upset at the congressmans vote for the health care bill.
A brick was thrown through the window of the Monroe County Democratic Committee headquarters after a blog encouraged its readers to throw bricks at the windows of Democratic headquarters across the country.
In Wichita, someone threw a brick through the window of a county Democratic Party headquarters. The brick had No to Obama and No ObamyCare written on it. Over the next 24 hours, thrown bricks shattered the glass doors and windows of party headquarters from Rochester, N.Y., to Cincinnati.
Rep. Bart Stupak received a series of threatening phone calls for health care vote. He also received a fax with a drawing of a noose and an anonymous voice mail saying: Youre dead. We know where you live. Well get you.
The front door to the Tucson district office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shattered with a pellet gun.
Bomb Threat made at Sen. Bunnings Hazard, KY Office
Enraged at the sight of Mark Durens Obama bumper sticker, Harry Weisiger gave Duren the bird and then hit his car from behind, leading to a violent series of events.
This is the time for individuals, public figures, journalists, religious leaders, interfaith groups, elected officials, anyone who loves this country and doesnt want to see it torn apart needs to take a stand against the hate speech, and the threats and violence. We really are better than this.
Hey muzzie, I seem to remember something about taking care of the beam in your own eye first...but you wouldn’t know about that, now would you?
Don’t judgge us for our extremists, only we’re allowed to do that.
Anyone who doesn’t want to see this country torn apart should stop trashing our Constitution!
A threat was also phoned into his Louisville office but it was because he was filibustering the Democrats to make them honor their “pay-as-you-go” pledge.
Ooooo, scary. Gee, I wonder if the author ever wrote about the countless Bush-as-monkey images all over the freaking place.
>>Back in July, Chris Parry of the Vancouver Sun in an article entitled Conservative Free Republic blog in free speech flap after racial slurs directed at Obama children discussed and quoted some remarks made on the Free Republic site
Are u kidding me? As an ex-canadian from vancouver, one of the reasons why I became pro-American is because of reading that commie rag. A bunch of close-minded socialists who pass themselves as “journalists”.
Muslims joining in on the "Right wing hate" template. Some things are just too funny to make up! What's next? Porn stars complaining about Republican orgies?
Sheila Musaji is the founder and editor of The American Muslim quarterly journal (1989-1995), the Muslim Resource Directory of America (1990,1992), and most recently The American Muslim online publication (since 2001).
Sheila Musaji is an active voice in the Islamic and interfaith communities, and involves herself with a large number of organizations, projects, and events. In the past she has been one of the American delegates to the second annual International Muslim Women’s Conference in Khartoum, Sudan; the first Muslim Baccalaureate speaker at Amherst College, Massachusetts; the coordinator of the First North American Muslim Pow Wow in Abiquiu, New Mexico; and a participant in the Parliament for the World’s Religions in Chicago.
She is the author of numerous articles about Islam in America and speaks often at churches, schools, service organizations and synagogues about Islam. She is a member of the Board of Directors for generation Islam.
Sheila Musaji called for dialogue between Muslims and Christians after Pope Benedict made remarks considered offensive by many Muslims.
Musaji criticized Pipes’ blacklisting of academic professors for criticizing Israel, defending academic freedom in universities.
That's some quality reporting there. I don't think we can trust in his journalistic credibility if he doesn't even know what kind site Free Republic is. Idiot, it's a forum, not a blog.
Probably some angry Teabaggers, huh?
Give me a break on the “hate speech”. There’s no such thing. We have FREEDOM of speech in this country. You can take a hike if you don’t like, or you can denounce it; that’s fine, but you can’t censor in this country yet and hopefully you never will be able to.
Also, funny you don't mention Code Pink and their physical assault on Condi Rice. Nor do you mention all the hate speech your fellow Muslims spew in Mosques against non-Muslims worldwide. Nor do you mention the violence your fellow Muslims bring on Christians the world over.
I despise hypocrisy, and you Madame are a prime candidate for Mistress of Hypocrisy.
It's the lying, the theft of our great-grandchildren's paychecks, the abandonment of our elders, the callous disdain for our military, the contempt for the Constitution and the will of two-thirds of the people who earn what fills the great Government teat the rest suckle at.
As for Muslims, I really don't care---except don't f*ck with America.
We like our Constitutional Republic, and we want it back--from all the thieves who are stealing it.
We're sick and tired of being micromanaged by people 2000 miles and a few climate zones away.
It isn't any of the damned Congress' business how much water my toilet tank holds, whether my cow farts, or how many miles per gallon my car gets if they are doing the job the Constitution outlined for them.
Instead they abdicate the legislative process to faceless bureaucrats, leave our borders open to invasion, bribe other members or extort their votes against the will of their constituents, and use our money to do it.
Our assses aren't across the line, but they are against the wall. When there is nothing left to lose, there will be no reason left to be civil, and more people are getting to the point where they find they have little enough left to lose every day.
If we hurt your widdle feelings, well, tough sh*t.
Didn’t get the African Lion and the lyin’ African joke right either. LOL
Too bad some here play right into the BOR's of the world.
I read this bilge quickly.
Did she bother to mention JEWISH ERIC CANTOR’S WINDOW BROKEN BY A BULLET HOLE?