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a A picture of just how radical the Right Wing has become.

Original post made by Bryan Faragher on Jul 15, 2009

From the fringe domestic terrorists to the pundits that spurred them on, recent events have painted a picture of just how radical the Right Wing has become.



When I said publicly a few months back that the Right Wing had lost its mind, I had no idea that they had lost all sense of reality as well. There has been a recent string of domestic terror attacks in this country directed towards African-Americans, Jews and the Pro-Choice movement. Two examples are the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller by an anti-abortion activist and most recently, the shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that left an elderly security guard dead.



These events are obviously not typical for the Right and were carried out by deeply troubled individuals. Yet, these extremists appear to have been egged on by right wing pundits like Bill O'Reilly, whose slogan "Tiller the Baby Killer" and repeated broadcasts directed towards the man, added gasoline to the fire. The mainstream Pro-Life movement as well surely contributed, with their endless vigils outside Dr. Tiller's clinic among acts of violence including an incident that left the doctor shot in both arms. Many in the Anti-Abortion movement have distanced themselves from the murder, including O'Reilly who tried to claim he was a victim of a smear campaign (O'Reilly loves to play the victim). Others cautiously praised the incident and have even used the tragedy to score political points.



In regards to the shooting at the Holocaust Museum, there is widespread evidence that the killer, James von Brunn was a Right-Wing extremist. He apparently has lived a life of mistreatment he believes to be at the hands of the Jews. He denies the Holocaust and believes that Obama was "created by Jews". There is evidence of a strong pro-gun stance as well. The note left in his car before the shooting declared, "if you want my weapons, this is how you'll get them." There were also plans for numerous other attacks he had planned, including one on an unknown member of Congress.



A man this extreme, of course cannot be part of the Right, claims Rush Limbaugh, who went so far as to call the man a Leftist. Unfortunately for Limbaugh, von Brunn had a list of "character shapers", all of them on the radical right. There are even quotes to support his affiliations: "[Right-Wing] websites illuminate the problems that Aryans face. Each day new alarms are sounded, adding more fuel to the raging fire." He also remarked hatred of Marxists and Leftists. Yet another example of Rush either deliberately deceiving his audience or just plain being ignorant, or both.



Remember a month or so back when the Department of Homeland Security warned of eminent domestic terrorism from Right-Wing extremists? The pundits at Fox News seized the opportunity to accuse Obama of targeting the Republican Party. A handful of domestic terror attacks later, perpetrated almost entirely by Right-Wingers, they couldn't seem more wrong. The facts prove that the threats to the lives of Americans at the hand of ultra-conservative extremists is real, and the Republican punditocracy has been exposed for what it is, opportunistic charlatanism.



Columnist Paul Krugman, wrote last week in the NY Times, that he believes the recent domestic terrorism is directly linked to the Right Wing media saying "supposedly respectable news organizations and political figures are giving aid and comfort to dangerous extremism." I couldn't agree more.



For 30 years, the Republican Party used hatred and fear to cling to political power. Hatred of Blacks, Jews, Latinos, Homosexuals and fear of a secular liberal government that supposedly wants to run your life, basically comprised the Conservative social philosophy. This left the middle and lower class Republicans blinded while they carried out their destructive economic agenda. The Right Wing pundits acted as 'party whips' in the sense that they whipped their listeners into a frenzy of rage to further the agenda.



The problem with using hate is that it leads to violence. It has led many so-called Christians to support a pointless war in Iraq and anti-abortion activists to bomb clinics and murder doctors. Thou shall not kill? It's ok if it's in the name of God. Seems a bit like the radical rhetoric of the Muslim extremists doesn't it?



While the Constitution is not a staunch defender of inciting violence, the real problem with the Radical Right is not that they have a voice, it is that their voice is louder proportionately to their actual numbers. Guys like O'Reilly get 1-3 million viewers a night according to Neilson ratings. This is around or below 1% of a nation 290+ million strong. Rush claims over 10 million, however this is debatable and I've heard speculation that it may be as low as 1 million. Yet, somehow, when these guys say something, the whole news cycle is dominated by such comments (i.e. The Sotomayor 'racism' controversy). It's the media establishment that is owned, lock, stock and barrel by conservative interests that have given these guys a larger megaphone than they rightfully deserve. The problem for the Republican Party, however, is that such a larger something is, the harder the fall.



Like an angry mob, the Right Wing has shot itself in the foot. The Right-Wing is becoming a band of gun-toting extremists who commit acts of domestic terrorism to further their far out ideology. They appear out of touch with most Americans and like an anchor will way down the Republican Party in troubled waters while the rest of the nation, in particular the Center, drifts away.



It harkens back to the Left Wing movements of the sixties, with its rhetoric of revolution, enabled the development of crazies like Charles Manson and the S.L.A to taint the movement as a whole. The Center got scared and the Republicans capitalized, realigning the country for 30 years. This leads me to believe that we are indeed in the midst of a great political realignment that will hold for a generation.

Comments (7)

Posted by Paula, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 16, 2009 at 6:48 am

Bryan:
America has been taken over by a rouge democrat-led Congress and a President who are both bent on changing this country into his own socialist/Marxist image...which looks nothing like the America of the past.

And conservatives like me who LOVE AMERICA are suppose to hand over the keys quietly to Obama and the democrat-led Congress, for them to burst the American dream for our kids and grandkids? ... to reduce American innovation and motivation to succeed? ... to reduce its Defense capability? ... to reduce its economic power?

You bet I am angry. I will not allow the takeover of this country without a fight. I understand why Democrats are wondering what is all the fuss about...because their position has always been that America is too big, too strong, too economically powerful, etc. So now that the democrats have a majority, we are witnessing where unchecked liberalism is taking America. Detroit, California, New Orleans (pre-Katrina), the examples of failed economies are many.

You call it Right Wing. I'll wear that badge PROUDLY, because to me it means extreme love for our country, its constitution, its values, its free-enterprise system, its belief that in America you can achieve your dreams if you work hard enough.

All of the above are being seriously threatened by the Obama Administration.

We are now at a point in history where the question should be asked...

Are you FOR the pre-Obama America, or not? If not, then prepare for a political fight for America's existence.




Posted by Paul, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 16, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Paula,

"America has been taken over by a rouge democrat-led Congress and a President who are both bent on changing this country into his own socialist/Marxist image...which looks nothing like the America of the past."

Obama was voted in by the majority of the citizens of the United states. So perhaps the majority wants radical change from what we experienced for eight years! Are we behind Obama 100% no matter what he does? Will his approval rated rise and fall, and perhaps just fall, perhaps. Did Bush's approval ratings just fall tremendously?
It's very easy to point fingers, especially in these times of hardship. Obama inherited this mess! After the BEST that you folks could do for eight years, the result was a near depression that still could happen, a severe recession that's only getting worse, a meltdown of the worlds and U.S. bank, a complete melt down in CA, the auto industry, an unfavorable view of America world wide, and the highest unemployment rate in a long, long time. Obama did not create all this, he walked into it. he never promised an immediate or even close to a rapid recovery. I wont comment on the "socialist/Marxist" comment because that is just plain foolish rhetoric! Bush was put in office in part by a Judge and was elected based upon fear mongering and lies! Bush failed to focus on the U.S. domestic policies for eight years! He completely ignored what was going on in Wall Street and was solely focused on his and his fathers war games! America was tired of that! Our founding fathers wound have turned over in their graves. You folks seem dead set on some 200 year old values and a rigid inflexible stance that we should be this or that, no matter what. Why didn't we all just stick to the horse and buggy? Why didn't we just stick with slave labor and beating children in schools for punishment, or nor letting woman vote?

"And conservatives like me who LOVE AMERICA are suppose to hand over the keys quietly to Obama and the democrat-led Congress, for them to burst the American dream for our kids and grandkids? ... to reduce American innovation and motivation to succeed? ... to reduce its Defense capability? ... to reduce its economic power?"

Paula, Bush already burst "the American dream" for multi million. At a price tag of trillions of debt I may add! The rest of you comment is not worth commenting on!

"
You bet I am angry. I will not allow the takeover of this country without a fight. I understand why Democrats are wondering what is all the fuss about...because their position has always been that America is too big, too strong, too economically powerful, etc. So now that the democrats have a majority, we are witnessing where unchecked liberalism is taking America. Detroit, California, New Orleans (pre-Katrina), the examples of failed economies are many."

You personally know the "position" of every single Democrat in this nation? Were we 1000% behind Obama? We you all 1000% behind Bush? There is no alternative at this point sadly. It's Democrat or republican. Many of us are somewhere in the middle ON both sides. Sadly is usually comes down to a few key issues that both sides hold a very hard line stance on! Then, both parties come up with candidates who only provide lip service in regard to these issues to get elected. This has happened throughout history. Politics is a nasty business full of greed, deceit and these guys are obligated to pay the piper. Forget the constitution issues, we need to change the serious flaws within our government and electoral system on all fronts! The right wing anger, is becoming a revolutionist mission and we call the fractions in the middle east uncivilized? We don't have 4 years left to decide wether our nation will come to an end as we know it! We were much closer to that with Bush in power! People who think like you and all this anger is beyond dangerous!

"You call it Right Wing. I'll wear that badge PROUDLY, because to me it means extreme love for our country, its constitution, its values, its free-enterprise system, its belief that in America you can achieve your dreams if you work hard enough."

I guess you conservatives have a patent on this love of our country, these dreams, beliefs and values? Wake up, most of us have the same dreams and values. Most of us work very hard and love America!

"All of the above are being seriously threatened by the Obama Administration.




We are now at a point in history where the question should be asked...




Are you FOR the pre-Obama America, or not? If not, then prepare for a political fight for America's existence"

You like many are just intoxicated with rhetoric spewed out by Hannity, Rush, O'Reily and the like. These guys make a great living by dramatizing the situation and creating fear and a frenzy!

QUESTION:

Most conservatives, or many are religious. Stop playing god and have some faith. Everything happens for a reason and in Gods time. Have faith and pray for your enemies. Let go and let god!






Posted by Stay Cool, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 16, 2009 at 1:25 pm

America hasn't been taken over by anybody. It is being run by legitimately elected officials. These are the people the majority of your fellow citizens put into office. There's no big conspiracy.

"You call it Right Wing. I'll wear that badge PROUDLY, because to me it means extreme love for our country, its constitution, its values, its free-enterprise system, its belief that in America you can achieve your dreams if you work hard enough." Just so you know, those values aren't exclusive to conservatives. Liberals love their country just as much as you do. Quit trying to hijack patriotism.

"Are you FOR the pre-Obama America, or not? If not, then prepare for a political fight for America's existence. " Very dramatic, and reminds me of a certain "you're with us or you're against us" speech from a few years ago...
Why is everything fight, fight, fight with you people? You're so flipping angry all the time. It's really a shame.


Posted by Parent of Two, a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 16, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Parent of Two is a registered user.

Stay cool,

"Why is everything fight, fight, fight with you people? You're so flipping angry all the time. It's really a shame."

Odd you would say this. Every time you post, it's part of a fight with a conservative...

p.s. Both wings, right and left are whackos. THAT'S WHY THEY'RE CONSIDERED "WINGS".


Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 16, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Julie is a registered user.

Taken over? Last I checked those in office were *elected*.

Rouge? I assume you meant "rogue". Rogue implies deceit and acting on one's own. It's more descriptive of a person who talks about "weapons of mass destruction", starts a war over them, and then never produces those "womd".


Posted by Stay Cool, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 16, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Hello "Parent of Two,"
Clearly, I'm referring to the language used in the post I was addressing, as I referenced above, where the word "fight" was actually used.
I'm not fighting - I'm disagreeing. Debate is not the same as "fight." Posting a dissenting opinion or asking for backup data is not starting a "fight." Look at the language differences.
Anyway - I'm a lover, not a fighter.


Posted by Dan, a resident of Civic Square
on Jul 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm

WE the PEOPLE VOTED last time I checked! i really don't know where the Right Wing Media and their conservative base is going with all this lately? Scary~


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