Monday, April 6, 2009

Far Right Goes Off the Deep End: Are Conservatives Inciting Violence?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 4:53 PM

"People once again are feeling oppressed by an out-of-control state. ... Like it or not, fascism is on the rise."--Glenn Beck. Speaking of kooks and guns, I've been laughing off all the red hot right-wing rhetoric about revolution and socialism and fascism and Second Amendment rights. Just those wacky wingnuts acting out again, I thought. But now I'm beginning to wonder if it's so harmless. As Charles Blow points out in this New York Times column, extremist "leaders" are calling for people to go armed and to rise up and take back their country. People are stockpiling arsenals in their homes. They're convinced the Obama administration is plotting to take away their guns. These kinds of sick fears are perpetuated by the right-wing echo chamber and the rantings of clowns like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. In Tennessee, the House's No. 2 Republican, Glen Casada, is pushing legislation to bar the government from confiscating your weapons during martial law. Casada is either one of the kooks himself or he's a cynical piece of dung exploiting ignorance for political gain. "I'm a firm believer that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure," he says. "Obviously, things are bad under martial law, and we'd need our weapons to protect ourselves."
click to enlarge Richard Poplawski
  • Richard Poplawski
Richard Poplawski killed three Pittsburgh police officers Saturday. Friends said he was upset because he feared the Obama administration was about to take away his guns and his freedom. Do far-right conservatives bear any responsibility for these killings?

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