Thursday, June 11, 2009

Put A Stop To Hateful Rhetoric. Now.

Yesterday's shooting by a white supremacist at the Holocaust Museum was the third act of violence this year by a right-wing domestic terrorist. It follows the murder of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas and the shooting of three Pittsburgh policemen by a gun-rights lunatic. It's past time for responsible conservatives -- if any remain -- to stop blaming the victims and demand a halt to the hateful rhetoric that has fueled this onslaught.

Two things seem indisputable to me:
  1. The violence is in part a response to the election of the first black president, and
  2. The likes of Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter, and Michael Savage have played a part in this, as has every Republican politician who has kowtowed to them.
These people won't stop their hate speech because liberals want them to. They might under pressure from principled conservatives. If there are any of you left, it's time to make your voices heard.



NOLA HAPPENINGS: Wednesday at the Square wraps up next week with Galactic and the Hot 8 Brass Band...No one wants to miss the Louisiana Seafood Festival...Then there's the Tomato Festival at the French Market...While you're eating all those great Louisiana tomatoes, you can check out the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, also at the French Market...

6 comments:

sussah said...

I only get Rush Limbaugh through Keith Olberman, and that's enough for me. But one would think that these hate crimes would be something all normal people could agree on, whichever their political preferences, but no. Instead it just inflames more stupid finger-pointing. On another topic, K., I loved your Texas photos. sp, n.o.

John Hayes said...

Right on comments-- what's particularly disturbing about Limbaugh-Coulter-Savage is that the real purpose of their hate rhetoric is to generate revenue for themselves & large media corporations.

But I could see Arlen Specter disavowing them-- oh, right, he's not a Republican anymore....

merrilymarylee said...

Robin Young had a guest speaking to this subject on Here and Now this afternoon on NPR. I hope this link works:

http://www.hereandnow.org/stand-alone-player/?fileUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bu.edu%2Fwbur%2Fstorage%2F2009%2F06%2Fhereandnow_0612_4.mp3&fileTitle=Hate%20Crimes%20in%20America

Renegade Eye said...

A common characteristic of a terrorist act, as what happened at the abortion clinic etc. is the act of out of frustration substituting oneself for a mass movement. This behavior is a tactic of isolation.

Conservatism is going through a death agony.

K. said...

I think of Limbaugh-Coulter-Savage as the Axis of Evil.

K. said...

MM: Thanks for the link and thanks for stopping by. I'm on the road and have a really slow connection, so it will be a couple of days before I can check it out. I will, though.