We Live In Very Dangerous Times
So what if some contemporary force in the nation is comparable to the Nazis --especially in the abuse of hateful propaganda-- what should we do, ignore them?
[Beneath The Spin]
To my earlier column calling on President Obama to respond seriously to the danger posed by those within the Republican party who have been inciting political violence, a reader who uses the name or pseudonym Caroline Miniscule responded with comments under the headline "Is Sarah Palin More Dangerous than the Average Guy in the Hood?"
She wrote, of Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the killer of six people: "If you read all the information that is coming out about the loon who attempted to murder Giffords, you find out he was mentally unstable for some time. He could just have easily been set off by watching a WWF wrestling commercial, that shows steroid-pumped guys stomping people on the ground, breaking chairs over peoplels' backs, and so on. Or he could have been listening to rap music which disses women and advocates the killing of police officers."
The comment deserves a detailed response: Caroline, you're being either disingenuous or incredibly naive. The fiscal conservatives (the corporatists) are using their army, the social conservatives (or social bigots), to gain control over this country by any means necessary - and that includes insurrection. So by failing to speak out against this tactic President Obama is allowing these factions to insert fascist rhetoric into the national debate, a tactic designed to both desensitize the American people to the thought of political violence, and to provide the GOP with plausible deniability.
You indicated that the "loon" who committed the shooting was mentally unstable so he could have gone after anyone. But he didn't. He was stopped by a police officer on the way to commit his crime who he could have killed, but he didn't. He passed by several locations closer to his home where he could have killed people, but he didn't. He went directly to a Democratic function to commit this crime.
Yes, he was unstable, but that's exactly who the corporatists are trying to incite with their inflammatory rhetoric to commit their crimes. Just since your comment California governor, Jerry Brown, has been threatened with a specific day that he's going to be killed, and in Seattle, Washington a bomb was planted along the path of the Martin Luther King Day parade route.
Coincident? I don't think so.
I'd also like to take a moment to debunk the myth being widely spread by the corporate media that even mentioning the Nazis in response to what's currently going on in America is irresponsible and beyond the pale. That's total nonsense and is in direct contradiction to another adage that states that a crazy person is one who does the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. Thus, the media is literally asking us to be crazy.
Demanding that we never mention Nazi tactics in relation to current conditions in this country not only demands that we totally ignore the experience that we gained from one of the most horrific periods in world history, but also assume that there will never be another group comparable to the Nazis in the future. So what if some contemporary force in the nation is comparable to the Nazis --especially in the abuse of hateful propaganda-- what should we do, ignore them?
So on its face, the adage is a stupid rule of thumb - and the only reason that we've even accepted it is because we're being reprogrammed out of our common sense and away from being independent thinkers.
So what we should actually be asking ourselves are the following: 1). Who's promoting this nonsense? 2). What is their motive? And 3), what methods are they using to get us to so sheepishly buy into it?
But let me save you the trouble by answering those questions for you. It's being promoted by international corporatists in order to completely takeover the United States political system. They are systemically reprogramming us by destroying our educational system, and then using their corporate media to whisper in our ear from the time we wake up in the morning until the second we go to bed at night - and not only through the news media, but through televison programming, commercials, the entertainment media, our politicians, and even our brainwashed peers.
So in answer to the question posed, yes, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and many others are very much more dangerous than the average guy in the hood. President Obama's reluctance to speak out against them is clear evidence of that.
I close with Dr. Martin Luther King's comments at the memorial of Alabama church place bombing: "These children - unoffending, innocent, and beautiful - were the victims of one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity."
For more articles by columnist Eric L. Wattree please visit www.Wattree.blogspot.com
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