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Right Wing militias are a danger to our democracy

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Reference: David Love, in this Alternet article, Right-Wing Militias Are Resurging -- Will They Produce More Terrorists Like Timothy McVeigh?

    Love cites a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center that “militiamen, white supremacists, anti-Semites, nativists, tax protesters and a range of other activists of the radical right are cross-pollinating and may even be coalescing,”

    "This violent coalition of groups is united in their hatred of the government, and of the first black president...Its members are concerned about a coming dictatorship, concentration camps and a “New World Order.” And they regard President Obama as “an enemy of the state.”"

    As Love notes, Glenn Beck of Fox News is one of those fueling the hatred calling Obama a "Marxist and a racist who hates white people" and linking the "Obama administration with fascism".

    Rupert Murdoch fills his media outlets with hate mongers like Beck and makes money because people listen. Rush Limbaugh sells his hate every day on his radio talk show and makes millions.  And Sarah Palin feeds the fire with her lies about death panels and such...and she will make millions selling her book to the same audience of right wing extremists.

    Should we be concerned?  I certainly think so. The question is: Is this American?
  • Republican
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    Schmidt Wrote: Reference: David Love, in this Alternet article, Right-Wing Militias Are Resurging -- Will They Produce More Terrorists Like Timothy McVeigh?

    Love cites a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center that “militiamen, white supremacists, anti-Semites, nativists, tax protesters and a range of other activists of the radical right are cross-pollinating and may even be coalescing,”

    "This violent coalition of groups is united in their hatred of the government, and of the first black president...Its members are concerned about a coming dictatorship, concentration camps and a “New World Order.” And they regard President Obama as “an enemy of the state.”"

    As Love notes, Glenn Beck of Fox News is one of those fueling the hatred calling Obama a "Marxist and a racist who hates white people" and linking the "Obama administration with fascism".

    Rupert Murdoch fills his media outlets with hate mongers like Beck and makes money because people listen. Rush Limbaugh sells his hate every day on his radio talk show and makes millions. And Sarah Palin feeds the fire with her lies about death panels and such...and she will make millions selling her book to the same audience of right wing extremists.

    Should we be concerned? I certainly think so. The question is: Is this American?





    O.K. Frank..I'll bite.

    How would you determine if something is American ?
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Following up on Tony Johnson's suggestion I went back a few years and found one of my old posts from 2009 where I posted a comment and question and got this reply back, "How would you determine if something is American ?"

    Good question. I was ranting about Glenn Beck, Rupert Murdoch and others fueling hatred that as the Southern Poverty Law Center noted at the time, “militiamen, white supremacists, anti-Semites, nativists, tax protesters and a range of other activists of the radical right are cross-pollinating and may even be coalescing.”

    In view of the shootings in Kansas City by Frazier Glenn Cross who killed a teenager and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center, and a woman visiting her mother at a nearby Jewish retirement home (all Christians by the way) are the radical right cross-pollinating and coalescing?

    I haven't heard Beck or anyone else in the right wing media defend Frazier Glenn Cross yet, but do not they share responsibility for fueling hatred?

    And now in defending the Nevada rancher, Sean Hannity has picked up the cause of an anarchist and his militia buddies that do not recognize the United States of America.

    Media Matters, April 11, 2014: Hannity's Dangerous Game Touting A Rogue Rancher And His Violent Threats

    "Fox News' Sean Hannity is increasingly -- and dangerously -- taking on the role of PR agent for a Nevada rancher defying the federal government with violent threats.

    "But such dangerous hyperbole isn't confined to the fringes. Increasingly, Sean Hannity's promotion and defense of the rancher's actions and threats is starting to resemble that of far-right extremists.

    "Hannity interviewed Bundy on his Fox program on April 9, sympathizing with the rancher's claims and arguing that allowing Bundy's cattle to graze on public lands "keeps the price of meat down for every American consumer."

    "His rhetoric had noticeably escalated two days later when he invited Bundy onto his radio program The Sean Hannity Show. Hannity argued that federal agents have "drawn the wrong line in the sand here," praising Bundy because he "like[s] anybody that's willing to fight."

    "He went on, "I'm just afraid of what this government is capable of doing. I mean we saw what happened in Waco," to which Bundy responded, "We have to have faith that America will stand. You know we would never won any of these wars from the Revolutionary War on up if we didn't have faith and courage and fighting for something.""


    To answer Listening's question from 2009: Freedom of speech is American...selling hate of your government and president for profit is unAmerican.

    It would seem not much has changed since 2009.