Pelosi's warning of violence is reality-based, not hype
Warnings of violence from the right may be reasonable and factual.
Of course a lot of disgruntled bloggers on the right side of the blogosphere are taking issue with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comparison of the TeaBaggers movement with 1970s San Francisco violence.
However, there is cause for concern, and the constant accusations that President Obama is a "usurper" out to "destroy the constitution" are truly inciting ideas which could spark violent ideas in the wrong person. One blogger has made this very clear in a most eloquent and concise blog post of this morning, entitled, There Will be Blood:
I agree with each and every one of his points. Many of these teabaggers and birthers are completely unaware of the fact that they are being manipulated by powerful forces behind the scenes; forces which are diametrically opposed to their own genuine self -interests, and whose machinations are being covertly enacted, while they themselves indeed are expected to do "the dirty work".
These people clearly are not comprehending the checks and balances of our democratic government system: They grant to Obama a supreme power that even he, in his most wild and narcissistic dreams, could not conjure up. The entire situation appears to me as a witches brew which boils and boils to no avail, unless it will finally boil over into an act of insanity:
Nancy Pelosi addressed the issue of politically motivated violenceyesterday…and it’s a fair warning.
I wasn’t alive to see Kennedy assassinated. Or Martin Luther King Jr. Or, as the Madam Speaker was referring to in her press conference, the deaths of George Moscone and Harvey Milk. But these people, among others, were murdered out of politically motivated hatred.
This has happened before and it will continue to happen if the right-wing keeps egging on people to bear arms against the government as a show of solidarity against “government intrusion” into our lives.
This is ridiculous. We have institutions in place to protect people from government persecution…the government is there to protect you frompersecution from other people. If anyone doubts that the level of hostility being raised lately is not becoming dangerous, just wait.
Wait and find out just how far politicians and other interest groups are willing to allow this kind of hostility to go before saying enough is enough. They think that moderates and progressives will be cowed into submission by their base waving their guns. It won’t work. Universal health coverage, along with all the other “liberal” agenda items, will be pursued. And wealthy special interests will use citizen outrage as a political tool.
It’s sad, but seemingly inevitable, that someone will get hurt in all of this. But as far as I’m concerned, the right-wingers calling for the overthrow of the government are the equivalent of domestic terrorists. They do not have the right to use violence against anyone, and if they do, they will only be incriminating themselves further.
I am not scared of these people. What I am scared of is someone I care about becoming a victim of these deranged activists. I pray that sanity will return to the Republican leadership before something terrible happens, but I am not hopeful. I’d prefer that no one be hurt, but I’d rather be gunned down by one of these lunatics than capitulate to their extremism.
That’s how you fight terrorism; by not being afraid.
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