As if the vice presidential campaign speeches of Sarah Palin didn't exascerbate suspicion, hate and fear of a black presidency enough...
When I think of the language that anti Obama people use in regards to Barak... 90% of the time has a strong subtext of racist hatred. I don't believe I'm exagerating. All the 'Not My President' tags seem to belie a pathological aversion to accepting what the semi democratic process has determined. Maybe they picked it up from those of us who recognized that the elections were stolen by the GOP in 2000 and 04'... I don't consider that bad sportsmanship but justified outrage considering the massive electronic voter fraud, disfranchisement and minority vote caging they engaged in.
If they can't have your gov't ...then they're taking their ball and going home
Meanwhile the GOP is doing everything in its power to foment civil war. The Governour of Texas Rick Perry exhorted participants at a tea bag protest to secede from the Union as Glen Beck & Ann Coulter go into hysterical fits over perceived fascism ...where were they during the Bush years? Oh yeah,... cheerleading for torture, the rounding up of dissidents and gov't surveillance. The air in the room just gets more and more poisoned and filled with fear and hate as it did during Bush's reign whenever they wanted you to keep voting GOP.
Not particularly sportsmanlike or democratic of them. ....They've mutated into a party of political trolls.... tea bags? ...I gotcha' teabags right heah!
So how could any of this incessant hissyfitting by the right do anything but encourage rightwing gun groups into becoming more racist in nature?
Southern Poverty Law Center:
50% rise in violent hate groups
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Wednesday April 15, 2009
A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks the activities of violent hate groups in the United States, has found an alarming rise in the number of such groups, from 602 in 2000 to 926 in 2008.
This comes on the heels of a controversial report on "violent extremism" from the Department of Homeland Security, which has outraged many conservatives by seeming to lump them in with extremists.
Morris Dees, the founder of the SPLC, told CBS's Harry Smith on Wednesday that he believes the two reports do "synch up pretty much" and that "the report from the Department of Homeland Security should be taken very seriously."
However, the SPLC's own report focuses very narrowly on groups which actively preach violence, including neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and the "racist skinhead subculture." It also notes the surprising rise of "anti-Semitic black separatists calling for death to Jews on bustling street corners in several East Coast cities."
"A key 2008 hate group trend was the increasing militancy of the extremist fringe of the Hebrew Israelite movement," the report states, "whose adherents believe that Jews are creatures of the devil and that whites deserve death or slavery. These radical black supremacists have no love for Barack Obama, calling him a 'house nigger' and a puppet of Israel. They preach to inner-city blacks that evil Jews are solely responsible for the recession."
Dees told Smith, "The political climate, the election of Obama, the immigration issues ... and now, especially, the economy is almost causing a resurgence of what we saw in the days of Timothy McVeigh, almost a militia movement that's being reborn. ... I think that an American person is much more likely to be harmed by a domestic terrorist extremist group than by one from abroad."
Dees also emphasized that many extremist groups are recruiting Iraq veterans and even active-duty members of the military because of their expertise with arms and explosives. "It's a serious issue," he stated, "especially with a lot of these guys coming back with post-traumatic stress syndrome, coming back to a failing economy, the inability to buy a home and get a job and get credit."
The tea bag protests aren't grassroot populist events but staged by millionaire republicans according to Paul Krugman.
The tax rate on the top income earners will be raised under the Obama plan which interestingly is about ten percentage points less than when Reagan was president. However, the squawking GOP parrots will swoop into their fake spontaneous tea parties to express their outrage over taxes even though it will not affect 99.9% of those attending the rallies. In fact, most of the attendees have already been notified about the reduction of their tax rates which in simple terms is a lower tax rate! - Fake Spontaneous Tea Parties and Socialism - Paulie Brading