The lack of condemnation from politicians about far right violence speaks volumes as to their cowardice and duplicity, especially the silence from Democratic politicians. They could use this to their own political advantage if they wanted to. But that would require taking a stand regardless of consequences. So instead, they remain mute. This is beyond contemptible.
Look, I can understand why Republican politicians would be quiet here (either out of embarrassment, not knowing what to say, or secret agreement) but Democrats? They could use this as a weapon against the far right. Hey, I’ve got an idea. Instead of sending campaign contributions to Democrats, let’s all chip in and send them Depend adult diapers. Then the next time they piddle in their pants in fear, it won’t wreck their clothing.
“It’s been quite amazing over the last couple months, but really over the last two years,” said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and extremism. “I’d date this, in many ways, to the rise to power of Obama. Many people we saw coming with AR-15s to town halls and so on, and all of that. But I do think that it’s gotten even hotter out there. I think the reaction to the stomping of that woman’s head has been quite amazing. The idea that the guy could say that he needed an apology and that he’s not being condemned by the political class from sea to shining sea is astounding.” …
In a hugely courageous move, Charles Johnson of the influential LGF has given up on the right. His post announcing the break has 1400 comments now which gives a clear example of his blog’s reach.
Why I parted ways with the right
1. Support for fascists
2. Support for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism
3. Support for throwing women back into the Dark Ages, and general religious fanaticism
4. Support for anti-science bad craziness
5. Support for homophobic bigotry
6. Support for anti-government lunacy
7. Support for conspiracy theories and hate speech
8. A right-wing blogosphere that is almost universally dominated by raging hate speech
9. Anti-Islamic bigotry
10. Hatred for President Obama that goes far beyond simply criticizing his policies
The American right wing has gone off the rails, into the bushes, and off the cliff.
I won’t be going over the cliff with them.
On Oct. 3, 2008 we reported that Cynthia McKinney (former Congresswoman from Georgia and Green Party presidential candidate in 2008) got lost in black helicopter land based on her bizarre claim with no proof that 5,000 prisoners were executed by the US in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and dumped in swamps.
Well, she’s gotten more extreme. Way more extreme. As in openly endorsing books and philosophies of extreme right wing anti-Semitic groups.
McKinney’s column (read here), which accuses George Soros and Alan Greenspan of participating in a plot to deliberately destabilize the world economy in order to install a “one-world government”, uses Chang’s term for this purported conspiracy: “the Shadow Money-Lenders” (not coincidentally, the title of Chang’s most recent book).
I will leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine precisely what ethnic group / religion the shadow money-lenders purportedly are.
While McKinney has a history of anti-Jewish and conspiracy theory beliefs, this is something new. In the past, she has blamed her political failures on a Jewish conspiracy. She has endorsed “9/11 Truth” theories blaming Israel for the 9/11 attacks and even ran for president on a Green Party platform which included these assertions. She has supported boycotting Israel and cutting off U.S. ties. However, by promoting the neo-fascist books of Matthias Chang, she has taken a leap from the world of the left into the world of the brown-red convergence, where anti-Semites of the extremes of right and left meet.
That’s “brown” as in brown shirts, “red” as in communist / socialist.
Hurry Up Harry
You’d think the Greens would be rushing to put a million miles between themselves and their former candidate. But their website still features her bizarre commentaries.
As one with considerable past experience in the US Green Party I can safely say they are so riven by internal quarreling and paralysis that their national leadership couldn’t jointly agree on what toppings to order on a pizza, much less deciding to yank an article off the national site.