The Southern Poverty Law Center indicates that there were 149 Patriot groups in 2008 and as of 2009 their numbers were 512; an increase of 244 percent! These groups include militias as well. They all hold the view that the Federal Government is their primary enemy.
In the above referenced source, the authors conclude that our situation currently is much like the time before the Oklahoma City bombing. Bill Clinton reminds people that words do matter and those of the media have a special responsibility in not inflaming people.
In response to the unprecedented rage that has been leveled at Obama, the Right contends that the Left’s rage against George W. Bush was just as toxic. This has to be the best example of False Equivalency I have seen for some time. Were there an equal number of death threats against political figues during the Bush terms? I am not recalling them. The whole tenor of the rancor is much worse now than at any time during the Bush junta.
Sure we said Bush looks like a chimp. The fact is: he does! Even though he invaded foreign lands on false premises, did we ever refer to GWB as Hitler: we did not. Even though Bush did everything he could to shuffle govenment resources to his corporate friends, did we say he was out to squander our country’s resources: we didn’t.
We should have done all of the above and more. Where else did we fail in our criticism of POTUS 43?
Watching Chris Matthews going after Pat Buchanan on hardball about the Civil war and the issue in Virginia. Buchanan being a member of a Confederate ancestors group.
Brought back the differences between how the North see that war and how the South see it.
The same actions and occurrences but totally different reasoning behind it.
Matthews kept bring it back to the issue of slavery and stating that was what it was all about.
And that was the issue that brought Virginia into the war, Buchanan brought up a different reason.
Virginia did not separate from the Union because it was a slave state it was only after President Lincoln ordered Virginia to send its troops to attack into another state that was a part of the new Confederacy.
The Governor refused saying they would not kill their brothers!
Having talked to several and having lived in a State where the Stars and bars are still flew proudly.
I know how they saw it and their reasons for it, for them it amounted to the same as if Washington D.C. was ordering West Virginia to stop Coal mining.
When a entire regional economy is based on one aspect the questions of it right or wrong has a greater impact then just the moral question.
When it came to the question of slavery to the South it is the same as if the Slave South was demanding that the Industrial North stop using its industry. Either way it would have meant that region would be thrown into hunger and ruin.
I do not defend slavery of any people, but this war was so devastating that it still has not truly been settled.
And may not be until both sides can address the total cases of it.
I have never met a Southern that wants slavery back for them that is not the issue of redress or distress .
Where were you during those miserable eight years of bush the lesser when everything you complain about was happening? Do you realize how small and petty your outrage appears today?
A paramilitary group from Michigan which called itself Hutaree planned to kill police officers whom it considers to be foot soldiers of the government. They planned to make a fake 911 call and then kill the officers who responded to the call. Further they planned to show up at the funerals of the officers and kill more officers who would likely attend the funerals.
Strange as it may sound this group considered themselves a Christian organization. From the Washington Post “The group’s Web site bears the slogan ‘preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive.'”
Eugene Robinson in his editorial today notes that the very real threat of extremist groups now appears to derive soley from the right wing. While the left had violent groups in the past, this is not currently the case. Anyone have a theory on this development?