Beck has at times spoken against violence, but he more often forecasts it, warning that “it is only a matter of time before an actual crazy person really does something stupid.” Most every broadcast has some violent imagery: “The clock is ticking. . . . The war is just beginning. . . . Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government. . . . You have to be prepared to take rocks to the head. . . . The other side is attacking. . . . There is a coup going on. . . . Grab a torch! . . . Drive a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers. . . . They are taking you to a place to be slaughtered. . . . They are putting a gun to America’s head. . . . Hold these people responsible..http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/30/AR2010073003254.html?hpid=opinionsbox1
Rush Limbaugh? Has he ever had one moment of self-reflection in his life? Ever? Has he admitted being wrong, or crossing a line anytime? This is what turns his listeners on apparently. Bill O’Reilly? In fairness, O’Reilly has on rare occasions, taken stands that were opposite of his far-right comrades at Fox. However, those moments are very few and far between. O’Reilly feeds the rage machine as well as any of them. Any self-reflection from him? Nope. Yet I have heard left-wingers admit they need to choose their words more carefully, like Keith Olberman. I fully admit that the minute I heard about this shooting, I laid odds it was someone who leaned towards the right, the far-right. The government is evil and coming to take your guns and let the illegals overrun the border type of far-right. I did think about the Sharon Engles and the Michele Bachmans and the Sarah Palins and the Allen Wests (oh, he’s a doosey), and remember the Tea-party signs filled with references to guns and taking back “my country”, and the Obama is a muslim/Kenyan/socialist and wants to lead us into a one-world-government. It’s why I attended John Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity in October. I couldn’t stand the rancor, the violent rhetoric and the extremism. Well I’m here to tell you, I want my country back too. From those who choose to make violence a viable modus operandi. I want ballots, not bullets. I leave this messy argument to John Stewart who had the best line I’ve read so far on this matter. He wistfully opined on his show the other night, “It would be really nice if the ramblings of crazy people didn’t resemble the way we talk to each other on TV.” Bullseye.
Literally minutes after I posted this, Sarah Palin finally came out( 5 days later) with a statement on Facebook of course. It is filled with a lot of very defensive talk, and yet I see not one sentence that shows ANY self-reflection or admittance that she uses gun images to promote her agenda. Her, ‘wink, wink”, uses of the terms are meant only politically. Of course I don’t condone violence (just read between the lines of my cryptic speeches). Poor, poor Sarah. She reminds me of the little brother who constantly flicks the back of his brother’s head as they ride in a car. Finally, the big brother can’t take it anymore, turns around and pops his kid brother in the nose. All hell breaks loose as mom and dad scream and yell at the big brother for harming the poor little darling. Little brother throws up his hands and says, “hey, I didn’t do nothin’ wrong.” Riiight
- False Equivalency Watch (washingtonmonthly.com)