|By Sean Kerrigan
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
When I started this site, I commented on the increasing likelihood of a fracture in the republic and what President Obama should be doing to soften the discourse. Most commentators call the intensifying hostility “the partisan divide” and while that is accurate, it doesn’t cover the whole picture. Americans’ ideological dissatisfaction with their government and with each other is beginning to manifest itself in unusual and disturbing ways which extend beyond traditional partisan anger.
This trend is still mostly hidden from the average citizen who continues to watch Dancing with the Stars with little knowledge of what’s really going on. But right now, emerging on the fringe of what we call mainstream news, pundits are discussing the validity of violent revolution.
Don’t believe me? Think I’m exaggerating or overstating the point? Watch this.
Author and cartoonist Ted Rall argues
here and in his book that the revolution is coming and it’s a good
thing. He admits that violence is “the last case scenario. The
worst case. Nobody wants it.”
“A war is coming. At stake: our lives, the planet, freedom, living. The government, the corporations, and the extreme right are prepared to coalesce into an Axis of Evil. Are you going to fight back? Will you do whatever it takes, including taking up arms?”
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow rightly criticized Tea Party Senatorial candidate Sharron Angle for making a similar statement about using “second amendment amenities” but this is tolerated by interviewer Dylan Ratigan, even promoted? Under what reasoning?
Now, if your personal political bias is telling you that there might be some validity to one of these arguments, then I think you're missing the point. I agree that there are substantive problems with the government many of which can only be changed through more fundamental changes, but to suggest that we are at a point where violence is justified is outrageous.
Our leaders should outright condemn this kind of talk. If you think the time for violent uprising has come, you're probably in opposition to democracy in general or you're quite spoiled and don't know what real political oppression is.
Hot Air on Rall and His Book
Rachel Maddow on Sharron Angle