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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:00 PM
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Question for GOP Leaders: What Would It Take for You to Condemn the Hatefulness?
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Question for GOP Leaders: What Would It Take for You to Condemn the Hatefulness?
Mike Lux


Glenn Beck has said Barack Obama hates white people, and jokes about assassinating the Speaker of the House. Rush Limbaugh makes repeated and extended comparisons between Obama and Hitler. Mobs hang a congressman in effigy and physically attack people at a town hall meeting.

Members of Congress have death threats issued against them, while other members make jokes about lynching their colleagues.

With all of this hateful and violent rhetoric going on, I haven't seen one Republican leader asking for people to cool their rhetoric, or heard them condemn any of these tactics. My question for Republican party, and their allies at conservative media companies that employ the kind of people making these remarks: what exactly would have to be said for you to distance yourself from these people? How far would someone have to go before you got uncomfortable with it? What would have to said before Fox News considered firing someone?

If Glenn Beck actually directly called for the assassination of someone, would it bother you guys? If Rush Limbaugh just screamed a racial insult referring to the President of the United States into his microphone, would it make you pause at all? If Lou Dobbs went so far as to call for the murder of random Hispanics in the street, would CNN consider firing him? If Michael Savage actually encouraged a caller to his show to go blow up a federal building like Timothy McVeigh did, would any republicans suggest he pull his rhetoric back a bit?

The scary thing to me about what's going on right now in this country is not the violence, because this country has always had violent extremists, and we've survived as a country and democracy. What concerns me, though, is that the Republicans seem to have crossed some kind of line to where they actually tolerate and even defend all this violence. They have stopped doing that now, and are even egging the violence on now in some cases. I fear the answer to my question -- what would it take for you to condemn the hatefulness -- because the answer seems to be that there is nothing that could happen that would make them say "Stop!" And that's a very scary thing for a democracy.
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:02 PM
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1. NO GOP lawmaker directly condemned the anti-abortionists for deaths of doctors
And the bombings of clinics. So why should they condemn the subversion of the town hall meetings?
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DailyGrind51 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:03 PM
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2. Hearts, minds, and souls?
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:15 PM
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3. Our party needs to grow a spine and stop trying to placate the GOP
We need to follow Winston Churchill:

we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

Wheres our Churchill?
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:25 PM
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4. That doesn't mean the GOP should be excused for their silence
regarding dangerous actions they're cheering on.
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LaPera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:35 PM
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5. Face facts...the uglier it gets the more the more the republicans love it...simply because
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 05:35 PM by LaPera
if anyone with a brain listened & understood to what the republicans bullshit corporate ideology means (the philosophy ALL republicans agree with) there is no way working people would get on board withat sick greedy corporate fascist party....these are not just words to insult them...this fact...after we had six years of complete republican rule and two more with Bush as president we saw very clearly what republican ideology is all about as they proceeded with their agenda...

Pretty much unchecked that agenda has led us into cororate fascism, where the workers aren't allowed a voice in the form os unions, corporations dereulate and do as they please including pollute anything corporations do to make a profit is fine with republicans they ca;; it the free market and/or capitalism, the surpression of women 7 mionorites is beneficial to control the workers, gut and destroy any and all govermentent programs or try to privatize everyting for the corporations to profit, monopolies are wonderful as are multinationals corporations the military is there for the corporations to profit from selling them things and to invade other countries to steal resources...the CIA does it covertly and then lies about so and sso has these weapons and we need to attack & kill him(but of course it's all about stealing oil, exploiting cheap labor for corporation, imperialism is what republicans believe in always have....etc. etc..This where republican ideology ultimely leads to and is all it can lead to, we kept them in check over the years and they still have made sick disgusting gains like rats and it really stated to kick in when Reagan was elected...it was starting during Nixon but he fucked up...

So if one really knows what republican ideology is all about and what it will ineviablly lead to....the republicans would have only the elite in their party instead of all the dumb frightened hateful working class white people they
have now...

Republicans are quite aware they must lie, and distort and smear and throw up smokescreens and yell louder some no else can speak, steal elections, put people in jail or kill people who become leaders and heros to the working people mske false promise to help the workers...the republicans know they must do this in order to move their corporate agenda which is reall fasism in ALL respects....

So the uglier it gets the more the republicans love it and the focus is off their true agenda...it's always been like this and it always will be as long as there is a fascist party abut calls themselves republicans.
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