Saturday, August 8, 2009

The American Taliban Is Among Us

Between the Right Wing nut cases and the NRA there is danger of violence erupting in the Town Hall meetings. Rush Limbaugh, using his incendiary rants against the biggest Union supporting Health Care reform and against Democrats, has whipped them up to a frenzy. He has said both were Nazi's. Now if this isn't crying "fire" in a crowded theater, I don't know what is. How long will it be before some uninformed and self-hating crazy decides to be a hero and prove his manhood by shooting Union Members and Democrats?

These wild and overblown accusations screamed in the Town Hall meetings are not freedom of speech; they are suppression of speech. That is their object.

As usual, these thuggish tactics are working. Polls show that the Republicans who are against any reform are energized while the Democrats who are for it remain apathetic. How many emails have any of you received FOR health care reform? I haven't received a single one, but people have received many AGAINST it. The media only report on the sensational events and never explain the true reforms being proposed. Where is Walter Cronkite when you need him?
The lies about euthanasia and about socialized medicine continue to drown out the truth.

Spreading fear and lies are the tactics that were used by the real Nazi's and the Taliban. Our legislators are intimidated by threats and by the loud voices of protest.

Please click on the following link to read more:

Obama-Allied Unions Threatened With Gun Violence For Town Hall Participation

Charles M. Blow in an Op-Ed piece in this morning's NYT said the following:


While Democrats are sitting it out, Republicans are storming in.

According to the CNN poll, nearly half of those opposing current plans on health care reform said that they were very likely to attend a town hall meeting. Only 37 percent of those who support the plans were very likely to attend.

Not only are anti-reformists showing up, they’re terrorizing legislators with their tomfoolery when they do. Blinded by fear and passion, armed with misinformation and misplaced anger, they descend on these meetings and hoot and holler in an attempt to shut down the debate rather than add to it.

I must say that this says more about them than it does about any forthcoming legislation. Belligerence is the currency of the intellectually bankrupt. (Emphasis mine)

Trapped in their vacuum of ideas, too many Republicans continue to display an astounding ability to believe utter nonsense, even when faced with facts that contradict it. (emphasis mine)

A Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll released last Friday found that 28 percent of Republicans don’t believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States and another 30 percent are still “not sure.” That’s nearly 6 out of 10 Republicans refusing to accept a basic truth. Then again, this shouldn’t surprise me. According to a Gallup poll released last summer, 6 in 10 Republicans also said they thought that humans were created, in their present form, 10,000 years ago.

Let’s face it: This is no party of Einsteins. Really, it isn’t. A Pew poll last month found that only 6 percent of scientists said that they were Republicans.

Democrats should be leading this discussion. Instead, they’re losing control of it. That’s unfortunate because the debate is too important to be hijacked by hooligans.


Are we going to let them get away with it? Sadly, I think the answer is. "You betcha!"


Looking to the Stars said...

Good Post! I will always read your post. They are good and have facts that all of us need to know. Never stop printing the truth.

Tabor said...

I thank you for this post and your ability to write the argument so well. I have gotten about two emails for the health care reform...but both wanted money as well.

Stop The American Taliban said...

It is so true the the American Taliban is among us, and it's time to stop them from taking anymore of our rights away.

Darlene said...

*Looking -- Thank you for your encouragement.

*Tabor - I deeply appreciate your kind words.

*Stop The American Taliban - Thank you for your visit. Is that the name of your blog? Interesting.

Mortart said...

It is always comforting to know that there are intelligent, knowledgeable citizens like you out there to counter the right-wing loonies who make all the noise.

Darlene said...

*Mortart - Thank you so much. I really appreciate your comment.

Vagabonde said...

I was reading about the McCarthy era (since I was not in this country then) and it looks to me like the scare tactics used then are being used again. Shouting, making comments full of lies (see S. Palin) and the media will show it to the whole country. The media has a huge responsibility –they need to keep the people informed, and be neutral. But by reporting on all the fringe and lunatics elements they give them legitimacy.

Alice said...

I don't think Democrats are apathetic, but this Democrat is simply astounded at how things are going. Not being the type to grab a gun and shoot somebody or engage in fistfights at town hall meetings, I just don't know what to do. My blood is practically boiling as it is, so somebody tell me what do we do?!