A Grave Warning:Those Who Inspire Violence Should Be Held Accountable

UPDATE: I would like to thank Scott Brown for condemning the actions of right wing extremists, although he is still in opposition at least he is in civil opposition. When asked by a reporter for the site whorunsgov.com Brown said, “Any type of intimidation is completely unacceptable…That’s what makes America so good is that we can go to the ballot box. And that’s what I’d encourage people to do to vent their anger in a positive way, instead of doing things that are bad form.”  Thank you Scott Brown let’s just hope that you make the same statement in a more public form, like on television perhaps.

UPDATE UPDATE: John “Hell No” Boehner has joined Brown in condemning the actions of violence.  Very good news, perhaps rationality may have hope of returning to the political spectrum.

Over the past two years after America’s first African-American president Barack Obama was elected there has been a growing number of racially charged threats against his life.  For the most part the threats really were no threat at all, they were just from stupid people, and probably the amount would not be much higher than that of a typical white president, although a threat is always serious and must be dealt with immediately, no one would take it seriously as a true threat.  More recently, however, the amount of hatred from fringe hate groups has exploded to unacceptable amounts.  A simple google search and this, will show an unprecedented amount of hatred festering within the country.

Tea Party from huffingtonpost.com

Tea Party from huffingtonpost.com

The scariest part of this however is not who is making the threats, but rather who is inspiring this hatred, I am talking about high-ranking members of the Republican party and political television pundits.  For the past few months there has been large amounts of misinformation and lies about health care reform, and gun control as well as other issues aimed against the Democratic party, Sarah Palin is one of these Republicans spewing lies, and misinformation that incites and invigorates hate groups.  After the threats of violence and assassination threats continued one would think that the Republicans would be covering their behinds and immediately hold a press conference to condemn the actions of a few to disassociate themselves with fringe hate groups so they can be electable, and save face, the opposite has happened, even Republicans such as Sarah Palin have given speeches in front of rallies of hate groups that have issued threats of violence against elected government officials.  The reason why Republicans are not condemning the actions of hate groups (who may be renamed violent extremists of nothing is done to stop this) is because this is now what gets votes.  The scariest thing is that in the Republicans’ quest to regain control of the government, they have lost their responsibility for what they say.  I fear that if something is not done to demand that those who deliberately spew misinformation, be held responsible for their actions before the unthinkable happens.

Racist threw a brick threw a window following passage of Health Care Reform

Racially Charged Broken Window from Huffingtonpost.com

Today Sarah Palin’s inciting of violence can no longer be disputed, The Huffington Post broke the story that “Palin’s Facebook page now carries a map featuring 20 gun sights, one for each of the Democrats targeted this year by her political action committee SarahPAC. Three of the gun sights, those where incumbent Democrats have already announced their retirement, are colored red.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/24/sarah-palins-pac-puts-gun_n_511433.html

I want to make it perfectly clear to those that question my bias, I do not pretend to think that the Republicans are the first American politicians to spread a little bit of misinformation, and lies to get their voters excited, but they are certainly the first to use hatred as a way to gain support rather than see these groups as something that may destroy the reputation of their party.

I call my readers to take action, yes simply reading the blogs of a like minded individual is not enough, we all need to get out and demand change.  We need to demand that politicians, and people of public positions take responsibility for what they say, we also need to demand that a little bit of humanity and tolerance be brought back into the political dialogue, we have entered a dark world when playing to the minds of angry racists, who just may have access to a high powered firearm is good politics.  Go out and demand this before it is too late!

Fox News or Faux News?

Recently the White House stirred up its latest batch of controversy when Last week, White House communications director Anita Dunn said Fox News operates “almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party.” On Sunday, Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, said, “It is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective.”  In short Fox News is not a real news organization.  They are absolutely right, Fox News is not real news it is purely propaganda, the White House did leave one thing out however and that is that all television news, with the exception of C-SPAN, is biased and therefore not real news.  The standard that we define news by just keep getting lower by the day, every time you turn on the TV you see pundits on the left, pundits on the right, and the truth is lost in the immaturity and petty fighting that follows.  It is time to bring ethics into journalism and take opinions out.