Friday, June 12, 2009

Right-Wing Extremists

There are left-wing extremists (loonies). Just look at those who incite violence against scientists that use animal models in their research. And, how about the environmental loonies that may incite violence to save a forest or some tiny fish. Yes, they are out there and they are crazy. But there is a difference between left-wing loonies and right-wing loonies.

Left-wing loonies do not have members of the liberal media establishment encouraging them to threaten scientists that use animal models in their research. On the other hand, right-wing loonies have Glenn Beck, Shawn Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, in fact an entire "news" network that seems to do nothing but encourage violence. Right-wing loonies even have elected government officials like Michelle Bachmann (I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back). How about Gov. Sarah Palin, governor of the biggest socialist state in the USA accusing President Obama of being a socialist?

In fact, ever since a black man was elected President, the far right-wing loonies are coming out of the woodwork. I fear for the President. People are being told that President Obama is going to take their guns away (and 3 policemen get killed). O'Reilly tells his viewers that a physician is a murderer, a baby killer and someone decides to take the law into his own hands and put an end to the "baby killing".

I certainly do not equate these far right-wing loonies with members of the Republican party. But why do Republicans continue to tell people that Obama is raising their taxes, Obama is taking their guns away, Obama is preparing secret detention camps, Obama is a secret muslim, Obama was not born in the USA, Obama is a Socialist, Obama wants to take away your right to see your own doctor, Obama wants a one-world currency, Obama wants to release Gitmo terrorist to the US mainland etc. It makes it difficult for people to understand who are the mainstream conservatives and who are the far right-wing loonies.

Maybe the attack at the holocaust museum will be a single instance of violent far right-wing extemism. Let's see what the months ahead bring to us. We can still hope that the Department of Homeland Security memo was mistaken.

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