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Maher added, “Listening to people like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck these days, I cannot figure out whether these right wingers are more dangerous when they’re in power or when they’re out of power, because when they’re out of power, you know they’re paranoid, their paranoia goes off the charts.”
In a blog post entitled “This Is What the Class War Looks Like,” prominent Democratic strategist David Sirota, recently got in touch with his inner Marx.
“There is an incredible amount of hate out there right now — and the most intense of it is coming from those at the top who despise the idea that our society should do something - anything — to address rampant inequality,” said the former press secretary to House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey (D-Wisconsin).
Terry Krepel, a left-wing media analyst, was way ahead of the “hate” curve. He began labeling conservative Obama critics as haters just two days after Obama’s inauguration in his Huffington Post item, “Right-Wing Media Becomes Obama Hate Central.”
Charles M. Blow opined in the New York Times April 3 that conservative media figures use “veiled hate speech” to rally their supporters against Obama’s progressive juggernaut. “Some simply lace their unscrupulous screeds with loaded language about the fall of the Republic. We have to ‘rise up’ and ‘take back our country,’” he wrote, using expressions that not too long ago were used routinely by the left to protest the Bush administration.
The left also tried to capitalize on the April 4 murder of three Pittsburgh police officers by a deranged shooter who muttered something about Obama wanting to take away his guns. Reports indicate the man, who had recently lost his job, was agitated after getting into a fight with his mother.
But CNN’s Rick Sanchez, Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan, and DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas all attributed the shootings to conservative talk show hosts on radio and television.
“That weekend tragedy involves a man who allegedly shot and killed three police officers in cold blood. Why? Because he was convinced, after no doubt watching Fox News and listening to right-wing radio, that quote, ‘Our rights were being infringed upon,’” Sanchez said April 8.
Conservative commentators like Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck were offering “garden-variety fear and hate mongering…night in and night out,” Sanchez said.
Sullivan pontificated that the shootings seemed “to be a clear instance” of violence that sprang from “the heated, apocalyptic rhetoric of the anti-Obama forces.” He added, “One wonders whether Fox News or the Second Amendment fanatics will chill it out a little. And then one realizes who we’re talking about.”
Moulitsas blogged that the shootings appear “to be an inevitable result of the bad economy, a conservative movement circling the drain, feeling betrayed, isolated, and defeated, and the rampant eliminationist talk from right-wing nutjobs on the radio and TV.”
This thing called eliminationism, by the way, has become a kind of code word among leftists nowadays for the right-wing intolerance they imagine lurks around America suppressing differing viewpoints.
Not surprisingly, David Neiwert, the prophet who foretells the rise of this phenomenon in the soon-to-be-remaindered book, The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right, agrees with the other liberals. After the Pittsburgh incident, he triumphantly blogged at Crooks and Liars:
We’ve been reporting for awhile on the surge in gun sales, and how the paranoia around guns is making the more unstable elements of the right particularly edgy. Inevitably, that edginess is going to break out into actual violence – as it appears to have done today.
The DHS report too blames the Pittsburgh killings on the “rightwing extremism” of the gunman.
It’s time to call in Indiana Jones.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online