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"What sluggards, what cowards have I brought up in my court, who care nothing for their allegiance to their lord. Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?"
-- The Murder of Thomas Becket, 1170,
Eyewitness to History.com
It's begun. The wackos have all begun to unwind and step out from behind their stately faux patriotism with their lunatic friends, fomenting rebellion and attempting to instigate violence. It's an insidious fifth column of propaganda and divisiveness, delivered through auspices of free speech yet fooling few in the rank desperation of their calls to incitement.
Attempts to twang racial, social and emotional strings are coming faster, more frequently. From the "That one!" of the campaign, to the NY Post's inappropriate fiscal chimp cartoon and their subsequently foot-in-mouth That Cartoon ham-handed apology, to the rantings of Rush Limbaugh and now Alan Keyes, the nation is under assault. Specifically, it is an assault directed against a President tasked to clean up after a corrupted, incompetent and criminally negligent predecessor and the former majority party that helped foster the disaster that has gone before.
From the Countdown with Keith Olbermann site:
Here's an excerpt (hat-tip noweasels from DailyKos):
"Obama is a radical communist and I think it is becoming clear. That is what I told people in Illinois and now everybody realizes it is coming true. He is going to destroy this country and we are either going to stop him or the United States of America is going to cease to exist."
-- Alan Keyes
Our nation is in dire straits, on the brink of the worst economic disaster in decades and embroiled in global controversies spanning issues of health, humanity, security and environment -- and these unevolved cretins go on the attack against the primary people and methods that we have at our disposal for dealing with it. A mess that these same fools and liars -- disingenuous, arrogant hypocrites, all -- either directly contributed to or actively opposed efforts to mitigate.
They call for those cowards and lunatics among them to strike out, to lash out and to act against the President. They are trying to foment rebellion and still keep their own hands free of the blood they attempt to stir to violence.
If the tree of liberty must occasionally be refreshed with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants, then perhaps it is now time for all good men and women of the nation to stand up, stand strong, and confront these degenerates directly: as the hue and cry goes up among the fetid, rotting corpse of inhumanity that feeds upon itself in attempts to stir others to act of violence, let's make sure they are directly exposed to the healing light of day and hounded endlessly for their hypocrisy.
It's time to call them out and to put down their efforts to turn us against ourselves, united against their swill like a nation possessed of the will and wherewithall to succeed in the face of adversity. We need to not only neutralize the words and potential deeds of the "enemies within" -- we need to wholly eviscerate their unholy movement and expose it to the full measure of human reason and sanity.
Don't let such actions and statements by others go unchallenged.
We cannot afford to ignore these growing attempts to incite the unstable toward violence, nor the treacherous and highly treasonous intentions behind them.