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Frank Schaeffer: Organizing to Stop Far Right Violence on HuffPo

Wow!  A couple of days ago, I asked the rhetorical question "...What's next, wholesale body bags?" to address the wave of terroristic violence that has overtaken the country since the last election.  In our society of mega-extreme-new-improved-more-bigger-better-faster-now provocation to consume, my fear is that there's only one direction that wave can go. Bigger.

Frank Schaeffer inspired my article and StopDomesticTerror.com because, as he says today on HuffintonPost,

I started pondering the question of what we could do right after the assassination of Dr. Tiller by a religious extremist. I felt that it wasn't enough to call for boycotts of right wing commentators who spew their hate, because that did not really address the core problems.

In fact as a former right wing religious "pro-life" leader I felt compelled to publicly apologize (in the Huffington Post) for the "America-is-like-Nazi-Germany" rhetoric that my late Evangelical leader father and I helped create in the 1970s and 80s that inexorably led to justifying violence in the Tiller case.

 

StopDomesticTerror.com - Murdered MDs? Presidential assassination? Hangings? Military coups? What's next?

 

 

Wholesale Body Bags.

 

 

The voice of the radical right has driven 'the base' over the edge.  By the first weeks of the Obama Administration, they had cleared the ammo from shelves of gun shops around the country by fear-mongering popular demand. Ever since, and with a constituency that is lock-and-load ready, an endless list of action items has shifted the screams of radicalizers to shrill overdrive.

How many more times will Fox's Beck or Limbaugh fan the fanatical flames that burn inside of rightwing extremists to another violent climax, before sane America demands a stop be put to the incitement of domestic terror?

It's too late for some innocent victims whose killers responded to the voices of media and talking-head cheerleaders. But, if they stop even now, it may prove too late for others who will fall to the echoes of voices still resounding inside the heads of the independently rabid. 

Make no mistake, it is terrorism according to the Executive Order signed by President Bush in September of 2001 that was explicit in its definition:

Executive Order 13224

(d) the term "terrorism" means an activity that

-- (i) involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life, property, or infrastructure; and

-- (ii) appears to be intended

---- (A) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

---- (B) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or

---- (C) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, kidnapping, or hostage-taking.


It's not just for millenial religious warfare anymore: Terrorism for profit was born right here in the USA.

Beyond The Pale -- The Treasonous Bloodlust of the GOP's Reichwing Lunatic Fringe

It's not too late to stop the madness, but we're awfully close to falling over the edge and into the abyss. Remember when I issued this note of caution?

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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.

    -- GreyHawk, Inappropriate Political Discourse: The Blood of Patriots and Tyrants

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Well, since then, the incitement and frothing nutty insanity of the right has grown significantly. Republican "leaders" are now openly telling their faithful to "get their guns" and buy more bullets, to prepare for a time to "take back" America.

"Take back" America? They "had" America for 8 years, during which they ravaged the nation and ran amuck; now, they want to "take it back"? From Glenn Beck's recent insane drivel about "the military and police are with us" to Rep. Trent Franks referring to Obama as an "enemy of humanity" the reichwing's anti-American hatespeech has been steadily escalating. It's spilling over into action more and more often now: people showing up with guns at rallys with the President, the assassination of Dr. George Tiller and the lynching, and subsequent smearing of Bill Sparkman.


These people are no longer operating with anything but the intent to incite violence and depose a legitimately elected, popular and intelligent leader in favor of a return to their corrupt, inept and destructive control of our nation.


We've covered some aspects of this behavior before (Boehner at CPAC calling all of Obama's Policies Socialist), and here's a quick list of other stories that have hit the wires lately:

See also: inappropriate political discourse

This is beyond the pale, ladies and gentlemen.

It's time for leaders and lawmakers to stand beside law-abiding citizens to denounce and quell these unAmerican, dangerous, hate-filled acts and to assert an air of sanity back into the rapidly decaying mental state of the GOP's lunatic base.

And it's time to publicly denounce and censure all those GOP "leaders" who participate in these efforts to foment and incite violent dissention.

No more free passes.

These bastards fought any efforts to hold them and the previous administration accountable during the Bush years while they gleefully bragged about how they were going to continue to do whatever they wanted. They sought a "permanent Republican majority" and a golden age of graft.

They destroyed our infrastructure and economy, and most importantly they LOST the last election.

They are now looking for any excuse to refuse the new President and Administration the courtesy of helping clean up the mess they made; they are now steadfastly determined to block any part of the new agenda, and to incite their more rabid followers to violence in efforts to further damage our nation.

This must end now, before any more blood is spilled. They must be held accountable, and forced to begin acting like adults instead of dangerously unbalanced psychotic thugs and legalized mobsters.