"...if not now, when? If not you, who?"
From Democracy Now:
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"Daddy, if not now, when? If not you, who?"
There's a very interesting story in the Guardian UK about the shooting that contains some interesting and insightful tidbits about the doctor. For example, this:
"My daughters came into my study. I was reading. And they said: 'Daddy, if not now, when? If not you, who? Who is going to stand up for women with unexpected and badly damaged babies?' I had the support of my family, and we were able to proceed ahead."
We've been seeing more and more violent, inciteful rhetoric over the past eight years, escalating almost exponentially when Barack Obama won the Presidency and sent the crazies into overdrive: he wasn't white. He had a middle name that scared them. And he believed in the rule of law -- we weren't going to torture anymore. We were going to try to start living up to the promises of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. We were going to be a nation of integrity and honor, run by adults, again.
The radical fundamentalists, quite naturally, flipped out.
How do you recognize such a person? Find anyone who supports torture, and cheers on Dick Cheney; they're probably also opposed to holding our "leaders" accountable. They've likely stocked up on guns and ammunition, talk about "taking back" the nation they've nearly destroyed, think women should be subservient -- or even property of -- men and they are both sexually repressed and obsessed with sex. In short, they are immature, racist, homophobic misogynists with anal fixations who are fundamentally incapable of evolved, enlightened, adult thought processes. They are the unevolved cretins of our society, and they are dangerous.
Dangerous to themselves and others. Dangerous to the ideals of true Democracy and freedom. Dangerous to the rule of law, the furthering of science, the environment, education and the future evolution of life.
What kind of people are these radical anti-abortionists? What kind of lives do they think they're saving? Here's an example from the Guardian article:
At 22 weeks of gestation it was discovered through ultrasound and other tests that the foetus of her first child had hydrocephalus – an excess of fluid on the brain. Its head was enlarged, and Coe and her husband were told that it would be born without brain function and would have no conscious life.
"We made a difficult decision that that wasn't the life we wanted for our child," she said.
A child without brain function. Very much like -- but on the opposite spectrum from -- Terry Schiavo, and we all learned something about these people during that fiasco: the rule of law doesn't apply, unless it applies in a way they can skirt or twist toward their ends. Reality and facts don't apply -- compassion? HA! -- when these imbeciles get their artificially girded loins in a snit.
CNN tells us that, according to the FBI, preliminary data indicates that violent crime dropped in 2008, and has been on the decline. Meanwhile, right-wingers are still vehemently objecting to the recent DHS report about the growing terrorist threat of Right-Wing extremist groups, and steadfastly ignoring how the Tiller murder kinda confirms that.1
What's worse, there are now reports detailing how crazy military chaplains are promoting anti-American militia activity, and people like Bill O'Reilly of Fox News who spent a great deal of time fanning the flames and rhetorically inciting violent sentiment against Dr. Tiller.
The right-wing continues to huff and puff and blow their self-righteous, gaseous fumes across the land, calling for and inciting violence while denying any responsibility for their inappropriate discourse.
Those who are slightly more unhinged than others will be moved to act by such words, and those who are knowing continuing without regard for the consequences -- and who think they can feign innocence while dodging responsibility -- are hoping for more violence. Blood calls blood. Violence begets violence. And words are powerful.
History is a powerful teacher. Remember what history tells us of the death of Sir Thomas Beckett?
"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
History is calling. The right, the GOP, the torture deniers and apologists, the radical fundamentalists and generally ill-tempered unevolved cretins would rather we not answer.
Who will answer the call, and call for investigations, prosecutions, responsibility and accountability?
"Daddy, if not now, when? If not you, who?"