Randall Terry Ejected From Howard Dean's Healthcare Town Hall - video

Frank Schaeffer was one of the founders of the evangelical movement. With his father, the author of "The Christian Manifesto", and C. Everett Koop and their focus on issues related to abortion, they galvanized the Christian Right.

Schaeffer believes very differently now and the author of "Crazy for God" has tried to impart to the rest of us some of the important lessons learned as an insider of the movement.

He appeared with Rachel Maddow recently to argue the actual physical danger presented by segments of the movement he helped to create.

Operation Rescue's Randall Terry wasn't named but I recalled Schaeffer's recently expressed and ominous conclusions as I watched this video.

Randall Terry Forcibly Ejected From Healthcare Town Hall With Howard Dean



From "Right-Wing Turncoat Gives the Inside Scoop on Why Conservatives Are Rampaging Town Halls"

I think I know what happened to him, [Dick Armey,] Gingrich and the rest: They can't compute that their white man-led conservative revolution is dead. They can't reconcile their idea of themselves with the fact that white men like them don't run the country any more -- and never will again. To them the black president is leading a column of the "other" into their promised land. Gays, immigrants, blacks, progressives, even a female Hispanic appointed to the Supreme Court... for them this is the Apocalypse.

The last presidential election (to paraphrase Bart Simpson) "broke their brains." What else could explain their embrace of intimidation -- rather than discourse -- over the health care debate...?

His conclusion is that the Fascist Formula has become the last hope for remaining Republicans

Here's the emerging American version of the fascist's formula: combine millions of dollars of lobbyists' money with embittered troublemakers who have a small army of not terribly bright white angry people (collected over decades through pro-life mass mailing networks) at their beck and call, ever ready to believe any myth or lie circulated by the semi literate and completely and routinely misinformed right wing -- Evangelical religious underground. Then put his little mob together with the insurance companies' big bucks. That's how it works -- American Brown Shirts at the ready.

Schaeffer's recommendation?

Republican leaders taking insurance industry money via lobbying firms and using it to organize what amounts to roving bands of thugs not only need to be exposed but thrown out of the public debate forever. They should become absolute pariahs.

The police walked Randall Terry out of that townhall last night. Can the health insurance-bought Republicans be walked out of shaping health care reform for the rest of us?

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