Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Right Wing's Insurrectionist Mindset

Media Matters reports
The federal government has alleged that four Georgia militia members who are accused of plotting to kill federal employees modeled their plan on right-wing blogger Mike Vanderboegh's online novel Absolved, which depicts underground militia fighters who declare war on the federal government over gun control laws and same-sex marriage, leading to a second American revolution. Vanderboegh is not alone in promoting such insurrectionism: several right-wing media figures, including other gun rights bloggers, have suggested the possibility of political violence or revolution as a means of responding to progressive policies.
This was covered adequately by our own intrepid reporters, here and here, but the Media Matters folks went on to cite a few other offenders.

Bob Owens: "Go To Your Congressman's Office... If You're Willing To Do The Time For The Crime, Have A Swing At Him."

Kurt Hoffman Suggested It's A "Good Thing" That Politicians Who Support Gun Control Perceive "A Personal Threat To Their Own Lives."

Dick Morris: "Those Crazies In Montana Who Say, 'We're Going To Kill ATF Agents Because The U.N.'s Going To Take Over' -- Well, They're Beginning To Have A Case."

Beck: "You're Going To Have To Shoot Them In The Head."

Erick Erickson: "At What Point Do The People ... March Down To Their State Legislator's House, Pull Him Outside, And Beat Him To A Bloody Pulp?" 

There's more but you get the idea. Ever since the incredible Mr Adkisson wrote his Manifesto I've been convinced that the blabber-mouth right-wing talkers are partly responsible for what their less-intelligent followers do. These political commenters and righty bloggers are abusing the 1st Amendment. I'm not sure what the answer is, but these people are definitely part of the problem.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.


  1. They do have that pesky 1st amendment to back them up (unless they actually incite to violence--a tough thing, as they know, to prove in a court of law) so they can't be silenced, legally.

    However, digging up personal dirt that reveals their hypocrisy is certainly fair, when pointing and laughing are insufficient.

  2. Oh, the other thing about all of those wonderful patriots that you mentioned is that none of them ever served their country in uniform, afaia.

    Bek is a cowardly bastard who has paranoid ideation about his being important enough for someone to kill. I wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire. Then again I wouldn't piss on his grave either; I hate standing in long lines.