by Michael Winship
Jan. 10, 2011
The Russian playwright Anton Chekhov had a rule: if you show a gun in the first act, by the time the curtain falls, it has to go off. For weeks and months, that gun, the weapon of angry rhetoric and intemperate rabblerousing, has been cocked and loaded in plain view on the American stage; Saturday morning outside a shopping mall in Tucson, Arizona, it went off again and again and again.
The target, Gabrielle Giffords, a member of the United States Congress, lays critically wounded, one of thirteen shot and still alive. Six others are dead, including a respected Federal judge who happened to be there but who previously had received death threats from anti-immigration extremists, a member of Congresswoman Giffords’ staff and a nine-year old girl, Christina-Taylor Green. Just elected to her school’s student council, she had been brought by a neighbor to Congresswoman Gifford’s constituent event so she could see how grown-ups put democracy into action.
Instead, this child – born on 9/11 — became just one of the latest victims of more political violence in America, violence fueled by an incoherent rage against government and elected officials who cannot instantly bring back prosperity and the jobs lost overseas or restore in a blink some idealized vision of a nation that might once have been but is no more. And all of it egged on by right wing leaders and their cronies lurking in the swampier reaches of the Internet, hate radio and television
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On Responding to Idiots
By W.B. Dunne
I love Barack Obama. If for nothing else, then for the wonderful range of complete wingnuttery that his rise to glory has unleashed. It was necessary for me to lay out for a few days after my last post, I wanted to keep from becoming a one note singer with my focus on the piddling stylings of Glenn Beck. In that small space of time a few things have occurred to me that I thought Id share:
The owners of the media, which are capitalizing through the ratings, are really the ones responsible for the tone of their toadies. They are the bosses in a huge money machine, and they endorse in blood every word the crazies in their shows spit out. We are going to see more of the chaos they need to survive the coming retribution.
By W.B. Dunne
Does anyone still harbor the trampled ideal that the surge in violence and death were seeing in Main Street ISNT being fomented by Rush the hate-based bloviator and his Foxy minions?
Tell this ordinary everyday guy that hes too stupid to connect the brainwashed shooters to the daily dose of propaganda and hyperbole. Ill believe you! I dont want to have this view; it would be so easy to just close my eyes to the fact that there are folks in my society that will cut the hands off another with a machete because a little box tells them to.