Now, as someone who has undoubtedly fought more neoNazis and Kluxers at street level than he (or anyone he knows) has, I could tell him that tactical alliances between us and collectivists, any collectivists, are impossible. In fact, if his ilk got attacked by the Kluxers, we'd be obliged to come to his aid.
(Although that does bring up the conundrum somebody here in a Birmingham militia meeting brought up in the 90s. "Mike," I was asked, "what do we do if the ATF atacks somebody we hate like the Klan or somebody? What do we do then?" I said we'd be honor bound to come to their aid if they hadn't done anything to deserve it. While that grumble was going around the room, somebody in the back raised their hand and volunteered cheerily: "Hey, I got it! Why don't we just show up five minutes late and avenge their deaths?" The room broke up in gales of laughter. The plan was adopted unanimously.)
Anyway, here is what passes for sentient thought on the other side. I think this guy should buy a firearm before he really squeezes the cheese and craps himself to death out of fear. Either that or him and his Obamanoid buddies should back off and leave us the hell alone. Don't start nuthin', Mr. ACLU man, won't be nuthin'.
The Next Civil War is About to Begin
By Ed Menken
Anyone watching the mobs acting out at the various town hall meetings around the country during August, trying their best to drown out the elected officials who were attempting to engage their constituents in rational dialogue about health care reform, were actually witnessing members of far-right groups and extremist organizations with an undeniable hatred of government, of anyone who disagrees with them, and, of course, of President Obama. The same hate-filled fringe was also on display on 9-12 at the lunatics' march on Washington, where Confederate flags, posters of Obama with a Hitler moustache, signs that included all sorts of vile verbiage against Obama, and shrieks of “We Want Our Country Back” echoed across Pennsylvania Avenue.
In fact, these mobs are composed of overlapping hate-driven sub-groups including extreme racists, irrational xenophobes, ignorant secessionists, insane anti-abortionists, KKK loyalists without their dunce-headed robes, gun-crazy militants, and moronic malcontents who are inspired by hate-mongers like Douche Limpbra, Shame Hannity, Mickey Mouse Savage, Anorexic Annie Coulter, Moronic Malkin, and, of course, Brain-damaged Beck. They're increasingly incited by the FOX Noise Liars Club and encouraged by the Greed Over People (GOP) party (since all of these miscreants like to call people they don't like by names other than their own, I decided a while back that they deserve the same treatment).
I watched in near disbelief on Friday, September 11, when Chuck Todd, MSNBC's Chief White House correspondent and Political Director, while sitting in for Chris Matthews on “Hardball”, was interviewing Congressman James Clyburn from South Carolina. Todd said that Obama “obviously has a problem with the south”, and asked Clyburn what “Obama should do about it.” What should be obvious to Todd, and all the rest of the reporters and commentators who appear on and in the various corporate news media, is that it's the south that has a problem with Obama, not the other way around! Todd, and all of his bullshitting brethren, know that a recent poll showed that among self-declared Republicans in the south, 55% either believe that Obama isn't a natural born citizen, or aren't sure. And they know that in another poll several months ago, 11% of the American people still believe he's a Muslim. They also know that two days before the election, 23% of Texans believed the same outrageous lie. Indeed, in nearly all of the south, and with some pockets of lunacy in other parts of the country, these deeply racist and hate-filled individuals and groups now represent a clear and present danger to the United States of America.
We know that gun and ammo purchases since Obama's election have gone through the roof. We know that the Secret Service is dealing with an average of thirty threats a day on the life of the President, four times as many as with any other president. We know that militant militias around the country have seen their ranks swell far beyond the numbers they had in the 1990's, and, unlike the early 1990's, they now have the Internet to use for membership recruitment. And if you want to see an example of the maniacs at play, check out www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7XDVJhNcGw&feature=related.
While the cowardly talking heads and so-called “journalists” on TV continue to try to convince their audiences that the far-right irrationality and extremist behavior we're seeing, replete with swastikas, posters claiming Obama is the reincarnation of Hitler, and gun-toting giddiness, represents “legitimate” anger and is comparable to some mysteriously similar activities on the left which do not exist, they are, in fact, inexcusably enabling the lunatic fringe. But that's the state of “journalism” today; the facts don't matter, but the outrageous behavior that makes for “good pictures” of screaming and hate does. In their alleged desire to be “fair”, the shrunken and tortured excuses for what passes as journalism bears no resemblance whatsoever to the profession practiced by Cronkite, Murrow, and Huntley and Brinkley not too long ago.
The easily connected “dots” that clearly show the racist hatred that still exists in this country, and it's flagrant emergence during the last presidential campaign, has been all but completely ignored by the corporate media. And in doing so, the purveyors of “news” are in fact encouraging the hate-mongers and radical extremists, allowing them to flourish in plain sight.
It wasn't that long ago when President Eisenhower had to order troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to guard nine black students as they entered Central High School. The racial hatred that was clearly exposed in the crowds that lined the streets and steps leading up to the school is now a matter of history, and one of the significant “dots” to remember. Then came the civil rights marches through the south that were met with angry mobs, police dogs, high-pressure fire hoses that knocked people off their feet, and the billy-club beatings of peaceful protestors perpetrated by enthusiastic police. More “dots.” Then, after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the racist-driven political ideology began to take a new political direction and culminated in Richard Nixon's “Southern Strategy” and the mass departure of “Southern Democrats” to the Republican Party, where they still reside though the faces and names have changed. More “dots”. And although there were hate-filled events that occurred in other parts of the country, none of them compared to what was going on in the deep south.
This recollection of history isn't merely to serve as reference points; rather, it is to recognize that the people who demonstrated extremist hatred back then were the parents and grandparents of many of those whose racism is on display today at the tea parties, the incendiary town halls, and Brain Damaged Beck's highly exaggerated 9/12 protest in Washington. It doesn't require a child psychologist to tell us that the imprinting received at home, especially when it includes racism and bigotry, nearly always results in the offspring of bigots believing and practicing the same, or even more intense hatred than the parental poison bestowed upon them.
The droves of hate-filled “birthers”, and others, who carry signs reading “We Want Our Country Back” are begging the question, “Back from whom”? Back from the “socialist”, the “communist”, the “Nazi”, the Muslim who shouldn't be in the White House? Or is it simply “back from the ‘nigger' who isn't supposed to be president'?
Look at the outrageous behavior of so many right-wing parents who wouldn't allow their children to see Obama's recent speech to school kids. They just didn't want their children to see the black man who is our president. That's how much hate they carry.
Now, I want to be clear. Many of the people who are angry about one thing or another these days, are not necessarily driven by racism. But they are in the midst of it.
While they might be angered about health care reform because of the disinformation they've heard, they may be nothing more than willing victims of the right-wing propaganda they choose to listen to. They are therefore in a somewhat different category than those who are wishing for Obama's death, but not very far away. In fact, given what we generally know about the number of arrests and active investigations being conducted by the Secret Service, the evidence is overwhelming.
We can also safely assume that the far, far right who dream of an assassination have had numerous opportunities to network with others of like mind through the town halls, the 9-12 protest rally in D.C, and via the internet.
Somewhere out there, at this very moment, we can be sure that a number of plans are being plotted. Somewhere out there are groups of crazies who are trying to decide what course of violent action to take.
We don't yet know exactly what forms of violence will emerge first. We don't know if there will be a number of “lone wolf” actions, or if there will be a coordinated series of attacks in the tradition of their hero, Timothy McVeigh. But, given the depth of the racism, and the twisted minds at work, it won't be surprising if a wave of killings of black people sets off the race war that many of these lunatics are hoping for, believing that a race war will trigger a civil war and that that will settle things, once and for all. And in their favor. Indeed, if a war against people of color begins (you can be sure that if the killing starts, it won't be just African Americans who are targeted), the killers fully expect that the militias will flock to the cause, the KKK will join in, and the lunatics with itchy fingers will all take to the streets for the revolution they're all hoping for. They're not terribly concerned about Martial Law, because they're convinced that since so many in our military are from the south and rural areas, they wouldn't fire upon them. Instead, they believe that a large portion of the military would actually join them.
Such insanity might be easily dismissed, were it not for the facts and unbridled extremism before our very eyes. And too many in the media and among “average” people will still dismiss it, preferring instead to believe that it's nothing but a lot of bluster and nothing more. But that is the kind of naivete that endangers our country, and opens the way for a bloody and catastrophic time in America. A time that could well result in the destruction of our republic as we know it, and the end of the “great experiment” known as the United States of America.
Ed Menken is a life-long, self-described "unapologetic progressive", a proud member of the ACLU, and a strong supporter of Barack Obama.
"Hey, I got it! Why don't we just show up five minutes late and avenge their deaths?"
Best laugh I've had all day!
This animal is terrifeid. Remember what terrified animals do.
WEatch out, everybody.
This guy is a douche. He's the one hoping for a race riot, not the other way around.
I doubt that he will ever get it. He sees the same evidence as the rest of us, but his narrow world view can't allow him to come to rational conclusions. He, and those like him, are driving us to their greatest fear, armed conflict. Ironic, that their ignorance and fear doom all of us to that fate.
Yeah, he'd better get a gun.
They are clearly afraid. I am somewhat surprised at the tenacity of the rhetoric.
I suspect they are close to triggering some operation.
"Ed Menken is a life-long, self-described 'unapologetic progressive', a proud member of the ACLU, and a strong supporter of Barack Obama."
And completely unhinged.
I wonder what he was doing when Bill Ayers was bombing the Pentagon? I wonder if he missed the street violence of Chicago in '68 or even the street violence in LA after Watts, Rodney King, OJ Simpson's trial or the latest Lakers victory. Maybe his history class skipped the American Revolution or the French one same time period. Maybe he missed the downfall of the Tsar and the Shah both. Maybe he's just stupid.
Or he likes the passive role in a B&D scenario.
The dude is seriously delusional and needs to go back on the thorazine drip. He can't separate Odama's color from his policy. I can. The South and the US have both progressed past the 'racism' and bigotry of their parents and/or grandparents. This idiot needs to get out of the ivory tower and go to a mall in the South and see the # of blacks dating/married to whites and no one even cares. People don't even raise an eyebrow. We are moving towards a 'content of character not color of skin' society, if these idiots would just shut-up.
This was satire, right?
I am sure that any provocative violence will be government-initiated. This idiot sounds like Charles Manson with his delusional "race war."
Unfortunately for me, I have had a few racist thoughts in my life --- but this Sipsey St. website and a Christian church have gone a long way toward alleviating said thought.
My personal code is to be rational and responsible.
Geez, they sure get snotty when they can't have their own way, and have all the sheeple fall into line like good little ponies.
To borrow a phrase from F. Paul Wilson, he's bug-fuck nuts.
I wasn't at the DC rally, but I've been going through pictures, foreground and background, but couldn't find a single instance of a Confederate flag as this head case claims. Did anyone happen to see any? And does it matter? I've met blacks who displayed battle flags because they understood the states' rights argument was not really about slavery.
And the only "Nazi" imagery I could find was associatedn with Obama and Co.; to this day, these idiots still can't wrap their minds around the fact we aren't socialists.
It may be a tactical advantage that the opposition suffers a debilitating and irrational phobia, and complete dissociation from reality. They don't know us, can't understand us, and can't cope with us.
Unfortunately, when animals become this terrified, they sometimes do dangerous things.
All these comments have one thing in common - they assume that Mr Menken believes what he says, that he is merely 'delusional' or 'misinformed'.
The truth of the matter is, Mr Menken is a paid propagandist. He is doing his job, which is to 1)Drum up support for the continued destruction of patriotic Americans, and 2)infuriate patriotic Americans (an enraged opponent is more easily manipulated).
It is about time we realise that these communist pundits are nothing more, nothing less than paid enemy propagandists. Getting upset at what MR Menken says would be akin to getting upset at something Goebbels said.
He's not 'terrified', he's not a victim of a 'narrow world view' that prevents him from coming to 'rational conclusions'.
He's a propagandist, period, end of story.
We should treat him as such - ie, review his pablum solely to keep an eye on enemy propaganda, for cues as to what the agenda is (behind the scenes).
That rant was so goofy I couldn't even finish it. They are creating a self fulfilling prophesy and have no clue. Leftist hatred is never a pretty thing. But hey! Their progressive and open minded!!
I didn't see a single Confederate flag when I was in DC on 9-12. In fact, most of the people that I met were from IN or MA, outside of the 3% and Oath Keepers. And where where the KKK hats? I must have missed those as well.
Mike, can you post your comment, since that nutbar didn't have the guts?
I was reading this, all the while thinking of the reporter from the movie "V for Vendetta"...
I could see the spittle spewing from his deranged grimace in my minds eye, teeth flashing with tenacity and fervor, all the while pounding his fist like... like... well, like Adolph Hitler.
Well done Ed Menken, Well done. You've proven our point without having us do it for you.
The Great American experiment did not originally include progressiveism. So you are the kook, not us. This article pretty much proves it.
"It wasn't that long ago when President Eisenhower had to order troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to guard nine black students as they entered Central High School."
Ed, it was a long time ago. A very long time ago. Time to move on, old timer. Just do as the Government Health Advisory Board tells you and keep moving towards the bright tunnel of light.
I just have two little words for Mr Menken......
I didn't see any confederate flags, either, but several state flags have a St. Andrew cross in their design, and I did see plenty of Florida flags there. Not the Stars and Bars, but it wouldn't surprise me that this horse's ass can't tell the difference.
The conflation poisoning is irreversible.
Doctor is there anything we can do?
Their is an experimental brain surgery.
Doctor I'll try anything.
Nurse get me a proctologist.
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