The Republican Siren Song of Sedition

Republican Siren Song of Sedition

Republican Sedition
This is what Republicans stand for now.

The KKK came to rally in my town when I was a teenager. I couldn’t understand why we had to pay for security so these hate mongers could march in our streets. I stood on the curb watching them, tears rolling down my face, and I asked myself, what kind of world is this?

What kind of world is it where we pay for the security of these hate mongers to express themselves, but no one could save the African Americans who were lynched in the south? No one could save my gay friend from being spit on? No one can save the woman beaten to death by her husband?

No one can spare the endless humiliations born from simple biology, but we could protect these hate mongers, who ironically were comprised of mostly privileged white males.

And yet, I’ve never hated someone’s message so much that I wanted to shut him or her down by force. My liberal parents taught me that those folks had a right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech. This is our right as American citizens. Part of my job as a citizen is to tolerate ideas with which I do not agree, so long as they do not infringe on the rights and safety of others.

It is our most basic of rights, so much so that we are loathe to speak out when people are inciting violence, lest calling for accountability and responsibility mitigate their freedom of speech. The left understands this and supports it to an extreme, while the right has shown an increasing inability to handle dissent of any kind.

The right is especially intolerant of the electoral kind of dissent.

The right is attacking, intimidating, and squashing political facts and opinion that they don’t want to hear. They’re doing it by any means possible — broken windows, hitting Obama stickered-cars, spitting on congressmen.

This is not freedom of speech. It is domestic terrorism.

These are the actions of cowards, who don’t have the guts to face reality. Here’s reality: George W Bush started an illegal war based on a lie. George W Bush got our children, spouses and parents shipped off to war over a lie. We are losing that war. George W Bush also deregulated the financial industry to such an extent that both the housing market and Wall Street collapsed and most of us lost our life savings.

Yes, it sucks. But reasonable, mentally fit people don’t take that out on the next guy. They don’t take it out on other citizens. They don’t resort to violence and intimidation. No, this is the deliberately directed, impotent, misdirected rage of the politically powerless. These people are being used to further the political agenda of the wealthy privileged few. These are the people who heed their Republican leaders’ siren call of sedition.

This, ladies and gentleman, is the modern day “conservative” Republican base, otherwise known as the Tea Party, the Sarah Palin Rally fan club, and the “Christian nationalists”. A party so morally depraved and bereft of intellectual ideas, it has no other choice than to lure its base to anarchy. And let’s be real. They aren’t doing this because they really think Obama is the anti-Christ. They’re doing it because they don’t want to give up power, and they have nothing else.

We need to resist the urge to meet the thugs in the street. The street is all they have. Instead, patriotic citizens of all ideologies need to take a stand for civility. We need to demand it from our elected officials. We need to demand a debate of ideas.

And most of all, we need to keep these dangerous people, who clearly do not stand for the American way, out of government until they can show some respect for the founding principles of democracy.

5 Replies to “The Republican Siren Song of Sedition”

  1. Yes, but in my semi-informed opinion, these are the same folks who make up the Moral Majority, which is actually the vocal minority of 30% or less. What really needs to happen is these folks need to be countered at every turn. I will say this; they are taking to the streets and making their voices heard, and as we can see, they ARE getting attention from the MSM.

  2. @nikolai,

    Absolutely. We do need to turn out, but even when we did, at Peace rallies early on in the W administration, the MSM never showcased us. It’s interesting to note that the MSM (military industrial media complex) finds 500 angry, incoherent people carrying misspelled signs relevant, but 100,000 people carrying a message of peace is ignored. Blood sells.

    And that is why the liberal blogosphere is so important. The Republicans acknowledge that liberals pwned them on the internet in 2008, and indeed, the internet was a factor in Obama’s win. Their attacks on internet freedom make a bit more sense in that context. They’d like to control the message, as they manage to do so well via MSM.

    The far right has disintegrated into Fascism.

    When they lose an election, they swear jihad against the country, the Democratic president, and the citizens.

    ENOUGH.

  3. @srjones,
    You are right. It is fascism. I understand that someone who pursues this path will accuse those who would stop them of the same – fascism. Exactly what they call President Obama and the Democrats. I am tired of their wagging their guns in my face. I cannot believe that Starbucks encourages them to carry their guns while being served. I am astounded that there will be two gun/militia rallies in our capital. The worst thing we ever did was allow the NRA to obtain power. I will be buying a gun – to protect me from the crazies.

  4. @Jean Muenchen,

    LOL….so when did anyone wave a gun in your face or are you just making that up like a normal liberal? I know that pesky thing called the US Constitution is a huge bother for all of you..but thank GOD it’s there so you will NEVER be able to take power of us. And just so you folks know, we make up over 56% of the population of this country and liberal/progressives are less then 30%… November will help make my point

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