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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Faces of hatred

Sarah Palin may think the politically correct language police are having a hissy fit, but a couple of police actions yesterday reveal just how hot the rhetoric is getting with the potential for serious violence rising.

The arrests of nine apocalyptic Christian militants in Michigan and a lone self-proclaimed Shia Muslim in Pennsylvania reflects the simmering hatred being stirred by the over-the-top rhetoric being aimed at Barack Obama and Democrats by Republicans seeking to discredit health care reform and the presidential agenda.

Ironically, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor had tried to suggest the stray bullet that entered his Richmond, Va. office was a sign that the left was equally prone to violence as the right in the wake of thrown bricks and cut propane barbecue lines that heralded Obama's signature on the health care law.

But the arrest of Norman LeBoon Sr. actually reveals the depth of anti-Semitism still awash in this nation.

LeBoon's rant had little to do with health care and a lot to do with Cantor's heritage:
"Remember Eric . . . our judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given," he says in the profanity-laced video. "You are a liar, you're a pig . . . you're an abomination. You receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer's abominations."
Similarly, the seeming oxymoron of a Christian militia plotting the death of police officers in the hopes of fostering an anti-government uprising is not the work of someone concerned with political correctness.
The court filing said the group, which called itself the Hutaree planned to kill an unidentified law enforcement officer and then bomb the funeral caravan using improvised explosive devices based on designs used against American troops by insurgents in Iraq.
Palin likes to point out she got a journalism degree from one of the colleges she attended and that she knows something about words. Nevertheless, her choices have often been inflammatory, starting with the wholly fallacious concept of death panels.

But urging already agitated supporters to "reload" comes perilously close to shouting fire in a crowded theater.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry if it's off topic, but what do you think about the proposed 28th amendment?

March 31, 2010 5:11 AM  

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