Calling Out the Right Wing

Sara Robinson at Firedoglake wrote a great piece yesterday asking the right wing a simple question: Are you trying to start a civil war?

Dear Conservatives:

Your fellow Americans demand an answer — and we want it now. Just one simple question:

Are you deliberately trying to start a civil war?

Just answer the question. Yes or no. Don’t insult us with elisions, evasions, dithering, qualifications, or conditional answers. We need to know what your intentions are — and we need to know NOW. People are being shot dead in the streets of America at the rate of several per month now. You may not want responsibility for this — but the whackadoodles pulling the triggers make no bones about who put them up to this.

You did.

For the past thirty years the right wing has been ratcheting up their violent hate speech. They have incited, incensed, and inflamed the more radical among us to stop taking it and start doing something about it. And some of them did.

And when they did in recent weeks, the right wing was quick to claim they weren’t in any way responsible, as if words alone were not enough to sway people. Well, if they really feel words alone are not enough to sway people, then why do they put so much time, effort and money into right-wing media? Why pay Rush Limbaugh $400 million, if not to sway people with his words? (That’s all he has to offer, just words.) Why do they always like to quote Ronald Reagan? This is not being logically consistent. Either words can sway people or they can’t. (FTR, they can.)

Read Sara Robinson’s Memo to the Right Wing. Spread the word around.

Yes or No. Right now. The window is closing fast behind you. And once it closes, none of us — not you, not us, not anyone — will have the choice to avoid the catastrophe that will follow. It’s your decision. And you need to make it now.

(H/T to poster KayInMaine over at ThinkProgress. Thanks, Kay.)


5 thoughts on “Calling Out the Right Wing

  1. Of course they are. It has just taken the rational people a while to figure it out.

  2. Sara Robinson starts her letter “Dear Conservatives”, but the people she is addressing shouldn’t really be called conservative. Real conservatives, like Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley and Jack Kemp, have all passed on. Colin Powell is still around, but he’s not radical enough for the Rot Wing of the Republican Party.
    You might call them “Cons” as in confidence men, or “Cancervatives”, but the label “Conservative” gives them too much credit, and too much legitimacy.

    We took back control of this country with ideas and mobilization of our side in the election, and the opposition knows it can’t match that any time soon enough in their lifetimes. They are desperate, and the really desperate ones are as willing to die as any Islamic Extremist suicide bomber. Their ideology is too similar to be discounted.

    • House, I think she’s actually addressing Conservatives in her letter — the real ones. She wants them to speak up and let the rest of the country that these extremists are NOT what they are about, loud and clear. Not individually, but as a large and forceful group.

      They haven’t done that yet. They needed a letter. 🙂

  3. From the article:
    “Since you know far more about their activities than any one else, you need to be the ones who turn them in. Since you’re the ones who make heroes and martyrs out of them, you need to be the ones who call them out as criminals.”

    These people to which she refers, with knowledge about and accolades for the most extreme actors on the very far right will not respond to her words. The centrist “Real Conservatives” will not be privy to the inside knowledge necessary to out the radicals prior to the carrying out of their agenda. I just hope Janet Napolitano has them under surveillance and catches them before they act. As John Kerry said in 2004, fighting terrorism is the job of law enforcement.

    I wish there was a “large and forceful group” of real Conservatives, Zooey. We would be better off financially as a nation. There’s Bush’s 23 per centers, then the rest are independents, who only vote for Republicans when they are afraid of Democrats.

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