A Rose by Any Other Name

would still smell…
 
SpiritKat
Guest Post by SpiritKat
 
I was driving to church this past Sunday morning, and as I often do, turned on the radio to a talk show. It was in the middle of a program, and, unfortunately, I reached my destination before the program’s close, so I didn’t catch what program it was or who the speaker was. I didn’t recognize the speaker’s voice, but his message centered around the recent school shootings. It became very clear to me when this speaker began telling how all of the shooters in these recent incidents were either Democrats, or children of Democrats and “Liberals”, that he was indulging in the worst kind of hate speech. But does this person realize he has just put a target on the back of the people he is maligning? In his rant, he asked where the Republicans and Tea party activists were in this, and I couldn’t help but shout at the radio, “They’re right there coming out of your mouth you idiot!”
 
I find it very disturbing when people in such public forums use it for hate speeches. Yes, I certainly understand that they have the right to free speech, and I respect that right, but there is a particularly sinister insidiousness to it when a speaker does so in way that incites others into hatefulness. In my opinion, it is this inciting of hatred that is at the root of a great deal of the violence we’re seeing, including the recent school shootings. This broadcast was solely a pathetic effort to place blame on a particular group of people, and incite people to hate them–and that is just plain wrong. It actually says far more about what kind of person the hate speech broadcaster is than it does anyone else.
 
During the time I was listening, this radio speaker did not give any facts to support his contention that all these shooters were connected to Democrats, but it matters little, for the fact is, no matter what party, all party members are NOT alike. Granted, Republicans appear to have done their best to “purify” party leadership (kind of reminds one of Hitler’s purification efforts doesn’t it?), but while they’ve done a fair job duping the masses, they haven’t gotten to everyone.
 
Not all Republicans are conservatives, for example. I happen to have a Republican friend who is an intelligent, reasonable person; what some might call “old school Republican (those folks back before the party became corrupted by the pseudo religious right), or what might today be called moderates.
 
So, too, all Democrats are not liberals, or even progressives. In fact, not all who are registered as Democrats are even Democrats. Joe Lieberman is a good example of that kind pseudo Democrat. I, myself, am registered as a Democrat, but I absolutely am NOT a Democrat. I am very liberal when it comes to women’s rights, but on many other issues I am very much a moderate, and on a few, even somewhat conservative. But with all the attempts by the ultra conservatives to disenfranchise voters, I simply decided not to bother with changing it.
 
It takes all kinds to make a society, and it is from that societal “melting pot” that political parties are formed. Every party contains extremes on both ends of the spectrum, along with a wide range of diversity in between. So, even if this radio speaker were correct about the shooters’ political connections, it doesn’t mean a hill of beans, as my mama used to say, because those who in some way carry the label of Democrat are as diverse as the population stuck on this wobbling globe.
 
I leave you with this thought: perhaps the hate mongers would be wise to reconsider their hate messages. After all, you know what they say about shooting the messenger…
 
 
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McCain Supporters in Pottsville Shout “Bomb Obama” and Hate-Filled Speeches

More of John McCain supporters, this time at Pottsville, Pennsylvania. October 27, 2008.

This is a report from Keystone Progress.

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McCain and Palin Sued for Hate Speech

66-year old grandmother and civil attorney, Mary Kay Green, is suing John McCain, Sarah Palin and their campaign manager claiming they are “intentionally and recklessly portrayed Barack Obama as a terrorist.”

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“I think John McCain and Sarah Palin have no understanding of what we went through as a nation,” she said. “[The lawsuit] will be dismissed as soon as I hear public statements from these two candidates that they abhor these death threats and that they will not tolerate these intruders in their audiences.”

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Neither the McCain nor the Obama campaign offered comment on the lawsuit. But privately, Green said the Obama campaign wants the lawsuit dropped.

“It will be dismissed as soon as I hear these public statements from these two candidates that they abhor these death threats and they will not tolerate these intruders in their audiences,” Green said.

Green spent $350 dollars on her lawsuit. She believes it is worth every penny.

I hope that she gets her wish that the kind of hatred and misinformation we are seeing emanating from the McCain camp and their supporters stops. Check out this picture. It speaks volumes.

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McCain’s Hate Talk Express UPDATED

Here are two videos by BloggerInterrupted as he speaks with crowds of McCain supporters after a rally in Ohio, asking if they think Obama is terrorist.

Palin and McCain have spent several days whipping their crowds into a frothy frenzy culminating chants of Obama is a “terrorist” and people yelling comments like “Kill him!” and “Off with his head!” (The Secret Service is looking into the “Kill Him” comment.) I wonder what the reaction would be if an Obama supporter suggested killing McCain.

Is this not akin to shouting “Fire” in a theatre?

UPDATE: Watch a video from the streets of Pennsylvania from the Pennsylvania Progressive below the fold. It’s even more terrifying.

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