I'm becoming convinced that the Republican effort to whip up mob violence and disseminate the most vitriolic of propaganda will not stop until President Obama has been assassinated. Perhaps they will stop if there is only an attempt on the President's life, but I have my doubts. Their willful disregard for the welfare of the country as a whole and the President in particular is dangerous to a degree that I believe the media has not yet picked up upon, with possibly tragic results.
From the beginning, the Republican Party apparatus itself has spread the lies and rumors that our President is a friend to terrorists, a secret Muslim, a non-American, a fascist and a socialist simultaneously, and wants to turn the US into a totalitarian state. This isn't the nutjobs who started this, it was the McCain/Palin campaign, the RNC, and the state and local parties who went with this blood on the floor direction. And it is working. Large percentages of Republicans, particularly white Republicans, believe some or all of the lies being spread about our country, all during a time of economic crisis and two wars. It should not surprise us by now that these deceitful and evil people turn on their country whenever they are not in charge of it, all the while claiming the flag and patriotism for themselves alone. Chutzpah would be an understatement. These traitorous dregs of society are working overtime to see that some nutjob somewhere goes over the edge. In fact, I see some of them going over the edge all the time in the rural area in which I live, in which a large percentage of my neighbors believe Obama is coming for their guns and to put their kids into re-education camps, and promise to kill any Feds who come on their land. These same folks sit in the pews on Sunday and claim the mantle of morality and a monopoly on the affections of the Prince of Peace. Christians who HATE people, who threaten to KILL people, who stop friendships of years upon learning someone is a Democrat.
Fox News certainly deserves a lot of credit for this schism within the country, and from the beginning Rush Limbaugh led the way. Logic, reason, facts, none of these things matter to these people who want violence and anger to rule the day.
Most of the people who have listened to this propaganda are unwitting dupes rather than purely mean-spirited nutjobs. But they too are too far gone right now. They refuse to listen to any news except Fox News, and so long as the propaganda arm of the Republican Party disseminate liess they will believe them. I include people I've known for decades with affection among their ranks.
They've already shown they have no care for the welfare of the nation. They don't care if the country falls apart, since they see that as a political gain for themselves. What would it take for them to stop? A terrorist attack? No way. They'd go overtime blaming Obama for it after calling for national unity after 9/11. After all, only Republican rule is legitimate, so they feel justified. But they have gone too far already, with more to come with no end in sight. Nazi tanks imagery while talking about Obama already happens on Fox, expect a lot more of it.
I wish this is where I put my prescriptions for how to stop it before it's too late. But I don't have a prescription yet. Obviously we have to keep the truth out there and available. But most of these folks wont believe the truth when they hear it. They've partially gone insane is my best guess. And I expect people to be shooting at our leaders in consequence.