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The right wing has done such a stellar job of highjacking the national conversation and demonizing the left. They do this by using inflammatory and divisive language. The right co-opts the terms "patriot" and "real American" for there own uses, which defaults the left to unpartriotic and un-american. Just this week Steve King (R-Iowa) called for an uprising against our legitimately elected government and compared our govenment to that of communist East Europe!

It is shameful that congress members like King and Michelle Bachman and others are given a platform for inciting people with fear.  Add to that the crap that comes out of Beck and Limbaugh and the fact that millions of people who listen to this and believe what they hear and we have a very real problem in this country.  This type of rhetoric continues to gain traction. Instead it should cause revulsion and it should be held up as an example of complete nuttery at best and treasonous at worst.  Its time the left pulled the rug out from the rhetoric. These people are basically calling for the overthrow of a legitimately elected US President. They are inciting violence. And the main stream media give them a platform and a voice. While they are free to say and think as they wish. Its time to treat these people as what they are. Extremists, just like a Nazi Group or Ku Klux Klan. They need to be ignored. They should not be engaged with. True American patriots who believe in equality and justice for all, who believe in the middle class, who believe in bringing out the best in the least of us need to be enraged and stand up and say this is unacceptable in a real American Society. Unfortunately, the real Americans in this country are going to have to use some of the same tactics the right wing fringe did and high jack the conversation back. We need to scare people into seeing what this country would look like as an authoritarian theocratic corporate state. Only, in this case its the truth, not hyperbole and lies to scare people to believe something that is not true.  Just as the right wing doesn't really support democracy unless it is their own leaders that have been elected, they will not extend all the freedoms we have today to the left in a theocratic corporate run state.
On a related but side note, President Obama should not have gone on Fox new. It just legitimizes and gives voice to the ilk described above.

Originally posted to DeepSouthProg on Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 07:08 PM PDT.

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  •  have they gotten anything they wanted? (1+ / 0-)
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    pantherq

    No. Maybe a few concessions here and there, but we're in power, and they're just bitching. Relax.

    People panic too much on this site.

    by thematt523 on Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 07:26:51 PM PDT

    •  Words don't matter? (1+ / 0-)
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      Lies and demagoguery don't matter?

      Really?

      And "we're in power", really? When the fight to pass health insurance reform has taken, what, nine straight months and produced the current bill which only may be better than nothing?

      Their "bitching" is way too effective to dismiss.

    •  I think they have gotten some... (0+ / 0-)

      of what they wanted. They got the Supreme Court decision that will allow corporate take over of our elections.  They will probably get what they want in the elections in November. And they have succeeded in scaring the pants off people about health care and so we will get a watered down bill that still lines the pockets of the insurance industry.  We are in power, but the right always dominates the rhetoric and tone.

      •  that was all on our side (0+ / 0-)

        The public option was not dropped for them, it was dropped for Blue Dogs. And the SCOTUS decision was completely out of legislative control. Demagoguery affected nothing here.

        We are on the verge of passing a bill that embodies the progressive movement, and all you can do is bitch and whine about people who likely had no effect on the process. Name one big issue that Republicans have gotten concessions from that wasn't done to appease other Democrats.

        People panic too much on this site.

        by thematt523 on Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 08:01:36 PM PDT

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        •  Yes I bitch and whine (0+ / 0-)

          I stand by my assertion that the right wingers rhetoric does matter, does have traction, is effective. The left needs to take the conversation back and scream loudly about media giving platform to extremists.

          •  you didn't answer my question (0+ / 0-)

            When was there any time that Obama made concessions to Republicans because of such rhetoric? Not to conservative Democrats, to Republicans. (The stimulus doesn't count; all that was necessary.)

            People panic too much on this site.

            by thematt523 on Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 08:27:46 PM PDT

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    •  you're talking about liberals, correct? (nt) (0+ / 0-)

      "Any plan I sign must include an insurance exchange ... including a public option" President Obama, 7.18.09

      by efraker on Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 08:52:02 PM PDT

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