But this time, THIS TIME, we're going to win it.
And we have to be ready for victory, because it will certainly be bitter sweet. The Nation will be a better place, but we have to realize and fully recognize that some of our fellow Americans have been so deeply indoctrinated by decades of corporate double-speak and fear mongering against Liberalism that they will not just lash out and scream - there will be bloodshed.
Yes, the Screamers are the result of an organized corporate lobbying effort to stifle debate, to stifle truth and to intimidate those who want reform into silence and inaction. But that is nothing new - that has always been the modis operandi of the Right Wing going all the way back to Joseph McCarthy.
Yes, this is McCarthism.
"Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Democrat Socialist Party?"
It's not the Nazis. These are not the Brown Shirts. This is not what Hitler did or attempted, particularly since his movement was run from the Chief Executive Position on down. This is Corporate Terrorism, not governmental.
These are what they used to call in the twenties, Strong-Arm Squads.
Corporate Thugs, which back then included a healthy dose of Pinkertons and off-duty police being paid under the table to rough up the "rable-rousing little slugs" who just wanted an 8-Hour work day.
This is something different from that whole Nazi thing. But like those bullies of yore, these people are the "Patriots" in their own mind. These guys present themselves as "the Heroes" battling against the Evil Nazi/Commie/Socialism of Obama-care. Where you hard earned tax money will be ripped away from you and spent on abortions for illegal aliens, and to put the elderly out of their misery.
This has been a FIFTY YEAR campaign of distortion and disinformation to protect one thing: Corporate Profit.
That's why you get nutball stuff like this flying at us, not from some blue-haired lady in a frock, but from Formerly Elected Officials.
The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
Hey Governor Quitter - That's the System We Have Now!
The system we have - which IS EVIL - is what prematurely ended the life of Eric De La Cruz because he didn't have the Public Option of Medicare.
It was the Corporate "Death Panel" of CIGNA that killed 17-year-old Nataline Sarkisyan.
The "Holocaust" these people fear - has already been going on for generations at the hands of insurance company hacks who get paid bonuses for denying care to sick people.
...if your doctor can limit your healthcare by 60% less than the target set by the healthcare executives, they will be paid that 60% as a year-end bonus!
Doctors are getting paid to let their patients - who actually *have* insurance - suffer and die, pure and simple.
But that isn't a reality they are *EVER* going to accept, it's a reality we're going to change.
The Screamers really DO believe this stuff coming out of the Fox Propaganda Network and Wrong-Wing Radio because - they want to believe it. They want Obama to be some kind of Kenyan/Muslim Agent Provocataur because that's easier to accept than the reality that THEIR AMERICA is leaving them behind.
"He's an Arab" - "Where's the Birth Certificate?" - "These are the methods of Stalin and Pol Pot. Hitler called it his Final Solution"
Simply pointing out that all of this is factually wrong simply isn't good enough. They Don't WANT TO BELIEVE THE TRUTH - because it would require realizing that 90% of everything they believe has also been a lie.
They are trapped in a Pathological Delusion. In fact, they are Addicted To it, like a bunch of junkies who constantly need a new fix of Faux Facts to feed their self-aggrandizement, gingism, paranoia and narcissism.
Yes, some of it is racial, but on a deeper level it's about losing control, losing influence, becoming inconsequential - going from powerful to powerless - from majority to minority. THAT is the America they are losing, and it's scares them to absolutely DEATH to think that they might have to depend on Liberals and Minorities to treat them better than they've treated those minorities over the last last 250 years.
They are terrified that in this newly vulnerable position those minorities might treat them, exactly how they've been treated.
This is why all the Sturm and Drang" over Sotomayor "Wise Latina" comment and Obama's "the police acted stupidly" remark. They see this as Anti-White/Power, as Ethnic-Supremacy. Yeah, they're scared - and a lot of people have a vested financial interest in keeping them that way.
Now the only response they have to a world which is to them, spinning madly violently out of control, is with mad violence.
Frank Schaeffer on Maddow w/ Transcript
As Schaeffer accurately points out here, the first shots have already been fired. There was the Murder of Dr. Tiller, the shooting of the Pittsburgh Police by a "Obama wants my Guns" fanatic, the Holocaust Museum Shooting by a Birther, the attempted Dirty Bomber in Maine, and the guy who walked into a Unitarian Church just to Kill the Liberals Bernie Goldberg of Fox News Told Him To.
So far what we've seen have been the actions of Lone Gunmen so it's been relatively easy to dismiss the growing body count as having nothing to do with an organized effort.
But it is organized.
We now have a paper-trail of instructions (pdf), we have maps and lists of targets to strike.
Eventually there won't be just another "Lone Nut" shooting, there will be a RIOT or a bombing, like the one that started the 1886 Haymarket Riot, or the 1910 Bombing of the Los Angeles Times both of which set back the labor movement for generations - only this time it will come from the right, just it did with Oklahoma City and Olympic Park bombings.
My suspicion is that this won't occur until after all their current efforts have completely, utterly failed. Things won't get truly ugly until after Health Care passes, and maybe not until after Cap & Trade hits the Presidents desk.
It's what happens after that that matters. People like Dobbs, Beck and O'Reilly will try and distance themselves from these violent actions, they're going to try and claim they aren't responsible for spreading HATE SPEECH and inciting violence.
But they are aidders and abetters of these HATE Crimes, and they can't be allowed to escape that reality. Hey man, we're all in this one American theater together - and it's NOT on Fire.
They're entire modis operandi is not respectful discourse, or calm reflection of opposing views - it's thuggery and intimidation day in and day out. The Screamers are acting just like O'Reilly does with Liberal guests who dare to challenge him. People like Jeremy Glick or Senator Al Franken. ("JUST SHUT UP - YOU HAD YOUR 45 MINUTES!")
The link is undeniable, and although they will play the "victim card" of being associated with the guilty when a member of Glenn Beck's "9-12" project is caught and tried for terrorism, we have to ready to point out their own use of guilt by association when it came to Reverend Wright or Bill Ayers (neither of whom have been tried or convicted of anything - EVER).
So who've YOU been "Palling Around with..." Glenn? If we can ask Obama, we can ask you too.
Mark My Words - because I was 100% Right when I predicted events like Von Brunn (even before the Homeland Report on potential Right-wing Terrorism) - and sadly I suspect I'll be 100% right about this too.