I just saw last nights Rachel Maddow show. She had a guy on her show that used to be a Right Wing Republican until he realized how wrong they were. I think he was C. Everett Koops (sp?) son. He wrote a book about his experiences as a Right Wing Republican. He spoke about what is happening now with Health Care Reform Town Halls and how the GOP, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Right Winged Organizations such as AFP are promoting violence against public officals and Democrats and how there is a subtext to the lies that could easily lead to a right winged fanatic killing someone. That is my fear, what will happen if some lunatic actually does commit a violent act towards a Democrat and public official.
Palin came out yesterday and said that President Obama will have a "death squad" in which she will have to take her son to so they can decide if he deserves to live or die. Limbaugh is calling the President a nazi and encouraging people to compare him to Hitler. He is also encouraging acts of violence. Beck actually did a mock up of poisoning Nancy Pelosi and joked about it. The Right Winged Republicans have carried their fear mongering hatred too far. Between the lies and the signs and the promotion of violence, hatred, and disruption of our Democratic process these people fail to see what they are doing is wrong. They should be labeled as terrorists and charged with inciting to riot, promoting violence against a public official, and anything else that may be applicable. Every time I read an article or hear a story about the lies and what they are doing it just makes me shake my head and wonder how and why they could possibly believe the garbage and act that way.
Is this what our nation has come to, spreading lies and promoting violence out of fear and hatred? I truly feel sorry for those that fall for the lies and allow their actions to be controlled by the rich and powerful instead of thinking for themselves. But those in power, whether it be the GOP that spread the lies and promote violence or the Corporate CEO's bankrolling it, or the organizations that are being created and used by both, I have no pity for them and feel that they need to be held accountable for what they have done.
The only possible solution that may have any hope in stopping the lies and the violence that I can think of is if the President gets personally involved. If the President brings in Limbaugh, Beck, the GOP heads that have been lying and promoting violence, the CEO's of these right winged organizations, and then bring in our side of it to the White House and have it out with them right there. If he could just talk to them and get them to listen to the truth and then tell them that it either stops right now or they would be charged with crimes such as threatening a public official and whatever else that could possibly be applied. I don't know if it would make a difference and if they would listen, they may just continue to allow their hatred and fear to interfere with their common sense. Either way, something has to be done before someone gets seriously hurt.
It's not that I am against free speech or all Republicans. But what they are doing is not free speech because it interferes with others being able to speak and participate and it invokes fear and promotes violence. I will be attending whatever meetings and Town Halls that I can in the Triangle area, even knowing that there is a chance that it could be violent because I believe in showing support for Health Care Reform. I will exercise my right to free speech and I hope that no one tries anything against me or my family. It just isn't right that they should be permitted to interfere with others rights and promote violence. I don't see why we can't just have a civil discussion without lying about the facts, spreading fear, and promoting violence.