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The Hard Right Exults

Subversive Puppet Show pointed out a popular Republican blog to me, Adam Yoshida. Yoshida's an author and pundit of sorts. His rhetoric is crude but effective, and he is completely gonzo nuts on an overdose of Rush, Coulter, and Fox News. In the following screed taken from his site, I've simply replaced the word "Democrats" with the word "Jews", to see if it rings any historical bells:

Only in my darkest fits of paranoia did I imagine that the Jews would try something like this. Even I didn’t think that they could be this brazen. Even I didn’t think that the party of treason would go this far. Luckily, most of their confederates in the media appear to be willing to carry water for their masters.

This isn’t just an attempt to “count every vote”. This is an evil, calculated, and pernicious attempt to steal this election. The Jews will use every means of fraud to literally steal this election. What they’re plotting and what they’re attempting is nothing less than a coup. They mean to use fraud in an attempt to steal away the Presidency. They’re trying to “steal every vote”.

They’re willing to put this country through days of this bullshit simply for the sake of their own ambitions. They know that they haven’t legitimately won. This is about taking the Presidency by any price, regardless of the damage it does.

If the market goes down tomorrow: blame the Jews.

If the dollar plunges: blame the Jews.

If there’s violence in the streets: blame the Jews.

If the terrorists try to take advantage of this and strike: blame the Jews.

Whatever comes from now on, the responsibility lies in the hands of the Jews. The Democratic leaders may think they’re simply playing a game. They are not. Their followers believe their rhetoric and they may act upon it. Elizabeth Edwards predicted riots if Bush won. The nuts at Democratic Underground were promising the same if Bush “stole” the election. They might get their wish. The blood that is shed be upon them.

The Jews, it seems, hate democracy. Their bitter-end tactics are turning this election and the American public into a joke. Hugh Hewitt like to say, “if it’s not close, they can’t cheat.” The real phrase seems to be, “even when it isn’t close, they’ll still try to cheat and accuse you of cheating.”

Read that, and then explain the state of political life in this country. Please tell me why anyone supports the Republicans and their machinery of hate.

Is it time to buy a gun yet?


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Nov. 6th, 2004 02:13 am (UTC)
As for getting a gun: I already would have, if I didn't think my daughter would find it.

the answer to that is that you show her exactly where it is and what it does. it's no different from mouse traps, electrical outlets, or a hot stove. i grew up in a house with about two dozen firearms (my father and brother hunt) and they were kept unloaded and on display, since several were antiques or brought home from Germany and beautiful to look at. i knew very well what they were and the dire consequences of handling them without permission.

my husband is the son of a cop, and the guns in his house were loaded.

the point is, if you practice proper safety and teach her, there's no reason why it can't be there. and she won't be warped by its presence.
Nov. 6th, 2004 02:19 am (UTC)
Also, trigger locks and keeping the gun and ammunition under separate lock and key (and holding the only keys yourself) should go a long way to keep any problems from happening.

But I wouldn't worry about that too much. When it comes down to it, you8 should have a fair bit of time to get out, as they will telegraph their move by rounding up Arabs and Muslims first. Then come the socialists, homosexuals, major Democratic liberals, and leading pagan/heathen types. So as long as you are not one of the above, and simply lower on the fascist food chain, you should have at least a couple month's warning to get out. Of course, by then, it might be too late.

I and several others are looking into emigrating. Canada, Europe, Australia/New Zealand. It'll take me a year or two to get things going, but I think in the long run it will be worth it...

BTW, here is a very interesting link...

Nov. 6th, 2004 06:32 am (UTC)
Yes, I've been saying to my wife that it rather feels like 1932 in Weimar Germany. Not a good week, overall.
Nov. 7th, 2004 12:52 am (UTC)
1. You didn't need to doctor this rant to make a point. It speaks for itself quite plainly. [though he does sound a bit like my ex boyfriend, if you were aiming to ring some bells, you did! har har] This man is a radical right winger who is angry at the world and ranting on his website. Do you really think you can take a man who says,

"That’s the future of the Democratic Party: providing Republicans with a number of cute (but not that bright) comfort women."

SERIOUSLY? Christ almighty, we have SOCIALISTS running around the country as well as right wing misogynists. They're extreme in their own ways. God knows /I/ am extreme. And obviously, SO ARE YOU.

2. Do you want the moral high ground or not? If you resort to SUBVERSION, you can't claim you don't like the opposition's tactics. So the "republicans" wrap themselves in the American flag and sling mud. By taking this statement and substituting "Jews" for "democrats" to INSINUATE that the republicans are Nazis, you are doing the same kind of thing. At least the "republicans" have the balls to say it directly.

3. We must not have the same lj friends list, as the democrat=jew has already been done by hyglakthedread and the fascism theme [in a much more ... persuasive way] was on gojutremere's lj. That one got my attention, because I do believe that it is important to learn from history, and not repeat the same mistakes, and laying out the 14 common themes in a fascist dictatorship makes you think, and isn't so obtuse.

I'm not blind, and I'm not stupid. Though I can see the McCarthy era of 'watch your neighbors, they might be terrorists' creeping into our society again, I have a hard time believing that our society would allow a true fascist regime to take over our country and start 'disappearing' people or putting them in sanitariums or whatnot.

If you want to make some comparisons to what has been going on, remember that most of the really unsettling shit is happening on foreign soil. The government is not going to move the prison at Guantanomo Bay over to Florida because then we might actually see what was happening. I won't beat around the bush...[har har] that sounds like Auschwitz and other death camps in eastern Poland. Out of sight, out of mind. Please note that is factual information, not some raving radical's scribblings.

I learned about this in school, and I suppose all of you have heard it countless numbers of times. I think I'll post it on my lj as well, just as a reminder to people what has happened in the past.

First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.
Nov. 7th, 2004 08:02 am (UTC)
Re: *sigh*
I'm not saying the Republicans are Nazis; if I thought they were, I'd say so.

I am saying that they are demonizing Democrats, which is worrisome, since it strikes at the foundations of democracy. The historical parallels worry me, but I'm not really jumping up and down about it anymore. What you call Yoshida's rant has become a mainstream opinion. It's remarkable largely for being pervasive and unchallenged. I hear it all the damn time, and I live in the "liberal bastion" of Seattle.

Of course I can take Yoshida seriously. He's part of the Republican hate machine, which I consider a serious threat to democracy. If you think that's an extreme opinion, well, ok. It doesn't seem very extreme to me. The continuing trend toward a more religious than secular state worries me. If I wanted to demonize Republicans, I'd say they are American Taliban, interested in Holy War and Crusade rather than in democracy, freedom, and happiness for all.

There may be socialists in the US, but they don't currently control the White House, Congress, and Supreme Court. They are powerless and totally marginalized. I'm more interested in the people who are holding the levers of power and using them.

Yes, this is just part of the larger pattern of that you mention of Gitmo and the rest. It's also why I'm debating joining the GOP. On current trends, it may soon be important to be a member.

I don't think that the Republicans are "coming" for anyone, least of all the Jews. The main groups they scapegoat are the gays, lesbians, Muslims, and other non-Christians. But to be honest, they're more interested in holding power and being warriors for Christ than in coming for their domestic enemies.
Nov. 7th, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC)
Re: *sigh*
He's part of the Republican hate machine, which I consider a serious threat to democracy.

Ok... I am going to step up now. I don't like demonization of democrats any more than I like demonization of republicans. I AM ONE, for all intensive purposes. I prefer the conservatives to the liberals.

What bothers me MOST about your complaint that they are destroying democracy is that PEOPLE VOTED FOR THEM. They didn't just /appear/ in the congress and senate. I liked what a friend of mine said about it... Bush sucked, but Kerry never gave us any real reasons to vote for him. Their idea was, 'vote for me since Bush sucks.' It's the Simpsons episode where the aliens come and pose as Clinton and Dole... "it's a two party system... you have to vote for one of us!" (I noted that Sky/Fox has been running that one over here with a suprising amount of regularity as we led up to the election.)

It's also why I'm debating joining the GOP. On current trends, it may soon be important to be a member.

See, THAT is what I consider subversive demonization. A clear distinction of 'them and 'us' and a subtle hint that being 'them' is better because 'they' might do something terrible to 'us.'

But to be honest, they're more interested in holding power and being warriors for Christ than in coming for their domestic enemies.

I found this amusing and somewhat persuasive. However, I still don't agree with you. In all seriousness, I find it really depressing that we (as a nation, let alone you and I) can't have this discussion without resorting to demonizing half the nation. (Realistically, I see it as a 50/50 split in the US... though California having ± 50% of the entire population in their state really does say something about how the numbers match up, doesn't it?)

I did some looking, and there are a bunch of websites about secession, esp ones for the pacific coast... It's interesting to me, as 4 years ago I remember a push to "move to Texas and secede" by some republicans I know (myself included) if Gore had won it... more to the point, I remember 4 years ago a lot of hollywood threats about leaving the country if Bush won... yet he did, and no one left. As much as the pundits love to point that out and mock people for it... I think when it comes down to it, they stayed because they are Americans and they believe in their heart of hearts that this is the place to be, even if it's not going completely your way.

If you listen to my husband talk about Margaret Thatcher, or "Maggie's Kids" (as they call the children who are running wild in the streets), or even read 2000 A.D., you'll find lots of HATE for the tories (www.conservatives.com if you're curious about them, check out the Timetable for Action!) I've said it before and I'll say it again: if it wasn't for their attitude on drugs, I'd be out campaigning for them. The first time I saw politics in 2000 A.D. it was a hideous rendition of Maggie Thatcher running Hell. Seriously.

Sometimes, you need to step back and take a look at things from a different perspective. Ever read the short story, 'Displaced Person'? I found it in 100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories... it's about 1.5 pages long, and changed my attitudes FOREVER. Lately I've been reading about Game Theory, and it made me think of that story again, in the sense that one reasoned argument can be taken across to other situations and still be viable.

I think the US is currently filled with a lot of angry, divided people. When I was there I was hit by the idea that it had been forgotten that we are Americans first and foremost, and our religion, political persuasion, etc., are supposed to come second to that. Or maybe I was just brought up differently than everyone else. *laughs*

(lj says it's too long, so I have to put it into two posts)
Nov. 7th, 2004 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: *sigh*
*interrupted by married life*

Wolfgang, you know I adore and respect you. Honestly, I would not bother having this extended conversation with you otherwise. I do have some liberal friends who I ask about politics just to get their opinions, and keep mine to myself as I do not consider it worth the annoyance. But I feel I get something out of arguing with you. Least of which is a glimpse into how other educated, intelligent people think about the state of our nation. You might say I'm trusting you guys to take care of it while I'm gone. ;) So keep up the good work, dollface. I know you have America's best interests at heart.
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