Roger Haglund, Published January 16 2011
More whining from the rightOnce again, the whiners on the right are complaining. They don’t feel anyone has the right to imply that their use of self-righteous, harsh, divisive rhetoric can cause someone to take violent action. In fact, they can’t even recognize that their words are hateful and abrasive.
Scott Hennen’s comments in the Jan. 11 Forum are a perfect example of this. While referring to himself and his followers, using words like “God-fearing,” “freedom-loving,” and “common sense,” he says those who disagree with his views should be thrown on “the ash heap of history.” That’s about half the people in our country! After seeing the disastrous results of eight years of Republican ideology under George W. Bush, I think Hennen could at least be respectful of those who question his conservative ideas. His extreme response is exactly the kind of thing that needs to stop.
By saying, “If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies,” Sharon Angle, a candidate for Senate, was promoting an armed insurrection if Republicans didn’t win at the ballot box.
Right-wing radio and Fox News daily lambast the government as evil, socialist, taking away your freedom, etc. To say that this type of rhetoric has no influence on people is ludicrous.
In an interview with ABC News, Pima County Sheriff Charles Dupnik said it well: “(Limbaugh) attacks people, angers them against government, angers them against elected officials, and that kind of behavior, in my opinion, is not without consequences.”
However, since the people who use this inflammatory rhetoric find it profitable and attention-getting, I don’t expect it to stop unless the rest of us refuse to listen to it.