Deadbeat dad and Tea Party House member, Joe Walsh, at a town hall meeting last week:
“One thing I’m sure of is that there are people in this country – there is a radical strain of Islam in this country -– it’s not just over there –- trying to kill Americans every week. It is a real threat, and it is a threat that is much more at home now than it was after 9/11,” Walsh said.
Walsh went on to claim that radical Islam had found its way into the Chicago suburbs, including some that he represents.
“It’s here. It’s in Elk Grove. It’s in Addison. It’s in Elgin. It’s here,” he said.
“This is one thing I want my government to do is protecting us against this threat, because let’s be honest, folks, it is a threat.”
And the obligatory finish to any hate-filled Islamophobic rant.
“…it’s not a matter of if. It’s a matter of when.”
Two days later, 15 miles from where Walsh gave his speech, “when” happened. But it wasn’t the ‘when‘ Walsh had predicted.
A 51-year-old man was charged with shooting at a mosque he lives near in north suburban Morton Grove, according to authorities.
Police confiscated a “high-velocity air rifle” from the home of David Conrad, who lives just east of the mosque. He was charged with three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and one count of criminal damage to property, all felonies.
Coincidence? Maybe, but probably not. When you read stories like this one, you come to understand that the Republican Party really does represent the dark side. They operate on the notion that the best way to move their narrow-minded agenda forward is to appeal to people’s basic fears. Exploiting xenophobic traits in the weak and the stupid is a finely honed craft for Republicans like Walsh and Bachmann. In fact, the entire birtherism craze was created on this principle. Beware, the black guy with the strange name. He’s not one of us! Racist morons.
Tammy Duckworth, the Iraq war vet who lost both legs in a Blackhawk helicopter attack, is running a strong campaign against Walsh in Illinois District 8. Decency and honesty would be well served if she was able to extract one of the bigoted, do-nothing teabaggers from Congress.
(h/t: Think Progress)