Weakest, least effective speaker in the history of the House.
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It appears that Republicans have blocked their last judicial nominee and Harry Reid is now ready to employ the nuclear option.
Via Greg Sargent:
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Nothing short of another war in the Middle East will satisfy the bloodthirsty needs of John Bolton and his neocon cronies.
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Why am I not surprised by this?
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They're total idiots.
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Exactly right, but then could one expect anything different from a political party that celebrates hate, divisiveness and intolerance? I think not.
A Dish reader writes in reaction to Sullivan’s post.
I just read your post and decided that was the last straw. I am a gay Republican supporting Mitt until today.
I just sent his campaign an email requesting they remove my name from their call list because of Ric Grenell’s resignation. I will not contribute nor will I vote for a candidate that allows this type of witch hunt to happen in his campaign. This was a moment when a good person stands up and says enough but Mitt decided he could not be that person.
Romney could not be that person because he is NOT that person. Selfish, blue-blooded millionaires of the Romney/Koch type could never be anything other than the soulless, calculating creatures they are.
We now find out that the guy who shot it out with police last week was on a mission.
Everybody in America would have found out about the Tides Foundation last week if Byron Williams had had his way. He’s the right-wing, government-hating, gun-toting nut who strapped on his body armor, stocked a pickup truck with guns and ammo, and set off up the California coast to San Francisco in order to start killing employees at the previously obscure Tides Foundation in hopes of sparking a political revolution.
Thankfully, the planned domestic terrorist attack never came to pass because California Highway Patrol officers pulled Williams over for drunk driving on his way to his killing spree. Williams quickly opened fire, wounding two officers during a lengthy shootout. Luckily, Williams wasn’t able to act out the ultimate goal of his dark anger — fueled by the TV news he watched — about how “Congress was railroading through all these left-wing agenda items,” as his mother put it. Williams wasn’t able to open fire inside the offices of the Tides Foundation, an organization “nobody knew” about until Glenn Beck started targeting it.
And thankfully, Williams wasn’t able to take his place alongside a growing list of domestic, anti-government terrorists, such as the recent Pentagon shooter, the Holocaust Museum gunman, the kamikaze pilot who flew his plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, and the Pittsburgh cop-killer who set up an ambush because he was convinced Obama was going to take away his guns.
The dangerous hypocrisy of Glenn Beck and his ilk is that while they call on their listeners to not act in violence, they keep on feeding the anger and madness with hate-filled rhetoric. A sampling of the kind of language Beck uses on a daily basis:
Progressives “are sucking the blood out of the republic” and are “gonna start getting more and more violent.”
“To the day I die, I am going to be a progressive hunter.”
“[Y]ou will have to shoot me in the forehead before you take away my gun” and “before I acquiesce and be silent.”
“This game is for keeps”; “[Y]ou can shoot me in the head … but there will be 10 others that line up.”
“There is a coup going on. There is a stealing of America”; “God help us in an emergency.”
You know it’s only a matter of time before one of the crazies hits his mark and when they do, you can thank Beck, Limbaugh, Savage, Levin and the rest of the hate-mongers.
Indeed, the relentless message that right-wing audiences hear is unequivocal and inescapable: Do something! Take action!
And last week, Byron Williams, likely inspired by Glenn Beck’s Tides obsession, grabbed his guns and set out to do just that.
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American Family Association (AFA) today, Bryan Fischer comes right out and says that the media should pointedly ask Kagan, “Are you a lesbian?” And if she is, according to AFA, she shouldn’t serve on the court:
It’s time we got over the myth that what a public servant does in his private life is of no consequence. We cannot afford to have another sexually abnormal individual in a position of important civic responsibility, especially when that individual could become one of nine votes in an out of control oligarchy that constantly usurps constitutional prerogatives to unethically and illegally legislate for 300 million Americans.
The stakes are too high. Social conservatives must rise up as one and say no lesbian is qualified to sit on the Supreme Court. Will they?
There was a time when one would write ‘far-right groups’ to describe these narrow-minded homophobes and hatemongers. No longer. Hate and stupidity has gone mainstream on the right. Right-wing will suffice, thank you.
I wonder if these people are born ignorant and bigoted or does it develop over time?
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The overheated rhetoric from the right is finding its mark as the scum come scurrying out from under the rocks they call home.
On Monday, Lynchburg Tea Party member Mike Troxel posted what he believed to be the home address of Rep. Tom Periello (D-VA), encouraging people to drop by for a “good face-to-face chat”:
Just in case any of his friends and neighbors want to drop by and say hi and express their thanks regarding his vote for healthcare. I personally believe it’s so important for representatives to remain fully grounded and to remember exactly what it is their constituents are saying and how they are telling them to vote. Nothing quite does that like a good face-to-face chat. It has a much more personal touch to it.
And in the meantime, Beck, Limbaugh and Republican politicians keep fanning the flames of hate. How long before another Timothy McVeigh makes his move?
Another Tea Party member who approves of what Troxel is doing is Kurt Feigel, who “who frequently works and communicates with Troxel and runs a companion blog.” He told ThinkProgress yesterday that he had no problem with posting lawmaker’s home addresses. Feigel has posted YouTube videos advocating people to send “traitor” lawmakers ropes and stock up on guns and ammunition in case the political situation in this country gets too bad.
Here’s a compilation of Feigel’s videos.
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What happens when a political party lacks leadership and moral conviction? When it does nothing to prevent hate and lies from spreading through its ranks but instead feeds the hatred through the words of its own elected politicians? When it allows an egocentric buffoon like Rush Limbaugh to be the party’s moral compass?
What happens is that every bigot, homophobe, racist, moron, lowlife idiot crawls out from under their rocks and is given a microphone and podium from which to spew their venom.
What you get is this… .
So, keep your guns, and buy more guns, and buy ammunition.
Take back America. Don’t let them take the country into Socialism. And I refer again, Hitler’s party was National Socialism.
And that’s what we are having here right now, which is bordering on Marxism.
When does free speech end and incitement to violence begin? There was a time when stuff like this was was only spoken at secluded basement meetings where secret passwords were necessary to gain entry. Now the radical right can get on stage and tell their hapless audience to buy more ammo while Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh speak up for their poor ‘oppressed’ audience of white males by playing the race card. And all of this is so frequent now, it’s almost become blase. Crazy.
Where is Wyatt Earp when you need him?
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