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The crazies on the Right, led and encouraged by talking heads Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, among others, are now attacking progressive web sites that do not agree with their twisted agenda and are not afraid to say so. The fact is folks it is getting scary out there. The propaganda arm of the Republican Party, Fox News, continues to spread lies and hate, designed to inspire both fear and anger in the American people, particularly the fringe. The “Brown Shirts” of Fox, the Tea-Baggers, lead the charge and I am afraid that the 21st Century version of krystallnacht is just around the corner.
Following a coordinated window smashing campaign by angry conservatives following the historic passing of health care reform, the attacks have now moved to cyberspace. Various websites critical of the Tea Parties, Sarah Palin, and the right wing overreaction to health care reform have begun experiencing DDOS, or denial of service attacks by hackers.
These attacks have targeted a number of liberal leaning websites in a continuing effort to restrict free speech, much like the successful campaign of Hitler’s propaganda machine, which targeted newspapers and magazines that spoke against Der Fuehrer and his demented agenda.
According to unnamed sources, there have been attacks on at least 4 other progressive websites after stories on Sarah Palin, all which all prefer not to be mentioned, including 2 major ones. The attack on PoliticusUSA, administrated by Jason Easley, is the most extensive attack on a progressive website during this wave however, and the site was still down at publishing time.
These coordinated attacks are the latest from an increasingly desperate and radical conservative movement following the landslide victory of Barack Obama and progressive Democrats in the 2008 election. They follow such deplorable acts as windows getting smashed in multiple locations (mainly Democratic offices), people being spit on, a man repeated ramming a car that had an Obama bumper sticker, a hero of the Civil Rights movement being called a “nigger”, assassination threats, the openly gay Congressman Barney Frank being called a “faggot”, a propane line being cut at at a residence, a mysterious white powder being mailed, a noose being faxed, and threats to kill the children of a member of congress who voted for reform.
Remember as you read this that these events are taking place here, in the United States, not in the Middle East or on the African continent. They are happening in our back yards and some of these crimes are being perpetrated by our neighbors and friends. Keep in mind that the time line of these events is two weeks, or since the passage of health care reform. During a recent rally of Tea-Baggers the very mention of Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, brought cheers and raucous applause to the assembled brown shirts. On April 19th, the anniversary of this most horrific act by an American terrorist, militant groups including the Tea-Baggers are set to gather in various locations to celebrate the actions of this murderer.
There has been a clear trend going on for the last 18 months since Sarah Palin entered the political landscape. The rhetoric has been jacked up to epic levels, and the fear, hate, and intolerance has grown exponentially as a result. In response to the health care vote, she told her followers on Facebook: “Don’t retreat. Reload!”
This is inflammatory rhetoric that appears to be working. Her words have galvanized thousands of people whose real agenda is not social reform but racial hatred. The election of Barack Obama spurred the para-military organizations and regular people to express their contempt in public.
There has been a dramatic rise in so called “Patriot” groups over the last year, with the Southern Poverty Law Center recording a massive 244% rise in these groups last year alone. The SPLC adds, “Militias – the paramilitary arm of the Patriot movement – were a major part of the increase, growing from 42 militias in 2008 to 127 in 2009.“ One week ago, acting on evidence of imminent attacks, an anti-terrorism task force raided the Hutaree militia in three states.
Conservative Christian extremists are also targeting Obama with prayers for his death, virtual fatwas, and slogans such as: “Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”
The marriage between the Christians and the Crazies should be enough to get our attention. The vast majority of Americans are Christian, and while the same majority would never consider the mildest form of civil disobedience, the number of monsters lurking just below the surface is growing every day. I suspect they have always been there, but now they are getting our attention, thanks to propagandists like Beck, et al.
There is an interwoven web of conservative groups that have responded to heightened sense of incitement from various sources, including the so called ‘entertainers’ at Fox News and talk radio. There is a chilling feel in the air reminiscent of the days before the Oklahoma City bombing by other right wing terrorists over a decade ago.
These latest electronic attacks are just another example of a nation that is becoming unhinged. If action is not taken soon I fear that we will see more and more violence and many more such attacks on peaceful web sites that set out only to inform, not to inflame..MM
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