I have written before about growing up in a conservative home and watching Rush Limbaugh slowly brainwash my family into being fearful of every shadow that wasn't as patriotic as they should be. Everyday was filled with hours and hours of railing against President Clinton and accusations of all kinds, including selling America to China. Then, it was Clinton who was the Anti-Christ...quite literally. It wasn't until I moved out on my own that I understood. It was like stepping out from under a storm cloud and feeling the sun for the first time....none of the fear Limbaugh was spinning was real. My family believes it is though and they still live as if government is infested with individuals bent on destroying the country. these are people that vote...and they are fully invested in the culture war. Any political conversation with them ends in talk of how fed up people are with having socialism shoved down their throats and how it will one day lead to revolution.....thank the pundits for that.
Last August I wrote about how advances in gay rights were causing a violent backlash to begin to erupt. At that time this image was floated around the Internet as the solution for gay marriage:
Box Turtle Bulletin also discussed the roll of rhetoric in the Arizona tragedy. To support their argument they posted an example of this billboard for Rush Limbaugh as a "straight shooter":
and also last August...Maggie Gallagher in her response to prop 8 was quoted(PHB):
American politics are in a quasi-revolutionary phase.Even Giffords was no stranger to the simmering violence of current politics(HuffPo):
The people, symbolized first in the eruptions of Tea Parties, are rebelling against elites who believe they can ignore our voices and our values.
Giffords, 40, is a moderate Democrat who narrowly won re-election in November against a tea party candidate who sought to throw her from office over her support of the health care law. Anger over her position became violent at times, with her Tucson office vandalized after the House passed the overhaul last March and someone showing up at a recent gathering with a weapon.
ah yes....the Tea Party. The party that attempts to co-opt the imagery of the American revolution in and attempt to brand itself as patriots and any one else as not. You called out the President...you spit on gay politicians...you shouted out the evils of the socialists in Washington. You rattled your sabers and brought your guns....Now that a good portion of you have won election to office it's funny how many of you have become just like the elitists you railed against...Hands down the lamest revolution...ever.
Perhaps we should take some responsibility for this instead of continuing to cast each other as the biggest evil the nation had ever known. Today...Sarah Palin referred to it as "blood libel" when it was directed at her, even though her campaign has often practiced it against others. The day of pointing fingers at our neighbors and labelling them as unAmerican has got to end or this tragedy will not be the last. It is time for all of us to step out from under that cloud now and say no to the new McCarthy's.
Until next time dear readers...