Death threats are patriotic

…in a teabaggin’ kinda way.

Commentator David Sirota appeared on CNN recently, discussing all the manufactured conservative  outrage and general anti-Obama insanity, as well as the racist undertones of the teabagger “movement”:

For that thoughtful (and I might add, 100% correct) commentary, Sirota received a death threat today.

Just received a full-on de ..._1252902525399

Is a word coming to mind that… starts with “F”?  …Ends with “ASCIST”?

12 Responses to “Death threats are patriotic”

  1. 1 Torontonian Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    If you look at 2′ 22″ in the tape you’ll learn something interesting.

    The Governor of Florida appointed Jim Greer
    the Chairman of the Republican Party for the state.

    Shouldn’t the people of the party make that choice?

    That, in itself, tells you much about how the party runs

    The Reform party ran the same way.

    Well, so much for the grass roots. Only grass roots for
    them are Astroturf.

  2. 2 penlan Monday, September 14, 2009 at 2:28 am

    This entire thing is getting downright scary. It’s spiralling out of control & I have a horrible feeling people will be killed by these nut cases. It’s all going to blow up at some point.

  3. 3 deBeauxOs Monday, September 14, 2009 at 3:39 am

    And the right to bear arms is patriotic. Yada yada yada. Pretty soon the right to shoot a president you don’t agree with. You know one of them rightwingnutter whackjobs is bound to say so.

  4. 4 JJ Monday, September 14, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Torontonian – The GOP has long since abandoned their “grass roots”, until it suits their purpose. That’s become more evident than ever this year.

  5. 5 JJ Monday, September 14, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    penlan – There’s no doubt in my mind that someone will end up dead out of all this rabid hysteria, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened at one of these events. Not that they shouldn’t be able to protest — everyone should be able to protest — but the tone of these particular events is dark and ugly. It’s getting like Lord of the fucking Flies.

  6. 6 JJ Monday, September 14, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    deBeauxOs – In a sense, I can see how USians feel that the right to bear arms is patriotic, or at least part of what it means to be an American, given that it’s written right into their constitution, like the right to free speech.

    I favour gun ownership rights but I don’t identify it with patriotism at all, since it’s not in our constitution and isn’t part of what makes me Canadian. My view of firearms is pragmatic — a gun is a tool, not a symbol of anything. And living in Canada, I haven’t been told to fear things like death panels and FEMA camps. The combination of paranoid fear and firearms is a bad mix.

  7. 7 J. A. Baker Monday, September 14, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    My view of firearms is pragmatic — a gun is a tool, not a symbol of anything.

    Exactly. That is a sane view of gun rights, not this Constitutional literalism (much like Biblical literalism) bullshit the wingnuts try to pass off as the One True Patriotism™©®.

  8. 8 Bina Monday, September 14, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Not only paranoid fear and firearms, but also racism. Remember Bowling for Columbine? Gun nuttery rose in direct proportion to the number of legal rights granted to them uppity niggruhs.

  9. 9 JJ Monday, September 14, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    JAB – Our constitution dwells on things like civil rights, where the US constitution seems to favour individual rights. There are favourable aspects in both, I think.

    I sincerely doubt that many of the people screaming about the constitution! the constitution! actually know what they’re talking about. They might be surprised to see what constitutional literalism would actually mean on a day to day basis… no roads… no post office… no fire fighters or cops… no water works… just BillyBob and his gun, sitting in the dark.

  10. 10 JJ Monday, September 14, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Bina – Yes and unfortunately that’s a big part of what’s driving all this. It’s really weird to observe, for Canadians. We just don’t think that way up here.

  11. 11 sedum Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Living in a Failed State will do funny things to a bloke.

  12. 12 JJ Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    sedum – Yikes. The elephant in the room.

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