The threats are all but explicit, only because the Right has not completely dismantled the FCC yet, but they have already threatened violence, and they mean to follow through with those threats. Glenn Beck today played a fraudulent, faked “anonymous” message by a so-called left-wing group promising a historic event would take place next week regarding Wall street. The voice in the “warning” was dubbed, and Beck was careful to say he didn’t know where it came from before cautioning his listeners to be ready. The solemnly presented monologue was a lead-in for a gold commercial.
“God, guns, bullets, and gold,” he said during the commercial. “There’s your checklist.”
All of the right-wing talking heads routinely demonize dissenting Americans as thugs, communists, stinking hippie scum, anti-American, atheists and evil. Add to that the recent chuckling comment by Andrew Brightbart about how “we have the guns,” and “sometimes I wish they’d cross that line.” These are the things they say in public.
The selfish and greedy in this country will tolerate only so many threats to their ill-gotten greed and ongoing rape of the nation. But they won’t perpetrate that violence themselves, the same way they don’t go to war or send their children to war. So where will their cannon fodder come from?
The Right has carefully crafted a network, stoking religious fanaticism and paranoia from the Reagan Administration to the present. It was purposeful and has evolved to where it exists today, promoting fear of terrorists, of Muslims, Illegal and legal immigrants, fostering hatred of gays, indicting and attacking schools, teachers and universities and demonizing union workers.
Beck and his cohorts are so twisted and sick as to purposely separate and isolate his audience from the rest of the country as a means for growing his bank account and ego. He advocates and encourages listeners to get off the so-called grid, not to participate in the system,, not to read or listen to any news except what he filters to his website, and to have no faith in government and the economy. The result? Beck has lined his pockets with cash from promoting gold, emergency food supplies and more apocalyptic trash to that increasingly isolated and fearful constituency. Monday he claimed the Left intended to “eliminate” as many as 25 million capitalists.
There is the ready-dupes who will lash out on their own if they feel they are being threatened through their critically narrow psychotic prism. With FCC rules, as weak as they’ve become, the Right will not explicitly provoke violence, but they are turning up the heat daily, bringing their clueless followers to a boiling point. I personally witnessed this sort of media irresponsibility in Bosnia and Rwanda.
As for the violent nature of the protests portrayed in the corporate media, I was at the Occupy Chicago protest and found the group of around 300 protesters polite and respectful, parting amiably for pedestrians to pass. There wasn’t a single news camera in sight. Contrast that with about 200 Tea Parties over the weekend at a political gathering promoted by a local radio station. All 5 local news organizations and the National Public Radio affiliate all covered the event. Thousands are occupying Wall street in defense of liberty and the Constitution for people not for corporations, with negative media coverage-when they cover it at all. ABC news last week covered a Tea Party gathering in Denny’s Restaurant.
The evidence is clear and deafeningly loud. The Right means to stifle your voice and, failing that, they mean to do you harm. And if you defend yourself, if you show outrage they will consider you violent and hysterical. So stand your ground, brothers and sisters, in the fashion of Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, but do not retreat even an inch. We far outnumber them and will prevail if we stand fast.