The hate speech from the right continues today. We are hearing all sorts of stupid stuff coming out of Republican mouths. Frankly, stupid stuff that I never thought I would hear from politicians. But then, I have neer seen such a group of politicians come out from the right like this batch.
The right-wing has always been somewhat offensive to me. They tout ideas that cause divisiveness, hate, blame, and intolerance. But, today, they are actually running on such a platform believing the majority of Americans think like they do.
I am reminded of the 1968 elections. George Wallace was running as an independent on such a hate platform. His hate was directed towards African-Americans. When the election was over, he had garnered third place and over 9 million votes. I wasn’t worried about his actually running for president. What worried me was that over 9 million peopled actually voted for him.
Today we are seeing the same thing take place except from a major Political Party instead of an Independent. The candidates with the loudest hate speech are actually leading the Republican nomination. People like Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz are all ahead right now. Not a single one of them has come up with any viable positions, except that of “hating your neighbor.”
They are all too keen to tell Americans that “Radical Islamic Terrorists” are coming to kill them in their sleep. They want you know that Islam is a religion of terrorism. As they like to say “all Muslims are terrorists” and we need to be afraid of them before it is too late. We must “wipe them out”.
They are backed up by their propaganda machine. People like Bill O’Reilly and his cohorts at Fox News are all too eager to point out the “radical Islamist threat.” Yet, when that threat becomes attacks by non-Islamic terrorists, they are loathe the to use the term “domestic terrorist” to describe the suspect of such an attack.
That is very apparent with their distancing themselves from the latest attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic last week. They are falling all over themselves to let their followers know they are as pure as the driven snow and never did anything to incite such an attack. They are taking great pains to declare that Dear was a deranged person who did not act for political motives and nothing more. But, if that deranged person” was from the middle-east, that person would be a terrorist who was acting “under orders” and not acting on his own.
But the idiocy doesn’t end there. Yesterday, Ted Cruz went on Hugh Hewitt and announced that the “vast majority of violent criminals are Democratic.” Meaning the Republicans are the only law-abiding citizens in America today. The other day, he claimed the shooter in Colorado was a “transgendered leftist.” This from a candidate who brags about the backing he is receiving from a man who declared that “abortion doctors should be executed.”
What is also being lost is a violent crime in Pittsburgh. On Thanksgiving night a man shot a Moroccan taxi driver. His passenger started asking whether he was a “Pakistani guy” and about “the terror group ISIS,” before moving on to mocking Mohammed.
When the passenger was delivered to his house, he told the driver he had to get money from inside his house, and then returned with a rifle, which he used to shoot at the taxi as it sped away. The driver was shot in the back, but survived.
The news report about the incident ran in today’s Washington Post and even though the shooting happened on Thanksgiving night, the police are still “piecing together what happened” — and no mention was made of an arrest. Or, of course, a motive.
Of course, no one on the Republican side has said a word about this attack as being a “religious terrorist” attack. Which it appears to have been. But, since the victim was a Moroccan, I don’t expect anyone to say anything about it. You can bet that if the attacker had asked about “Jesus” or the “Christian Right” the right-wing would have plenty to say about it.
Finally, a State Legislator in Alabama had plenty to say about whom you should shop with this holiday season. Alan Harper tweeted out a message that you should be wary of stores owned by non-white Christians. In his tweet he said:
As you travel during the holidays or any other time, please try to shop and purchase gas and other items at American owned stores.”
Then it got even better:
The [convenience] stores/tobacco outlets, etc. with the lights around the windows and doors are not owned by God-fearing Christians. In large part, these stores are owned by folk that send their profits back to their homeland and then in turn use these funds against our country to create turmoil, fear and in some cases death and destruction.”
Oh he tried to be correct by saying he was “painting with a broad brush,” (a phrase he put in scare quotes), “but the madness has to stop.” He ended with the usual Christian Conservative meme of “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May God Bless.” Somehow, I don’t think God would be very happy with his tweet of hate.
What makes matters worse for Allen, is that he is the Chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee in Alabama. I really don’t know how he justifies trying to put out of business those stores who are not owned by his favorite people.
This is the type of idiocy that we are being subjected to in this election cycle. We can call this a lot of things. We can call it hypocritical, or strange, or wacky. But the one thing we know is that it is a platform of hate.
These people want us to believe that if the person sitting next to you isn’t white and Christian, you have to be afraid of him. If that person has darker skin, he must be a “taker” and not a “maker.” If that person appears to be from a Muslim country, he must be a terrorist. If that person is Latino he must be an “illegal” trying to steal your job or in the words of Donald Trump, “rape your women.”
And of course, all of this hate is being thrown around in the name of “Jesus.” If you really believe in Jesus, you must also believe that this Christmas the Infant Jesus in the manger is crying over this hate speech. After all, he preached to “love your neighbor as yourself.” What we are hearing from the right is anything but “love”.
And the shirts keep marching on.