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Terrorism

Posted in news by reasonfreely on March 26, 2010

Terrorism — when people use violence to hurt and scare others over political, ethnic, or religious differences — is the enemy of free thought.  Recall that free thought is free of influence from authority, tradition and manipulation.  Terrorism is manipulation of the most crude and basic sort.

In the lead-up to the health care reform vote, the Republican party set fire to their extreme-right base.  They lied to them, telling them that the health care bill was going to kill babies (even after the Stupak amendment, which explicitly prohibits the bill subsidizing abortion procedures).  They said it was an unconstitutional to make health insurance mandatory (despite the other mandatory insurance premiums we all pay…  for medicare).  They said that Americans hated the bill (yes, more Americans disliked the bill than liked it before it passed, but it was basically an even split) and that Obama was pushing it through despite democratic objection (despite the fact that the majority of elected representatives were for it) and were using dirty legislative tricks to get it passed (as opposed to the Republicans, aka the Filibusticans, who decided that their success is Obama’s failure, and have basically gone on strike — real mature guys).

So in short, they created a monster.  PELOSI BAD!

Now their monster has wandered into the town and started threatening Democrats’ families and children, smashing windows, and cutting gas lines.  Now they’re faced with a tough decision, where the ethical thing is to take back their lies, ask for peace and understanding, and eat some crow.  I’m not saying that opposing the health care bill is wrong per se.  But how they went about it, inflaming the extreme wing of their base to violence (“We came unarmed (this time)” comes to mind), was wrong.

So now they’ve created terrorists.  Terrorists.  Terrorists.  Terrorists. People who threaten violence and destroy property to scare others into submission to their ideology are terrorists.

Why won’t the media call them terrorists?  That’s my question.  I think they’re cowards.

Update: Republican response to the violence.   Not adequate.

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  1. Justin said, on March 26, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Your right they will be terrorists once they move on from threats and vandalism. Things have been shaken up so much on the extreame right wing by the media that i don’t think there is anything that can be done about it at this point. They have a laundry list of reasons to fight what they consider the emergence of a facist regime. And no matter what is said now, they have already drunk the Koolaid. Healthcare is only the focus at the moment. They want recgnition that this a Christian government. They want taxes to be lower than before they lost power, even if it means the abandoning the poor. Bigots in there ranks feel free to shout slurs without having to worrying about any repercusions. The extreame right has enough public support to fuel it for a long time. Our war on terror is on the virge of becoming a civil war.


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