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The Next Civil War is About to Begin

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This recollection of history isn't merely to serve as reference points; rather, it is to recognize that the people who demonstrated extremist hatred back then were the parents and grandparents of many of those whose racism is on display today at the tea parties, the incendiary town halls, and Brain Damaged Beck's highly exaggerated 9/12 protest in Washington. It doesn't require a child psychologist to tell us that the imprinting received at home, especially when it includes racism and bigotry, nearly always results in the offspring of bigots believing and practicing the same, or even more intense hatred than the parental poison bestowed upon them.

The droves of hate-filled "birthers", and others, who carry signs reading "We Want Our Country Back" are begging the question, "Back from whom"? Back from the "socialist", the "communist", the "Nazi", the Muslim who shouldn't be in the White House? Or is it simply "back from the 'n-word' who isn't supposed to be president'?

Look at the outrageous behavior of so many right-wing parents who wouldn't allow their children to see Obama's recent speech to school kids. They just didn't want their children to see the black man who is our president. That's how much hate they carry.

Now, I want to be clear. Many of the people who are angry about one thing or another these days, are not necessarily driven by racism. But they are in the midst of it. While they might be angered about health care reform because of the disinformation they've heard, they may be nothing more than willing victims of the right-wing propaganda they choose to listen to. They are therefore in a somewhat different category than those who are wishing for Obama's death, but not very far away. In fact, given what we generally know about the number of arrests and active investigations being conducted by the Secret Service, the evidence is overwhelming. We can also safely assume that the far, far right who dream of an assassination have had numerous opportunities to network with others of like mind through the town halls, the 9-12 protest rally in D.C, and via the internet.

Somewhere out there, at this very moment, we can be sure that a number of plans are being plotted. Somewhere out there are groups of crazies who are trying to decide what course of violent action to take.

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Ed Menken is a life-long, self-described "unapologetic progressive", a proud member of the ACLU, and a strong supporter of Barack Obama.
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