Republican leadership and right wing talking heads began by using rhetoric that inflamed the lunatic libertarian right wing fringe to violence-- and then blamed the Democrats for mentioning that very real and dangerous incitement of violence--and then they turned around and castigated the Democrats for mentioning their reprehensible behavior in Democratic fund raising messages.
I watched in utter amazement as Candy Crowley of CNN grilled, David Axelrod, in bulldog fashion and tried over and over again to blame the Democrats for escalating the current political animosity by merely mentioning the violence and threats of violence emanating from the right, in Democratic fund raising appeals. When that failed she pulled the same loaded question on her next quest Senator Barbara Mikulski.
Make no mistake the real danger this country faces is not from some imagined boogeyman--conjured by the Republican propaganda machine--of a socialist, liberal agenda, but a from very real and diabolical fascist right wing cabal--fronted by, bought and paid for their shills--Republican Fascist Congressmen--who have spent millions of dollars lying to the American people about the new Health Care Bill.
Do you think there's any connection between--the universal adamantine objections of every Republican in the House and Senate--and the legions of Insurance, Drug and various other corporate special interest lobbyists flooding, the campaign chests of these Congressmen with millions of dollars of contributions and plastering the American air waves with distortions and lies, about a Bill that would benefit the vast majority of Americans?
The Republicans have created the myth of a liberal media when in truth the American mainstream media is owned and operated by very wealthy men with, a Mussolini-an view of fascism-- that is--an incestuous collaboration of corporate and government entities bent towards ultimate economic control of the population. Any honest reading of the history preceding and during World War Two will show the ultimate goal of this kind of cabal is control the population through fear e.g.. "the war on terrorism" along with a ramped up uber-nationalistic fervor resulting in violence and murder leading to a take over of power. This tendency of the right towards demagoguery and authoritarian government are not new in this country.
--Benito Mussolini, Fascist dictator of Italy--
"Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism'. I'm afraid, based on my own long experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security."
--Sen. Huey Long--
"Without exhaustive debate, even heated debate, of ideas and programs, free government would weaken and wither. But if we allow ourselves to be persuaded that every individual or party that takes issue with our own convictions is necessarily wicked or treasonous then, indeed, we are approaching the end of freedom's road."
--Dwight D. Eisenhower--
"The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information.
With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power...
"The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism...
They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection."
--Henry A. Wallace, 1944--
"There are troubling signs: Republican operatives disrupting a Florida vote recount by force; trashing the Constitution (as well as traditional safeguards of military law of the Geneva Convention) to go after an open-ended category of "terrorists"; the adoption of a frank imperial mindset and pre-emptive war; sympathy in some conservative quarters for violence against abortion clinics and ATF agents; a switch to recount-less, receipt-less, Republican-provided electronic voting systems.