The Death Cult at the castle door as envisioned by the wingnuts.
August is ended, and it would be nice if that would prove to be the end of the silly season that has given us "Ground Zero" "Mosque" and Arizona’s law that drafts the police into racial purity enforcement. Nice, but it seems with the taste of blood on their lips, the right is in full monster movie mob syndrome.
While we on the progressive side do tend to enjoy Death Panel nonsense, the crazies have been astonishingly prone to indulge the comedic side of their inventive tendencies lately. Are we being a little overly optimistic when we see the funny side of calling yourself "armed, dangerous and ready to fight" on the right wing?
Naturally, the lone gunman who attacked Discovery Channel, even though he has no connection to anything advocated by the left, is fingered as a proof of the violent tendencies of that same left – that more usually is attacked for its education-supporting, elitist, Discovery Channel tendencies.
A brouhaha that once again tried to call us lefties a violence prone cult makes us want to giggle, but should we be supplying the safe room instead?
It seems Better Off Dead icon Cusack was idly tweeting yesterday and he rattled off this thing proposing the construction of a “Satanic death cult center” outside the Fox News building. The full tweet:
I AM FOR A SATANIC DEATH CULT CENTER AT FOX NEWS HQ AND OUTSIDE THE OFFICES ORDICK ARMEYAND NEWT GINGRICH-and all the GOP WELFARE FREAKS
In no time at all there were serious news stories blasting Cusack for going on a “rampage” and calling for the “Satanic death” of Newt and Dick Armey. “John Cusack Calls for ‘Satanic Death’ of Fox News, GOP Leaders,” blared the Fox News headline. In a flash Fox was calling up academic experts who were taking this tweet that could not possibly be more obviously a joke and seriously calling it an incitement to violence. From the piece:
“His provocative tweets could easily incite a rabid fan to commit violent acts against Fox News Headquarters and others he names," said Dr. Carole Lieberman, a Beverly Hills-based psychiatrist and author of "Coping With Terrorism: Dreams Interrupted."
And like magic, mere minutes later, the tweets from the internet peanut gallery rolled in, with conservative readers unironically ripping Cusack for advocating violence. “Remember lefties warn that Glen B was inciting violence with his rhetoric,” tweeted “Uniqname.” “Didn’t know he was a jihadist,” wrote “Taylor Nichols.”
“Calling for violence is never the answer to a disagreement, Mr. Cusack,” wrote “reaperzilla.” And “isn’t this incitement?” wondered “Harleybubba” (I swear, I didn’t make up that name).
…I get that some of these folks are dying to find an example of a “liberal” inciting people to violence in the manner of oft-criticized right-wing heroes like Glenn Beck, but even taking that anxiousness into consideration, you’d have to be in virtual brain-death to take something like this seriously.
While we all remember the whiner in kindergarten who’d insist that some other kid was messing with him/her, and the teacher ought to punish that kid, don’t we all conclude that with years and assumption of better tactics, that little s**t will at least act like some one worth knowing? someday??
The wingnuts at large these days didn’t get through their finger-pointing stage yet. We need better ways to work around them.
Author: Ruth Calvo, 66 and retired, is a longtime political activist for progressive causes and writer as well as a daily editor here at The Seminal. She worked in the office of TX. Senator Ralph Yarborough after graduation from Wellesley College in the 60’s, served on the Council on the Arts after receiving their award for playwriting, managed some political campaigns in Maryland, and served several years as assistant to Maryland House of Delegates member Delegate Gene Counihan.