Sunday, January 9, 2011

Inspirational or Inflamatory?

Once again, the inflammatory speeches of the Tea Party and right fringe candidates has raised its ugly head!  I'm a firm believer in free speech, but how do we justify the extent to which the right has taken that constitutional right?  When do we start saying, when you cause violence by your speech, you have crossed the line.  When do we hold people accountable for jacking up the anger of one part of the citizenry to attack another?  Why should a right-winger radical be allowed to walk into a town-meeting setting, pull a automatic pistol and open fire, killing several and wounding three times that number, just because he disagrees with a Jewish-American progressive female congressional member?

Limbaugh, Beck, Palin, Bachmann and their ilk need to he held accountable for their inflammatory speeches, that stand in stark contrast to the inspirational speeches that are part of our country's great history, including Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech that have helped people stay the course, uphold their ideals in the face of violence and given heart to the nation.  Speeches about revolution, remembering the lessons of the revolution, a little revolutions is good once in a while - all these are simply meant to keep the radical fringe in arms - and they will always "step away" from the violence their own language has inspired.  Sure enough, the Tea Party leadership spoke of this latest incident as heinous - really?  Then why the language that inspires these actions?

Get real, political rightists; recognize that your speech incites riot to a degree that is unacceptable, that takes lives and leads to disgusting incidents of violence of one person or side of an argument against another - usually several fringers against a singled out progressive.  Take responsibility for your speech!  Learn the lesson recent history is teaching and curb the language of hate!

Wake up, progressives, and stand up to hate slant of the right fringe.  It's time to start taking action, and no, I don't mean taking up guns - that only plays into the hands of the right.  I mean discussion ways to bring peer pressure to bear that will help make this a country of debate, not a country sinking back into the old West mentality of the man with the fastest gun being the power.  The lesson of history is that this only leads to shotguns in alleys waiting to take down the fast gun.  MLK Jr. showed us a better way, following the steps of a man named Jesus of Nazareth - who was also a model for a man named Gandhi.  Let's take up the challenge, and help lead our country in the correct direction!

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