This post was written in 2011 in response to the shootings in Arizona. This image and the post are signed by Mateo.
It’s still relevant as the violence has only increased since 2011.
Warning: There is a disturbing copy of a Duluth Lynching Postcard at the end of the post
Blood Libel: an accusation that Jews kidnapped and murdered the children of Christians to use their blood as part of their religious rituals during Jewish holidays. Historically, these claims—alongside those of well poisoning and host desecration—have been a major theme in European persecution of Jews.
Altogether, there have been about 150 recorded cases of blood libel (not to mention thousands of rumors) that resulted in the arrest and killing of Jews throughout history, most of them in the Middle Ages. In almost every case, Jews were murdered, sometimes by a mob, sometimes following torture and a trial.
This is in response to yesterday’s shootings in Arizona. (January, 8, 2011)
The politically correct right-wing at Fox News are spinning this as the act of a ‘lone crazy’.
Even if that is true why do we deprive ‘crazies’ of access to treatment yet insist that they have ready access to semi-automatic weapons.
According to the New York Times:
“…an Internet site tied to the man, Jared Lee Loughner, contained anti government ramblings. And regardless of what led to the episode, it quickly focused attention on the degree to which inflammatory language, threats and implicit instigation to violence have become a steady undercurrent in the nation’s political culture.” The New York Times
Would you kill someone for that?…I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore…I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it,…No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out. Is this wrong? I stopped wearing my What Would Jesus — band — Do, and I’ve lost all sense of right and wrong now. I used to be able to say, “Yeah, I’d kill Michael Moore,” and then I’d see the little band: What Would Jesus Do? And then I’d realize, “Oh, you wouldn’t kill Michael Moore. Or at least you wouldn’t choke him to death.” And you know, well, I’m not sure.
The Glenn Beck Program, Premiere Radio Networks, 17 May 2005
From this day forward, somebody propose it, liberals should not be allowed to buy guns. It’s just that simple. Liberals should have their speech controlled and not be allowed to buy guns. I mean if we want to get serious about this, if we want to face this head on, we’re gonna have to openly admit, liberals should not be allowed to buy guns, nor should they be allowed to use computer keyboards or typewriters, word processors or e-mails, and they should have their speech controlled. If we did those three or four things, I can’t tell you what a sane, calm, civil, fun-loving society we would have. Take guns out of the possession, out of the hands of liberals, take their typewriters and their keyboards away from ‘em, don’t let ‘em anywhere near a gun, and control their speech. You would wipe out 90% of the crime, 85 to 95% of the hate, and a hundred percent of the lies from society. Radio show assertions, reported in “Rush Limbaugh: Here’s way to stop 100% of lies in society” at American Grand Jury (19 January 2011)
“We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors,” Conservative Political Action Conference, January 2002. Coulter later clarified what she meant; “when I said we should “execute” John Walker Lindh, I misspoke. What I meant to say was ‘We should burn John Walker Lindh alive and televise it on prime-time network TV’. My apologies for any misunderstanding that might have occurred”
If leaders can use words to stir people to positive action then logic tells us that leaders can use words to incite violence.
What follows is the news report as I would write it:
“A Neo Confederate terrorist opened fire on a Democratic Congresswoman with a semiautomatic weapon around 10 a.m. Saturday, January 8th, outside a busy Tucson supermarket. Fourteen people were injured and six people were killed, among them 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, who was born on 911 and featured in the book, Faces of Hope. This is the second such incident in less than two months. Fox news and other Neo Confederate propaganda outlets deny that their calls for extreme action had anything to do with provoking the incident, much as Rush Limbaugh did after the Oklahoma City Bombing.”
Part of the problem is that we in the United States sugarcoat the truth when we are not passively accepting lies. The Neo Confederate wing of the Republican Party use the tactics of intimidation that they refined and adapted to prevent the former slaves from voting. They maintained an army well after the Civil war was supposedly over. The shooting in Arizona was an act of terrorism incited by a relentless propaganda outlet that demonize legitimate political opposition and incites its brainwashed audience to violence. Just as the Mullahs in Iraq and Iran do not personally strap bombs to their bodies and die on missions of terrorism, neither do Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck.
We want to pretend that we are civil even as the violence against honest citizens escalates.
I offer this quote from Frederick Douglass about Lincoln’s decisions to bring the confederates back into the Union as if nothing had happened because I think it’s still relevant:
“We are sometimes asked, in the name of patriotism, to forget the merits of this fearful struggle, and to remember with equal admiration those who struck at the nation’s life and those who struck to save it; those who fought for slavery and those who fought for liberty and justice.
I am no minister of malice. I would not strike the fallen. I would not repel the repentant; but may my right hand forget her cunning and my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I forget the difference between the parties to that terrible, protracted and bloody conflict. If we ought to forget a war which has filled our land with widows and orphans; which has made stumps of men of the very flower of our youth; which has sent them on the journey of life armless, legless, maimed and mutilated; which has piled up a debt heavier than a mountain of gold, swept uncounted thousands of men into bloody graves and planted agony at a million hearthstones—I say, if this war is to be forgotten, I ask in the name of things sacred, what shall men remember?”
“Slavery Was An Innocent Idea Until Gov’t Intervened” Glenn Beck, 2010