How Much Violence Lurks in Your Neighbor's Heart?
Hoss is wondering how responsible people like Beck are for individual expressions of eliminationist violence, and to me that's not even an interesting question. It is just for that purpose that Beck in on TV, to better encourage his viewers to violence. It's as old as the Nazi Playbook and one of the reasons I'm very strict about not exposing myself or anyone in my care to that sort of filth.
What does interest me is if I have any neighbors like this. I know my neighbors pretty well, and even the Republicans on my block are laid back people who smoke dope and like to take naked hot tubs at midnight. If they watch a lot of FOX and the like, it doesn't show up in more than occasionally repeating some of its more innocuous lies when we shoot the shit around the mailbox. I don't think that even if my Republican neighbors experienced some dreadful economic upset and were told directly to blame me, they'd come over here with a shotgun looking to blow the ACLU card out of my hands.
But I wonder... The continuing decline of the economy (not to mention things like health care and educational standards) along with the deliberate increase in violent rhetoric in the SCLM: how powerful do you think they are, in terms of creating more gun-toting would-be "revolutionaries?" The guy in the Media Matters link was going to San Francisco to kill people in the ACLU and some foundation Beck hates. But what about killing regular brown people, or gay people? It's not a stretch to say those groups are being blamed and targeted by the likes of Beck daily, too.
How worried are you about your neighbors, and have you ever been threatened with violence by someone for political reasons?