Using Lies to Whip Mobs into Anti-Democratic Frenzies (update 2)
Earlier today, I wrote (twice, actually) about the vile lie being used to scare the elderly so that they will oppose healthcare reform. Well, another Republican "leader" has now picked up that lie and has begun to use it. Here is what Sarah Palin (I like not having to call her Governor anymore) said on her Facebook page today:
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
Yes, such a system is downright evil. That's why it is not being considered by anyone. It is also downright evil to use a lie like this to try to scare people. But that is where today's Republican party lives. (By the way, in the statement from which I've pulled the above-quote, Palin also commends Rep. Michelle Bachmann for her stance against healthcare reform. Yes, that Rep. Bachmann...)
Oh, did you see the video of Glenn Beck saying that he'd like to poison Nancy Pelosi? And laughing about it? Or did you hear about Rush Limbaugh comparing President Obama to Adolph Hitler and, when called on that by Jewish groups and even some Republicans, he affirmed the comparison? Did you see the video of the Republican Congressman joking about constituents wanting to lynch their Democratic representatives and getting a big laugh from his constituents?
I'm afraid that civil discourse is dead.
The real question has become this: Does the right wing want a new civil war?