Mike the Mad Biologist

So asks Dave Neiwert (italics mine):

If your answer is yes, then stop this cowardly half-assed screwing around. You speak the language of war and honor; but the honor code of the warriors you pretend to revere demands that you declare your intentions. If you really believe that the only way to get the America you want is to negate a fair election, shred the Constitution, and violently cleanse the country of everyone who doesn’t agree with you, then man up and get on with it. If it’s a shooting war you want, do not doubt that there are plenty of progressives who will oblige you. If this goal is so important that you’re really willing to kill for it, please don’t forget that you will also need to be willing to die for it. Because, like martyrs Greg McKendry and Steven Johns proved, we are willing to do whatever is necessary to stop you.

If your answer is no, then you have just one other choice. Knock off the tantrums, grow up, rebuild your party, come back to the table, and sit down and govern with us. (We know this will be a stretch, but we think some of you are capable of it.) You will need to learn, many of you for the first time, to get your way as adults do — without fear-based politics, polarizing rhetoric, on-air threats against those who disagree with you, and repeating outrageous lies in the face of stone facts and irrefutable evidence.

And most of all: you need to stop feeding the crazies. You need to disavow them in every way possible — sincerely, emphatically, and with full awareness that every time one of these people acts, it destroys the credibility of “conservatives,” “Republicans,” and “the right wing” in the eyes of the country. You cannot assassinate your way back to power….

Since you’re the ones funding the violent radicals on your flank, you need to stop sending them money. Since you know far more about their activities than any one else, you need to be the ones who turn them in. Since you’re the ones who make heroes and martyrs out of them, you need to be the ones who call them out as criminals. Until you do this — consistently, wholeheartedly, and responsibly — we can only conclude that these assassins are operating with your support and approval, and that you are intentionally trying to start an armed revolution in America.

Of course, what Neiwert forgets is that the requirement for disavowal of extremism only applies to Muslims and Arabs.

Silly Neiwert.

In a more serious vein, for too long, conservatives have been allowed to do their little two-step dance where they appeal to bigotry and fear, and then deny they are doing so. This is what happens when an entire political movement believes that words have absolutely no meaning. Because, unfortunately, some on the far right do take the slogans used for cynical political manipulation seriously.

Kudos to Neiwert for calling them out.

Comments

  1. #1 Comrade PhysioProf
    June 13, 2009

    Actually, Neiwert’s co-blogger Sara Robinson wrote that post.

    As I pointed out there, and on my own blog, the answer, of course, is that right-wing demagogues want neither civil war nor to participate in good faith political compromise. They just want to create enough disorder and distraction and fear to prevent any real progressive politics and policies from taking solid root, and thereby to keep the field clear for the corporate oligarch interests that they serve.

  2. #2 Science Avenger
    June 14, 2009

    But, but, but, Rush famously said “words mean things”. Rush couldn’t be wrong…could he?

  3. #3 Hypocee
    June 15, 2009

    “Dear Conservatives: Are you deliberately trying to start a civil war again?”

    Fixed that for you.