We already know the hate-filled bag of right-wing goatfuckery, Rush Limbaugh, wants the head of state of the USA to “fail”. There was a lot of argument from idiots about what that meant. The excuses were flying: “fail” meant his “socialist agenda”, not his goal of saving the US from this recession, and other such nonsense. But the meaning was clear. If we are to climb out of this recession, Rush very much cares how we do it, and would rather we fail as a nation rather than have his putative anti-Christ carry the mantle of success. But he never said he wanted Obama to drop dead.
That honor was left to former presidential candidate Alan Keyes’ running mate from last fall, one Wiley Drake, a Southern Baptist Minister. In an interview, he rendered Fox’s Alan Colmes nearly speechless:
“Are you praying for [Obama’s] death?” Colmes asked.
“Yes,” Drake replied.
“So you’re praying for the death of the president of the United States?”
“You would like for the president of the United States to die?” Colmes asked once more.
“If he does not turn to God and does not turn his life around, I am asking God to enforce imprecatory prayers that are throughout the Scripture that would cause him death, that’s correct.”
I know the wackaloon trolls will be coming by any minute to say how Chis Matthews or whomever is just as bad as Rush et al, but really, how deeply must you deceive yourself to believe that? They’ll also say that the killer of Dr. Tiller, or the Holocaust memorial shooters were “loners”, but how many “loners” makes a crowd? In a different economic or political atmosphere, these wackaloons would be practicing a bitter but lonely Onanistic exercise in hate. But in this climate, people are listening. And they are acting.
The Responsible Right (if such a thing still exists) needs to show itself, needs not to distance itself from hate, but to acknowledge it, then condemn it. Instead, the mouthpieces of conservatism are finding excuses.
But they don’t get a pass for their excuses, for being “patriotic” or whatever else. They don’t get to use tu quoque arguments to justify their own bigotry. They need to remember one of their favorite buzzwords: “responsibility”. They will be held accountable for their words and actions one way or another, so they might as well own up to them.
But I don’t really care if the right manages to crawl out of the gutter and reclaim the mantle of legitimacy. That’s their problem.