Sunday, May 31, 2009


posted by Armadillo Joe

I've often argued at this site and in other forums that we lefties should be more afraid of the capacity for violence on the Right, a capacity I just don't think we share here on the Left, especially as the pendulum swings back and they lose power, money, influence and status.

Breaking news this morning:

George Tiller shot to death at Wichita church

The Wichita Eagle

WICHITA - George Tiller, the Wichita doctor who became a national lightning rod in the debate over abortion, was shot to death this morning as he walked into church services.


Tiller has long been a focal point of protest by abortion opponents because his clinic, Women's Health Care Services at 5701 E. Kellogg, is one of the few in the country where late-term abortions are performed.

Protesters blockaded Tiller's clinic during Operation Rescue's "Summer of Mercy" protests during the summer of 1991, and Tiller was shot by Rachelle Shannon at his clinic in 1993.

Tiller was wounded in both arms, and Shannon remains in prison for the shooting.
This is only the beginning.


Broadway Carl said...

Hi Joe,

While I see your point, what would being "more afraid" accomplish? The capacity for violence has always been more Right than Left. JFK, RFK, MLK Jr, McVeigh, all examples. Maybe we should be more cognizant, but not more afraid of these domestic terrorists.

How ironic that he was killed as he was going to church services. Another instance of self proclaimed Christan pro-lifers caring about life inside the womb, but disregarding it after birth.

Armadillo Hussein Joe said...

What I mean by "more afraid" is actually that we should take more seriously that capacity. I think we forget just how real the threat of death is with regards to these people.

They have the guns and the predilection. When I say "heads on pikes" I am exaggerating (mostly) but when they put pictures of abortion doctors on "Wanted: Dead or Alive" posters, they mean it.

McVeigh acted when the Right was in rapid, glorious ascent, the Left (as such) was thoroughly co-opted by centrist, Clintonian capitulators perfectly happy to give away the store to placate the poo-flinging monkeys and the old liberal lions of Congress dying off and retiring at ten times the refreshment rate.

He murdered all those people when history looked -- to the kooks and loonies in the Rethugli-douche coalition -- to be thoroughly on his side.

Now that the Reich Wing has burned itself out and spirals earthward like Icarus with their ideas discredited and unpopular, the persecution complex that seethes at the heart of Right Wing politics is now and will continue to be in full flower.

That is why I say we should fear them. As they circle down the drain of history, they truly have nothing to lose by now poisoning the well of public discourse for all time.

The blatantly racist ugliness of the Sotomayor opposition is one facet.

The fetus-people finally icing one of their favorite targets is another.

There is nothing cartoonish in this threat of violence. They mean it and they have the tools and the inclination and nothing left to lose.

veralynn said...

I really don't understand these people. If their religion's rule is do unto They cherry pick the passages that help them and ignore the ones that don't. The majority of Americans usually follow the golden rule. So how do they get this much power? This happened with Clinton and will only get worse. I do fear for all of us.

If you aren't safe in the sanctuary of your church, where are you safe from these people?