So a while back the Washington Post asked cartoonists what they thought of the "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" campaign, which was a protest against radical Muslims who threaten to kill anyone they believe has offended their prophet. One scribbler, Ted Rall, moaned:
"While most [cartoonists] vigorously support free speech, many are uncomfortable with the idea of provoking the anger of devout Muslims with no other intent than to provoke anger."
See how he made it about provoking anger, instead of free speech?
Anyway, I bring this up because this is the same Ted Rall who now appeared on Dylan Ratigan's show, to make a case for violent revolution in the United States. Yes, the guy who cowers in the face of intolerant extremists, is now egging on violent attacks against pudgy retirees in tricorn hats.
In the show, Ratigan asks, "Are things in our country so bad that it might actually be time for revolution?"
Of course, the answer is yes, and it requires "violence or at least the threat thereof." Then Rall comes in - saying violence is a last resort. But - one he really, really likes!
An excerpt from his book:
A war is coming. At stake: our lives, the planet, freedom, living. The government, the corporations, and the extreme right are prepared to coalesce into an Axis of Evil. Are you going to fight back? Will you do whatever it takes, including taking up arms?... I want you to see that revolt is a good idea, and that it has never been more necessary. I also want you to size up the opposition... They will never get weaker. We have as good a chance at taking them on as ever.
So here's a weenie who won't stand up to a real threat, but now urges violence against tea partiers, business folks, your parents, whoever.
Basically he wants to kill or imprison anyone who isn't a failed, bitter cartoonist.
Me, I can't wait to see Ted take to the streets, coming at us in his tweed coat and sweat pants ensemble, swinging his NPR tote bag, armed with hackey sacks and yoga mats.
But I have a feeling it aint gunna happen. Advocating phony "revolution" is something you only see from twigs like Ted.
All sound and fury, signifying dick.
And if you disagree with me, you're a racist homophobic blennophobe.
the other guy!
and him too!