And herein lies my real problem with NBC/MSNBC. What Keith Olbermann does as a private citizen and with his own money should be the least of NBC/MSNBC’s concerns. But they are so delusional over there that they’ve convinced themselves that a two day suspension over a few thousand dollars in private campaign contributions will in some way bestow “journalistic integrity” on the very same network that would seek to legitimize a racist leftist like cartoonist Ted Rall, who is now openly calling for a violent revolution to overthrow the American government and put a stop to the Tea Party.
“Are things in our country so bad that it might actually be time for a revolution? The answer is obviously ‘yes.'”
That’s not a Ted Rall statement, that’s MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan. As you watch the video below, imagine the (justifiable) uproar had those words come from a Hannity or Beck in the same context as this — an interview with a right-wing extremist calling for violence against his political opponents:
For those of you not familiar with Rall, he’s a witless, radical left-wing editorial cartoonist who’s probably most famous for his inability to draw, but thanks to the venomous left-wing viewpoints he holds, he’s enjoyed an incredible amount of mainstream success. According to his own site, the same cartoonist who called Condi Rice a “house nigga” and is now calling for organized violence in order to “bully” his insidious left-wing worldview on the rest of us, “now appear[s] in more than 100 publications around the United States, including the Los Angeles Times, Tucson Weekly, Willamette Week, Newark Star-Ledger, Village Voice and New York Times.”
Here’s an excerpt from his new book, “The Anti-American Manifesto”:
Christian fundamentalists, the millennial end-of-theworlders obsessed with the Left Behind series about the End Times, neo-Nazi racists, rural black-helicopter Michigan Militia types cut from the same inbred cloth as Timothy McVeigh, allied with “mainstream” gun nuts and right-wing Republicans, have been planning, preparing, and praying for the destruction of the “Godless,” “secular” United States for decades. In the past, they formed groups like the John Birch Society and the Aryan Nations. Now the hard Right has a postmodern, decentralized non-organization organization called the Tea Party.
Right-wing organizational names change, but they amount to the same thing: the reactionary sociopolitical force–the sole force–poised to fill the vacuum when collapse occurs. The scenario outlined by Margaret Atwood’s prescient novel The Handmaid’s Tale–rednecks in the trenches, hard military men running things, minorities and liberals taken away and massacred, setting the stage for an even more extreme form of laissez-faire corporate capitalism than we’re suffering under today–is a fair guess of how a post-U.S. scenario will play out unless we prepare to turn it in another direction…
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?…
Later he writes:
Part of the revolution may be fought virtually by hackers. Those individuals are every bit as valauable as people who blow things up.
Rall is obviously nothing more than a pre-Oklahoma Timothy McVeigh, and that his kind are out there should surprise no one. The world is full of racist crazies seeking validation through violence. But because he’s considered an artiste — and most especially a left-wing artiste — irresponsible networks such as NBC and irresponsible newspapers like those listed above help to mainstream the same radical views that if they were held on the right would probably (and rightly) result in a visit from Homeland Security.
If you want to understand just how devious and unhinged the once-mainstream left is increasingly becoming, rewind the news cycle back a few weeks to when the whole meme over anti-gay bullying ginned itself up. A wanna be-fascist like Patrick Goldstein over at the L.A. Times is willing to call for an end to all jokes that make fun of gay people, “dangerous” jokes such as “Electric cars are gay,” but he doesn’t seem to have a problem sharing the same pages with a racist cartoonist. Now that Rall is openly calling for violence — for the “bullying” of millions of Americans, will that change?
Of course not. After all, “Electric cars are gay” is so much more dangerous than “Will you do whatever it takes, including taking up arms?”