Take a look at this first flyer. It's been preserved in the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza, previously known as the Texas School Book Depository. This "advertisement" is one of about 5,000 distributed in downtown Dallas several days prior to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Hate jocks on the radio, right-wing fearmongers on Fox News, websites filled with unspeakable vitriol against President Obama, tea parties, birthers, conspiracy theorists, racist cartoons, racist emails, loaded guns at presidential rallies, Republican politicians denigrating our Commander-in-chief.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the hateful grandstanding needs to stop. I'm not a big fan of Pelosi's but I do agree with what she said today: "I saw this myself in the late seventies in San Francisco. This kind of rhetoric was very frightening and it gave. It created a climate in which violence took place. I wish that we all again would curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made, with the understanding that some of the ears this is falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume."
Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Matt Drudge have been doing their very best to incite a race war. (Limbaugh has even suggested that we need to return to segregated busing.) You want to see a race war? Just wait until someone from the far right fringe takes a shot at the President after being nudged on by these cretins.
What the ultraconservative paranoiacs don't comprehend (or maybe they do comprehend and simply don't give a fuck) is that when they spit on the President, they're spitting on the sixty-six million of us who voted for him. They're not just calling him despicable names, they're calling all of us those names.
I am sick of it. I'm sick of right-wingers whining about losing their so-called "way of life" when nothing has really altered in America. Nobody's rights are being suppressed. Washington is still controlled by greedy corporations. That's not going to change. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, children go hungry while the Mormon Church and the Catholic Church raise huge amounts of cash to defeat gay marriage. I'm sick of corrupt politicians. I'm sick of lying Republicans and spineless Democrats. I'm sick of fanatics accusing Obama of taking away their firearms when no gun control laws have passed under his watch. And I'm really, really, really sick of religious fundies who spend their days preaching against LGBT rights and their nights cheating on their spouses.
Is there anger on the left? Sure thing. Color me angry. But you won't see me - or any progressives - advocating the overthrow of a government that was duly elected by the people.