Friday, September 10, 2010

Sharron Angle’s “Second Amendment remedies” threats now part of the political mainstream?

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In case you were in need of today’s dose of “things that make you wonder just how bad things are about to get in the US”, here’s a Rachel Maddow segment that shines light on how the rhetorical threats of Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R-NV) for conservatives to resort to “Second Amendment remedies” should they lose the vote in November now appears to be considered mainstream, as though calls to armed insurrections had become part of the political norm [video below the fold]:

There was a time when a political candidate who openly warned about how their electoral base would impose their will through armed violence would be rendered instantly unelectable. But thanks to the political climate created by the endless lying and fear-mongering from the Right, it’s come to a point where such violent rhetoric isn’t only acceptable, but is actually seen as a boon to those who use it.

That’s just terrifying.

The interesting thing about all this is that Angle is actually correct in principle regarding the nature of the Second Amendment: It was, in fact, implemented as a way to give the American people the ability to forcefully overthrow their government if it ever became too tyrannical. But I hardly think the intentions of those who sponsored and established the Second Amendment included a scenario where a fringe group of political extremists would take over by force and impose their narrow-minded, ideologically regressive will over everyone else. That just doesn’t seem to fit, somehow.

(via Political Irony)