Randall Terry's announcement that he will challenge Barack Obama in the Democratic primaries isn't being taken seriously, but to me, it's dangerous.
Here's an example of why:
“America has never truly debated child killing, because America has never truly seen child killing,” insisted Terry. “We will use FEC and FCC laws for federal candidates to bring America face to face with this massacre of the innocents.”
It's not the threat of using FEC and FCC laws. It's the "massacre of the innocents" language. This is a perfect example of how to stir up people who are already disturbed and incite them to violence.
In a different time and place, it wouldn't be quite so disturbing. But in today's world, we have Fox News and a myriad of print/internet outlets willing to pretend Terry is a serious contender. All he wants is the platform, and challenging the president in Democratic primaries gives that to him.
“Will I defeat Mr. Obama? I’m not delusional,” said Terry. “But while I may not defeat him, I can expose the genocide Obama promotes in America and around the world.”
Terry added that his campaign had two goals which were creating “a crisis of conscience for Americans regarding the slaughter of the unborn and thereby hasten the end of legalized child killing” and attacking “President Obama’s agenda starting with child killing, but also including our battle against socialism, our enslavement to debt, and more.”
Fighting words. Fire in a crowded room. Was there no lesson learned from the assassination of Dr. Tiller?
Just to make sure he gets as much attention as possible, he's planning to make his formal announcement in front of the Holocaust museum. No symbolism there, none at all.
I'm certain Terry will actually get some assistance from the Catholic Church and Southern Baptists, which means that the 2012 campaign just got more dangerous for the president. But Fox News will surely be more profitable, so there's that.
Here's a sample of Randall Terry quotes from the past. I'm sure we'll get some really great ones in 2012, too.
"I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you... I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good... Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism."
"When I, or people like me, are running the country, you’d better flee, because we will find you, we will try you and we will execute you." ["reportedly said of doctors who perform abortions"]