David Neiwert of C&L has been covering the rise of militias in America since President Obama took office and which is being promoted by right wing hate radio and other media personalities, but now conservative bloggers are openly promoting revolt.
Erick Erickson is mad as hell and asks “at what point do people revolt?”
At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell? At what point do they get off the couch, march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot?
At some point soon, it will happen. It’ll be over an innocuous issue. But the rage is building. It’s not a partisan issue. […] Were I in Washington State, I’d be cleaning my gun right about now waiting to protect my property from the coming riots or the government apparatchiks coming to enforce nonsensical legislation.
At issue here is . . . an environmental regulation relating to dishwasher detergent.
Glenn Beck is appealing to this type of audience, and which is a reason for his rise in ratings, but Erik's open invitation to beat politicians to a bloody pulp is revolting. By the way, the Bush administration is responsible for the mess we're in, and if you look at the protests going on while the G-20 begins, Erik can thank the man he supported with all his heart for that as well. What will Howard Kurtz say now that right-wing bloggers are openly calling for violence?
I've long rolled my eyes about armchair revolutionaries, the ones who dream of revolution but can't quite manage to get out of their chairs. We do have people on our "side" who express such sentiments, but they're limited to anonymous people in comments sections and not, you know, prominent bloggers and commentators.
Our comment sections were used against us by the media as if anonymous commenters were speaking for me somehow, but Erik is speaking for himself. You can bet that when Bush was in office and I had written something like that, law enforcement would have been knocking at my door.