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Fueling the Fires

Updated on July 4, 2011

In the aftermath of the shooting of Arizona's Rep Giffords, a lot of energy was devoted to the highly charged rhetoric that has become only louder and more emotional since Obama's election.  Much of this focus was placed on the tone of the American Right.

One reason for this focus is that voices like Beck and Limbaugh have a national outlet through AM-Radio to incite their followers.  Now to me, they're acting as little more than agitators for corporations and their CEO's.  WIth their objective being to convince people to vote against their economic interests and for the advancment of a "corporate state".

A second reason for this focus might be that, at some level, the extremists have found a bit of a home within the American Republican Party.  The extremists of the left, despite what the corporate media may try and say, have become much more of a fringe element within the Democratic Party. 

But the role that the slightly moderated rhetoric plays within the American GOP begs a simple question, why? 

I think there might be two reasons for this.  One is that, despite small victories like the 1994, and recent elections, that right-wing ideas are being more and more rejected.  As "outgroups" like; African-Americans, Homosexuals, Women and Muslims gain political power and larger acceptance, the right's idea of White, Male, Heterosexual, dominance may slowly be falling out of favor.  This leads to fear among those who remain convinced.  The fact that two members of conservative outgroups could contend for the Democratic Nomination, and one could win the White House, may also lead many on the right to believe that the political process is failing them.  This idea of failure of the process is an idea that can lead people to radical actions.

But there may be a second, and more sinister reason for the rhetoric from the right.  It may be seen as the only way for the right, and it's corporate handlers, to achieve their goal of a corporate state.  They need some sort of uprising to allow for a "strongman" leader to be able to take power.  It sounds conspiratoriall, but history has shown that chaos can often lead to the rise of dictators and despots.


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      Mimi721wis 7 years ago

      Both parties use fear and rhetoric. Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and company takes it to another level. It's sad. I know people that watch and listen to these clowns constantly. They believe everyone word they say no matter how ridiculous it may be. It's scary to think of the mind set of people listening to that foolishness and getting upset at times, usually over lies.

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago


      Then do what I did over six years ago, I don't have cable news availabe on my cable. I also don't watch the network news, or read the daily paper.

      The problem is that most of the country does watch these channels and read the newspapers.

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      Howard Schneider 7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Right wing radio spews their despicable right wing hate speech almost entirely for ratings and profits. They believe in conservatism but they ratchet it up to appeal to the Far Right. FOX news TV does this also somewhat but they must maintain some semblance of news balance with their hard news guys such as Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace. These appeals to our lower natures through this violent political rhetoric is evil and un-patriotic. This goes for the Left also but it is far more predominant on the Right. I am all for vigorous and honest debate but it needs to be toned down to civil debate.

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      Mr. Happy 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      That's what I'm waiting for - the temperature to rise ... thank the Great Spirit for donkeys such as Limbaugh, Glen Beck and Sarah Palin - they are the ones digging the grave for the corporate conservatives. And they are doing a great job at it! It's good.

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago


      You don't seem to get the picture, neither party has worked for the middle class. Both parties use the middle class as prey. The left takes from the middle class to give to the poor, and the right takes from the middle class and gives it to the rich and the corporations.

      We have proof in the word of both of these parties for the last hundred years. The result today is that the middle class is smaller and the poorer class is larger, and the richer class is richer.

      There has always been a swing in Congress as to which party is in control, but no Congress has really helped the middle class. It was the middle class that made America different and great.

      The Internal Revenue Code is very lengthy and it can only be used by Corporations and the Rich. Yet it took Congress of both parties to make this continue and grow for more than fifty years.

      Instead of WINGing it as to which side did more damage, it would be more productive to this about Congress as a whole. Congress is like a sports team, when the team loses, it doesn't matter who scored the most on the losing team. The game was lost and that is what matters.

      As far as speech being responsible for violence, it can happen but that is not the root cause of the problem.

      It is the two party system and their loyal supporters that are the real problem.

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      Stump Parrish 7 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

      The steady decline in the quality of education in this country has done it's part to bring about the current political situation in America. As a wise man once said “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”

      He may have been a monster but he was smart and Dubya's grandfather was proud to be one of his bankers for years. I believe this business relationship continued beyond the start of the war. I do admit that I could be miss remembering what I read about the duration of the war profiteering.

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      Allen Werner 7 years ago from West Allis

      A corporate state like the one industry leaders knew at the turn of the previous century is exactly what the wealthy are after. Their job right now is to convince as many people as possible that the tyranny of business will lead to a great renaissance of prosperity for everyone - but that is simply not the case. They just want to get back to exploiting American workers the same way they can exploit workers in India, Mexico and China. Lower wages and higher production - supposedly the American ideal. Peace