Friday, November 05, 2010
Hate Email Typifies Approach of Right Wing "Movement"
See below the break for a message I received today at the email address for this blog. I decided to share it with you as I believe it illustrates the kind of hateful mindset that is being fomented and nourished by right-wing and tea party strategists, politicians and pundits, as well as their misguided supporters.
As we've learned, a significant amount of funding for this "movement" is being funneled through secretive right-wing organizations that are getting their donations from large corporate interests, wealthy hedge fund managers and even foreign governments -- thanks to the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads, American Action Network and the US Chamber of Commerce are examples of "movement" players that poured millions of dollars into nasty ad campaigns attacking Democrats and using appeals to the baser nature of voters to do it. One of the "movement's" favorite techniques is to use immigration as a wedge issue. Another is to question the citizenship and religion of President Obama -- as we saw now congressman-elect Steve Pearce do in this campaign cycle.
On another local note, one of the donors who contributed seven million dollars to American Crossroads was none other than Swiftboater Bob Perry of Texas. You may recall that Perry and his wife gave now governor-elect Susana Martinez the largest donation in New Mexican history -- $450,000. It's all of a piece, isn't it? And there's more of it to come. Rove has announced that he and others intend to keep up the barrage of attack ads and other initiatives all the way through the coming lame-duck session of Congress and beyond. This is the new America courtesy of conservative and corporatist extremists. And it's not a pretty picture.
I reproduced the email just as it was received -- odd spacing and all -- so you could get the true flavor of the sender. I did remove the sender's email address:
||Subject: Illegal Wetbacks|
|To: "dfnm albq"|
You along with this Raghead in the Whitehouse are a total disgrace to this nation ! ! The only thing that would personally make me feel better,along with millions of Americans,is that you along with Harry Reid and Obama are diagnosed with terminal cancer.
This Black Raghead Obama has to go ! !
This handling of this oil spill in the Gulf is just another
reason your are a total failure as
President of the United States.Every
bill you have pushed
through Congress has been a total failure,including Healthcare reform,
the failed stimulus bill along with the total out of control spending and
lack bi-partisanhip on the behave of this administration,also your
refusal to secure are borders to stop the flow of illegal Wetback
Scum ! !
To whom it may concern:
Mexican murder suspect: US consulate infiltrated ! !
Put the Wetback Bastards through a
woodchipper and use
their the remains for fetilizer in the
gardens of the Left
Wing Liberal Democrats that support amnesty for
these Wetback Scum !
Mario P. Hepp
This email was recently sent to all state Governors ! !
Subject: Gov .Jan Brewer
Congratuation Governor Brewer ! !
This law was way over do,something has to be done to stop the flow of illegals into this country.Now maybe other border states will do the same.These illegals are committing voilent
crimes and taxing the already overloaded social programs here in the United states.This Left Wing Liberal Barack Hussein Obama is certainly not doing anything to stop the flow of these Wetbacks into this great nation ! !
This email was recently sent to Allen Bersin.
Attention: Allen Bersin ( Border Czar )
This is a recent email I sent to my Congressman Scott Murphy of New York (21st
What the hell is wrong with this Rep.Luis Gutierrez
from Illinois,what part of illegal doesn't this"Wetback"
idiot understand ? These illegal aliens living here in
the U.S.A. are entitled to nothing ! !
These "Wetbacks"and their siblings should be deported back to the counties they came from period.I and the millions of legal hard working men and women of this great country are tired of seeing are tax dollars going to programs in the
United States being used by this "Wetback" illegal scum ! !
I believe I have the solution to this illegal alien problem.
Have the federal government order shoot to kill those illegals trying to cross are borders,then take their dead bodies and put them through a woodchipper then the remains
could be used as fertilizer in the gardens of the Left Wing Liberals Democrats,that support amnesty for this scum ! !
Bring this email to the attention of this Lius Gutierrez.
P.S This certainly doesn't surpise be that this Luis Gutierrez is pushing to take care of his illegal "Wetback"
aliens.Why is it that many corrupt low life politicians such
as Barack Hussein Obama,Eric Holder,Rahm Emamuel,Jessee
Jackson Jr,Valeri Jarrett,Senator Burris,Van Jones all come from the state of Illinois.
This email was also sent to Bill O'Reilly,Glenn Beck,Sean Hannity,Rachel Maddow,Keith Olberman,Cnn,ABC,NBC and CBS,Eric Holder,Janet Napolitano,L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa,Media Matters
L.A. Times,Washington Post,Miami Herald,Chicago Tribune,N.Y.Times,
and Senator John McCain.
Mario P. Hepp
Glens Falls N.Y.
It seems that there is an inverse relation between logic and panic.
Why are so many otherwise functional people giving themselves over to just eyeball rolling back up into the head, howling at the moon, fingers in the light socket, pure blind rage?
I always thought that the best qualities of American patriotism had to do with steadiness under fire and an ability to think through tough circumstances unemotionally.
To me, the prospect of having to think in the midst of a time when everything is complicated, is what is scaring these folks.
We all need to keep our shirts on.
Posted by: Stuart Heady | Nov 5, 2010 11:16:17 AM
I guess he's not a Buddhist.
Posted by: Joan Saks Berman, Ph.D. | Nov 5, 2010 3:12:00 PM
I was just wondering what the ignorant comments made in the e-mail have to do with the politics as usual intro that is made. It doesn't fit.
We all know there are ignorant folks on both sides and we do need to know about those out there but it doesn't fit into the rant of organizations contributing and being involved in politics.
Posted by: Sid | Nov 5, 2010 8:56:59 PM
It rather reminds me of why one vocal black blogger who did 'leave the USA' said the place was properly spelled AmeriKKKa. Not that the poison was first seen here, if that's any consolation.
Faux News are excellent practitioners of the art of public malice - an essential component of fascist ( I wasn't supposed to call it that ? Corporate, then )propaganda.
You won't do more than decry the obvious - like Media Matters - if the best you can do is refuse to see beyond the established parameters of 'acceptable' discussion. That's like hamsters on a wheel : good exercise and gets nowhere.
What I mean is partly covered in the Topical Index entry 'Perception Alteration' at opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/
Posted by: opit | Nov 5, 2010 8:57:42 PM
Statements and actions that produce hate like this have been pushed by Republicans like Ariz. Governor Brewer and Sheriff Arpaio, Sarah Palin, Republican members of Congress, the RNC and all of the Republican echo chamber like Matt Drudge, Rush Limbaugh and everyone on Fox News. They scapegoat immigrants, gay people and all minorities and then Sid acts like he never heard of it.
There are ignorant people on all sides but the point is that the right wing establishment and its many parts has been working for years to produce a hateful backlash against our president and anyone else that gets in the way of their corporate agenda. Who created the fake grassroots teabaggers? Dick Armey on purpose.
Posted by: StopTheHate | Nov 6, 2010 9:49:03 AM
"There are ignorant people on all sides."
Where is your example of ignorance to this degree on the left? I am tired of comments that equate left and right wing points of view as being somehow equivalent or in some way equal in terms of ignorance or vitriol. These statements are made everyday in MSM following a right-wing extremist display of this sort without ever an example of equivalence on the left to back it up.
I have been trying to tell people on the left that they need to read and critically analyze such diatribes as this e-mail. People on the left usually dismiss this kind of mentality as so obviously outrageous that no one can possibly take it seriously. Hence, these sorts of rants are dismissed out of hand. That is a big mistake because this is exactly the mentality that won the last election for the republicans. Rather than knee-jerk isn't it apparent to everyone how stupid this guy must be, we need to take this very, very seriously. Rather than starting an echo chamber, we need to come up with some good ideas on how to counter this in the wider political culture in terms that even the most ignorant can understand. Given that there is no corporate sponsorship of sanity or any notions from the so called left, and given that wider media is corporate owned, this is a very tough call.
Any ideas? Perhaps we could start with a critical analysis of the e-mail above.
OK, I will start. My counter argument as to the illegality of human beings is that if a law is unjust and un-enforcible, the law is rendered mute.
Proof that the law is un-enforcible is the amount of money and resources that has gone into and goes into illegal immigration law enforcement and the substantial increase of money and resources poured into illegal immigration by OBAMA has not made much of a difference. The fact that illegal immigration is statistically DOWN at this time is more due more to our lousy economy than to enforcement measures. Another point, why hasn't the left made it clear to the ignorant, such as this e-mail guy, that OBAMA has poured ever greater funding and resources into border enforcement than any republican administration proceeding?
If a law violates human and civil rights, then the law is immoral and unjust. Perhaps the immorality of shooting people coming across the border could be propagated in religious terms. The left-wing could stoop to cravenly and shamelessly using religion to make the point...
So, all we "ignorant" people on the left need to do is to frame these rational arguments in terms that the ignorant person, such that composed the e-mail above, can understand. That is the hard part.
Posted by: qofdisks | Nov 6, 2010 1:43:52 PM
Best to go hide under your bed "Mario," the folks at 'Fox and Friends' forgot to tell you. The future is Mestizo!
Posted by: Ejército Libertador del Sur | Nov 6, 2010 2:41:39 PM