By Manifesto Joe
I confess that I own a copy of The Anarchist Cookbook (1971). It's an interesting curiosity of the time. There's even a section on hand-to-hand combat that offers good tips for anyone who might find himself/herself facing a younger, stronger opponent.
But I own a copy of that book, as I said, mainly just as a curiosity of the period. I have firm moral convictions against the needless taking of life.
It appears that many of our "friends" on the political right wing, right now, do not share such convictions. The thugs and kooks who comprise much of the grassroots support for the Republican Party have responded to the passage of watered-down health care reform by smashing windows, making death threats, sending envelopes with white powder in them, making the ugliest phone calls imaginable, etc., etc.
Here's a rundown of what's been happening since the passage of health care "reform," with focus on a facedown between bellowing Fox "News" telegoon Bill O'Reilly and Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.
On the right, there have been specious comparisons of these extreme reactions to those on the far left during the Vietnam War era. I'm old enough to remember the differences. The far left of 40 years ago was considered, and treated as, a lunatic fringe. Not so with Tea Partiers -- the Republicans have courted and encouraged them. Now, "suddenly," they're a problem, and the so-called mainstream of the GOP isn't sure what to do with them.
But they're still trying to spin the incidents to their advantage. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the second-ranking House Republican, accused Democrats of trotting out the various threats and vandalism to their political advantage -- "fanning the flames" was how he put it.
Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of such pigshit. Who the hell has been "fanning the flames" of the Tea Party bozos since they got started?
Keep it up, Republicans. We real, working Americans might even be able to get a public option soon if you do.
Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.