Over at Alternet, indefatigable Nazi-hunter Sara Robinson offers her "7 Ways We Can Fight Back Against the Rising Fascist Threat: Why the right-wing extremism must be stopped in its tracks or else we face the threat of outright violence and goon rule." I am particularly fond of steps 3, 4, and 6:
Third: Brush up on our nonviolent resistance -- but leave the heavy lifting and rough enforcement to the cops. [...]
Fourth: We need to make absolutely sure that the media get the story right. [...]
Sixth: Shut down the hate talkers.
Confirming Robinson's diagnosis is self-described "actor/wise-ass" Steven Weber of The Huffington Post:
There are mad men in the house.
Stripped of power, backed into a corner, emasculated, mean. Mean and mad.
Guns? Nazis? Euthanasia? Hey: you angry? Then express your anger like a civilized person, not a rake-wielding moron, foaming at the mouth, espousing quarter-baked beliefs of doom and death panels which have been injected into your malleable squash with all the subtlety of a turkey baster filled with cottage cheese shoved into a sheep's rectum.
A dispassionate observer might conclude that such a mentality is ultimately not worth the effort to rehabilitate; that the total immersion into the mob ideology as directed by its de facto leaders (who have more in common with the fascist/socialist dictators their opponents supposedly possess) renders such a person incapable of reason and devoid of sense, responding only to fight or flight, black and white, reward and punishment, good and evil.
Who are these folks? Why are they angry?
Ed Rubenstein, who has written for Forbes, National Review and the Wall Street Journal, blogs on VDARE.com that if one uses the household survey of job losses for June-July, Hispanics gained 150,000 positions, while non-Hispanics lost 679,000. Guess who got the stimulus jobs.
Going back to the beginning of the Bush presidency, Rubenstein says that "for every 100 Hispanics employed in January 2001, there are now 122.5. ... (But) for every 100 non-Hispanics employed in January 2001, there are now 98.9."
Bart McEntire, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told SPLC researchers that this is the most growth he's seen in more than a decade.
"All it's lacking is a spark," McEntire said in the report.
Meanwhile, conservative-mugged-by-George W. Bush economist Bruce Bartlett writes that "the Obama-hating town-hall mobs have it wrong—the person they should be angry with left the White House seven months ago."