Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Words Can Be Killers

Not true, the old adage, " Sticks and stones may break you bones, but words will never hurt you."Check out this piece by Richard Cohen from The Washington Post. He writes, "On the right, hateful words are fired like bullets."
Let us not go back to the days of Kent State when four American college students were shot down by American servicemen in the line of duty. Duty to what? Duty to whom? Duty to ugly words spoken by politicians who see dissent as evil instead of an imperative facet of open democracy. We are headed that way again with the Glenn Beck's of the world.
Cohen writes, "That was the language of that time. And now it is the language of our time. It is the language of Glenn Beck, who fetishizes about liberals and calls Barack Obama a racist. It is the language of rage that fuels too much of the Tea Party and is the sum total of gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino's campaign message in New York. It is all this talk about "taking back America" (from whom?) and this inchoate fury at immigrants and, of course, this raw anger at Muslims, stoked by politicians such as Newt Gingrich and Rick Lazio, the latter having lost the GOP primary to Paladino for, among other things, not being sufficiently angry. "I'm going to take them out," Paladino vowed at a Tea Party rally in Ithaca, N.Y."
There is so much fury out there and that fury seems so misplaced. Does fury mask fear, fear at not being top dog in a changing world. Is that why there is so much fury over immigration (the folks coming are brown), fury at the first African American president (is he really American?). It is high time for the folks who brought Obama to power in the name of change to get in there and high the good fight with their vote and support for two more years to undo the messes of the recent past.
And it's time to ask those who speak with fury, exactly why they are furious. Facts and figures, please. Comparisons with the last administration. Might ask them to watch "Day Without A Mexican", that movie of several years ago. Just because. Just because they might laugh, maybe?

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