Hat tip to Prometheus 6
From Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep. And TN-GOV Candidate Wamp: States Might Have To ‘Consider Separation From This Government’
Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN), who is running in a heated three-way Republican primary for governor of Tennessee, has a dire warning about the new health care reform law: If a new Congress and president aren’t elected in order to repeal the bill, states might just have to secede.
Read the rest at TPM
Gee. Where have we seen this kind of inane rhetoric?
Rumors of a new county come to mind.
Hat tip to “Say It Ain’t So Already”
An Alan Grayson Fix
This from Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL):
One day, a Republican operative offers $100 to anyone who’ll punch me in the nose.
The next day, I get a death threat.
After Fox News spewed its usual clownish hatred about me yesterday, my office received a call. The caller told our receptionist – a young intern – that “10 people are going to kill the Congressman within 24 hours.” We gave the information to the Capitol Police; they are investigating.
Fox. You’d think that they would have learned their lesson after Dr. George Tiller was killed. And they did learn a lesson: a lesson in killing.
And why? Because I told the truth: the truth that by stalling on unemployment insurance, right-wingers revealed themselves to be heartless, selfish wretches, who have been taking food out of the mouths of children.
Am I the only one who has noticed this? Because if you’re with me on this, I’d like your support. I need your support.
First threatened assault. Then threatened murder. Do you see how they ratchet up the bullying, and try to cow us?
In his poem “The Second Coming,” the Irish poet William Butler Yeats described a time like ours as the “widening gyre.” A time when “the centre cannot hold.”
A time when “anarchy is loosed upon the world.”
A time when “the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” Up to, and including, death threats on Members of Congress.
But we have to stand up, and we have to fight back. Because what is at stake is . . . everything.
Hear that Obama?!
Tomorrow, April 19th , Americans will mark the 15th anniversary of the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City — the worst single act of domestic terrorism in our nation’s history and a grim reminder of the fruits of right-wing radicalism.
Airing on MSNBC this Monday at 7:00 PM, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow will present an insightful two-hour documentary. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks hate groups throughout the country, the program will help answer questions about McVeigh’s motivations and those of others like him. The film draws extensively on audiotapes of the two reporters who interviewed McVeigh at length before his execution.
Since the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that it has documented 75 domestic terrorist plots, most of which involved individuals with extreme antigovernment views. One of the plots, if carried out, would have resulted in the deaths of some 30,000 people.
According to Mark Potok, Director of the SPLC Intelligence Project, “The radical right caught fire last year, as broad-based populist anger at political, demographic and economic changes in America ignited an explosion of new extremist groups and activism across the nation.”