All of us have wondered why “Democrats have no spine” or are “cowardly” or “won’t stand up for what they believe.” Well, it has occurred to me that we haven’t really paid attention to the price people pay when they DO. If you look at what has happened in the past, very few Democratic leaders have been supported when the Right attacks them. How many stood behind Carter? Dukakis? Clinton?
In response to Dick Durbin’s courageous and honest remarks criticizing the Bush administration’s policy of torturing prisoners, the right is making it very clear what happens to those who speak out. Remember, Senator Durbin’s “crime” was to read an FBI account of torture at Guantanamo, and ask if we didn’t already know it was our own what government who we would imagine was responsible.
Google already has 17,600 hits for websites with “Durbin” and “treason”. If you want to swim in the slime, go look at some of them. Don’t forget that “treason” is a crime punishable by death.
Dick Durbin – Liberal’s Gift To Treason
Dick Durbin…some call it treason
Dick Durbin Treads the Treason Road
Sites with names like “Republican Voices” write things like,
Worse, it flirts on the level of treason, as Durbin’s remarks have gotten much airplay in the Arab world, giving much aid and comfort to our enemies.
The right-wing press is whipping them up as best they can:
WorldNetDaily: Democrat senator: U.S. troops ‘Nazis’
NewsMax: Sen. Durbin: Gitmo GIs Behaved Like ‘Nazis’ and Coddling the Enemy
Chicago Sun-Times: Durbin slanders his own country
Washington Times: “Durbin calls Gitmo Death Camp”, which they changed to Gitmo called death camp
So what’s the point? Where are they trying to take their “base’ with this? How do they want people to respond to those who commit “treason?” Orcinus caught this one from a host on Seattle’s KVI:
This man is simply a piece of excrement, a piece of waste that needs to be scraped off the sidewalk and eliminated.
“Eliminated.” The talk-show host tells his listeners that a U.S. Senator should be “eliminated.”
I’ve said that when you want to know what message the Right is putting out, take a look at the message their audience is receiving. Listen to the callers on right-wing radio and read some of the comments they are leaving at blogs and forums. Like this:
I polled a small group of people today and ask what should happen to “Turbin Durbin”. Eight of the ten said to hang him and do it quick. The remainder had a funny look on their faces. When ask what was wrong, they replied ‘don’t you know that most of the rope available today is made in China and is or such poor quality it would probably break’ Their idea was to shoot him with ammo made in Il. Somehow i have to agree with the firing squad, and hope some are poor shots and it takes a long time to die.
Watch your backs.