The photo below appears in the latest posting on the right-wing blog, AntiLiberalZone. It calls President Obama a ‘traitor.’
The author suggests that traitors ought to be hung.
What is President Obama’s crime?
It is quite curious how the Tea Party and others on the right-side of the political spectrum gave President GW Bush a pass for 8 years as spending skyrocketed on two wars and on an unfunded prescription drug benefit. Where were the Tea Party signs and demonstrations?
Until a black man became president. Now the lynching noose appears.
Apparently, neither the Tea Party nor others on the right were offended too very much by President Bush’s preemptive invasion of Iraq in March, 2003. Evidently the billions of dollars poured into that quagmire was deemed ‘okay’ by these folks. Additionally, the thousands of dead soldiers and tens of thousands of seriously wounded soldiers from that invasion did not concern these people. Nor the other billions of dollars and military casualties in the Afghanistan idiocy.
All of that lost Treasure was apparently just fine with the Tea Party and those on the right.
But a noose for President Obama.
What has happened to this nation? Are racial, ethnic and class divisions so intense here in America that a virtual ‘civil war’ is being waged and battle lines drawn? I see it developing. We saw the intransigence last week in Congress that resulted in a drop in our financial rating. Yet, is this merely the tip of an ugly and deadly iceberg lurking beneath? Has our political posturing, our fiery rhetoric and our recalcitrant ideology moved our citizens to separate camps, to barricades awaiting the next onslaught from the ‘enemy?’
Read, if you care to, the ‘about me’ statement further down on the home page of that blog. This ‘former Marine’ is dedicated to wiping out liberalism. He then posts his ‘enemy list.’
Pathetic or paranoid?
Patriot or psychotic?
I’ve visited several of these blogs and note the hatred and poisonous rhetoric that is written. Talk of guns and ‘blowing away the enemy’ are often suggested. Many brag about their personal arsenals. Most say that they are ex-military.
Is this thinking normal for those who have been in the Service? I had an uncle in WWII and a cousin in Korea. When they returned to civilian life, they went about their lives in quite a normal way. No anger, no enemies, no hostility towards others.
Has something happened to our recent returning Veterans? I know of the devastation of PTSD. I can imagine the agony of a lost limb or disfigurement or of a brain injury. War is Hell. Many men returning from WWI and WWII never spoke about what they endured ‘over there’ with their families. Even when asked by their children, they would not discuss it. Perhaps it was unhealthy, but it was the way that these men chose to deal with it.
I wonder if this set of bloggers- the ones who boldly state their former service on their blog page- need post-service therapy? Do they suffer some PTSD? Clearly, one cannot be sent into war and expect to just return to regular life at home. Is this why their postings and comments are so filled with hate an danger?
Is that why the blogger known as AntiLiberalZone is so angry? Is that why he suggests the lynching of President Obama?