Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Extremism On Crack


Yesterday we noted that the the current leaders of the U.S. Republican party have fostered a climate of sociopathic non-tolerance that encourages brutishness, ignorance and hate-based intimidation.

The example cited involved a group of 'patriots' who used intimidatory surveillance and unconcealed handguns in an attempt to discourage Latinos from voting at polling places in Arizona.

Well, Cliff at Rusty Idols now has more information about the perpetrators, one of whom has been linked to a well-known anti-immigrant group called the 'Border Guardians' by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

By all accounts the 'Border Guardians' are a more extreme version of the Minutemen, the vigilantes with guns that have been encouraged at every opportunity by George W. Bush and the Republican Party.

It is not a pretty picture, and if the SPL piece is not bad enough, many of the comments attached to a story in the Tuscon Citizen describing yesterday's events are enough to make any thinking person shudder.

And when you see stuff like this it is hard not to come to the conclusion that such extremism is actually the fourth generation offspring of first Lee Atwater's, and then Roger Ailes', and now, finally, Karl Rove's so-called 'genius'.

Joseph Goebbels, I'm quite certain, would be very proud indeed.

And if you would like to see an example of how these folks attempt to intimidate up close and personal, check out the first comment left on the thread to Cliff's post itself.
Update: David Neiwart has the entire ugly story, with full background, up at Orcinus.


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