Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Bob, thank you for your in-depth response. I was surprised to see that statement by Ann Coulter. You may find this hard to believe but I have never watched any show of hers or read any of her books. After seeing a couple of guest shots of hers, I simply wasn't interested in her style. There are other conservative talk show personalities I ignore, also. They need to be more than simply conservatives to hold my attention. They need to be informative, intelligent and entertaining. I never perceived her to be. I'm surprosed and disappointed that she, or anyone, would make such statement.
I read the link about O' Reilly thoroughly and saw nothing that referred to advocating violence in any way, simply that he used "spin". Perhaps I overlooked the point? Whatever link you posted about him speaking of lesbian gangs is not there. You have a duplicated link about Hannity instead.
As far as Hannity cut and pasting Turner's interview which you claim could cause people "to behave in a violent fashion", forgive me but I find that to be a very weak example of advocating violence. If that were the case, 60 Minutes would be the greatest advocaters of violence in the country's history, since that is their specialty. Anyone who appears on their program has to sign a contract which states that 60 Minutes has all rights with regards to what portions of the interviews they wish to air and they simply leave anything that would contradict what they are trying to depict on the cutting room floor. That's why there are many high profile individuals that will not appear on the program.
Any of those commentators have a much larger audience than Reverend Jackson. They literally have millions hanging on every word they say.
I see. So what is the cut-off number of listeners that makes something acceptable or not? A million? Five? Jesse Jackson's words influence millions of blacks. Is a million too small of an amount? Also, I know of a lot of people who listen to Limbaugh and Hannity and yet I know of no one who "hangs on their every word". They provide a lot of facts and are entertaining but they are hardly the gods you make them out to be. Oh, you are going to be seeing a lot of Limbaugh in the news in the coming days. They want him out. They can't get the Freedom bill passed so they will do everything they can to demonize and discredit him. They will keep him in the news constantly with the hopes there will be such outrage against him that he will have to be removed from the spotlight one way or another. You want to talk about inciting, Bob? Just watch...........
As far as what "in groups" can all each other....that's also weak. Sharpeton came out in a speech declaring that the N word was an abomination that should be forbidden to be spoken by anyone. After Jackson's gaffe, he was asked if Jackson's use of the word was aceptable and he simply shook his head no and walked away, proboably muttering "That stupid (N word)", under his breath. Something is right or wrong. You would condemn a white conservative for using the word but excuse a black liberal with justifications such as - he didn't hold an elected office or - he doesn't have a bigger listening audience or - blacks can refer to each other that way, all of this unstead of just saying he was wrong and stepped over the line. Ok, he's all yours.
Yes, the republicans have only themselves to blame for being out of power because (1) they didn't lower themselves enough to stand up to the Democrats and (2) they didn't get the press behind them. In third world countries the ruling power makes sure to have the military behind them. In the US, it's the press. Control the press and you control the country because for every independent thinker out there, there are 50 so mindless their brains are nothing but sound bytes and headlines from what they see and hear. The republicans did everything they could to lose the last election. First, they nominated the one person who would not beat Obama. Romney or Huckabee would have beaten him, especially after the economy went down the tubes and esperience in that field became much more important. Then the person they nominated chose a running mate that insured he would not win. Palen is a good person with a good record but, after the initial euphoria of her selection wore off, people did not want her to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, deserved or not. Yes, they have a lot to do to get their house in order, but none of it has to do with "violence advocating".
You know what scares me, Bob? I'm afraid that there WILL be a revolution coming...but not because of republican advocations. it will be due to the actions of Barack Obama. He is setting the stage for class warfare and I'm afraid it will come to pass. He is demonizing the rich (anyone making over 250,000 - that's rich?), hitting them with higher taxes, letting the people know that this "upper class" should be paying more of their fair share and should be taking care of the poor. What's going to happen when they don't get all of that money they are expecting? What's going to happen when the people who hire people hire less people to offset the extra tax burden placed on them? Now charitable donations made by the rich (same 250,000) are not as tax-deductible as they were. What's going to happen when those donations go down? Who are the receiptients of those charities going to go after when the money's not there? Who are the unemployed going to go after when there are fewer jobs? Obama? No, they'll go after the evil rich. In Germany last week gangs in the streets were using bats to trash any BMW's and mercedez that were parked on the streets. Don't think that can't happen here.
Obama wants people to give more so he is taking away tax breaks for donations. He wants to stimulate the housing market so he is cutting back mortgage deductions. He is showing daily that he has no idea what he is doing and has no experience to fall back on. I'm really afraid that it is going to turn classes of people against each other, which is what socialism does. He wants all government - all the time and it is not going to bode well for the country, I'm sorry to say. The country will rue the day Obama took over - and I blame the Republicans for that.
End (maybe) of rant.....