For almost a decade I worked in a domestic violence shelter. I sat with women who were shaking, bruised and ashamed. They were in utter shock and disbelief at the violence that had just occurred. The names of the people in each woman’s story were different but the story lines were remarkably the same.
Police responding to domestic violence calls can tell a similar story. Often times, the officer responding to a call finds a calm man sitting on the front porch steps, smoking a cigarette, quietly waiting for the police to arrive. He greets the officers, and coolly explains to them that his wife is inside, ranting and raving. “She’s crazy, out of her mind. I don’t know what her problem is.”
Her problem is she has just realized what has happened to her.
In much the same way, as Americans try to grasp what just hit them, the hateful Left, are sitting on their lofty perches, telling the story of how the crazy, violent right-wingers are nothing less than terrorists, as they voice their anger over the health care take over:
“The far-right is out of its mind… There’s no way to shove it all back into its crazy bottle.”
The feelings of betrayal and hopelessness often gives way to anger.
The difference between the anger so many Americans feel right now, is quite different than the hatred and rage that has long been a part of the Left’s political arsenal.
“The only way to slow down this tide of right-wing terrorism is to strip it of its legitimacy — legitimacy it’s deriving from leaders like Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and John Boehner.”
“Instead, let’s debate policy. Let’s argue about the politics. Let’s vigorously disagree about the future of America. But let’s agree, however, that violence, racism, vandalism and, yes, terrorism should never be part of the equation.”
Alright, so he might not be sitting on the front porch smoking a cigarette, but he still oozes the same smug satisfaction and complete disconnect between the reaction and damage that has been inflicted; all while insisting they are the rational ones.
Cesca goes on to pontificate on how conservative leaders should react:
“As leaders of the Republican Party, as leaders of the conservative movement in America, these men and women have a responsibility to verbally disarm the right-wing radicals and extremists who are well-known for their love of guns and of their predilection for violent intimidation. Terrorism. Yet so far, conservative leaders have only made matters worse.”
Terrorism and violence is not in our blood, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to lay down and write “Welcome” across our backs either.
Like the country song says, “If he wants a fight, well now he’s got one…And he ain’t seen me crazy yet…”