Right Wing Terror, 2009

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the assassin of Dr. Tiller was a member of Operation Rescue. Operation Rescue and their leader, Randall Terry was most recently in the news as part of the actions against the President’s speech at Notre Dame.

It was on Fox News a lot.

Dr. Tiller, as some of you may know, was a regular target of Bill O’Reilly

You’ve got to wonder: what’s next? The wingnut faction is now the driving force on the right of America’s political spectrum. They were insane before, but the election of President Obama has seemingly given them the sanction to run wild. Every day Glenn Beck explains to his viewers that Barack Obama is out to get them. Every day Rush Limbaugh feeds the paranoia of his followers, most recently equating Judge Sotomayor to a klansman, lying and saying that the lives of whites are under threat from her.

Which disciple of conservative politics will be next to erupt in violence? And who will be the media personality that pulled his or her mental trigger?

Lest we forget, it isn’t just media conservatives that egg this on:

Sen. John Cornyn said yesterday that recent examples of courthouse violence may be linked to public anger over judges who make politically charged decisions without being held accountable.

Cornyn continued: “I don’t know if there is a cause-and-effect connection, but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country. . . . And I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters, on some occasions, where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in, engage in violence. Certainly without any justification, but a concern that I have.”

The rhetoric encouraged from Republican conservatives like John Cornyn and Rush Limbaugh and the rest is manifesting itself in violence and violent threats:

Threats against the nation’s judges and prosecutors have sharply increased, prompting hundreds to get 24-hour protection from armed U.S. marshals. Many federal judges are altering their routes to work, installing security systems at home, shielding their addresses by paying bills at the courthouse or refraining from registering to vote. Some even pack weapons on the bench.

The threats and other harassing communications against federal court personnel have more than doubled in the past six years, from 592 to 1,278, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Worried federal officials blame disgruntled defendants whose anger is fueled by the Internet; terrorism and gang cases that bring more violent offenders into federal court; frustration at the economic crisis; and the rise of the “sovereign citizen” movement — a loose collection of tax protesters, white supremacists and others who don’t respect federal authority.

Right wing terror is here, its real, and lives have been lost. How much longer should we sit here and pretend like this is an honest difference of opinions and not something far more sinister?