Here is an example of the mindset of a typical Yankee statist. Not only is he ignorant and dishonest, he's a control freak statist who, in typical Yankee fashion, demands that state power be used to impose his idea of how to live - at bayonet point. My comments in bold:

By Bob Burnett

The Civil War ranks as the most costly of US wars, with 625,000 deaths and a comparable number of injuries. Now the Republican Party is stoking the fires of insurrection and for thousands of right-wing zealots a new civil war seems a political necessity. As increasing numbers of Democratic politicians are threatened, how long will it be before domestic terrorists use their weapons?

It wasn't a "civil war." A civil war by definition is a war within a country for control of the country's government. The Southern states merely tried to leave the union; they had no interest in controlling the North. But the North was determined to control the South.

The first Civil War was precipitated by a dispute regarding slavery and states' rights. It was inflamed by volatile rhetoric and widespread use of guns.

No - the War of Northern Aggression was incited by Northern tax policy, specifically, tariffs on Southern goods. Abe Lincoln was a virulent racist who stated clearly he would protect slavery if it meant keeping "keeping the union." That was all that mattered to him - maintaining by force the authority of the central government over the entire nation. As for the "widespread use of guns." Oh for Christ's sake, I won't even bother...

The looming civil war reincarnates the debate about states' rights. Immediately after President Obama signed health care reform into law, several state Attorney Generals filed lawsuits arguing the Federal government violated the Constitution.

Because it does, asshole.

Rather than slavery, the new civil war is being waged over the necessity to guarantee human rights for all Americans -- whether or not every citizen deserves health care. Many Republicans feel this is not a legitimate use of government power, that it infringes on the sacred "free market."

Forcing "Smith" to buy the product of a private, for-profit business is hardly a "human right." People oppose "reform" not because it infringes on the "sacred free market" but because it is an assault on human rights. "Smith" does not owe "Jones" health care anymore than "Smith" owes" Jones" a car or a house or a free meal at Applebees.

In the run up to the first Civil War, passions were inflamed by fiery rhetoric from secessionist politicians such as Jefferson Davis. The impending civil war is being fed by mass-media personalities, such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, who routinely feed their listeners blatant falsehoods. The success of these demagogues was revealed in a March 23rd Louis Harris poll of Republicans: 67 percent "believe that Obama is a socialist." 57 percent "believe that Obama is a Muslim." 45 percent believe that Obama "was not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president." 38 percent of Republicans say the President is "doing many of the things that Hitler did." And, 24 percent believe Obama "may be the Antichrist."

Obama's policies are both socialist and fascist, by definition. The clearest example is the mandate - using the police power of government to force people to give money to a private corporation, in order to increase the profits of that corporation. This is the very definition of economic fascism.


Coupled with these skewed beliefs is increasingly strident rhetoric from Republican leaders. House minority leader John Boehner compared health care reform to "Armageddon" and declared the GOP to the Party of "Hell no." This refrain was picked up by Senator John McCain and former Governor Sarah Palin, who added, "Freedom is a god-given right worth fighting for."

And, it is.

There's little doubt that the use of inflammatory language has increased the ratings of the Fox News Channel, which is now the highest rated cable channel, and "the highest rated basic channel in primetime." Fox commentators such as Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly regularly contend the US "is headed into socialism" and compare President Obama to Hitler. On March 23rd, prominent conservative David Frum, a former George W. Bush speechwriter, appearing on ABC Nightline observed, "Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us and now we're discovering we work for Fox."

Beck and his new Fox News associate, Sarah Palin, have appropriated the rhetoric used by the militia movement, language that suggests violence may be required to "save" America. Since Barack Obama became President there has been an unprecedented run on guns fomented by a right-wing rumor that Obama was going to restrict gun ownership. As documented in the Spring Report of the Southern Poverty Law Center, there has also been an explosive growth of hate and militia groups. "An astonishing 363 new Patriot groups appeared in 2009 -- a 244% jump." (On March 29th, nine members of one of these groups, the Hutaree, were charged with conspiring to kill police officers.)

If you disagree with Obama and oppose his desire to control your life you are a "hater." If you buy/own guns, you are a potential "terrorist."

The Republican Party's embrace of militant extremism follows a grim logic. The GOP is losing members; a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that only 24 percent of respondents self-identified as Republicans -- versus 34 percent for Democrats and 38 percent for Independents. Grasping for support, the GOP has abandoned traditional conservative ideology and allowed its message to be highjacked.

Unfortunately, the Republican Party lacks a leader with the gravitas to speak out against the escalating violence of its supporters. Elected Republicans such as Boehner, McCain, McConnell, and Steele are much less influential than are conservative media figures such as Beck, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, and Palin. As a result, as Fox News becomes even more outrageous, and violence against Democrats escalates, GOP leaders either claim to be powerless to stop it or argue the mainstream media has exaggerated the problem.

Meanwhile, a second civil war is brewing. Considering the volatile mixture of inflammatory rhetoric, weapons usage, and growth of militia groups, it appears likely there will be a tragic event: an assault on a Democratic politician, the burning of a congressional office, or another bombing of a Federal office building.

In 1860, the onset of the Civil War could have been averted. Dispassionate observers saw that the Confederacy did not have the resources required to defeat the Union. In 2010, the impending Civil War should be averted. Right-wing zealots are a minority and do not have the resources to commandeer America. Nonetheless, they can cause needless bloodshed.

What will it take for voices of reason to rise up within the Republican Party? How long will it be before a major Republican leader speaks out against domestic terrorism and urges the GOP to return to reason and reconciliation?

This time, the forces of freedom may win. You Yankee/statist sons of bitches have no moral authority; you're bankrupt - and most of you are helpless, soft little paper-pusher types who would fare rather badly, I suspect, if the scheisse does hit the fan.

Here's to hoping it does.