The Guns Of November
A shot was fired at the Republican Party headquarters in Huntington Thursday night, while two dozen supporters of George W. Bush watched him accept his party's nomination.
The Secret Service was contacted Friday to help investigate a shot fired at the Cabell County Republican headquarters in Huntington. Supporters of President Bush had gathered at the 4th Avenue headquarters Thursday night to watch the president accept his party's nomination. About two minutes into the speech, someone fired a shot through the front window of the building. Nobody was hurt, but there was plenty of anger in the aftermath.
This is not what I want to see my country become, one where the bullet trumps the ballot. We are not, yet, a banana republic, and this sort of activity - and I don't care who committed the act - goes against everything that this country officially stands for.
Some are already pointing fingers:
"This is pretty low and shows how desperate the Democratic Party is," said Republican Amanda Beach.
Who is to say that this shooter is a Democrat? Until this person is caught, there is no way to know.
blockquote>Eyewitnesses told 13 News they heard a loud bang but weren't sure what had happened. One woman said she found pieces of glass on her neck and shoulders. The bullet hole pierced a sign that said marriage is between "One Man, One Woman."
Could not this act thus be aimed by the GOP at the gay community? But then, the notion that 'if you aren't with us, then you are against us' in a nominally two-party country would by default mean the Democrats to them. Taking such a cheap shot, however, is all too typical of today's Republican Party.
Thursday's incident attracted the attention of the Drudge Report Internet site. Its link essentially took wowktv.com offline for most of Friday.
And had it been the Democratic party headquarters that was shot at during the acceptance speech of John F. Kerry, you know that Drudge would have covered it in the same flamboyant style - NOT !
This is a better example of what should at this time be the reaction:
"I hope it doesn't take on a political connotation, that this was done for politics," Bobby Nelson of the Cabell County Democratic Executive Committee said. "I'd like to say it was some random thoughtless act."
Let's hope so. While the incentive to use agents provocateur rests more with those who wish to conserve power than with those seeking to attain it, there are rumblings on the Left which I find most disconcerting.
Arming the Left: Is the time now?
by Charles Southwell*
October 21, 2003
*Opinions expressed in CLG's published essays are not necessarily those of the Citizens for Legitimate Government
[Nor that of The Left Coaster - ed]
The fascistas that run our country laugh at us. They believe they can do anything and that we haven't got the guts to revolt, but only to wage a war of words. I have seen the Bush cavalcades, as they drive away, his aids sneering and jeering and laughing and mocking our protests. They think we are a JOKE. Tens of millions of Americans protested the war, but because we posed no REAL THREAT to their power, we were UTTERLY IGNORED.
As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against.
It will take time, but it's time to get more left-leaning liberals and outright leftists to at least POSE a threat, by getting organized and getting ARMED. It's time to get well past this liberal phobia and taboo about weapons and force. After all, our liberalism was won with a REVOLUTIONARY WAR! they used real guns in that war. The French Revolution was also a WAR and they used real weapons there too.
If we get organized and armed, and form a force of hundreds of thousands, we can overcome this government, or pose enough of a threat to have power. The government cannot drop a nuclear bomb on DC. It cannot risk the lives of whole cities without revealing its own contradictions.
Further, there is no guarantee that the military will remain loyal to a government that continually reveals itself as imperialistic and ruthless and having no real concern for its own personnel. The Iraqi occupation is teaching many of them that hard lesson. They are realizing that not Hussein, but the Bush regime, is their real enemy.
So I ask you, isn't it time that left-leaning liberals and leftists exercised their 2nd amendment rights and got organized and prepared? Isn't it time, before it's too late? Isn't it time, before another Bush coup and the following four years of increased repression and economic ruin?
Before any of our wrong-wing friends go off half-cocked, I repeat: I am against anyone taking this sort of terroristic action. To take such a course would destroy this nation, and I'd rather see this nation under the minimal Republican republic we now have than to see the United States subjected to the Second American Civil War - one which would make the first one look like a '60s rock concert gone bad.
Unfortunately, those more in the know than I seem to be preparing for a bad scenario this fall:
Strategists in both camps were preparing for the possibility of an unprecedented situation when [the 2004 Election] ends. Shifts in electoral votes and the realities of an evenly divided nation mean there is a credible case that the final tally in Bush vs. Kerry could be 269-269 - an outcome that would throw the election to the House of Representatives. The reaction among Americans - many of whom have forgotten the arcane details of the Electoral College that they once learned in civics class - could make the firestorm after the last election seem like a backyard barbecue.
"One of the reasons that there's so much hatred in American politics right now is the dispute over the 2000 election," says Paul Sracic, a political scientist at Youngstown State University in Ohio, one of the battleground states. "If we had a second election like that, the passions and the hatred in this country would build even more," Sracic says. "What I fear is that the American people really don't understand these procedures. It may seem like a coup."
And we just might. There is far too much going on in places like Florida and Ohio which clearly demonstrate to me that some voters will be denied their rights to vote. We have already seen attempts at redistricting in Texas and Colorado which were intended to encase, in electoral cement, existing Republican majorities. We have heard the president of Diebold pledge to the Ohio State Republican Party that he will do everything in his power to get George Wastrel Bu$h re-selected. We know of Republican support for Ralph Nader's ballot bids in numerous states in an effort to water down support for John F. Kerry. If all of these efforts were to fail, can we be sure that the wrong-wing goon squads wouldn't be set loose again as they were during the Florida recount? And on the other hand, can we now be sure the the Left won't go that route should these blatant GOP electoral manipulations succeed?
I'm very sorry to say that we cannot. Our nation has not been this dangerously divided since the Civil War. We should have been during the Great Depression, but we all had too much of a stake in this nation to revolt. We could have during the years 1968-74, but saner heads prevailed in the debate over Vietnam and Nixon's crimes and mass bloodshed was thus avoided.
At neither time did America have armed civilian militias ready to take to the streets of their town to 'protect' it from undefined enemies. At neither time was there such disregard for the rule of law. At neither time did Americans hold human life in such low regard. But all three of these anti-American attitudes are now the case.
Oklahoma City should have been a clue. It not only can happen here, it has.
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