Hardball's David Shuster looks at right-wing confusion

This video ties in very nicely with one of my earlier posts on the Pittsburgh shooting. Leaders on the Right are taking advantage of the fear and isolation some on the Right are feeling. There is a huge difference between wanting to regulate assault weapons and taking everyone’s gun away.

Watch the video (From Media Matters):

Charles Blow from the NYT spend a good deal of time absorbing right-wing media. Here’s what he found:

Lately I’ve been consuming as much conservative media as possible (interspersed with shots of Pepto-Bismol) to get a better sense of the mind and mood of the right. My read: They’re apocalyptic. They feel isolated, angry, betrayed and besieged. And some of their “leaders” seem to be trying to mold them into militias.

At first, it was entertaining — just harmless, hotheaded expostulation. Of course, there were the garbled facts, twisted logic and veiled hate speech. But what did I expect, fair and balanced? It was like walking through an ideological house of mirrors. The distortions can be mildly amusing at first, but if I stay too long it makes me sick.

But, it’s not all just harmless talk. For some, their disaffection has hardened into something more dark and dangerous. They’re talking about a revolution.

Some simply lace their unscrupulous screeds with loaded language about the fall of the Republic. We have to “rise up” and “take back our country.” Others have been much more explicit. (more… )

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  1. Well it’s just weird how folks like Rep Michelle Bachman can just make stuff up and then call for armed revolution against the elected government. Didn’t we just elect it by an overwhelming majority, so just how do they figure the country’s been stolen from them? I say we give South Carolina or Kansas to these wingnuts and let them live in peace. With an electric fence around it (think of the T Rex fence in Jurassic Park). Kind of like Pakistan’s conceding the northern region to the Taliban. The fence being the important part.

  2. Where was all this “fear” when GWB was listening in on our phones and internet? Thats scary…

  3. Scott –

    It seems that the fear on the right it focused to left wing liberal conspiracies not actual constitutional violations by a republican seating president.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

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