Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"The Hutaree militia and the rising risk of far-right violence"

Eugene Robinson has a must-read column in the Washington Post today:
The episode highlights the obvious: For decades now, the most serious threat of domestic terrorism has come from the growing ranks of paranoid, anti-government hate groups that draw their inspiration, vocabulary and anger from the far right.

It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree by saying that there are "crazies on both sides." This simply is not true.
Read Eugene Robinson's "The Hutaree militia and the rising risk of far-right violence" in the Washington Post today.


Stephen said...

Robinson’s argument falls completely apart as soon as you attempt to enumerate the principles that guide and drive the conservative right. How can you define the violence of the Hutaree as “political violence from the far right” when you cannot connect it with anything the conservative right stands for? You cannot give me concrete examples of the “inspiration” or the “vocabulary” of the right that would inspire the Hutaree to kill policeman. Please take the time to try. Search the archives of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glen Beck. You will not be able to cite a single concrete example. You will discover that this is simply a lie delivered via hyperbolic nonsense; a writing style that Eugene Robinson has perfected to a fine art.

If anything, the Hutaree exhibits a fascist Christian fundamentalism as far apart from Christianity and the conservative right as are the fascist, fundamentalist Muslim terrorists from the politics and religion of Islam. The members of the Hutaree are no more “political” than are the members of the Mafia.

This willingness to demonize the tea party patriots and their principled response to Obama rather than meet their argument head-on is testimony to your growing panic.

J.C. Wilmore said...


So-called "patriot" groups on the right wing share many common traits. The Hutaree were a part of that movement and used the same rhetoric. They were on the extreme end of the movement, so it's no surprise they moved first, but there are others waiting behind them for their turn.