The war of terror: welcome to it

Since the shocking but grimly unsurprising murder this morning of “abortion doctor” George Tiller by an O’Reilly-sodden and Operation Rescue-enamored righty nutcase, I got a curious sense of deja vu, and reading more, have developed a bleak acceptance that this is the new normal.  The anti-sex movement, which includes “pro-lifers” as well as gay bashers but not a soul who gives a shit about anyone’s life, just goes nuts when they aren’t running things.  As darkness follows the day, the election of a fag-coddling baby killer like Obama could only lead to a wave of well-established targets getting offed.  Put crazy, hateful and armed together, add a stinging defeat, and the blood just flows.

Clinton’s election in 1992 was accompanied by the first rollout of anti-sex fervor to manipulate elections, dividing to conquer such pernicious forces as women and gays from the rest of the electorate to win elections for Republicans.  Here in Oregon, we had a stunningly sweeping and un-American ballot measure that would have essentially mandated discrimination against gays in every area of life and two draconian measures against abortion on the ballot that year, championed by a ragtag group of misfits who finally had found a way to make a living selling hate and sexual frustration to the rubes, the Oregon Citizen’s Alliance.  Founders Lon Mabon and the even spookier Scott Lively, allied with disturbed redneck politicians like Marylin Shannon and Eileen Qutub scooped up tons of money and bedeviled gay and women’s groups in Oregon for years, foreshadowing the eliminationist and hate-mongering that would become the right’s stock and trade from those days on. They eventually lost a case they supported surrounding “The Nuremburg Files,” a righty website that kept a tally of which targeted doctors had been righteously eliminated, of which there were several.  Luckily, most of them collapsed under the weight of their own corruption and court defeats and are irrelevant now, but lo and behold, Miss Lively (not to be confused with Miss Congeniality…) is now in Uganda promoting, with evident success, persecution of gays.  Join the Nazis and see the world, I guess.

The anti-sex movement is sort of like a balloon; squeeze it here and it bulges out there, though, as we’ve been seeing just lately with this, the fourth right-wing act of terrorism since Obama’s election. (Pittsburgh, Little Rock, Wichita, where was the other one?)  Clearly, people who are obsessed with other people’s sex lives are crazier than most, but isn’t it kind of dangerous for a political party and the vast majority of its spokesmen to speak of political disagreements in terms of how much those people who believe differently ought to die?  I mean, there are plenty of my fellow Americans that  I don’t like, but I’m completely okay with the fact that they are allowed to live.  I just don’t invite them over.  I guess that’s what makes me a liberal.  Righties take a different approach, as we see.

When they aren’t dehumanizing Muslims, calling Supreme Court nominees “racists,” randomly picking countries that ought to be bombed, they’re calling some midwestern physician who deals with one of the most stressful and difficult types of practice, “Tiller the Baby Killer.”  Of course, the peculiar pathologies that allow these vermin to to treat other human beings this way, conveniently enough, blinds them to any sense of responsibility for the eventual and increasingly inevitable slaughter of their targets.  One can hear the orchestra swelling to the strains of that hit tune,  ”No one could have predicted….”  Maybe Bill O’Reilly should get Condi on and they could do a little duet.

We have a terrorism problem problem in this country, alright.  Too bad we’re fighting it “over there.”  I wonder who the next victim(s) will be.


  1. NW Woods says:

    I understand the authorities have picked up a suspect based on eye-witness reports.

    Meantime the Anti-abortion crowd is at work doing damage control. Didn’t waste any time, did they?
    Their immediate concern is this could water down the SCOTUS apptmt. hearings, precluding any substantive discussion of Sotomayer’s Roe v Wade position.

    Pro-Life Groups Fear Backlash After Tiller Murder

  2. omooex says:

    Its funny how the only murder these people seem to care about revolves around entities that are not yet classified as sentient human life. One gets the feeling that there’s a bit of sympathetic projection going on.

    It does feel a bit like a nineties redux, and looking at the list of abortion clinic bombings from an earlier AP article, they were all centered around the Clinton years. I remember more than one clinic defense during that time. However, I also have a creeping suspicion that I’m about to be manipulated by the left as well. I had this same feeling during the manufactured immigration debate. This is an issue where both parties can floss, and where neither has to take responsibility for any policies currently in operation.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I know, you never get so much as a reach-around in this dump. But we both ought to be used to that. I’ll be interested to see how the administration responds. After Oklahoma City, Clinton had the temerity to mention to hate movement, and was roundly vilified and promptly deregulated the media. Dang, but Dems can be pussies.
      Let’s pray the Obama bunch are a skosh smarter. I have doubts.

      • Karen M says:

        I, too, have doubts. I don’t believe that Obama really in his heart supports women’s reproductive rights. It’s all for show.

        • cocktailhag says:

          His initial response didn’t bode well, as it began with an apology of sorts for all the unpleasantness…. as though the problem was on both sides.
          Obama, disappointingly, doesn’t really support anything “in his heart.” Lamer than Clinton, in many ways.

    • Karen M says:

      from that link omooex:

      “Said the Rev. Patrick Mahoney, an anti-abortion activist: “No one should use this tragedy for political gain.”"

      Further down, his meaning becomes clearer:

      “”I’d hope they wouldn’t try to broad-brush the entire pro-life movement as some sort of extremist movement because of what happened in Wichita,” Mahoney said. “That’s really important — don’t use this personal loss for a political gain.”

      Right. Don’t use it for political gain at the expense of RWAuthoritarianism.

  3. heru-ur says:

    I hope that we do not see another crime spree of Doctor murders. The early RC Church fathers (circa 2nd century) claimed that once a man became an Xian, he had to put down the sword. The early church was pacifist.

    Going back ever further to the people who started the Xian religion, the gnostics believed that as long as you hurt no one, you may do as you please. They had female bishops, and believed in almost no sexual restrictions: only those that you had to follow to get along in the community that you lived in. (When in Rome…) To bad the religion was later shaped to fit the Roman Empire and we lost the mystery religion that was the early gnosticism.

    I wrote the above to say that no modern Christian can justify murder of anyone, nor can they justify using the force of government to do it for them. Same with the individual right to marry whomever you please. (I may well have been better off to marry a cat; certainly the wife would have had a better life!)

    • cocktailhag says:

      Well, given the heated rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, Savage, O’Reilly et al, I fully expect more violence. Throw in some economic stress, no hope for the future, and it’s all but inevitable. Just like in Iraq. Freedom’s on the march, Heru.

  4. JoeMommaSan says:

    At least the KC Star’s website has stopped referring to him as “abortion doctor George Tiller” in their headlines today, like they did all day long yesterday. (now it’s “abortion provider” which I guess is better than nothing)

    If you have a strong stomach, read the comments on any of the stories about Tiller. Otherwise, you might wanna pass.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I read a bunch of the comments over a DKos…. what was striking was that they were all the same. The power of organized propaganda to create mass hate movements is truly scary.

  5. sysprog says:

    I’ve met a few (air quote) “pro-life” activists who seem to be genuinely (no air quote) pro-life, and some of them are even pro-life in many ways, even post-birth.

    However, there are actual measurements of the extent to which “pro-life” is just a d.b.a. name for the Anti-Sex League.

    The overwhelming majority of Americans who tell pollsters that they lean more towards “pro-life” than towards “pro-choice” will also tell pollsters there should be an exception in case of rape.

    So for most of them, the issue isn’t when a baby begins, but whom to punish.

    The mother, for having fun?

    Or the father, for rape?

    The sin of the mother or father is irrelevant to the tiny minority of people who are anti-abortion and are genuinely pro-life.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I exaggerated for emphasis, of course. One of the best books I’ve read on the subject is “Articles of Faith,” by Cynthia Gorney. It tells the story of Reproductive Health Services of St. Louis (of Webster fame) and its long struggle with the pro-life movement, some of whom were consistent and compassionate. Many more, particularly as they allied with the political right, were phonies and charlatans. They made exceptions for “hard,” cases; rape, incest, and me.