How to Speak Wing-Nut

From AlterNet. It’s no gibberish, but a dangerous language to rally those “armed and dangerous” that won’t accept the results of a democratic election:

Glenn Beck's 9:12 Project Logo

When Glenn Beck offers an odd-looking icon for his 9-12 Project, or Sarah Palin says something about her native state that sounds a bit to off-kilter to the ears of those in the lower 48, it’s tempting to think, well, they’re just nuts.

Perhaps they are, but that’s beside the point. The point is that when Beck throws up a graphic of a segmented snake as his project’s mascot, or Palin speaks of her native land as the “sovereign” state of Alaska, they’re blowing a kind of dog-whistle for the armed and paranoid who make up the right-wing, neo-militia “Patriot” movement and the broader “Tea Party” coalition.

The loose affiliation of right-wing groups under the Tea Party umbrella can make it difficult to discern who’s truly dangerous, and who’s just an angry blowhard.

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