“Don’t bet against America.”

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—President Bill Clinton in a speech at the Center for American Progress Action Fund on 4/16/2010.

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From our friends at ThinkProgress:

Fifteen years ago today, anti-government extremist Timothy McVeigh blew up a truck laden with 5,000 pounds of explosives outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring more than 680 in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil before 9/11. In a speech at the Center for American Progress Action Fund on Friday, former President Bill Clinton spoke of this pivotal moment in his presidency and “drew parallels between the antigovernment tone that preceded that devastating attack and the political tumult of today.” “Before the bombing occurred, there was a sort of fever in America,” Clinton recalled. “The fabric of American life had been unraveling, more and more people who had a hard time figuring out where they fit in. … It is true that we see some of that today.” Speaking before Clinton, Center for American Progress Action Fund President John Podesta noted that while dissent is “patriotic” and should be encouraged, “when any leader promotes fear-mongering or distortions, it can create a climate where violence is more imaginable.” Given the disturbing uptick in anti-government extremism, Clinton noted that it takes only one Timothy McVeigh to cause extreme violence and urged leaders in politics and the media to be more responsible with their rhetoric. “Words have consequences as much as actions do, and what we advocate, commensurate with our position and our responsibility, we have to take responsibility for,” Clinton said, adding, “Don’t bet against America.”

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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.

Continue reading The Wing-Nut Code: What Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin Are Really Saying to Their Followers

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