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November 13, 2003

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Comments

ByronUT

Eh. Your a terrorist. This shouldn't have a place anywhere in anyone's mind.

mark butterworth

Mark,
Your novel plot would make for a good fiction thriller. Sorry that my comment inspired a blog that caused you to get so much hate thrown at you. You might want to see my essay over at my site regarding civil disobedience and if it's ever good or helpful.

Ron

Um actually I don't think that ELF has actually killed anybody only destroyed property.

Mark Byron

True, Ron, but they have resorted to violence. I do think some Earth First tactics (booby-trapped trees) have killed loggers, if I recall correctly.

fawndobie

Wow, Christ as a facsist dictator! What a concept! We'll be forced to feed the poor! Oh, no. That's not what Christians do anymore. Let's see, what do they do? Well, for some reason, I think it has to do with 'the sanctity of life', they insist that every human pregnancy be carried to term to produce another human baby. But once that baby is born, they don't seem to feel the need to provide social services to the under-employed mother so she can provide that baby with health care and day care so she can work to provide for that babies needs. They seem to feel so strongly about this issue that they encourage each other to shoot medical doctors to death and plant bombs in medical clinics where nurses and doctors, who may also be mothers to live children, work. So logically, they don't care about children AFTER they're born. Sanctity indeed.

MMmm...let's see, what else? Well, if Ashcroft is any model, then they probably would like the American Constitution to be replaced by a different form of government. Since the Constitution is what sets up our republic with three branches of government, what would they substitute it with? Well, I guess they can call it a facsist democracy. If the shoe fits, why don't you just put the damn thing on?

rea

Don't your believe in constitutional democracy? Let's assume that you could somehow dispose of these people without killing them--put them in a one-way time capsule to the future or something. Would changing or government by force in such a fashion be right and just? Are concepts like "due process of law" and "elections" simply obstacles to the truth, in your view?

LittleA

Um...In case you missed the point, Mark was using this EXTREME scenario as an example to show the potential pitfalls of civil disobedience. In other words, he thinks this scenario IS A BAD THING. Can (some of) you folks not read or are you just being willfully ignorant?

Jonathan

This was a nice little piece of evil to read this morning. Fantasizing about killing government officials and whatever innocent bystanders happened to be nearby, so that the choices of a democracy can be overturned by a violent few who know better.

Mr. Byron, you're a wonderful example of the casual evil of a very few people who dare to call themselves Christians, and you discredit conservatism.

Greg

If this occured, there'd be several immediate effects:

1. There'd be an outcry for the governors of the states to ONLY appoint Democrats.

2. The Republicans would lose the next election,

3. The Republicans would lose power for the foreseeable future.

4. We'd go from a 50/50 D/R split to a 75/25 split almost over night.

We aren't a violent nation, and an attack on that fundamental principle would backfire immediately and without question.

Jadegold

I do think some Earth First tactics (booby-trapped trees) have killed loggers, if I recall correctly.

You don't recall correctly.

It's plain you don't think correctly.


Perhaps you're thinking of fellow rightwingers like Tim McVeigh or Paul Hill or Eric Rudolph?

AngryElephant

Y'know, I was just thinking the other day that even though the Religious Right was taking on a lot of fascist characteristics, political violence wasn't one of them. How pleasant to know that some of you are daydreaming about it, however. Jesus would be so pleased.

Dan

Yep, those ELF people who burn SUVs to make a political point are obviously just as bad as those Operation Rescue types who shoot doctors.

That makes sense.

Civil disobedience is NOT a slippery slope. It is actually quite simple. You don't hurt people. You break the law (ie, sit down in the street) but you don't hurt people. You tear down the police barricade, but you don't hurt people. That means when the cops show up, you don't "fight back."

Now, if you want to talk about the "black bloc" type people, that is a different story.

AngryElephant

"Mark was using this EXTREME scenario as an example to show the potential pitfalls of civil disobedience. In other words, he thinks this scenario IS A BAD THING."

Thanks. I'm encouraged to hear that a dutiful Christian believes, upon serious reflection, that the downside of mass murder is greater than the upside.

"However, as much as I don't like them, Justice Ginsberg and Senator Clinton aren't Hitlers."

Anyone detect any irony in that sentence, in a post about jackbooted thugs assassinating political opponents?

Painiac

The harsh reaction to this may come from it being of a piece with other violent manifestations of right-wing intolerant hate of the left. Columnists who pass along supposed comments from military personnel wishing to line up and execute Democratic candidates for President. Widespread accusations of 'Treason' and other bullying attempts to shut up criticism, as if free speech and even dissent are not the very freedoms that allegedly make us hateful to 'the terrorists'. (If you hate 'political correctness' take a gander at 'patriotic correctness' it isn't pretty either). Routinely having thoughtful criticism of the reasons for and means of our making war twisted into:"you want Americans to die and Saddam Hussein to triumph". (Ironically, Osama bin Ladin dreamed of Americans in the Islamic heartland killing Muslims: we are fulfilling his plans, his dreams to radicalize the region and overthrow our allies.) Blogger David Neiwart at Orcinus http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/ has written at length how the virulence of the extreme right is being used to empower the GOP. "What rude beast slouches cowards Bethlehem..." American fascism takes shape.

Tim McVeigh had a notorious book in the car with him, I don't recall the name offhand, depicting a scenario much like that appearing on this blog, in service of a RAHOWA, Racial Holy War. Resistance, my Aryan Brothers in Christ, against the mudpeople and the ZOG! I think once you stray far enough off the path to consider yourself called by deity to execute its will by executing fellow citizens, you've declared yourself an enemy of civil society. I'm an agnostic who believes this is my country too: my father fought WWII under the pledge 'one nation indivisible', how ironic we are now divided by the claim of some to be one nation under one exclusive idea of god. (I think it likely that G. Washington or T. Jefferson could give an entire month of sermons on their religious beliefs without once mentioning Jesus)

p.s. I think you offer Bonhoffer a mortal insult by linking your fetid fantasy to his good name.

sean

Imagine the outcry if a "librul" pondered publicly offing some Republican Senators, Representatives and SCOTUS Justices, even if said "librul" were, as Mark and his defenders claim he was, pointing to it as an example of what NOT to do. There would probably be tarring and feathering.

In an age when we're reminded constantly to "watch what we do, watch what we say" it's truly amazing that some people can get by with something like this. If, on my own little left-leaning blog, I wrote something in the same vein as this but made it more obvious that I wasn't advocating it, I thought it'd be a bad thing, I condemn all violence, etc., maybe in 50-point blinking red letters, I'd still be on the receiving end of a flame-mail bombardment of, pardon the expression, Biblical proportions.

Annoyed

Get off your high horse, folks. Byron was using an extreme example to illustrate a point. He was in no way advocating such action. There is a mentality in evident in a lot of political rhetoric that implies that the other side is evil (you know, "Bush is a Nazi").

Would it have been moral to assassinate Hitler in 1935? One could certainly make the case for that. The fact that people, like Byron and like those on the Left who castigate Bush, will NOT go as far as to advocate assassination because, deep down, they know the politicians in question are not little Hitlers; they're not Fascists or Communists; they may be wrong, but they're not evil future dictators.

The thought experiment that Byron put forth proves that point in spades. A similar thought experiment by someone on the Left arguing similarly about various Right-wing politicians, and pointing out the hypocrisy and evil of violence in support of a political goal, is simiarly valid.

Obviously the original post above got linked to some fire-breathing "right wing is evil" website, that led to all the comments. I'm sure whatever site had the link is likely full of people comparing Bush to various Nazi figures (Goodwin's Law at work, btw).

The irony is delicious.

Janet

Well, Mark, your "thought experiment" as it is called by the commenter above, reads much more like a game plan for how to take over the government. We are responsible for what we put out in the world - if you really think that your way is better, perhaps it could be conveyed by testimony. The fact that your fantasy workers resorted to the murder of "approximately" 85 people, while seeking to achieve the murder of 26 people tells me that your arguments must not be very strong, or convincing. Further, whether or not *you're* proposing such an action, by posting this scenario for your readers (instead of keeping it in the darker parts of your mind), you're also tacitly stating that you wouldn't be too troubled if someone else took up the torch you so deliberately lit. There is a probably a reason we can't all read each others' minds, and I wish you hadn't chosen to show us the darkest parts of yours. Your scenario is truly evil, and I'm surpised and saddened that you didn't realize it during the entire time you crafted and posted it to your public site.

SamAm

You're a leftwing anti-American sicko. What about the staffers, pages, clerks, and Capitol Police? I mean, they're helping this army of Not Hitlers. Our new glorious America won't have time for your half measures.

Hey hey lets do drys
No time for wets we do despise
All in the name of Jesus Christ
Democrats have gotta die


burnplant

Sorry it got posted on left wing site, annoyed, you should be left to your sick fantasies all by your lonely selves. Normal people think all kinds of weird, evil things all the time, but they don't type out detailed accounts as faux news items and post them for the public to see (and then say, "what? I'm just wonderin'")
The "irony" is not "delicious", it's more extremism masquerading as a "thought experiment".
And if someone on the left did exactly the same thing, replacing the senator's names with Hatch, Lott, DeLay etc. it wouldn't just be all over the blogs, it would be all over the corporate media and talk shows. That's the difference, dumbass. Your side is in charge and you still whine and cry and fantasize about more and more power, don't you guys ever get tired of being sorry, crying little babies with violent fantasies?

Lee Anne Millinger

This whole conversation really makes me sad. Neither the left wing nor the right wing has a corner on the peace and justice market. Neither the liberal nor the conservative sides of the Christian spectrum has the deed to the Kingdom of God. Last time I checked, Scripture still said, "Not everyone who calls me, 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven." We all may be a tad bit surprised to see who is holding hands around the Throne, singing praises to the Lamb. Maybe even Dr. Byron with some of the posters here.

Torquemada

Whoa.

Friend, isn't just thinking about the act like committing the act, in the eyes of God? Or does that just apply to lusting after thy neighbor's wife?

Keep looking for Christ; I don't think you've found him yet.

snr

Tim McVeigh had a notorious book in the car with him, I don't recall the name offhand, depicting a scenario much like that appearing on this blog, in service of a RAHOWA, Racial Holy War.

That would be The Turner Diaries by National Alliance founder William L Pierce under the pseudonymn Andrew MacDonald.

I've read it & there's no question in my mind that McVeigh was inspired by the book. However, inspiration is not incitement. If people are having extremist fantasies like this I'd rather they publish them in blogs & get it out in the open than push them down & deny the reality of what's going on. I see this as a wakeup call to both sides, & I thank the author for posting it.

s/n:r

Jesus Christ

My son, I don't want anything to do with people like you. You need to read and re-read and re-read what I said and think about it. A LOT. Then consider again whether I would really approve of you or people like you doing this in My name.

I would also appreciate it if you would please stop claiming to be one of my followers. You're giving me a bad name.

i can post faster

you're still not a child molester.

ThomasMc

What the hell did the Nuremburg trials have to do with "a plot to kill Hitler", and by extension, a terrorist attack on Congress???

No wonder nobody understands the post, the writer didn't even know what he was talking about.

Justice does NOT equal Anarchy.

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