Conservative blogger and columnist John Hawkins today points out some of the extremist rhetoric coming out of the founder of Daily Kos and his fellow bloggers there -- and pulls quotes that anyone who has ever visited the site should recognize as pretty mainstream there. I'm curious what Rick Noriega, newly-minted Kos blogger and honored guest at the Yearly Kos convention, thinks about this stuff.
Most notoriously, the founder of the Daily Kos, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, wrote this about American contractors who were murdered in Iraq and had their bodies desecrated,
"...I feel nothing over the death of merceneries. They aren't in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them."
When you see that sort of hostility towards people risking their lives in Iraq from the man running the Daily Kos, is it any surprise that other diarists on that blog have penned commentary like this,
"Our sons and daughters need to realize that choosing to be a soldier means a decision to place themselves among "the damned," since no matter what they end up doing while on the field of battle, they will eventually be damned.. damned if they do and damned if they do not. Realizing that compliance with a superior's order to shoot and kill the enemy may well lead to the damnation (the self-extirpation) of one's soul. On the other hand, noncompliance will lead to that of being court-martialed." -- Populist Party
"But do I still support the individual men and women who have given so much to serve their country? No. I think they’re a bunch of idiots. I also think they’re morally retarded. Because they sign a contract that says they will kill whoever you tell me to kill. And that is morally retarded." -- AWhitneyBrown
"We need to lose this war and not start the next one so that we can remain a free people. Diminished on the world stage? Perhaps, like Great Britain was diminished when it surrendered its colonial empire. But free." -- bluedogtxn
Why is Rick Noriega seeking the support of those whose response to the murder of Americans by terrorists is to say of the dead "Screw them"?
Does Rick Noriega believe that Texans share the believe that members of the military are among "the damned"?
Does Rick Noreiga support the notion that members of the US military are "a bunch of idiots" and "morally retarded"?
And most importantly for a man seeking to become a member of the US Senate (and a commissioned officer in the National Guard), does Noriega believe that the US needs to be militarily defeated by terrorists and diminished in stature as a world power?
These are important questions to be answered by the presumptive candidate -- at least some of which raise questions not only about his fitness to be a US Senator, but even his fitness to retain his commission in the National Guard.
And while we are at it, maybe Rick Noriega can answer some questions about these other fine members of the online community he has chosen to join, and who he traveled out of state to court in an effort to garner support from non-Texans.
Along those same lines, here's the sort of bizarre paranoia that regular readers of the Daily Kos are exposed to on a regular basis,
"If we do not wake up now and flood Congress to impeach the President and Vice President, one year from now, Daily Kos may be banned and Markos himself may be disappeared, in a federal prison somewhere.
Even as I write these words I feel like a wild-eyed nutcase. If it were not for the OH SO REAL danger this country faces in the next 15 months or so as the people in power see their own doom and are determined to prevent their expulsion from power by suspending next year's elections and declaring martial law WHEN the next 9/11 comes or events that can be construed as a national emergency to "justify" such actions, I would be holding my tongue and crossing my fingers." -- slw0606
"...Bush let North Korea get nukes in order to start an arms race in Asia. He did it so American weapons manufacturers will make money, like we do with Israel.
We need to start talking straight, people. We need to start being up front about what this is all about. We can't wait until Bush walks up and blows our brains out to call this what it is." -- Kosmo
"Was Pat Tillman killed on Cheney's or Rumsfeld's orders?
We must be ever vigilantly cynical regarding the bloodthirsty, money-hungry cut-throats in the White House because they never disappoint the rudest and crudest analysis of their active and ongoing conspiracies. The vilest imaginings of Stephen King is where these deceitful serpents dwell. Never make the mistake that you are being too cold in your analysis of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, and Rice." -- 3CCD
Now let's move from conspiracy theories to hateful extremism,
"Because filing briefs don't stop bullets, and when the ballot box fails us, we are not above seeing what's in the ammo box." -- pinche tejano
"And anyone -- Liebercrat or Republican -- who stands to oppose impeachment, conviction and removal should be tried for their role as accomplice in the sedition and treason against the United States." -- GreyHawk
"If the Democrats fail (to end the war), the only option left is revolution and foreign intervention. Tyranny is but assured because Congress cannot and will not exercise it's Constitutional power to end this fascist Coup d'etat." -- wolverine 06
Now as you read these quotes from the diarists -- again, not the commenters -- at the Daily Kos, it should bring up a number of important questions that never seem to get answered.
So how about some answers, Rick -- do you find yourself in agreement with these sentiments that find common acceptance at Daily Kos? Are the President and Vice President -- both men with strong ties to Texas who were overwhelmingly supported by Texans in two elections -- fascists who have engaged in a coup and are planning to imprison and/or murder dissenters? Do you believe that "revolution and foreign intervention" are necessary? Do you believe that the Bush Administration has ordered the murder of individual Americans? Do you believe that those who do not support such the bilge spewed by your Kos Kolleagues are traitors who need to suffer the punishment prescribed for that offense (which includes the death penalty)?
Again, I think these questions are important for you to answer before you stand before Texas voters -- after all, you have chosen to join this fever swamp of left-wing extremism and are actively courting their support. Do you believe such views are representative of those held by the people of Texas -- or that such views are even acceptable to the people of Texas?
But maybe more importantly, do you think that those who embrace such views by joining and seeking the support of those who express them are really fit for service in the highest elective offices in the United States? I'd argue that they are unfit for any position of public trust.
UPDATE: How sick are these people?
But hey, this is a tough crowd. Later in the evening, they booed Mother Theresa.
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