But here's what Boortz said today that was moronic:
"All terrorists are Muslims."
Of course, he added the qualification that in this day and age "for all practical purposes" all terrorists are Muslims.
Boortz is a moron. How about: Timothy McVeigh, Aum Shirinkyo, Lord's Resistance Army, IRA, Tamil Tigers (the modern originators of suicide terrorism)
But if Boortz was just saying that a lot or most of the world's terrorism is committed by Muslims I wouldn't quibble with him. Yet that's not what he's doing. He is at the same time denying the existence of homegrown domestic terrorism like McVeigh and abortion clinic bombings that occurred during the Clinton presidency because America's right-wing was in a hysterical panic that the country had become a totalitarian communist state.
And it was idiots like Boortz on the AM radio that helped spark that furor.
On the same broadcast today, Neil was talking to a caller who was trying to convince him that there are plenty of Americans who would be willing to take up arms against their government in defense of their liberty, and that we are not that far away from another revolution.
Boortz hoped the caller was right but didn't think that many Americans believed in liberty. What was the caller so fired up about? What was this grave threat to liberty that would necessitate taking up violent insurrection? The prospect of a Democratic president and the paranoid conspiracy theory being pushed by Boortz that Democrats are going to shut down talk radio. Boortz himself describes Hillary Clinton as a "fascist socialist."
Around November or December of last year a caller suggested to Boortz that our gov't was so broken that it would take a dictator to fix it. That what we need is to elect a dictator for five years to come in and "fix" democracy. When Boortz asked who the caller would trust with such power the caller had an answer ready to go: Newt Gingrich. So what did the "libertarian" Neal Boortz then say to the caller? Did he passionately denounce the notion that the American republic should have a dictator? Did he ridicule the absurdity of notion that a dictator, once in power, would abide by a term limit? No, nothing like that. He gave some lukewarm skepticism, something to the effect of, "eh, I don't know ...".
I'm going to plug The Authoritarians again. If you haven't read that yet, the following might not make as much since. The conservative movement is comprised of authoritarians who are extremely comfortable investing their leaders (e.g. President Bush) with unlimited power to achieve their ideological ends, but at the same time are completely uncomfortable having any such power invested in their Enemy (e.g. Democrats, or what Boortz calls "collectivist liberalism" aka communism). They view the world in Black and White, Good vs. Evil. And the Democrats are Evil.
Which is why when a Democrat is elected in '08 the the conservative movement noise machine is going to be thrown into a fit of paranoid hysterical panic the likes of which we have never seen. The current administration has amassed more power than any other modern administration ... when they lose that power, the exact moment they lose it, they are going to be screaming non-stop that the United States is a communist totalitarian state controlled by "Dhimmicrats" that is being invaded by "Marxist" Mexicans "Requonquistas"
And then we'll see a resurgence in the militia movement and a rise in domestic terrorism. Maybe one of the Timothy McVeigh's in training - let me explain: see here
A decade after the Pentagon declared a zero-tolerance policy for racist hate groups, recruiting shortfalls caused by the war in Iraq have allowed "large numbers of neo-Nazis and skinhead extremists" to infiltrate the military, according to a watchdog organizationSo like I was saying, maybe one of the McVeigh's in training will come back home, listen to the buzz from the noise machine about how the Evil Communist/Socialist/Fascist/Dhimmicrat DemocRats are in power, and maybe he'll decide to correct Ann Coulter's "only regret" about Timothy McVeigh and attempt blow-up the New York Times, especially since conservative movement pundits and right-wing demogogues have been accusing the paper of treason for years now.
The report said that neo-Nazi groups like the National Alliance, whose founder, William Pierce, wrote "The Turner Diaries," the novel that was the inspiration and blueprint for Timothy J. McVeigh's bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, sought to enroll followers in the Army to get training for a race war.
The groups are being abetted, the report said, by pressure on recruiters, particularly for the Army, to meet quotas that are more difficult to reach because of the growing unpopularity of the war in Iraq.
The report quotes Scott Barfield, a Defense Department investigator, saying, "Recruiters are knowingly allowing neo-Nazis and white supremacists to join the armed forces, and commanders don't remove them from the military even after we positively identify them as extremists or gang members."
There's a storm a coming, and it's going to be ugly. But you don't have to take my word for it. Dave Neiwert has been covering this beat for years and he's got the same feeling that something dark might be headed our way.