I’m not sure if the insurance industry leaders using lobbyists to stir the pot know what they’ve just hooked into. Do they know that the comparisons of Obama to Hitler, and the call to break up a wholly imaginary “conspiracy” against the elderly may lead the fringe of the fringe to the next step? Is this fear of mine far-fetched? I don’t think so. To most Americans the killing of Dr. Tiller was murder. To many in the pro-life movement it was a courageous act by a patriot.
Whatever one’s opinion about abortion, the fact remains that the abortion debate introduced a political polarization that has never been healed and that has turned violent before. The fact that otherwise sane people now believe that United States government is in a conspiracy with the Obama administration to kill our elderly makes sense only when seen in the context of the hysterical, Armageddon-like expectations of the religious right/pro-life movement. When you understand the link between the hate mongers, the lobbying groups carrying water for the insurance industry and the ideology that came out of the pro-life movement then you can you understand what is happening today in town hall meetings that are being disrupted by screaming people. More importantly you can then also see where this may lead.
Frank Schaeffer | Alternet