MSNBC’s Ratigan, cartoonist Ted Rall hints at violent revolution

By Joe Newby|

On Monday, MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan seemed to suggest the time may be right for violent revolution in the United States.

While interviewing liberal cartoonist Ted Rall, the host appeared to support the idea.  Lachlan Markay of Newsbusters quoted the host:

“Are things in our country so bad that it might actually be time for a revolution?” Ratigan asked. “The answer obviously is yes,” he added, and “the only question is how to do it.”

Rall was promoting his book, “The Anti-American Manifesto”, where he calls for violent revolution.  Ed Morrissey of Hot Air posted an excerpt from the book:

We are here because the U.S. is going to end soon. There’s going to be an intense, violent, probably haphazard struggle for control. It’s going to come down to us versus them. The question is: What are you going to do about it?…

Christian fundamentalists, the millennial end-of-theworlders obsessed with the Left Behind series about the End Times, neo-Nazi racists, rural black-helicopter Michigan Militia types cut from the same inbred cloth as Timothy McVeigh, allied with “mainstream” gun nuts and right-wing Republicans, have been planning, preparing, and praying for the destruction of the “Godless,” “secular” United States for decades. In the past, they formed groups like the John Birch Society and the Aryan Nations. Now the hard Right has a postmodern, decentralized non-organization organization called the Tea Party.

Right-wing organizational names change, but they amount to the same thing: the reactionary sociopolitical force—the sole force—poised to fill the vacuum when collapse occurs. The scenario outlined by Margaret Atwood’s prescient novel The Handmaid’s Tale—rednecks in the trenches, hard military men running things, minorities and liberals taken away and massacred, setting the stage for an even more extreme form of laissez-faire corporate capitalism than we’re suffering under today—is a fair guess of how a post-U.S. scenario will play out unless we prepare to turn it in another direction…

A war is coming. At stake: our lives, the planet, freedom, living. The government, the corporations, and the extreme right are prepared to coalesce into an Axis of Evil. Are you going to fight back? Will you do whatever it takes, including taking up arms?

From this excerpt, one gets the impression that Rall is calling for a civil war between liberals and conservatives – specifically the Tea Party, and he appears to openly call for liberals to take up arms against anyone on the right.

When Sharron Angle spoke of a “2nd Amendment solution” to the nation’s problems, liberal media outlets like MSNBC went berserk.  But Ratigan appeared to be okay with liberals taking to the streets in open, armed conflict.

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