Here is brief lesson for my fellow Americans that like to call themselves Conservative. Actually, if you call yourself a Republican, you might want to pay attention as well.
You are missing an enormous opportunity. Its an opportunity with no down-side. You get to distance yourselves from the vile hatred spewed by those who claim membership in your ranks. You get to marginalize these dangerous voices so that they are less effective. The best thing about this opportunity is that you get to stand up and defend those under attack, which, in addition to being a smart thing to do politically, (if you are looking to grow your membership) it is the right thing to do as well. (If you want to be considered a human being)
Of course I’m talking about Talk Radio. And, please, lets not waste time debating whether or not the Left has some role in this. We don’t. We have Air America, which is enjoyed by all 11 people that listen to it. Randi Rhoades is no Michael Savage. Calling privileged White Men out on their shenanigans is a far cry from the daily poison commuters are subjected to each and every day.. Make no mistake. Hate radio is deadly dangerous. Not 20 years ago, a half-million people were brutally slaughtered when one group seized the radio stations and began dispensing fear and hatred of another group. Take a minute, in fact, just one minute of this trailer from the movie Hotel Rwanda:
Then listen to one minute of this:
The similarities are frightening. Infestation. Vermin. Primitive. Less than you. Less than us. Less than human.
I know its not likely that Americans will take up machetes and march into the barrios en masse to chop up Mexicans. But there are all kinds of pain we can inflict upon those we deem scary and dangerous, or, perhaps worse, inconsequential; denying medical care or education, incarceration, and yes, sometimes violence that leads to murder.
Radio was key to the massacres in Rwanda as most of the population could not read. I’d argue that in large part, Americans have lost the ability to process information properly, critical thinking is in short supply. Our schools can’t compete against absent parents and pop culture, and are more often than not hamstrung by standardized testing that takes up half of the school year. Americans aren’t stupid, they are un-informed, and unable or unwilling to study the critically important issues before them. In addition, we have been conditioned to believe that if someone is on TV or the Radio, they must be important, and therefor credible.
Everything is relative, of course. No one is on the air advocating wholesale slaughter of illegal aliens. Or, are they?
Its time, folks. Its time for the GOP to join forces with Progressives and call for an end to this hatred that has been slickly produced and mainstreamed by craven corporations hell bent to sell airtime. It will be painful in the beginning, demons don’t die easily, or quietly. They will take a few of your members down with them. Call it collateral damage, its a term y’all should be familiar with. Then, and only then, we can have a discussion about immigration reform.