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Embarassed by the Fringe: Mike Vanderboegh Edition

John on March 25, 2010 at 8:47 am

Violence and threats of violence started by a blogger:

The pitched battle over health care has unleashed a rash of vandalism and attacks directed at politicians, with at least 10 House Democrats reporting death threats or incidents of harassment or vandalism at their district offices over the past week.

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Some of the vandalism appears to have been instigated by an Alabama blogger, Mike Vanderboegh, who encouraged his readers to throw bricks at the windows of Democratic headquarters across the country.

Vanderboegh isn’t shy about calling for “exfenstration.” He’s apparently pretty proud of himself. Seems to have a thing about breaking windows actually.

And of course as a libertarian conservative and former militia member, he’s straight out of central casting for the demagogues on the left. They can now add him to their list of right-wing violence (most of which was done by left-wingers, but never let the facts stand in the way of a good narrative).

The appeal of violent revolution has generally been a liberal fantasy, not a conservative one. We see it at the movies all the time, most recently in Avatar and before that in V and many other violent, political fantasies. We need to make certain conservatives aren’t seduced by shortcuts to power and the sound of breaking glass. Not the majority of conservatives of course, but this sort of thing needs to be weeded out of the fringe as well.

This guy is the real deal. He’s not stupid and that makes him more dangerous than just another liberal talking point. He’s a right-wing Bill Ayers and just like the left-wing version, he’s an embarrassment to everyone around him. Of course this guy hasn’t thrown a supper for Sarah Palin (and you can bet the NY Times wouldn’t be downplaying it if he had). Putting that aside, Mike Vanderboegh needs to be treated like a pariah, not a hero. This isn’t how we do things in America.

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