Do the following traits and beliefs remind you of anyone?:
Christianity is the one, true religion.
Christianity is under attack by Moslems.
It is time we took up arms against this onslaught as they did in The Crusades.
My gun is my right and my protection...guns are good.
Today's kids are being taught socialistic concepts.
If you disagree with my politics you are a socialist or communist.
Immigrants are ruining our nation.
We have too many of "those kinds" of immigrants.
Our government is too big and we must arm ourselves against it.
Political thought on the right-wing is best and is correct.
We must act to prevent "those" people from taking over our nation.
The above list characterizes extreme right-wing thought worldwide. Those are the things that were strongly believed and advocated by Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who killed over 90 people, most of them young people who were at a politically liberal camp on an island off the coast of Norway. Imagine this extreme right-winger thinking he was acting as a hero by dressing up in a policeman's uniform and shooting innocent teenagers who thought he was there to protect them. He was making a statement in the only way he knew to warn us all against the "onslaught" of liberals and Moslem immigrants. That is exactly the way right-wing, hero, nutcases act. They think they will be remembered in history as a savior of their nation's "true" culture and peoples. That is the way Timothy McVeigh thought. And Breivik bought fertilizer and bombed a government building in Oslo, much like McVeigh did in Oklahoma City.
Of course there are nutcases on the left. Of course. But we are in the midst today of extreme right-wing thought that is gaining popularity. Moslem and Latino immigrants have us frightened out of our wits. This sort of irrational thought, this sort of blaming others, is exactly how right-wing leaders of the past obtained their popularity [i.e. Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Peron, etc.]. What is happening in Washington right now is a reflection of the religious-like ideology that permeates the right-wing in the U.S. To hell with raising the debt ceiling! Without raising the debt ceiling it prevents Obama from being re-elected. And that, in no small part, reveals the bigoted nature of right-wing political extremism. Pick one or two groups out and blame them, or blame the government.
Hitler blamed the Jews, gays, immigrants, Slavs, etc. The KKK blamed Jews. Today's right-wingers support the Jews and Israel and irrationally hate the Moslems and immigrants. Hatred changes through the years, but extreme right-wing thought always has someone or something to blame and hate. Hate is what supported and supports the likes of the John Birch Society, the KKK, the Tea Party, America First, Nazis, fascists, ad infinitum. Ultimately these extremists do not love their country, they hate someone or some group, and that is what motivates them. We have to come to grips with what is now sweeping our nation and others, and put an end to this right-wing sickness. What happened in Norway is a symptom of the right-wing craziness taking hold.