April 2010 Bill Clinton interview leads some to believe the Rightwing Rhetoric encouraging Violence.


New Series Part 1    Is Rightwing Rhetoric encouraging Violence

Former President Bill Clinton points out that “by and large these (threats to politicians) have systematically been coming out of the far right.”  (3 min)

On Saturday I got to go to our first Saturday Worship Service at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock. This was so I could help my son and his family move in to Bryant at 11:30 am on Sunday.

On Sunday morning I checked out the Arkansas Times Blog. Max Brantley  linked to a video of Democrat Sheriff Dupnik of Arizona and his comments concerning political environment that he feels contributed to this senseless act in Arizona.

“I think the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business and what (we) see on TV and how our youngsters are being raised, that this has not become the nice United States of America that most of us grew up in. And I think it’s time that we do the soul-searching,” the sheriff said.

On Sunday, Dupnik didn’t back down.

“I think we’re the tombstone of the United States of America,” Dupnik said of The Granite State, which a day earlier he called the “Mecca” of hatred and bigotry. “To try to inflame the public on a daily basis 24 hours a day, seven days a week has impact on people, especially who are unbalanced personalities to begin with.”

Then at 9:30 in the morning I watched “Face the Nation” and saw Rep Steny Hoyer, Democrat from Maryland assert, “I think the sheriff was right.  Bob, when you and I grew up, we grew up listening to essentially three major news outlets: NBC, ABC, and of course, CBS. We listened to people like Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid, and Huntley-Brinkley, and they saw their job as to inform us of the facts and we would make a conclusion,” Hoyer said. “Far too many broadcasts now and so many outlets have the intent of inciting, and inciting people to opposition, to anger, to thinking the other side is less than moral. And I think that is a context in which somebody who is mentally unbalanced can somehow feel justified in taking this kind of action. And I think we need to all take cognizance of that and be aware that what we say can, in fact, have consequences.”

Dupnik wants us to believe that this shooter was an avid listener of Rush Limbaugh, but nothing could be further from the truth. We are now told that he did not like political news at all. It is my view that if this gunman in Arizona is an admirer of the Communist Manifesto as press reports indicate then all these allegations towards the right fall to the ground. This guy was a mental case. It appears at this point that he was a left wing mental case. Of course, there are plenty of right wing mental cases walking around too.

Glenn Beck on Bill Clinton’s comments on comparison on Okla Bombing atmosphere
to now and Tea Party and then Beck looks at radical left groups.


I am profiling St lawmaker Duncan Baird today. This interview was the Morning News in 2009.

Duncan Baird

Wed, Jan 7, 2009


House District 95
Committees: Judiciary; State Agencies.
Special connections: National Rifle Association member; University of Arkansas Alumni Association; worked on many Republican campaigns before running for office.
How to reach him: Has a Web site with contact information: duncanbaird.com. E-mail: rep.baird@gmail.com. Home telephone, which forwards to his cell phone when he’s not there: 479-439-1717.
What you should know: Drew the highest seniority number of any freshman in the House. If he serves three terms, he will become the most senior member. This will help him get the committee assignments he wants.
His priority: “I really want to focus on the budget: a grocery tax decrease, helping the economy. There’s going to be a lot of pressure on the budget.”
His firmest prediction: The budget overall “is going to be the biggest issue in the session.”

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