. . . and unlike the upbeat lyrics to the eponymous Jimmy Cliff song, it's not a pretty picture.
The inmates from the right-wing lunatic asylum have been foaming at the collective mouth since the election of a pinko socialist Islamofascist Negro with a funny name. Beyond the ravings of sickos like Debbie Schlussel, who blames Muslims for inciting anti-Jewish hatred among her loyal reader base, people were bound to get hurt.
As in killed.
And so they have with the Dr. George Tiller assassination at the hands of Scott Roeder as well as the murder of a guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington at the hands of James W. von Brunn, both of whom have extensive records as hate merchants.
For what it is worth -- and that's damned little to someone who finds political labeling largely a waste of time -- I cannot recall a single inmate from the left-wing lunatic asylum going on a shooting spree over card check or because Dick Cheney is a threat to the social order. Yes, lefties hate, but they don't pack heat.
How screwed up have things become?
The leader of a white separatist organization condemned Von Brunn because he makes "responsible white separatists look bad." Kinda like Hitler did, no?
The right-wing has reliably used hate to accrue political capital and has succeeded beyond its dreams in part because of a complicitous conservative news media. A dead doctor and security guard in the service of that mission is no big deal.
Top photograph by Shawn Thew/European Pressphoto Agency