Thursday, November 02, 2006

Walberg The "American Taliban"?

In These Times magazine describes itself as:
In These Times is dedicated to informing and analyzing popular movements for social, environmental and economic justice; to providing a forum for discussing the politics that shape our lives; and to producing a magazine that is read by the broadest and most diverse audience possible.
Frankly, I'm not familiar with the magazine, but the most recent issue includes an article which deals with Michigan and the 7th Congressional District.

The article is titled "Middle America Confronts Its Own Taliban."

Now, before I say anything more, I want to make clear that I object to this kind of rhetoric. What the article tries to say is that Tim Walberg is part of the Religious Right movement to impose narrow, strict definitions of lifestyle. Using the name "Taliban" is just as bad as President Bush implying that a vote for Democrats is a vote for the terrorists-- it's ridiculous, and lowers the level of debate in this country.

That said, the article is interesting for the angle that it takes, and is perhaps worth reading. Here's the lead paragraph:
Overshadowed by Ned Lamont’s Aug. 8 primary win for Senate in Connecticut was an ugly ouster the same day of a moderate GOP incumbent congressman from Michigan, Joe Schwarz. In his first term in Congress, Schwarz, a doctor, backed lifting the ban on stem-cell research and raising the minimum wage. But in the low-turnout primary, he narrowly lost to Tim Walberg, a minister who took money from the anti-immigrant Minutemen and had to deny involvement in an episode of antigay vandalism at Schwarz’s campaign office. Walberg’s win is the latest by a far-right insurgency in the state. Since 2000, this small group has shoehorned attacks on abortion rights, intolerance against gays, and even racist appeals into the strategy of the state Republican Party.
I don't necessarily agree with everything, but it's interesting to read.


Fitzy I have seen a lot of mud slinging in this election but not a whole lot from the dems....isnt it about time for us to fight fire with fire???????? I mean you see bush and co. always comparing us to the terrorist. Just the other day foxnews guy said that the insurgents want a dem power in office. That is just ridiculous.
Just wanted to know your opinion.

I hadn't heard about the anti-gay vandalism at Schwarz's office. Boy, these rightwingnutts are nasty folks..

Back in August at, I believe, the Jackson office, someone spray painted "Fag Lover" across his picture. Only someone really up on the issues and passionate for Walberg would do something like that. Walberg attracts all the fringe types, that's their guttoral level of thinking. sounds like a webiste that timmy might visit often!!!! Fred Phelps the ring leadear of this cult burns american flags and picketts the death of american GI's. NICE!!!! It would doubt me if timmy and freddy have a beer once in a while.

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