Saturday, July 1, 2017

Bill Moyers -- NRA Issues Call for White Supremacy and Armed Insurrection

The gun lobby's new "recruitment ad" is really a call for white supremacy and armed insurrection, deliberately crafted to stir anger and fear.

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship write: "Take a look at the ad below and ask whether the National Rifle Association can go any lower. Ponder this flagrant call for violence, this insidious advocacy of hate delivered with a sneer, this threat of civil war, this despicable use of propaganda to arouse rebellion against the rule of law and the ideals of democracy.

“On the surface this is a recruitment video for the NRA. But what you are really about to see is a call for white supremacy and armed insurrection, each word and image deliberately chosen to stir the feral instincts of troubled souls who lash out in anger and fear.

“Disgusting. Dishonorable. Dangerous. But also deliberate. Everything deplored by the NRA in the ad is committed by ‘they’ — a classic manipulation turning anyone who disagrees with your point of view into ‘The Other’ — something alien, evil, foreign.

“Look again at the ad. Ask yourself: What kind of fools are they at the NRA to turn America into a killing ground for sport?  To be choked with hate is a terrible fate, and it is worst for those on whom it is visited.

“Take one more look, and ask: Why do they get away with it?  What is happening to us? How long do we have before the fire this time?