The good news is that it shows a desperation. The far Right knows they have lost... the hearts and minds of most American people for instance who want health care.
But they also know that they have a large group of people who are not well-informed, who listen to only their own sources, who buy the lies, for instance all this nonsense about euthanasia being mandatory and all the rest of it. And these people can be energized to go out and do really dreadful things. And we've seen it in front of abortion clinics. I'm afraid we're going to see it with some of our political leaders. The Glenn Becks of this world literally are responsible for unleashing what I regard as an anti-democratic, anti-American movement in this country that is trying to shut down legitiatmate debate and replace it with straight out intimidation.
And it is ironic that they are drawing a parallel to Hitler. I wouldn't draw such a parallel but I would draw a parallel to the brownshirts of the 1930s who got into a habit of shutting down diseent and maing it look as if they had a majority by spreading out in groups just as these folks do, screaming the loudest, and making debate impossible.
...We're talking about a small, angry group of white people who, to paraphrase Bart Simpson, the election broke their brains.
If Schaeffer's concern about radical right-wing rhetoric inspiring hate and violence sounds extreme to you, consider that mild-mannered reporter Kevin Woster voices a similar concern.
The Republicans and Fox News fear-mongers have, as SD Humanist points out, nothing to offer, no practical policies or solutions. They can only project their paranoia and plead for affirmation from someone, anyone, that their failing fraidy-cat worldview is o.k., that it's o.k. to pretend you're Rambo refighting the Cold War again and again, that it's o.k. to replace questions and conversation with "fistfights, arrests, and hospitalizations."
Meanwhile, we Democrats just want to debate, govern, and solve problems. It's hard to be a decent, civil American like Frank Schaeffer among the reptilian Glenn Beck bullies. But such is the burden of being a true patriot in a civilized society.