American Taliban

Palin 2012In a recent commentary on Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Tea Party candidates, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich said, “After the victories of many of the insurgent primary candidates she’s sponsored, Sarah Palin is off to Iowa  for a high-profile series of political events. Is it possible she’s looking to make a run in 2012? Do birds fly?”

While there are many who think a Palin/Beck ticket assures Obama’s second term, there are troubling issues we need to address that have little to do with the 2012 race.

Sense Obama came into office, there has been an increasing rumble of discontent coming from the far right. They claim their outrage is based on their disapproval of this administration’s policies but that claim can’t hold water when one considers that during the 8 years of the Bush administration when some of these same policies were initiated, we didn’t hear a word from the Tea Party.

In his book, American Taliban; How War, Sex, Sin and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right, author Markos Moulitsas draws comparisons between the Taliban and the Radical Right. Says Moulitsas, “In their tactics and on the issues, our homegrown American Taliban are almost indistinguishable from the Afghan Taliban.”

Referring to the right as the “American Taliban”, Markos points to the right’s faith in masculinity, disdain for women’s rights, hatred of gays, aversion to science and modernity and stanch anti-intellectualism to buttress his claim that America has its very brand of homegrown Talibans. In one chapter of his book, Moulitsas says, “If the American Taliban and their ideological cousins on the other side of the world can agree on one thing, it’s that culturally, America is going to hell. From sex, drugs, and rock and roll, to movies and TV, to a growing secularism, they both have a genuine sense of shared revulsion at the notion of a permissive, free society.”

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Markos Moulitsas

If the name Markos Moulitsas is unfamiliar to you, you may know him as “Kos”, founder of the “Daily Kos” and “Netroots Nation“. His first book, “American Taliban” is receiving rave reviews from the left.  Said Rachel Maddow, “It isn’t possible to understand American politics now without understanding the worldview and arguments of Markos Moulitsas. If you still believe the beltway caricature of the squishy, compromising, conciliatory American left, Amercan Taliban should disabuse you of that notion.”

Markos Moulitsas has written a compelling argument that our domestic jihadists are a greater threat to American democracy than any Islamic terrorist. He gives examples and makes comparisons between these two extremist regimes that make it clear that both regimes revere force over diplomacy — alerting us to a clear and present danger in America.

Markos will be in Los Angeles, discussing his book, on Wednesday September 22, 2010 at the Immaual Presbytarian Church 3300 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010. The talk starts a 7pm. To rsvp call 323-951-0972. Donations are accepted. All proceeds will benefit the LA Media Reform Group. We urge you to attend.

If the rhetoric coming from the Tea Party is a true indicator of the ideologies they embrace, then we are truly living in a dangerous time in American history.  Join us as we discuss these issues with Markos Moulitsas, who Janeane Garofalo  says, “is armed with facts”. He’ll share his facts, answer questions and together, we can work toward solutions. The book will be available for purchase as well.

Published by the LA Progressive on September 19, 2010
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About Sharon Kyle

Sharon Kyle, J.D. is the Publisher of the LA Progressive which she co-founded with her husband Dick Price. Ms. Kyle is an adjunct professor of law at Peoples College in Los Angeles. She sits on the board of the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills Chapter and is on the editorial board of the BlackCommentator.com. Photo courtesy Wadeva Images. www.wadevaimages.com