Lee promoted living “WITHOUT giving birth to more filthy human children” and “programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility.” In his manifesto against the Discovery Channel, Lee wrote that “[f]ocus must be given on how people can live WITHOUT giving birth to more filthy human children since those new additions continue pollution and are pollution.” (emphasis in original) Lee demanded that the Discovery Channel promote this goal by creating “programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility.”
Gore promoted “stabilizing” the human population through literacy, access to contraception, and reducing infant mortality. In Gore’s book Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, he advocated stabilizing the populations of Third World countries to guarantee access to resources. Gore recommended achieving this goal through literacy and education, access to contraception, and reducing the infant mortality rate:
A more careful analysis suggests that rising per capita income is also associated with several of the basic causes of demographic transition. High literacy rates and education levels are important, especially for women; once they are empowered intellectually and socially, they make decisions about the number of children they wish to have. Low infant mortality rates give parents a high level of confidence that even with a small family, some of their children will grow to maturity, carry the family name and genes (and in the belief of some societies, the spirits of ancestors), and provide physical security for their parents when they are old. Nearly ubiquitous access to a variety of affordable birth control techniques gives parents the power to choose when and whether to have children. [Page 311; italics in original]
Lee criticized An Inconvenient Truth for not providing “real solutions.” In a post on his MySpace page, which has since been taken down, Lee reportedly wrote that Gore’s book “was very enlightening” but “he didn’t offer any real solutions”:
Think Progress also noted James Jay Lee’s extremist anti-immigration views. Views not typical of liberals. It is possible sometimes that a violent gunman defies easy political categorization. TP seems to imply – though they may not mean to – Lee’s politics were right of center. Maybe Lee was just a deranged nut. One realizes that the wing-nuts are in sore need of some political points on the deranged wackos scorecard – they lead liberals by a mile. Conservative Republicans have murdered cops and doctors; with what many consider mainstream Republican political leaders using violent rhetoric to insight their genuflecting followers. The growth of extremist right-wing groups had been on the rise since Obama was elected.
I thought president Obama’s line “They talk about me like I’m a dog” was a mild joke. A good humored way of making note of the unmerited level of hate speech directed his way.
It’s easy for folks to stir up stuff and turn people on each other, everybody sets their sights a little lower. That’s not who we are. We do not give up. We do not quit. Whenever times have seemed at their worst, Americans have been at their best. Because it is in those times when we roll up our sleeves and remember that we will rise or fall together – as one nation, and one people. That’s the spirit that started the labor movement. Alone we may be weak, divided we may fall, but if we are united, we are strong. That’s why they call them unions. That’s why we’re called the United States of America. I’m gonna make this case all across America.
It was a safe bet that the hate mongers would take offense at being joked about, the Republican lawyer Legal Insurrection ( that is the blog’s real name, not a joke) writes – Demonizer-In-Chief Upset People Demonize Him
The entrepreneurs and workers who built the great technology companies that drive our economy are nowhere to be found. It is the proletariat of the old economy who live in Obama’s imagination.
Step one in any right-wing extremist post: posit tenuous association between Obama and socialism. Abraham Lincoln once wrote – “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” Workers create wealth. You can have a great idea for a new product or service and all the money in the world – nothing happens without workers.LI was not content to leave it at that,
This truly is another of those windows into his divisive soul. The Demonizer-in-Chief and the class warfare expert doesn’t like being treated the way he treats others.
Li would know something about demonizing. In January of 2009 he wrote,
Being nice to Obama does not result in Obama or his supporters being nice to you. As I have noted before, Obama is one of the most aggressive politicians ever, and conservatives are kidding themselves if they think a few kind words now and then from Obama reflect a change in agenda.
So should we do unto Obama as Obama did unto Bush? Will the country be better off with a real opposition party? As Sarah Palin would say, “you betcha.”
Obama had not been president for a week and already LI had declared a war of demonizing. It was to be expected but excuse Obama for making a little joke that spoke honestly to the full-out character assassination the right has engaged in since day one and gee the Right got their little feelings hurt. In December of 2009 LI wrote,
For the record, again, I want to focus on the mountain of paper Obama wants Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to push through the Congress which will wreak havoc on our economy, narrow our liberties, and ruin our health care system.
Bush wreaked havoc on the economy, but like all good right-wing sheep LI has mastered the power of denial and deflection, throwing in some hyperbolic trash about the end of the world while he’s at it. Nothing like looking into that crystal ball and making one’s demonizations early. Someone once said the average person can’t get through the day with out a rationalization. The Right would be dumbstruck and malnourished without their demonizations. They have built a cottage industry out of dehumanizing the opposition and push lies big and small to serve their agenda.