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Meet the New Bill Ayers? Cartoonist Ted Rall Calls for Violent Revolution

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Posted on November 9 2010 12:00 pm

Cartoonist and communist sympathizer Ted Rall hates America, even though he denies it. He hates everything that America stands for.

So it probably shouldn’t be that surprising that he appeared on MSNBC advocating the violent overthrow of the United States government. Lest you think I’m somehow twisting Rall’s words, a press release from his publisher, Seven Stories Press, advertising his TV appearance, has the following in the subject line: “Ted Rall Advocates Violent Revolution on MSNBC | Available for further interviews.”

As part of an incoherent rant about I’m-not-exactly-sure-what that served as an introduction, talking head Dylan Ratigan said Rall addresses “The need for real change, real action, perhaps even through violence, or at lease the threat thereof. It is the subject of his new book, The Anti-American Manifesto.”

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

RALL: In the Anti-American Manifesto, I argue that violence is the last-case scenario. It is the worst case. Nobody wants it. It is easier to go other routes. Obviously, going through the political system is best. But we have seen for the last two years, since the economy melted down, that neither the Democrats, nor the Republicans, nor any possible third party is poised to step in. We know the financial markets are getting increasingly monopolized.

RATIGAN: They are an extracting machine.

RALL: They are in bed with duopoly. As you showed at the opening of the hour, with the 1% of the country owning 24% of the income, and it is just getting worse, that process is just going to accelerate. In the terms of passive resistance, the American left has been very peaceful since the early states, since the Kent state shootings. What has it gotten us? Millions of people marched against the war in Iraq. What did it do?

Rall, it should be noted, is the man who mocked Pat Tillman after he was killed serving his country in Afghanistan. His comic strip depicted the former NFL star asking a military recruiter, “Never mind the fine print. Will I get to kill Arabs?” Rall also described Tillman as an “idiot” and a “sap.” (cartoon available here)

He also managed to mock both mentally disabled children and voters in a comic strip after George W. Bush was reelected in 2004. (cartoon available here)

Yep, Rall’s all class – just like the man who seems to be the example he’s trying to live up to, Bill Ayers.

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