Most of you will likely have no idea who Ted Rall is, but in his own mind, and to quite a large chunk of the progressive left, he’s a brave voice who speaks truth to power and sticks it to the man. That is to say, in certain circles, he is a big deal.
So when he goes on MS-NBC and chats with Dylan Ratigan, at Ratigan’s urging, about how the left should launch a violent armed rebellion against the government, you can expect that a few people are going to take him seriously. Fortunately for us, most of those people have a pathological fear of guns and tend to look like Ted Rall.
Of course, this is all a big publicity stunt designed to sell a few more copies of his book to people who wouldn’t have given it a second look otherwise. Rall isn’t capable of launching an armed insurrection against the Care Bears and unless he was just holding back his tactical genius and piercing intellect for all the years he churned out his puerile cartoon, we’re all safe. At worst, we’ll get an army of pasty-complected, screaming Code Pinkers armed with clever slogans and giant paper-mache heads of George Bush, led by the fearsome countenance of that guy up there. Don’t worry, though. I have a plan to blunt their advance before it gets started. It involves a fake Starbucks built on the rim of the Grand Canyon, a mass e-mail promising free lattes, and a bunch of bulldozers.