June 14, 2008
Neocon talk show host Michael Reagan’s death threat against Mark Dice is not a trivial matter. In fact, it is a punishable offense under California’s Penal Code § 422, which states:
Punishment for (Terrorist) Threats Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person with the specific intent that the statement made verbally in writing or by means of an electronic communication device is to be taken as a threat even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out which on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made is so unequivocal unconditional immediate and specific as to convey to the person threatened a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year or by imprisonment in the state prison.
Both Reagan and Dice reside in California, so prosecuting Reagan for threatening to kill Dice — more specifically, by stating he will provide the bullets to kill Dice — should be a straightforward matter. Of course, since Reagan is a famous celebrity, and a neocon to boot, prosecuting him may not be as easy as it appears. Reagan can afford the best representation and as we all know the legal system is titled in favor of those who can afford good representation. In fact, as O.J. Simpson knows, hiring a good legal team can get you acquitted of murder.
But even if Reagan is not convicted of issuing a death threat by way of an “electronic communication device” (his nationally syndicated radio program), official charges and a trial will go a long way and send a strong message to neocons, who think they are above the law. It will send a message to other neocon radio talk show hosts, for instance the former beatnik and current neocon fascist Michael “Savage” Weiner, who constantly berates and slanders people he disagrees with in the most reprehensible way, although I am not sure if he has ever issued a death threat. Weiner has called for rounding up the opposition and putting them in Guantánamo. Of course, considering Weiner’s personality disorder and his megalomania, convicting Reagan of issuing a death threat would probably only encourage the former beatnik.
Savage, however, was fired from MSNBC for a less serious accusation. He told a caller on his MSNBC show to “get AIDS and die” and “get trichinosis,” a comment that may be considered a racist slur directed against Gentiles (trichinosis is a parasitic disease caused by eating raw or undercooked pork, an obvious reference to Jewish dietary laws; it should be noted that “Savage” is Jewish). After his dismissal, Weiner issued an apology on his radio program and on his website, but this did not moderate his future behavior.
At minimum, Michael Reagan should apologize for threatening to kill Mark Dice, although convicting him under the above penal code would be preferable and set a precedent. However, neocons rarely if ever apologize for their behavior, same as Nazis did not apologize and many went to the gallows unrepentant. Reagan and the neocons indeed believe “traitors” should be executed in fascist brown shirt fashion — in the street by gun-toting thugs, not by the neocons themselves but rather by their demented sycophants who take such pronouncements to heart.
Of course, demanding the murder of one man, exercising his constitutional right to petition the government and declaring his intent to send anti-war and 9/11 truth movement materials to the troops, is a small crime when larger, more portentous crimes committed by the neocons are considered — the murder of well over a million Iraqis, organized and executed by the Bush neocons. Indeed, attacking Iraq and orchestrating mass murder is a Nuremberg scale crime against humanity and the neocons — including Reagan, who has enthusiastically served as a cheerleader for mass murder — should be arrested, put on trial, convicted, and sent to the gallows. In many ways, Reagan is little different than the Nazi hate-monger and propagandist Julius Streicher, who was sent to the gallows for inciting hatred and murder.
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This article was posted: Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 12:58 pm