I don't want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there's evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels. If that's how she really feels -- that America is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever -- then that's legit.
Many people have discussed this in view of the fact that O'Reilly said he felt lynching a black woman would be an acceptable course of action if he felt she deserved it. Dave Neiwert at Orcinus discusses the issue, and there's an entire list of blog posts on the right-hand side of the Media Matters page.
Obviously that kind of suggestion is abhorrent. The suggestion that it is okay, or recommended, to lynch a black person is deplorable. But I found something else telling about O'Reilly's statement, too. He said,
If that's how she really feels -- that America is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever -- then that's legit.
Here we have the disgusting, senseless uber-patriotism of the right wing laid bare. They have gone beyond "America: right or wrong"; the mantra is now "America is never wrong." The merest suggestion that America is flawed, that it is anything less than perfect, is a crime worthy of organizing a "lynching party."
Certainly this has been hinted at whenever somebody uses the trite phrase "blame America first" to describe someone. To point out that America has done bad things, that we are still capable of doing bad things, that even if we enter into something with good intentions our enterprises can have unfortunate (to put it as mild as possible) consequences for people, is to "blame America." Obviously, this is used as an attack--to criticize is to be unpatriotic. But I do not think it has before been put forth as blatantly as O'Reilly did. We have gone from "to point out America's flaws is to be unpatriotic" to "to think that America has flaws is to be unpatriotic."
And worthy of grotesque mutilation and death, apparently.