Most Americans love their country with blinders on. They think we have the perfect society.
FAUX INTERVIEW WITH KC STARíS MIKE HENDRICKS AT HOUSTONíS
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(Biker Mike almost gave himself a heart attack with the ribs and French fries. Larry Rochelle showed more sense, nibbling on a chicken salad, at Houstonís on The Plaza.)
HENDRICKS: So, Larry, your new book MURDER ON 15/501. Nothing about KC? Nothing about Clay Chastain? You say itís about an assassination attempt?
ROCHELLE: Yep, donít you sense the atmosphere of hate in this country? I read your column about the Tiller assassination. You can see where that hatred might lead.
HENDRICKS: Okay. But why pick North Carolina as the site? Why not South Carolina which seems worse?
ROCHELLE: Iím in NC now. The Old North State has Fort Bragg, the Blackwater private army, the history of racism in Wilmington. South Carolinaís got some crazy dudes but Iím living here in the Tar Heel state and know it better.
HENDRICKS: You got some crazy dudes of your own in the book: a softball team made up of strippers? A secret organization working out of the Triangle? A berserko Bragg soldier? A shooting in the Durham Bulls stadium? A feud involving Fearrington Village?
ROCHELLE: Yes, itís quite a mix. My hero Palmer Morel is a tennis pro who bumps up against an assassination plot without knowing whatís going on. Heís a good guy and doesnít like to see anyone get hurt, but that turns out to be a flaw when he gets involved with the hard guys, both in the mob and in the military.
HENDRICKS: So, Palmer Morel is naÔve?
ROCHELLE: Always has been. But he fights for good and heís upset about all the hatred and smears being put out by the right-wing in our country now, both on Fox and on hate radio.
HENDRICKS: Are you saying weíre all somewhat naÔve about whatís happening?
ROCHELLE: Definitely. Most Americans love their country with blinders on. They think we have the perfect society. Many believe liberals will hug you to death. What they donít know or believe is that the right-wing in this country will really, actually, kill you.
HENDRICKS: Do you think Obama is a threat to the right-wing?
ROCHELLE: Threat? You mean heís honest and doesnít want people to starve, doesnít want unnecessary, illegal wars, wants civil rights for gays? Then, yes. He is perceived as a threat to the military-industrial complex and to the racist haters in the right-wing.
HENDRICKS: Does MURDER ON 15/501 actually contain a right-wing assassination plot against the president?
ROCHELLE: Yes, and I think that type of plotting is going on in right-wing circles right now, donít you? I think theyíre setting up scenarios and picking out the patsy. Theyíve done it before.