Since Jared Lee Loughner went ape shit in Tuscon, I’ve been hearing that violent rhetoric has been coming from both sides. This is mostly coming from those on the right, and I’ve asked for some examples of this kind of talk from the left. I’ve yet to have been given anything.
I’ve been searching up and down news sites, blogs, even info from Fox News and can’t find anything even close to the shit coming from Palin, Beck, O’Reilly, Limbaugh and the like coming from the left.
“I tell people don’t kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on every campus – living fossils – so we will never forget what these people stood for.”
– Rush Limbaugh, Denver Post, 12-29-95
“Get rid of the guy. Impeach him, censure him, assassinate him.”
– Rep. James Hansen (R-UT), talking about President Clinton
“We’re going to keep building the party until we’re hunting Democrats with dogs.”
– Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), Mother Jones, 08-95
“My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building.”
– Ann Coulter, New York Observer, 08-26-02
“We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors.”
– Ann Coulter, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, 02-26-02
“Chelsea is a Clinton. She bears the taint; and though not prosecutable in law, in custom and nature the taint cannot be ignored. All the great despotisms of the past – I’m not arguing for despotism as a principle, but they sure knew how to deal with potential trouble – recognized that the families of objectionable citizens were a continuing threat. In Stalin’s penal code it was a crime to be the wife or child of an ‘enemy of the people.’ The Nazis used the same principle, which they called Sippenhaft, ‘clan liability.’ In Imperial China, enemies of the state were punished ‘to the ninth degree’: that is, everyone in the offender’s own generation would be killed and everyone related via four generations up, to the great-great-grandparents, and four generations down, to the great-great-grandchildren, would also be killed.”
– John Derbyshire, National Review, 02-15-01
“Two things made this country great: White men & Christianity. The degree these two have diminished is in direct proportion to the corruption and fall of the nation. Every problem that has arisen (sic) can be directly traced back to our departure from God’s Law and the disenfranchisement of White men.”
– State Rep. Don Davis (R-NC), emailed to every member of the North Carolina House and Senate, reported by the Fayetteville Observer, 08-22-01
I’ve tried finding an event were a Democrat or anyone identified as liberal decided to fly a plane into a IRS building, shoot and kill a doctor that performs abortions, blows up federal buildings, etc. Couldn’t find a one, not even close.
One argument for Jared is that he is disgruntled with the government and acted independent of rhetoric. I was disgruntled for 8 years, yet never had any inclination to try any of this type of shit. Some have claimed it was because he was “sick”. As in even more susceptible to suggestion and easily guided in one direction or another. The type that the sorts of Palin, Limbaugh, and Beck prey upon because they are easily misguided. This way the can play the role of agitator, invoking others to do their bidding and are able to stand back while retaining the appearance of non-involvement or “clean hands.” I used to go to school with a girl that was “sick.” She believed that since she saw Batman and Wonder Woman on TV they must be real people, and in her world they were. And maybe in Jared’s world, the words of Sarah Palin were what he needed to do.
Sean Hannity has a fervent follower in Hal Turner. Sentenced to 33 months in a federal prison for death threats to judges and public officials all inspired by Sean Hannity.
Then there’s Sarah and her team, which must have no guilt and are the victims, spending all their time the first few days keeping Palin’s Facebook wall free of everything that wasn’t in praise of her. Then finally coming forward five days later with a video where she’s on the defense and is rather defiant, trying to show herself as the victim in all of this. A true leader would lead and inspire, not collude and conspire.
For most people rhetoric becomes reality.
The point is that there’s room in a democracy for people who ridicule and denounce those who disagree with them; there isn’t any place for eliminationist rhetoric, for suggestions that those on the other side of a debate must be removed from that debate by whatever means necessary. And it’s the saturation of our political discourse — and especially our airwaves — with eliminationist rhetoric that lies behind the rising tide of violence. – Michael C. Moynihan
- The Extreme Rhetoric about Extreme Rhetoric (With Bonus Fake Sinclair Lewis Fascism Quote!) (reason.com)