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Posted by kpominville in General Discussion
Sun Jan 09th 2011, 12:09 PM
After a political season marked by the rhetoric of violence, why is anyone surprised that we see violence? Why do public figures who go around using violent rhetoric always act surprised when there is violence?

I filmed this in 2009 at a local "tea party" protest in St Clair Shores, MI. At the time I found the casualness with which this woman started chanting "Nothing better than a dead liberal!" and the nonplussed reaction of the other protesters around her, chilling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpzeI8sgIHU

This was after we had already seen politically motivated assassination attempts against liberals, like Jim D Attkinson in 2008.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knoxville_Uni...

Is it any wonder that the shooting yesterday took place in Arizona, the same state we heard Sharon Angle proposing "second amendment solutions" to her "Harry Reid problem"?

Once again we see those who espouse the ideology of "personal responsibility" refusing to take ANY responsibility for their own use of violent rhetoric. For now, the Radical Right is feigning surprise and sympathy but they will be back out fomenting anti-liberal, anti-Democratic hate and violence again Monday morning.

The best way for the left to fight against this is to shine a huge spotlight on those doing it and expose the hate mongers for what they are. Shine a light the real effects their violent rhetoric has on society. Shine a light on the mindset that spawns these people who mistakenly think they have "second amendment remedies" to their electoral losses in a civil democratic society.



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