I’m drawing the line where they go along with incitements to violence.
Like all office-seekers, Republican politicians try to play to the crowd. But agreeing with or not cutting off at the root, talk by GOP rally crazies about doing violence to the president, is contemptible. Not to mention, dangerous in itself.
Right-wing pols, listen up: Gun-hugging paranoids who show up at your meetings and threaten or “joke” about killing the president hurt your cause. Rational people of all parties tend to lump you in with the sweating lunatics when you wink along with their ravings. In fact, that’s what I’m doing right now with Rex Rammell and Chuck Grassley.
Who, really, in America wants to be led by anyone who’s thinking any distance close to people with guns advocating armed violence and revolution against the head of our government?
Grassley, a Republican U.S. senator from Iowa who’s been opposing the Democrats’ health care reform proposals, apparently just went along with his town hall meeting after a man said he would “take a gun to Washington if enough of you would go with me.”
At Twin Falls, Idaho, this week, Republicans at a rally were talking about wolf hunting licenses. Someone in the crowd asked about “Obama tags.” GOP governor candidate Rex Rammell responded, “The Obama tags? We’d buy some of those.”
The violence fantasizers are being goaded by the hot-air radio and TV talkers. The windbags Beck, Limbaugh and Hannity so easily throw around terms such as revolution, overthrow, insurrection. It must be too much work to first try again to win some elections.