Clinton: Incendiary rhetoric can lead to violence

Lessons of Oklahoma City were recalled today by former President Clinton. He noted that heated anti-government rhetoric preceded the 1995 truck bombing that killed 168 people.

“What we learned from Oklahoma City is not that we should gag each other or that we should reduce our passion for the positions we hold – but that the words we use really do matter, because there’s this vast echo chamber, and they go across space and they fall on the serious and the delirious alike. They fall on the connected and the unhinged alike,” Clinton said.

I’m posting this because it’s related to the discussion from earlier this week about the Oklahoma militia “let’s go fight the feds” chest-thumping.

No one wants violence to result from the current political cat-fighting. Except perhaps, the “unhinged.”

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5 Responses to Clinton: Incendiary rhetoric can lead to violence

  1. Neal Humphrey says:

    ” I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.” Hillary Clinton, 2003.

  2. an old, old man says:

    Yes, Brother Neal, you and Hillary are both right.

    BUT there is a limit. Or at least, there should be.

  3. an old, old man says:

    Come to think of it, I don’t remember anyone screaming for violence during the 8-years of tyranny just past.

    But then, maybe it’s senility. After all, I am an old, old man.

  4. Neal Humphrey says:

    This Democrat has no difficulty recalling the hollering for those eight years. My quote was actually delivered as a screed, pretty much a shriek. As for violence, the best part was making a movie about assassinating President Bush. That Hollywood stunt was over the top.

  5. laytonian says:

    Neal, the film you refer to, was not a “Hollywood” production. It was a UK docu-drama.

    How come y’all demonize an industry that provides millions of jobs throughout the world?

    Do you want the governments to take it over, to quash the free speech?

    There’s a difference between political hollering and the maddened crowds we see now. You’d think our churches would help educate people, by at least teaching love for one another.

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