I’m glad to see the Associated Press’ Charles Babington T issuing this warning about “rhetoric”…:
Politicians of all stripes are bound to be haunted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ warning, 10 months before she was shot, to cool the rhetoric.
It’s been a year or more of raw politics, with anger spilling over on both sides and gun-related metaphors coming loosely from the lips of some candidates and activists.
…after this nation sat through eight years of “Chimpy McBusHitler” and “time to secede from Jesusland” and “If (pick your candidate wins) we’re moving to (socialist utopia) and “Screw ’em” and “God D*mn The USA” and “I think I’ve got the ‘nads for a revolution” and “I hope Tony Snow died a painful death“, and this…:
…oh, what’s the point?
Well, the point is that everyone gets their knickers in a spin over the other guy’s rhetoric.
Did Michele Bachmann’s “rhetoric” cause someone to kill Bill Sparkman – to pick just one example of the left’s chattering heads like the loathsome and incompetent Paul Krugman jumping to an unwarranted but pre-written conclusion? No, he killed himself. But one is bidden to wonder whose rhetoric it was that caused Mr. Sparkman to choose to as his last act on his earth to slander “anti-government” protesters?
Mr. Loughton’s mind was pretty clearly gone over the edge. I’m no shrink, but if he didn’t have some sort of dissociative disorder, I’ll eat my hat (rhetorically speaking). Now, the insane and the not-very-bright do tend to be drawn to one political extreme or another. To listen to the caterwauling of the left, the right – and only the right – needs to watch it’s rhetoric so that…
…so that the insane don’t get the wrong idea?
I’m still unclear on what it is they’re looking for, besides trying to slander and/or shut up the right.