If an Earnest Follower Believed the Words and Symbols of Their Leaders, What Would Eventually Happen?

And guess what, it finally happened.

Read the advice of conservative leaders below. If you were a conservative who believed in the words your leaders spoke to you, what would you do? Here are just a few of the famous examples that come to my mind.

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Glenn Beck has advocated not to use violence, but uses tons of violent symbols in his polemics. If you’re prone to violence, there’s plenty there.

The clock is ticking. . . . The war is just beginning. . . . Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government. . . . You have to be prepared to take rocks to the head. . . . The other side is attacking. . . . There is a coup going on. . . . Grab a torch! . . . Drive a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers. . . . They are taking you to a place to be slaughtered. . . . They are putting a gun to America’s head. . . . Hold these people responsible.” Washington Post

Beck’s advice to Liberty grads: “Shoot to kill.” During his May 15 commencement speech at Liberty University, Beck told graduates that they “have a responsibility” to speak out, or “blood … will be on our hands.” His advice for graduates (as well as his daughter) included “shoot to kill.”

BECK: So, Speaker Pelosi, I just wanted to — you gonna drink your wine? Are you blind? Do those eyes not work? There you — I want you to drink it now. Drink it. Drink it. Drink it.

I really just wanted to thank you for having me over here to wine country. You know, to be invited, I thought I had to be a major Democratic donor or a longtime friend of yours, which I’m not.

By the way, I put poison in your — no, I — I look forward to all the policy discussions that we’re supposed to have — you know, on health care, energy reform, and the economy. [Glenn Beck8/6/09]

Beck: “Grab a torch.” Asserting that politicians are addicted to spending, Beck stated: “When do we ever run those who are bankrupting our country and literally stealing our children’s future out of town? Grab a torch.” [Glenn Beck1/6/10]

Sharron Angle, Tea Party favorite

Well it’s to defend ourselves. And you know, I’m hoping that we’re not getting to Second Amendment remedies. I hope the vote will be the cure for the Harry Reid problems. Sharron Angle – (And if the vote didn’t work, like with Rep. Giffords who narrowly won reelection, Angle infers Plan B is the next option)

Update: John Boehner

Another Ohio Democrat, Steve Driehaus, clashed repeatedly with Boehner before losing his seat in the midterm elections. After Boehner suggested that by voting for Obamacare, Driehaus “may be a dead man” and “can’t go home to the west side of Cincinnati” because “the Catholics will run him out of town,” Driehaus began receiving death threats, and a right-wing website published directions to his house. Driehaus says he approached Boehner on the floor and confronted him.

“I didn’t think it was funny at all,” Driehaus says. “I’ve got three little kids and a wife. I said to him, ‘John, this is bullshit, and way out of bounds. For you to say something like that is wildly irresponsible.'”

Driehaus is quick to point out that he doesn’t think Boehner meant to urge anyone to violence. “But it’s not about what he intended — it’s about how the least rational person in my district takes it. We run into some crazy people in this line of work.”

Driehaus says Boehner was “taken aback” when confronted on the floor, but never actually said he was sorry: “He said something along the lines of, ‘You know that’s not what I meant.’ But he didn’t apologize.” Rolling Stones

And the Tea Party can’t even wait to head off potential criticism of its violent rhetoric in the same press release in which it expressed condolences to Representative Giffords and the other victims.

Congressman Giffords was a liberal, but that does not matter now. No one should be the victim of violence because of their political beliefs and certainly a member of Congress should not be shot and killed on a street corner.

Take a moment to say a prayer for her and her family, as well as the others who were so tragically murdered this afternoon.

At a time like this, it is terrible that we do have to think about politics, but no matter what the shooter’s motivations where, the left is going to blame this on the Tea Party Movement. Already on liberal websites, the far left is trying to accuse the Tea Party of being involved.

While we need to take a moment to extend our sympathies to the families of those who died, we cannot allow the hard left to do what it tried to do in 1995 after the Oklahoma City bombing.

Within the entire political spectrum, there are extremists, both on the left and the right. Violence of this nature should be decried by everyone and not used for political gain. NYT

The Tea Party

In an email sent to supporters back in August, the Tea Party seemed to advocate war if they failed to retake Congress.

I wrote a blog post on it back then.

Except I can’t think of a “socialist” attempting to assassinate a Republican politician or blow up buildings to kill people. And neither can I think of liberal and Democratic leaders using violent imagery, especially a VP candidate.

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2 Responses to If an Earnest Follower Believed the Words and Symbols of Their Leaders, What Would Eventually Happen?

  1. atymins13 says:

    Thank you very much for writing this. I am tired of the Republicans and Tea Partiers in Congress calling actions like these ‘isolated incidents’. It might have been isolated early on, but we can now clearly see the trend. Conservative hate rhetoric is ruining political discourse in our country, and those politicians need to be held responsible. I am ashamed at Sarah Palin and her cronies, and I would hope for an apology soon. There are no words to describe how angry I am right now.
    Thank you.
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    http://southpawreport.wordpress.com/

    • dcskeptic says:

      Hey I did check you out and please keep up the belief in a reasonable and principled outlook. I’ll definitely revisit.

      If conservative leaders don’t wish violence against liberal Americans, don’t use violent imagery and rhetoric aimed at liberal Americans. They’ve been reluctant to tone it down because it’s mobilized their supporters so well, but it’s mobilized them to anger and a belief in violence as a final, necessary option. It’s given the sociopaths like Loughner the justification they need to act on their violent anti-social tendencies. Everything has a catalyst, nothing happens independently. If conservative violent rhetoric wasn’t a factor, why Giffords? Why in Arizona? Why a representative who was on Palin’s crosshairs? Why a supporter of health care and liberal immigration in a conservative state? Randomness is for quantum physics, not people.

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