April 2009: the Department of Homeland Security, in the wake of the 2008 elections which gave complete control of the Federal government to the Democratic party, warns that the out-of-power right wing was growing more violent.
An outraged right-wing propaganda network goes on a tear-streaked temper tantrum, and abruptly the issue of right-wing violence ceases to exist.
That May, our nation was sullied with the blood of a murdered man at the hands of right-wing misogynist Scott Roeder.
Over the summer of 2009, organized mobs of "teabaggers," bussed in by well-financed right-wing astroturfers like Dick Armey and the infamous Koch brothers, stormed the town halls intended to foment a public discussion of the healthcare issue. Fake political activists were advised in memos to disrupt and shout down elected representatives, rather than engage them in any kind of civil discussion whatsoever.
Armed right-wing activists were spotted at these rallies, and sometimes outside of Presidential events where Barack Obama was speaking. Men with guns. Pacing around outside the building where our President was.
During the 2010 elections, Rand Paul employees held the head of a liberal activist down on the curb of a street while they stomped on her head.
The incidents were legion:
While there has been an increased number of highly publicized incidents in recent weeks, there was also a spike in violence or threatened violence during the health care debate toward lawmakers who supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. People vandalized congressional offices and threatened to assassinate officials and their families. Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) had a picture of a noose faxed to his office after he voted for health care reform. A former militia member named Mike Vanderboegh even proudly took credit for encouraging people around the country to break the windows of lawmakers' offices.
There has also been a significant amount of violence-tinged rhetoric coming from politicians. Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle floated "Second Amendment remedies" as a "cure" for an out-of-control Congress. Last week, a Republican House candidate in Texas said a violent overthrow of the government is "on the table." Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has taken some flack for using gun imagery after the passage of health care reform, telling her supporters to "reload."
In January of this year, congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot at by crazed right-wing nutjob Jared Loughner, whose whackaloon opinions were quickly echoed by influential right-wing spokespeople. 6 other folks died that day, including a 9-year old girl, who was later viciously, callously mocked by right-wing spokseman Rush Limbaugh, who apparently has nothing better to do than make fun of dead children. And since he's really good for nothing else, I guess that's what he is going to do.
In early 2011, right-wingers were startled to see actual citizen uprisings in the Middle East. Rather than cheer the swell of democracy, however, the establishment-friendly right wing cast a baleful eye on the protests and blamed Barack Obama. This of course is a complete turnaround from the right's attitude towards the middle east 10 years ago, where we were supposed to be spreading democracy.
Apparently, democracy can only be spread with a right-wing butter knife. Or DU-round firing machine gun, as the case often was.
As the results of the rigged 2010 elections started to hit home for the citizens of America, the right-wing was again startled by a round of protests, real protests, where actual citizens who knew what they were protesting turned out to vocally criticize their leaders. Right-wingers were horrified at this example of actual grassroots organizing, and vexed that the protestors did not turn over buses and light fire to police cars. So vexed, in fact, that the right-wing discussed planting violent agents provocateur in the crowds of their own protestors in order to delegitimize them.
And now, the right-wing has nut-picked a letter out of some anal receptacle somewhere claiming that the "tone" of the left has shifted based on a single letter written by a single person who is not a prominent Democratic spokesman anywhere.
I've got your "tone" for you, motherfuckers. The "tone" is y'all better look real hard at the giant, blood-encrusted beam jutting out from your eye before you whisper a single word about the mote in mine. Y'all understand, kids?