Paul Sims: Violent rhetoric from the left |

Paul Sims: Violent rhetoric from the left

The toning down of political rhetoric needs to happen across the ideological spectrum. A list for Craig of vitriol from the American left:

8/4/2000: The words “Snipers Wanted” imposed over President Bush’s image during CBS’ Late Late Show.

10/26 2004: Barry Seltzer arrested and charged after using his car to attempt to run down Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fla.).

2/1/2006: “(The Republicans’) idea of equal rights is the American flag and the Confederate swastika flying side by side.” – Julian Bond, NAACP Chairman

10/6/2006: Bill Maher: “You could have went to New Hampshire and killed two birds with one stone.” Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.): “Or I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone.”

10/23/2010: “That (Rick) Scott down there that’s running for governor of Florida. Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him.” -Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Penn.)

From President Obama himself:

6/14/2008: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”

3/18/2009: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry. I’m angry!”

9/17/2009: “I want you to talk to (your friends and neighbors) whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.”

Both lists could continue ad nauseam after a cursory Internet search. Faux violent rhetoric is common on both sides of the aisle. Even the word “campaign,” so often used in a political context, has its roots in warfare. That the Arizona shooting should be the impetus behind Craig’s condemnation of conservative political speech even though he admits Loughner had no apparent political motive is as nonsensical as it is common these past few days.

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