One of the reasons we’ve consistently argued that GOP rhetoric was harmful to the country is that it creates an environment of fear and hate, and it’s incredibly difficult to step back when you realize things have gotten out of hand. Some of our conservative visitors think things haven’t gotten out of hand (in fact, a few think that this is all “manufactured outrage” by the left, as Eric has made fun of in his last few posts). We’ve already had people hurt, even killed, in what would appear to be violence at least in part motivated by the fear and hate being stoked by the GOP.

I don’t watch very much cable news any more – too busy to find the time, to be honest – but I did see this clip from Rachel Maddow and thought it provided some nice context.

You can’t unring the bell. But you certainly can stop ringing it. Quit using violent metaphors, at the very least, if you aren’t willing to stop stoking the bonfire.

  • I would add that you can't just say “this is all just manufactured” when things are happening. You can't just say “it's a very small minority of our movement”. You MUST call them out and stand with us against this kind of behavior and do it loudly or you will be seen as disingenuous when you criticize us for pointing it out.

    The reason I don't think most righties will do it is because it feels weak to them. It's also a bit past the point of no return. They needed to do it when people were shouting “kill him” at McCain rallies, but they didn't. They needed to do it when people started showing up with guns at rallies. Most actually applauded it as demonstrating gun rights when it really had fuck all to do with that. It was about intimidation and symbolic threats of violence. “If Brown can't stop it, a Browning can”.

    Either step up to the plate and knock this shit down or please STFU about getting painted with a broad brush.

  • PS – Me? Make fun? Surely you jest!

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