Sunday, March 28, 2010

VIDEO: The Extreme, Violent Rhetoric Of GOP Lawmakers

Eric Cantor recently asserted that no lawmaker “would incite threats.”

Think Progress has made a video which questions that assertion:

MCCAUL: They fought against tyranny and oppressive taxes, do that sound familiar? We’re continuing that revolution right here in Austin, Texas today. Thomas Jefferson said the Tree of Liberty will be fed by the blood of tyrants and patriots. You are the modern day patriots. [...]

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BARTON: What are the homeland security people calling us now?

AUDIENCE: Domestic terrorists! Terrorists!

BARTON: Welcome right-wing activists — is that what we are?

AUDIENCE: Extremists!

BARTON: Yeah extreme, well I’m going to get me a button.

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AUDIENCE MEMBER: I’m a proud right-wing terrorist.

HERGER: Amen god bless you, there’s a great American.

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BACHMANN: I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back.

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KING: If I could start a country with a bunch of people it would be the folks standing out here the last few days. Let’s hope we don’t have to do that. Let’s beat that other side to a pulp. Let’s take them out, let’s chase them down.
I find it simply extraordinary that some people are so enraged by what is happening that they are now openly embracing the term, "right wing terrorist"; insisting that this is, somehow, a good thing.

It's impossible to listen to this rhetoric and not to perceive violent undertones.

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