"I will stand against you and so will millions of others. We believe in something. You in the media and most in Washington don't. The radicals that you and Washington have co-opted and brought in wearing sheep's clothing — change the pose. You will get the ends.
"You've been using them? They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You're going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you.
"They are dangerous because they believe. Karl Marx is their George Washington. You will never change their mind. And if they feel you have lied to them — they're revolutionaries. Nancy Pelosi, those are the people you should be worried about.
"Here is my advice when you're dealing with people who believe in something that strongly — you take them seriously. You listen to their words and you believe that they will follow up with what they say."
Huh. Now, I wonder which irreposible knucklehead said that?
Oh, it was Glenn Beck last June.
I wonder if somebody took him seriously. I wonder if somebody who believed in Beck's words that strongly, took Glenn Beck seriously, listened to his words, and believed they needed to follow up before the "Communist Democrats" in Washington destroyed America first.
The odds of this being the exact incident that made Jared Loughner shoot Gabby Giffords in the head seven months later? Astronomically low. But how many weeks and months and years has Glenn Beck said things like this about Democrats? He gets paid to say stuff like this about Democrats, and he says them to millions of listeners and viewers every week. And he's far from the only one.
So how many times does Glenn Beck need to tell people to shoot Democrats in the head before a Democrat gets shot in the head?
That's maybe a question somebody should have asked Glenn Beck before January 8th.
Then again, we still need to ask the question now.
Police in Arlington, MA this week seized a “large amount” of weapons and ammunition from local businessman Travis Corcoran after he wrote a blog post threatening U.S. lawmakers in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). In a post on his blog (which has since been removed) titled “1 down and 534 to go” — 1 referring to Giffords and 534 referring to the rest of the House of Representatives and the Senate — Corcoran applauded the shooting of Giffords and justified the assassination of lawmakers because he argued the federal government has grown far beyond its constitutional limits. “It is absolutely, absolutely unacceptable to shoot indiscriminately. Target only politicians and their staff and leave regular citizens alone,” he wrote in the post.
But we don't have a domestic terror problem in the US assisted by a climate of irresponsible eliminationist rhetoric.
And the wingers will be proclaiming this right up until the next astronomically low coincidence where people get hurt or killed happens. Then they will go after anyone who points out it may be a coincidence and browbeat the media into silence again.
The cycle will then repeat.