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No, Tea Baggers. No, Right-Wingers. You do NOT get a fucking pass on this one.
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When Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) commented on then-Rep. Steve Dreihaus' (D-OH) vote for the health care overhaul last year, Boehner said Dreihaus "may be a dead man...He can't go home to the west side of Cincinnati." He said this in an interview to the National Review.

Dreihaus responded with the following, in March 2010:
These comments that have been made by Republican leaders can serve as--I don't know if I want to say an excuse or perhaps permission for people who may be unbalanced, who may be calling with these threats...It doesn't really matter the way you meant it, nor the way I accept it. It's how the least sane person in my district accepts it.

One of the least sane people in Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' (D-AZ) district seems to have accepted the violent and insane rhetoric of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck as gospel, and has taken action on it.

Palin's "crosshairs" ad from the campaign of 2010 famously placed crosshairs much like those of a rifle scope over the districts of several political opponents, Giffords among them. The image was hastily scrubbed from her site after the shooting yesterday, and her spokespeople are backpedaling away from any responsibility by saying the crosshairs represented those on "surveying equipment." Because, as we all know, so many run-of-the-mill voters are so familiar with surveying equipment that they immediately associate crosshairs with them.

Sarah, honey: we aren't as stupid as you or your followers. Not to mention your Tweet, made on March 23, 2010:

@SarahPalinUSA Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: "Don't Retreat, Instead - Reload!"

Reload what, Caribou Barbie? My fucking Pez dispenser?!

The chief suspect from yesterday, Jared Lee Loughner, posted to several places his concerns about American currency being devalued or worthless, and that we will be forced to return to precious metal standards. This is one of the cornerstones of hate radio "personality" Glenn Beck's insane agenda; he barely takes a breath without whoring Goldline, one of his precious-metal-hawking corporate masters.

These are just two examples among hundreds of the Tea Party and the Republican Party dog-whistling and recommending violent solutions to political opponents. Their "Second Amendment Solutions" and "watering the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants" bullshit is not geared toward action at the ballot box, not when their candidates and elected officials use "if not ballots, then bullets" as a mantra. In the final analysis, are they so goddamned cowardly and insecure that they feel the only valid plan of action is to recommend the death of all who disagree with them?

The violent right wing must no longer be allowed a pass when tragedies occur. Barely minutes had passed before the right spun into action, denying any culpability for their bloodlust. This is confusing to me; weren't their goals met? Is there not now one less liberal for them to contend with? Where are the high-fives, Sarah? Clearly Mr. Loughner reloaded! Job well done, right?

My point here is this: the Tea Party and the Radical Right own these people, like it or not. Watch your words and know they have consequences. When Bill O'Reilly chants, "Tiller, Tiller the Baby Killer" for several years running and Tiller gets assassinated, don't act all surprised; it was exactly the result you were aiming for.

Six people in Arizona lie dead. Their blood stains the hands of all those advocating violence over reasoned and civilized debate. I, for one, will no longer stand the spin or excuses of those whose words caused this to happen.

Watch your fucking mouths.

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