At what point in recent years did misguided political bravado devolve into threats to shoot and kill people with whom we disagree? Is this kind of political discourse acceptable in America, or even understandable? Is this what our founding fathers intended?
We first heard hints of it a few years ago, when some right-winger zealots running for election mused about employing the “bullet box” if they didn’t win at the ballot box (none did). Now it’s gotten more explicit.
Meet Chris Nogy, author of a recent screed in the Benton County, Ark. Republican Party newsletter. Dadgummit, he looks like a young Ben Franklin!
Nogy’s steamed that the Arkansas legislature voted to expand Medicaid, and that some members of the GOP voted for it.
He feels betrayed, and says it’s time for action. Here are some of his most recent musings (he later defended himself by arguing he was merely seeking attention). From Raw Story:
- “This betrayal deserves a quick implementation of my 2nd amendment rights to remove a threat.”
- “I don’t feel the same way about the Democrats as bullet backstops as I do about the Republicans who joined them. We need to let those who will come in the future to represent us [know] that we are serious. The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives.”
- “If we can’t shoot them, we have to at least be firm in our threat to take immediate action against them politically, socially, and civically [sic] if they screw up on something this big. Personally, I think a gun is quicker and more merciful, but hey, we can’t.”
- “A slap on the wrist and a hope to have a better outcome next time are not acceptable responses.”
- “If we cannot make these people understand that we will not tolerate this kind of breach of contract, then we lose our ability as the people to control the government.”
- “In this age of death threats from nameless, faceless thugs, we need these folks to know that while we most likely won’t try to kill them or harm their families, they should be much more certain of our response than fearful of the actions of those who will not identify themselves.”
- “It is imperative that we become thugs with names and faces just as scary even if in a different way.”
Did you catch that? It’s time to borrow a page or two from history — perhaps circa 1938 Germany and the SA.
Do you feel Nogy’s frustration? Then it’s time to have your head examined.
Good grief. Where do these freaks come from?