The recent appearance of armed protesters at town hall meetings and presidential meetings has justifiably caused a lot of commotion, and only brain dead 2nd amendment zealots fail to see it has nothing to do with exercising rights but everything to do with provocation. David Frum explains why these short term tactics are pushing the GOP further into the abyss:
Nobody has been hurt so far. We can all hope that nobody will be. But firearms and politics never mix well. They mix especially badly with a third ingredient: the increasingly angry tone of incitement being heard from right-of-center broadcasters.
The Nazi comparisons from Rush Limbaugh; broadcaster Mark Levin asserting that President Obama is “literally at war with the American people”; former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin claiming that the president was planning “death panels” to extirpate the aged and disabled; the charges that the president is a fascist, a socialist, a Marxist, an illegitimate Kenyan fraud, that he “harbors a deep resentment of America,” that he feels a “deep-seated hatred of white people,” that his government is preparing concentration camps, that it is operating snitch lines, that it is planning to wipe away American liberties”: All this hysterical and provocative talk invites, incites, and prepares a prefabricated justification for violence.
Although I agree with Frum’s arguments here, I cannot help but smile at the irony of it. After all, David Frum, when he was a speech writer for G.W. Bush, coined the famous “axis of evil” and “smocking gun becoming a mushroom cloud” nonsense.