But as usual, I'm left not entirely convinced there's a 'right' and a 'wrong' side of this argument (and definitely not convinced that I'm on the right side of it!)
Yes, it's ridiculous to blame a random politician for some nutjob with a gun. Likewise, any talk of censorship is offensive.
Yet, you know what? After a few Google searches you do indeed come up with some plum quotes from the right wing that are, at this exact point in time, inopportune:
- Sarah Palin, Tea Party sweetheart, M.I.L.F.: “Don’t Retreat…RELOAD!”
- Rush Limbargh, Talk Radio personality, drug addict: "I tell people don't kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on every campus – living fossils – so we will never forget what these people stood for."
- Phill Gramm, Republican Senator: "We're going to keep building the party until we're hunting Democrats with dogs."
- James Hansen, Republican congressman: (talking about Bill Clinton) "Get rid of the guy. Impreach him, censure him, assassinate him."
- John Derbyshire, right wing alleged journalist, suggested that Chelsea Clinton had "the taint" and therefore she should "be killed."
- Ann Coulter, right wing media personality, skank: "We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too."
- Ann Coulter, right wing media personality, skank: "My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building."
- Glenn Beck, right wing media tycoon, windbag: "I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore. Could I could kill him myself? Or if I would need to hire somebody to do it? No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out -- is this wrong?"
- Sharon Angle, Nevada Republican: “There are 2nd amendment remedies to take down an out-of-control congress.”
But right now, with the uncompromising attention of the world's media on the more outspoken members of the right wing media, it doesn't make them look good. Not at all.
I don't think they should be censored - but even I'd admit that it would be a good think it they started to think considerably more seriously about just what it is they flippantly say on a radio or TV show.