Whatever happened to the wise advice our parent passed down to us about teasing and name calling? Weren’t we all taught some version of “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”?
The crocodile tears from the Washington crowd about “overheated rhetoric” leading to violence is almost beyond parody. The politicians, pundits, and journalists pushing this meme are worse than soccer players and field goal kickers who drop to the ground and feign injury in hopes of getting a cheap penalty call.
When Obama talked about bringing a gun to a knife fight during the 2008 campaign, Republicans looked like fools for acting like they were on the verge of fainting. Likewise, when Sarah Palin (or prominent Democrats) use cross-hairs or bulls-eyes to indicate races they are targeting, it is silly for people to act like this means a death threat.
Grow up people.
Obviously, if any politicians or their staffers actually instigate criminal behavior, that’s a different story, but that’s almost inconceivable. I hold politicians in very low regard, and I’m perfectly comfortable in assuming lies, corruption, and other bad things. Even I would be shocked, however, to find a lawmaker willing to deliberately provoke violence.