Monday, February 22, 2010

Tell Me Why

The right-wing is allowed to talk very violent without much public disapproval while the blogs are touted as the place where people say fuck too much. Very recent examples of the former (for the latter, read my previous sentence):

Politicians courting the Tea Party movement are also alluding to Patriot dogma. At a Tea Party protest in Las Vegas, Joe Heck, a Republican running for Congress, blamed both the Democratic and Republican Parties for moving the country toward "socialistic tyranny." In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican seeking re-election, threw his support behind the state sovereignty movement. And in Indiana, Richard Behney, a Republican Senate candidate, told Tea Party supporters what he would do if the 2010 elections did not produce results to his liking: "I'm cleaning my guns and getting ready for the big show. And I'm serious about that, and I bet you are, too."


Conservative darling and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told a conservative crowd in Washington Friday that activists should "smash the window" of big government with a golf club, referring in a joke to Elin Woods, the wife of golf megastar Tiger Woods.

"She said, I've had enough," Pawlenty said. "We should take a page out of her playbook and take a 9-iron and smash the window out of big government."

Woods' wife reportedly used a nine-iron to take out the window of an SUV Tiger was driving prior to a crash.

Bolds are mine. These make Glenn Beck's lovely argument that "progressivism" is a cancer on America pale in comparison, though of course we do tend to attack cancer rather than listen to its side of the argument.

Using violent metaphors is not a good idea in a country where guns are easy to get hold of and where small planes owned by the impoverished can flow into IRS buildings.

But you know that, of course. Still, it's curious how the presumed rage of the lefty blogs crops up more often in mainstream discussions than the actually demonstrated rage of certain strands of the right.