It was back in 2006 when David Neiwert wrote a new piece on the ever-increasing spectre of right-wing eliminationist rhetoric -- the practice of not just disagreeing with your ideological opponent, but descending into language involving accusations of anti-Americanism, treason and so on; suggesting that the proper response was to simply, well, eliminate those kinds of troublemakers for the good of the country.
And very few on the right saw a problem with this. After all, what could possibly go wrong? Oopsie:
Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity on accused shooter's reading list
4-page letter outlines frustration, hatred of 'liberal movement'
... Inside the [shooter's] house, officers found "Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder" by radio talk show host Michael Savage, "Let Freedom Ring" by talk show host Sean Hannity, and "The O'Reilly Factor," by television talk show host Bill O'Reilly.
Wow ... who could have seen that coming? I mean, after spewing eliminationist propaganda all over the airwaves for years, who could possibly have imagined that someone would finally take you seriously and do something about it?
This is your fault, whingers. Make absolutely no mistake -- deranged shooter Jim David Adkisson is your creation. You primed him, you encouraged him, you pointed him at the correct targets ... and you let him loose to murder two people.
Again, make sure you understand this -- Jim David Adkisson is your creation. Yours, and Bill O'Reilly's, and Michael Savage's, and Ann Coulter's, and every other frothing right-wing lunatic who has encouraged his or her fans to kill lefties, but always blows it off later as humour, hey, I was just kidding, can't you people take a joke, but seriously, those lefties are really all traitors who love terrorists, know what I mean, nudge nudge, wink wink?
Are you paying attention, Stephen Taylor? Does it bother you in the least the increasing number of accusations amongst the membership of the Blogging Tories painting lefties as traitors? Or as loving terrorists? Or hating Canada? Does it make you even remotely nervous to have as a member of the Blogging Tories one "Neo Conservative," who has an uncomfortably creepy obsession with anything related to violent crime?
This is your heads-up, Stephen, because -- as we all know -- once it happens down there, it's inevitably going to migrate up here. And when it does happen, wouldn't it be a kick in the nads if it turned out to be one of your precious BTs? I mean, wouldn't it be just hilarious if it turned out to be Neo? Oh, man, you would be on the receiving end of history's biggest "I told you so!"
But I'm sure I'm overreacting here, Stephen. I'm sure there's nothing to be concerned over. Neo's perpetual fetish for police news and murder statistics? Nothing to worry about. So he's obsessed with violent crime, particularly when it involves minorities. Everyone needs a hobby, I guess. And, after all, what can possibly go wrong? Right?
WHAT CHET SAID: Let the spin begin.