Ben Franklin: Mr. Dickinson I’m surprised at you, a rebellion is always legal in the first person, such as “our rebellion.” It is only in the third person – “their rebellion” – that it becomes illegal.
We’ve been hearing all about how it’s necessary to get dangerous weapons away from fringe extremists. Every day MSNBC has been pummeling the 4 million members of the NRA and Morning “565k viewers” Joe has calling them fringe extremists.
I can certainly understand their worry. If you take a group of political extremists who fanatically believe in their cause and the evil of their enemies it doesn’t take much for them to device to try to slaughter recently re-elected executive who they consider a tyrant.
If the NRA isn’t stopped I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until we see stories like this on MSNBC:
The man, Kvon R. Smith, had reportedly used Facebook to threaten to do harm at the Capitol. Law enforcement was ready for him and arrested him as he attempted to enter the building. Smith then reportedly claimed to have a Molotov cocktail in his backpack. Police evacuated portions of the capitol building and a bomb squad reportedly arrived and handled the backpack. Police did not say whether or not the backpack contained the explosive device the man allegedly claimed it did.
And then discover that such a fellow has been on twitter talking politics .
Why I wouldn’t be surprised if such a guy even made videos showing his Molotov cocktails on facebook.
And when it happens we’ll demand strong statements from the right, like this:
Political violence is terrible and we must vigorously condemn it where ever we even suspect it; thus is the rule for all those violent-minded Tea Partiers. We must make it clear to them that political violence is unacceptable. And those who don’t make that clear — opinion leaders on the right, for example, who don’t condemn the idea of political violence upon command — are aiding and abetting the violence, encouraging it through their silence, their tacit approval.
The public can be sure that the good folks at MSNBC in general and Morning Joe in particular will lead with the story, decry those who promote such political violence and vigorously question those who might be the political allies to make sure they feel the heat for supporting and encouraging such unstable people ready to commit murder for a cause.
Unless of course like Tuesday the person is an occupied, his target is Republican Scott Walker and his political persuasion is support of the left and Barack Obama.
If that’s the case then MSNBC and Morning Joe will react thus:
Oh just a note. Morning Joe started 54 minutes ago. Not a word about this yet…
…nothing to see here, move along.