40 Violent Incidents and the Right-Wing Rhetoric that Presaged Them
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June 2010—Rick Barber, a Tea Party candidate seeking the Republican nomination in Alabama's Second Congressional District, runs a campaign ad in which he dicusses contemporary political issues with America's Founding Fathers. After Barber states " I would impeach him" and rails about the " progressive income tax," the Internal Revenue Service, and health care reform, a Founding Father replies, " Gather your armies." Several Founding Fathers are depicted as being armed with pistols.
June 9, 2010—Addressing the Obama administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress, FOX commentator Glenn Beck says, " Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government—I will stand against you. And so will millions of others." Beck also compares American Progressives to Osama bin Laden and claims " they want to overthrow our entire system of government."
June 27, 2010—Rick Barber, a Tea Party candidate seeking the Republican nomination in Alabama's Second Congressional District, runs a campaign ad in which he compares taxation and " the tyrannical health care bill" to slavery and the extermination of Jews in Nazi Germany. " We live in perilous times ... We are all becoming slaves to our government," Barber warns. The " army of voters" depicted in the ad includes individuals who are openly armed with guns. In a follow-up editorial in the Washington Post, Barber makes reference to " the possibility of evil conducted on a grand scale" and states, " Totalitarianism doesn't come all at once ... The road to serfdom is a long one, but I fear that we are well
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