Republican leadership and right wing talking heads began by using rhetoric that inflamed the lunatic libertarian right wing fringe to violence-- and then blamed the Democrats for mentioning that very real and dangerous insightment of violence--and then they turned around and castigated the Democrats for mentioning their reprehensible behavior in Democratic fund raising messages.
I watched in utter amazement as Candy Crowley of CNN grilled David Axelrod in bulldog fashion, and tried over and over again to blame the Democrats for escalating the current political animosity by merely mentioning the violence and threats of violence emanating from the right in Democratic fund raising appeals. When that failed she pulled the same loaded question on her next quest Senator Barbara Mikulski.
Blame the victim is a favorite attack of the right. What makes this hypocrisy even more telling is that when asked to sign a pledge for bipartisan civility the RNC (Republican Nazi Committee) chairman Michael Steele said through a spokesman that, "The Republican National Committee will not sign the civility statement condemning threats and vandalism against members of Congress."
Do you think there's any connection between the universal adamantine objections of every Republican in the House and Senate and the legions of Insurance, Drug and various other corporate special interest lobbyists flooding, the campaign chests of these Congressmen with millions of dollars of contributions and plastering the American air waves with distortions and lies, about a Bill that would benefit the vast majority of Americans?
To be sure, there is a cynical calculated effort by these fascist thugs to highjack the American political process, and enslave the American people to Corporate interests that have taken over this country. What do you think "the Bank Bailout" was but corporate welfare under the Bush administration? How did a republican appointee in the last hours of a republican Presidency dump a trillion dollar windfall into the laps of American Bankers? And then in a Machiavellian twist blame Obama for it.
"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power."
--Benito Mussolini, Fascist dictator of Italy--
"Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism. I'm afraid, based on my own long experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security."
--Sen. Huey Long--
"Without exhaustive debate, even heated debate, of ideas and programs, free government would weaken and wither. But if we allow ourselves to be persuaded that every individual or party that takes issue with our own convictions is necessarily wicked or treasonous then, indeed, we are approaching the end of freedom's road."
--Dwight D. Eisenhower--
"The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power...
Still another danger is represented by those who, paying lip service to democracy and the common welfare in their insatiable greed for money and the power which money gives, do not hesitate surreptitiously to evade the laws designed to safeguard the public from monopolistic extortion...
They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection."
--Henry A. Wallace, 1944--
"There are troubling signs: Republican operatives disrupting a Florida vote recount by force; trashing the Constitution (as well as traditional safeguards of military law of the Geneva Convention) to go after an open-ended category of "terrorists"; the adoption of a frank imperial mindset and pre-emptive war; sympathy in some conservative quarters for violence against abortion clinics and ATF agents; a switch to recount-less, receipt-less, Republican-provided electronic voting systems.