Eugene Robinson at the Washington Post discusses why the heated rhetoric among prominent right politicians and pundits is particularly bad for our society.

It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree by saying that there are “crazies on both sides.” This simply is not true.

There was a time when the far left was a spawning ground for political violence … But for the most part, far-left violence in this country has gone the way of the leisure suit and the AMC Gremlin …

By contrast, there has been explosive growth among far-right, militia-type groups that identify themselves as white supremacists, “constitutionalists,” tax protesters and religious soldiers determined to kill people to uphold “Christian” values. […]

Demagogues scream at people that their government is illegitimate, that their country has been “taken away,” that their elected officials are “traitors” and that their freedom is at risk. They have a right to free speech, which I will always defend. But they shouldn’t be surprised if some listeners take them literally.

Those on the right blamed for this incendiary language often chalk it up to there being radicals on both sides of American politics. Yet, as Robinson notes, this culture of political violence hasn’t been stoked in recent years/months by the left. It’s been the well-known conservative politicians and pundits talking about “reloading” and the like.

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