Sarah Palin urges people to “reload.” And Sean Hannity calls tea baggers “Timothy McVeigh” wanna-bes.”
You think the right-wing language is getting a little too violent? You ain’t heard nothin’ yet.
Red state blogger and CNN contributor Erick Erickson refuses to fill out his census form. Which means a local census worker might show up at his home. If so, warns, Erickson – and I quote him directly – I’m gonna “pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little twerp likes being scared at the door.”
Now, there’s only one way to read that: he is threatening the life of a federal agent. Which is exactly what nine members of a Michigan militia group were arrested and thrown in prison for last week.
So, what I want to know is:
Why is Mr. Erickson still at large? He is as dangerous as any member of any armed militia who threatens the life of federal agents.
And why is Mr. Erickson still on CNN’s payroll? There should be no place for that kind of violent language on American television. Not even on Fox. Certainly, not on CNN.
Two things to remember: One, the census is no threat to anybody, and it IS required by the U.S. Constitution.
Two, I’m all for freedom of speech, but threats to assassinate government officials is not protected by the First Amendment.
Lock Erick Erickson up – and throw the key away.
That’s my parting shot for today.