It’s no surprise that the FBI yesterday reported a record number of threats against members of Congress.
The only surprise is – that some people were surprised.
As first reported by POLITICO, members of Congress have received more serious threats against themselves and members of their families than ever before.
One caller, for example, told Congressman Heath Shuler of Asheville that he would kill him if he voted for the stimulus package. Another threatened to assassinate Senator Debbie Stabenow because she suggested, on this radio show, that it might be time to consider bringing back the Fairness Doctrine.
But nobody should be surprised at this sudden increase in threats of violence – because, as I document in my new book, TOXIC TALK, the airwaves are full of violent language coming from right-wing talk show hosts.
And, after hearing the constant stream of hate talk from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, and others, some people will take that poison as an invitation to commit hateful acts.
Remember, after Ford Hood? Everybody was more than willing to blame the mass killing by Major Nidal Hassan on the anti-American rhetoric he had heard from Imam Anwar al-Awlaki.
All the more reason to blame today’s threats of violence on the anti-American rhetoric heard every day from right-wing talk show hosts.
That’s my parting shot for today.