This issue is not nearly as black and white as you would like to make it. There are reasonable lines that can be drawn be people with consciences. We're not talking about "jusifying violence" here. We're talking about sloppily haranging people using violent terms without regard for their potential impact. Did Boehner have to say Rep. Driehaus "may be a dead man"? No, he chose to say it, and his saying it lead directly to death threats against Driehaus. That's a long, long ways from Taxi Driver.
Originally Posted by gcoll
Look, I'm not saying that any of this kind of speech should be prohibited. I am saying that people who irresponsibly use this kind of speech shouldn't be supported, and should be told by their constituents and peers that it's unacceptable.
Btw, I have no idea what your reference to "the Islam issue" is in this context. Perhaps you are mistakenly demanding that I be consistent with someone else's stances?
A riot, said Martin Luther King, is the language of the unheard.