That's par for the course, though, naturally. As Confederate Yankee so aptly put it earlier this week, "The Real Extremists Are on the Left." (Leftists at a CBS News blog suggested conservatives should be arrested and shot while "attempting to escape.")
So it's no surprise to see the genuinely evil hatred at The Swash Zone blog this week. The blog's proprietor, (O)CT(O)PUS, has declared a jihad against the "racist" conservative "birthers" and "teabaggers." See, "THE GRAND INSURRECTION PARTY AND THE POLITICS OF TREASON":
The party out of power has devolved from the Loyal Opposition Party to the Oppositional-Defiant Party,” and now the “Grand Insurrection Party.” The time-honored art of political compromise and consensus is dead. The GOP has opted out of participatory democracy.If you check that link cited by (O)CT(O)PUS at bottom there, it goes to a site spreading more of the same leftists hysteria and smears surrounding the William Sparkman murder. Of course, as Ann Althouse noted recently - reflecting the view of more reasoned individuals, "I'd say that Sparkman, doing his census work, encountered a criminal enterprise — perhaps a drug lab — out where people thought no one would — or should — be coming around."
Samuel Johnson once said: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Your humble Octopus disagrees. The U.S. Constitution affords plenty of mud-wiggle room for scoundrels. If patriotism is the first refuge, the First Amendment is the next, where cowards assert their bigotry and stupidity by saying anything they want under Constitutional protection, or so they think. The Second Amendment offers yet another refuge: When reason and civil discourse fail, the malcontents and misfits of the GOP invoke this Amendment to incite others to violence by proxy, or so they think. The fear-mongering, hate-mongering scoundrels of the GOP overlook a fundamental point.
We have the same rights. We won the last two elections. We have a mandate to reverse the failed policies of the GOP whether they like it or not. With each passing day, the GOP has pushed political discourse beyond the fringes of civilization, and the time is long overdue to hold them accountable before more people get killed. I will defend my politics, my principles, and my person with words as I must and with arms (all 8 of them) if necessary. Octopus hath spoken.
The real crazies are the radical leftists who can't tolerate passionate dissent. From Barack Obama to Nancy Pelosi, and then on down to the most frighteningly nihilistic elements of the extreme-left blogosphere, the Democratic Party looks increasingly intent to crush the free speech rights of traditional Americans concerned about real, rising threats of Democratic authoritarianism. It's quite amazing, really.