In AZ, Rep Giffords endured vandalism and threats. She said,
Of course we all have the right to free speech. But with rights come responsibilities. No one sensible wants to ban language, just re-establish sensible norms of usage. No one thinks Sarah Palin advocates actual violence, but she foments outrage using the language of violence. When Palin, on the campaign trail, went on and on about Obama, a supporter shouted "kill him!" and she did not reprimand him. The right's rhetoric is not against the ideas of the left, but against the left's very existence. And the consequences to such language, used intemperately, are dangerous, as we've discussed before.
H/T to ELizabeth Kaeton for finding this quote from John Cole:
The point we have been trying to make for the last couple of years is that Republicans need to stop whipping up crazy people with violent political rhetoric. This is really not a hard concept t
o follow. There are crazy people out there. Stop egging them on.
More examples of language and events here