When you read THIS about a protester encouraging others to bring guns and also to get violent you have to ask — isn’t it clear where this is heading? And then there’s THIS threat from an apparent protest saying if things keep up the town hall proponents are going to find out about the second amendment.
This is a classic escalation. Can’t we just envision the future headline now?
Note the role of talk radio hosts (Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh) in helping to get out listeners, after getting them angry with their depictions of the town halls and heal care reform. Talk radio is the real town hall for partisans of the left and the right and a rallying point. In this case, the talkers are helping to get angry people out to the events (Limbaugh giving out the address) who in some case don’t want to discuss points of health care reform.
The real question now seems to be this:
Which side will discredit itself first?
Joe Gandelman is a former fulltime journalist who freelanced in India, Spain, Bangladesh and Cypress writing for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. He also did radio reports from Madrid for NPR’s All Things Considered. He has worked on two U.S. newspapers and quit the news biz in 1990 to go into entertainment. He also has written for The Week and several online publications, did a column for Cagle Cartoons Syndicate and has appeared on CNN.