Tuesday, September 13, 2016

This week in violent rhetoric

Have you noticed how one of the two major political parties in America likes to talk in violent rhetoric? Here's a sample from just the past few days.

First up, Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin.
I did an interview and they said, “Do you think it’s possible, if Hillary Clinton were to win the election, do you think it’s possible that we’ll be able to survive? That we would ever be able to recover as a nation? [...] I do think it would be possible, but at what price? At what price? The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood, of who? The tyrants to be sure, but who else? The patriots. Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room.  Link
Yes, if Hillary is elected, there is apparently a significant chance that we won't even survive as a nation!  But it's okay, because blood will be shed in order to save the country. Please note, this is the GOVERNOR of a state saying that violence will be necessary if Hillary is elected President. (Admittedly, it's Kentucky, but still.)

Next up, Rudy 9/11 Giuliani continues his horror tour of attempted relevance.
The Geneva Conventions prohibit countries from seizing others' property, even in war -- the exact justification the United States used during its 1990 invasion of Iraq, after Iraq had seized Kuwait's oil.
But in an interview with ABC's on "This Week," George Stephanopoulos pressed the former New York City mayor over the legality of his claim, with Giuliani saying: "Of course it's legal. It's a war."
"Until the war is over, anything's legal," he said, laughing. "If we're going to have lost that many people in Iraq, we should have something to say about how that oil is distributed."  Link
Yep, good old Rudy wants plunderin' to be our national policy.  And then of course, a little ravaging wouldn't be out of line, would it? I mean, if we don't ravage their women, who will? It's war, after all.

Speaking of war, Donald Trump wants you to know that if those Iranians disrespect us with their fancy gestures and all, we'll just have to fill them full of lead.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday night, Donald Trump indicated that, as president, he would attack Iran if their sailors made improper gestures toward the U.S. Navy. After promising to build more ships for the Navy, which has a base in Pensacola, Trump tossed in an aside referencing the recent run-ins that U.S. warships have had with Iranian attack boats in the Persian Gulf. During those encounters, small Iranian speedboats controlled by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which opposes the country’s nuclear deal with the U.S., have harassed U.S. ships in ways the Navy has deemed “unsafe and unprofessional.” Said Trump, to the delight of the crowd, “When [the Iranians] circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats, and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water.”  Link

Yep. nothing like a war because somebody flipped off one of our "beautiful" destroyers.

And finally, what list would be complete without a pastor, an actual pastor, calling for people to be shot because he doesn't deem their protests American enough.
An Alabama pastor delivered a message on Friday that was not found in any Bible passage. He told the crowd at a high school football game to rise for the national anthem... or get shot.

“If you don’t want to stand for the National Anthem, you can line up over there by the fence and let our military personnel take a few shots AT you since they’re taking shots FOR you,” Pastor Allen Joyner said before a game in McKenzie, Alabama, according to a now-deleted Facebook post that was preserved in a number of places online:
Ahhh, America, love it or leave it. Protesting about things you don't like is just right out. Unless you're Trump, of course, who can badmouth the American military, the government, American cities, prisoners of war, the parents of dead soldiers, and anything else he decides he doesn't like. You see, that's okay and we'll vote for him. But if you protest the national anthem, well then you should be shot.

Any guesses as to which party all the people above belong to?  And what religion do you suppose they practice? Maybe the one with the "Prince of Peace"?

(Triple bonus points if you can find anything said by Democrats over the past week that even comes close to any of these violent statements. Good luck with that.)

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