Conservatives have every right to be upset about their candidate Michele Bachmann being "glittered" by LGBT rights activist Rachel Lang of Minnesota. This is clearly an "over-the-top" tactic that involved the indignity of (almost) getting colored confetti on her Sunday-best, and worse, calling unwilling attention to her ex-gay and anti-gay rhetoric.
But the conservative response is going far beyond outrage about rainbow glitter, indignity or off-messaging. Their calls include not only demands for jail, but extend to calls for assault, assault with a weapon, battery with intent to commit bodily harm, corrective rape, shooting and hanging. On at least one website, the workplace of the glitterer has been published online, along with oblique suggestions of retaliatory violence against her.
Who Are The Violent Ones?
There is no recognition of the fact that the vast majority of the calls for violence, as well as the recent actual violence has, in fact, come from the right. The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The assassination of George Tiller. The bomb planted along the MLK day parade route in Spokane. The Glenn Beck follower who got into a shootout with police after being stopped from attacking the Tides Foundation. The Unitarian Church murders. The arson attack against the mosque construction site in Tennessee. Rocks thrown through the windows of the offices of at least three or four congresspeople and one local Democratic committee. The antigovernment/militia father and son who bombed a bank in Oregon, killing two police officers and wounding a third. Another anti-government father-son duo who murdered two police officers who stopped them on the freeway. The tax protester who flew a plane into an IRS building. The anti-Obama right-wing nut who killed three police officers in Pittsburgh because he was convinced that Obama was going to institute a fascist state.The Hutaree militia members who conspired to murder police officers as the beginning of a war on the government. The murder of a security guard at the Holocaust Museum by a neo-Nazi. Mail bombs sent to Janet Napolitano and other administration officials.
But no matter, the glitterers are the "violent" ones who deserve to be shot, hung, stabbed, raped, beaten and jailed.
Mike Huckabee and Glenn Beck Get Angry
Mike Huckabee himself argues vehemently that glitterers should be jailed.
Meanwhile, on Glenn Beck's The Blaze website, it calls for arrests. Commentators advocate violence, and this refers to nearly all of the hundreds of comments, not merely a few here and there. One calls GetEqual a terrorist group, and suggests sending them, as well as police officers who fail to prevent glittering, off to Guantanamo Bay prison:
"This group "GetEQUAL" should be held accountable for supporting, aiding and training terrorists to do terrorist acts. It doesn't matter if it's glitter or anything else because it could just as easily be something deadly that they attack with and if they get to believing that the cops will not do anything at all to them, that will empower them to use deadly force soon and then the cops should also be held accountable for the terroristic acts! Put them ALL in Guantanemo with the other terrorists!"
Here are a number of other individual comments, and that is just on the first page of ten pages of comments:
...[The] left would be looking at their very violent end. I think that would be the spark that would open the floodgates to anarchy.
...you'll get lead thrown back at you...you come at me with some crap like that, you're history.
...this is exactly what Concealed Carry is for: our self-defense against these democrat deviate criminals..
Bust a few heads and they'll stop.
BreibartTV.com Says It's Open Season On Liberals
Andrew Breitbart's website showing a video of the glittering features comments posting Rachel Lang's workplace address and suggesting violence against her. Here are some of the comments:
...start taking liberals down en masse
...someone is going to get dropped like a wet sack of cement. Got it pinkos?
They should of tackled her and led her off in chains
...you silly little proggies are going to get tackled and beaten to a pulp!
...Secret Service should have tackled her arse to the ground (and I'm talking about a linbacker takedown)
The Congresswoman's protectors should have shot and killed this liberal bitch
Well, I say screw the lawsuits ...tis OPEN SEASON - every second of every day until these mean-spirited, anti-American bastards either leave this country or change their evil ways.
I forgot Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords. Liberalism is corrosive on all levels. On the street, in the courts, and in all levels of government.
I need to stock up on some of that hollow-point glitter.. (nudge-nudge, wink-wink)...
...Taser, arrest, jail and prosecution for assault
...I say we nominate the next lib male troll here to try and get her back into men
...those knuckleheads needs to be leveled by security...a bloody nose or a sprained arm
Personally, I would have tased her
If I was security, I would have done a 'Bill Goldberg spear' ( youtube it) on that hermaphrodite and then rubbed that glitter in her eyes in the 'struggle'.
Maybe if some of them do 10 to 20 in Maximum Security, it might change their minds. Although a gay person in prison might think he's in a candy shoppe.
I'd say something about "lock and load" or "crosshairs" ...but I'll save that for later. Let's get 'em !!!
MichelleMalkin.com Says Beat The Sh*t Out of Them
Michelle Malkin's website, which tried to make the point that the glitter never actually touched Rep. Bachmann, also had a majority of comments advocating violence. On MichelleMalkin.com:
A really hard Dick Butkus style hit that blows the perp about 20 yards away in a pile of pain? Glitter should stick pretty well to the bloody pulp.
A attack by glitter should be treated equally with a chemical attack.
...on the receiving end of a right hook.
...I pray the next person who pulls this stoopid stunt gets the ever loving sh*t beat out of him.
Another conservative website, Weasel Zippers, also has a majority of comments advocating violence:
Really???? I would like to welcome glitter girl into the broken front teeth hall of fame.
...SLAP THE TOTAL SHIT OUT OF THE LOSER FREAKS
Secret service should jump them hard, take them down
Bachmans people should have put this person down in a heartbeat...
I would love to throw everyone of the code pink bitches off a cliff
Somebody get a rope.....
Someone should have tackled the dumb bitch
This Is Not Just A Few Angry People
Make no mistake, this is not simply a few disgruntled, angry and violent people, this is the Conservative zeitgeist, a worldview which revels in anger about a changing world, use of law to demonize those whom they view as different - African-Americans, Latinos, immigrants, gays, the poor, and, when they think no one is looking or it is somehow justified, violence.
The Glitterers are exposing something much more nasty than simply anti-gay rhetoric. This is anti-gay rhetoric stretched paper thin over anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-liberal violence. It is just waiting and yearning to be brought out. And make no mistake -- it will come out. Now is the time to call it out.
This is the maelstrom into which we are all descending, regardless of how reasonable we may be. Sure, glittering is over-the-top, undignified, and even improper if it puts someone in reasonable fear of bodily harm (though that is unlikely), but violence it is not.
But that don't make no never mind to these people, to whom violent thought is a habit, calling for violent deeds is a political modus operandi, and who are silent when their violent thoughts and calls for violence result in violence, instead seeking for some way to blame the "liberals" for the violence they created but for which they seek to disown responsibility.