In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the recent indications of anti-government violence (which have continued since I put the article to bed), and the conservative rhetoric that helps stoke those flames.
Forget the occasional use of violent metaphors, or Sarah Palin's cross-haired targets; the problem lies in "responsible" conservatives using rhetoric describing the current government as illegitimate, unconstitutional, tyrannical, and totalitarian.
As this blog's readers know, I've been an avid follower of the "Comrade of the Month" award instituted this year by conservative advocacy group Club for Growth. So I've been quite frustrated this summer. First, they gave the June award to all 219 House members who voted in favor of the Waxman-Markey energy/environment (ie, cap-and-trade) bill, which was such a broad brush that it really didn't lend itself to my ongoing critiques.