See my post dated January 14, 2011.
In Their Own Words: Vicious, incendiary quotes by right-wing politicians and media pundits that tend to divide, demonize, generate/implant/reinforce paranoid fears about elected government and adversaries (real or imagined) of American neo-conservatism.
There simply are no comparable examples coming from pundits and politicians on the other side of the political spectrum. If anyone can find them, please post in the comments section.
''I am not saying that Barack Obama is a fascist. If I'm not mistaken, in the early days of Adolf Hitler, they were very happy to line up for help there as well. I mean, the companies were like, 'Hey, wait a minute. We can get, you know, we can get out of trouble here. They can help, et cetera, et cetera.''
—Glenn Beck, April 1, 2009, comparing government bailouts of auto companies to actions of German companies during the rise of Hitler
''This president I think has exposed himself over and over again as a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture....I'm not saying he doesn't like white people, I'm saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.''
—Glenn Beck July 28, 2009, on President Obama
''Every night I get down on my knees and pray that Dennis Kucinich will burst into flames.''
—Glenn Beck, in 2003
''When you see the effects of what they're doing to the economy, remember these words: We will survive. No -- we'll do better than survive, we will thrive. As long as these people are not in control. They are taking you to a place to be slaughtered!''
—Glenn Beck, Nov. 3, 2009, on FOX News
''I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. ... No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out. Is this wrong?''
—Glenn Beck, May 17, 2005, responding to the question 'What would people do for $50 million?'
"I really just really wanted to thank you having me over here to Wine Country, you know. To be invited, I thought I had to be a major Democratic donor, or a longtime friend of yours, which I'm not. By the way, I put poison in your — no ..."
—Glenn Beck, August 5, 2009, on FOX News in which he did a sketch where he pretended to be at a Pelosi fundraising event, drinking wine with the speaker.
"We have become, or are becoming, enslaved by the government... I dare ‘em to to try to come to throw me in jail. I dare ‘em to. [I’ll] pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door."
—Erick Erickson, managing editor of right-wing Red State blog and a CNN commentator, April 1, 2009, on a radio show, referring to federal census takers
"We're in a war. The other side knows they are at war, because they started it," said Larry Pratt, president of the Gun Owners of America. "They are coming for our freedom, for our money, for our kids, for our property. They are coming for everything because they are a bunch of socialists."
—Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, speaking the Second Amendment March in Washington D.C., April 19, 2010
[A nearly endless flow of examples]
[A nearly endless flow of examples]
"I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us 'having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,' and the people -- we the people -- are going to have to fight back hard if we're not going to lose our country."
—Rep. Michele Bachmann, March 2009
''We're on to them; we're on to this gangster government.''
—Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), at the Tea Party's Tax Day protest in Wahington, D.C., April 15, 2010
"I hope that's not where we're going, but you know if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out."
—Nevada GOP Senate nominee and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle, floating the possibility of armed insurrection, interview with right-wing talk radio host Lars Larson in Portland, OR, January 2010
"The Second Amendment is the right to keep and bear arms for our citizenry...This is for us...This is for us when our government becomes tyrannical..."
''[An] Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug.''
—Mark Williams, national spokesman for the Tea Party Express, on President Obama
''As your governor, you're going to be seeing a lot of me on the front page, saying 'Governor LePage tells Obama to go to hell.'''
—Maine Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage, who is backed by the Tea Party, Sept. 29, 2010
''He has no place in any station of government and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity.''
—Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), member of the Tea Party Caucus, on President Obama's decision to fund international family planning organizations that support legal abortion, Sept. 26, 2009
[Thinly veiled references, like “lock & load” and crosshair sights on websites]