At The Washington Post,, Paul Waldman asks, "How much does right-wing rhetoric contribute to right-wing terrorism?" He offers this as one example:
... conservatives have become prone to taking the political disagreements of the moment and couching them in apocalyptic terms, encouraging people to think that if Democrats have their way on any given debate, that our country, or at the very least our liberty, might literally be destroyed.This, of course, really gets up the nose of the Federalist's David Harsanyi:
To take just one of an innumerable number of examples, when GOP Senator Ron Johnson says that the Affordable Care Act is "the greatest assault on freedom in our lifetime," and hopes that the Supreme Court will intervene to preserve our "last shred of freedom," is it at all surprising that some people might be tempted to take up arms?
Yes, of course it would be surprising....It doesn't? Well, how about the rest of what Johnson said in that same interview?
Now, some of you would-be enablers of terrorism might argue that an individual mandate that allows government to coerce all citizen to purchase a product on the open market is, as far as policy goes, unprecedented. So it could be argued, reasonably, that it constitutes one of the most serious "assaults" on individual freedom in recent memory. Nothing in that statement, though, intimates that Americans should ambush their local police officers. Nothing in that statement implies that that you "harbor anti-government ideology."
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) called Obamacare the "greatest assault on freedom in our lifetime" in an interview with the Atlas Society.(Emphasis added.)
... He said he ran for Senate in 2010 because of President Barack Obama's health care law, which he called "greatest assault on freedom in our lifetime." He said that "collectively" Americans were suffering from Stockholm Syndrome due to the loss of their freedoms.
"So we're going to the Supreme Court, begging them please, please allow us this one last shred of freedom," he said....
Johnson told the Objectivist group that he "absolutely" saw parallels between the plot of the Ayn Rand novel "Atlas Shrugged" and current events, citing [liberal and moderate] CEOs' support for the group "Fix The Debt," which favors raising taxes on the rich.
So, according to Johnson, America now resembles a novel in which economic tyranny inspires revolutionaries attack the government, which ultimately collapses.
Yeah, I can't see why anyone would think statements like that are an incitement to violence.