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Death Threats — It’s Time to Dial Down the Passion and Rhetoric

This article deals with the contentious issue of impassioned rhetoric and the making of physical threats.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012: I awoke this morning after yesterday’s election to be greeted by people on various social media, making threats, either directly or indirectly, against the life of Gov. Scott Walker, his wife and even his children.

This is absolutely irresponsible and unacceptable behavior by those making the threats.

I don’t care how impassioned the contest is and how disappointed one is, no elected official should ever be subjected to threats towards them or their families. This type of behavior makes it impossible to engage in a meaningful dialogue. It cheapens the cause in which one is supporting and detracts from the credibility of one’s position.

We saw this type of behavior emerge shortly after the budget repair bill protests began and now that Gov. Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch have been reaffirmed after winning the recall against them, it is rearing its ugly head again. We on the left must make a stand and strongly condemn this thuggish behavior, stopping it whenever it emerges.

It is my hope that the media investigates the perpetrators and when identified, spread their names and images all over the front pages and the TV screens; followed by prosecution to the full extent of the law.

We on the left must take the moral high ground and refuse to be a part of such unsavory activity. I know how disrupting and unsettling such threats can be after experiencing threats from the extreme right. Let cooler heads prevail.

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Brian Carlson June 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Reading this thread its obvious to me that the issue preventing any sort of collaboration in our state is fundamentalism, not the specific beliefs of either "side." The take that the OTHER is always wrong, the stereotyping and monolithic thinking behind saying liberals think this or Republicans do that.... the ignorance of assuming one's own perspective is accurate, all encompassing and that whoever doesn't agree with it is misinformed, deluded, or even your enemy.... these things... are what hold us back. My god one guy here wants to warn the other side that they will be attacked by conservative deer hunters who are very skilled with their weapons.... lunacy. But there are less extreme statements that come from the same sort of narrow mindedness and even desire for a fight.
lolo peeg June 22, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I agree with Lyle, amazingly enough. My only comment is that it is worth keeping in mind that the death threats and innuendos, and the raunchy comments about Lt. Gov. Kleefisch and female GOP senators, started February 2011, and I can't recall that Republicans ever responded in kind. Its dangerous to generalize, but I think conservatives are better at decorum and behaving themselves. Bad behavior almost seems endemic among some lefties. Lyle is a voice of sanity, but he will be drowned out by the radicals in his party
lolo peeg June 22, 2012 at 03:56 AM
The difference is this: Taxpayers pay the salaries and benefits of the government sector employees, whereas (most) billionaires made their money on their own.
lolo peeg June 22, 2012 at 04:05 AM
I agree with Brian and Lyle. Liberalism will never die (because there are lots of lazy people that would rather stick their hands out than work for a living), nor will conservatives (because many will want to work hard, get ahead, and live better). Conservatives need to be continually vigilant, because there will always be lazy people who try to appropriate what the wealthy have earned.
lolo peeg June 22, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I agree . WEAC is THE problem. The demonstrations of 2011 at the Capitol showed us the true face of compassionate liberalism--Gov. Walker in crosshairs and likened to Hitler, etc. etc. I never saw the political right respond in kind. Au contraire, our Governor was the model of decorum and decency.

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