The Guns of August by Frank Rich

Frank Rich/The New York Times

Frank Rich/The New York Times

Posted by Audiegrl

“IT is time to water the tree of liberty” said the sign carried by a gun-toting protester milling outside President Obama’s town-hall meeting in New Hampshire two weeks ago. The Thomas Jefferson quote that inspired this message, of course, said nothing about water: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” That’s the beauty of a gun — you don’t have to spell out the “blood.”

The protester was a nut. America has never had a shortage of them. But what’s Tom Coburn’s excuse? Coburn is a Republican senator from Oklahoma, where 168 people were murdered by right-wing psychopaths who bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995. Their leader, Timothy McVeigh, had the Jefferson quote on his T-shirt when he committed this act of mass murder. Yet last Sunday, when asked by David Gregory on “Meet the Press” if he was troubled by current threats of “violence against the government,” Coburn blamed not the nuts but the government.–Frank Rich

Take some time and read the whole op-ed by clicking here.

****Update
On DKos teacherken has an excellent diary titled “Two columns, two papers, have some still not learned?”. It joins the ‘Guns of August‘ column and the Washington Post op-ed ‘A Cold Case, Still Burning‘ written by Jerry Mitchell. Teacherken did a wonderful and thought provoking diary tying both columns together. It really makes you think…

Click here to check it out.

1 Comment

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One response to “The Guns of August by Frank Rich

  1. I’m hoping what we’re seeing is the death-throes of the far-right ideology. These are people lashing out from fear of the unknown and the “other”.

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