In a bizarre counter to the rather obvious charge that inciting to violence makes one responsible for the violence that occurs, Eric Cantor is now accusing Democrats who have been the victim of attacks inspired by the right of creating violence by reporting them. This has as much validity of accusing the domestic violence victim of provoking the attacker.
It is hardly surprising that the right wing seeks to distance itself from the hateful screed it has woven and the brownshirt image that it has created.
Rep. Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, said Thursday that a bullet had been fired through a window at his campaign office in Richmond, Virginia.
A Richmond police spokeswoman confirmed to CNN that a bullet was fired at the congressman’s office. "We are investigating the circumstance surrounding it," spokeswoman Karla Peters said.
Cantor also said that he had received threatening messages but that he would not publicly release the messages out of concern that doing so would only incite further violence.
He also accused Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland — a member of the Democratic House leadership — of "fanning the flames" of violence by using threats that have been made against Democratic members "as political weapons."
"Enough is enough," Cantor said. "It has to stop."
Indeed, enough was enough when right wing miscreants charged Democrats with setting up death panels to knock off our grandmothers so expenses would be lowered, and of raising costs that they were actually lowering, and a multitude of other totally baseless accusations. It was enough when the right wing representatives appealed to their base with appeals for personal freedoms that would be denied if health care were provided them through the ‘government takeover’ that now supplies their own health care needs.
The blatant politicization of their violence-prone base through mottoes like ‘we came unarmed THIS time’ and ‘armed and dangerous’ has provoked quite predictable violence. Now the right wing wants to accuse the Democrats of provoking their attackers. It’s a tactic that does not offend those who are hell bent on taking over a country that voted them out of power for tactics just like these.