Guess who wants to kill Mitt Romney?

Democrats are quick to point at Republicans as 'gun-toting' and aggressive. But Democrats are hardly exemplars of pacifism

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Do caricatures of Romney motivate such violent hatred?
On 6 September 2012 17:24

America has had its fair share of problems regarding violence, especially when it comes to its politics. 

From the assassinations of its presidents, to more recent attempted murders such as that of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, it almost seems like violence is inherently a part of the American political psyche.

Many are quick to point at the Second Amendment, claiming that a country that enables its citizens to purchase and carry weapons relatively easily should not expect anything but violence in return for the freedom. This is a misnomer promoted particularly by the Democratic Party, whose representatives are, more often than not, campaigning for a reduction in gun rights for American citizens.

But violence doesn't end with gun control, and it doesn't start or finish with the Republican Party either, no matter how many Brady Campaign press releases you read.

Democrats are as loose with violent rhetoric as anyone else, and critics have argued that while the Tea Party may believe in gun rights and self-defence, true violence was exercised within the hard-left 'Occupy' movements that sprung up around the time of the most recent financial collapse.

With these facts in mind, it is disturbing to note the video recently posted on The Blaze. 

Democratically elected leaders, no matter how corrupt, oleaginous and repugnant you might think they are, should not have to endure threats upon their life in a civilised Western country.

Perhaps the lady being questioned in the video allowed her emotions to get the better of her, but nonetheless, it should be agreed that making statements such as, "If I see [Mitt Romney] I would like to kill him" complete with throttling gestures to camera, is reprehensible at best.

Britain has had its own problems with violent rhetoric in politics, with many disgraceful websites encouraging that Prime Minister David Cameron be hanged. An effigy of Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg was burned, albeit by attention craving students and the Labour Party failed to eject a long-standing elected Member of Parliament, John McDonnell MP, when he told how he wished he had assassinated Margaret Thatcher.

In a functioning, representative democracy, no excuses can be made for language such as this. If I was Debbie Wasserman Schultz (and I'm grateful for every day that I'm not), I would have this lady ejected from the Democratic Party and set an example. 

There's no space for violence in civilised politics. The Democrats should take this opportunity to hammer that message home.

Raheem Kassam is the Executive Editor of The Commentator and tweets at @RaheemJKassam

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