Newswatcher89 captured a dose of malice within the vapidity that is Twitter. He documented these messages calling not for Governor Walker’s defeat at the polls — as Palin wished for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D., Ariz.) — but rather for his actual assassination. Consider these messages, complete with typos, misspellings, grammatical errors, and other evidence that disproves, yet again, the twin stereotypes that the Right is intolerant and wholly idiotic while the Left is tolerant and universally intellectual:
• Lauren Kauffman (lauren_2121) wrote: “I hope scott walker dies. someone please shoot him?!”
• Dat Le (dat_le13) wrote: “Scott walker must die, mrs branner needs her benefits”
• Josh Harmon (jritsynme): “Please destroy Scott Walker!!! He is the devil and deserves 2 be shot!!!
• Cassandra B (Drusilla_1616): “sat next to guy in class and he kept going on about how great Scott Walker is, I turned to him said ‘I wish someone would shoot him already.’”
• Josh Harmon (jritsynme): “Scott walker is destroying the state of Wisconsin!!! I wish a anvel would fall out of the sky and KILL the scumbag!!!”
• Jeconti (J-Shack) “Scott walker cut food stamps its over he getting assassinated..!”
Such provocations could land a bullet in Scott Walker’s head. Metaphorical crosshairs are unfortunate enough. Advocating the assassination of public officials is quite another matter. Thus I have forwarded the identities of these individuals and their messages to the office of Wisconsin attorney general J. B. Van Hollen and the Milwaukee field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I trust that they will know how to handle people who call for killing an elected official.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin Democrats have exported their newfound passion for cowardice and cruelty. In Indiana on Tuesday, 37 of the 40 Democrats in the state’s House skipped off to Illinois and Kentucky in order to deny the GOP majority a quorum to consider a bill to end compulsory unionism and make Indiana a right-to-work state.
And, while Representative Giffords bravely recovers from the assassination attempt last month, a U.S. congressman publicly screamed for bloodshed. “I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an e-mail to get you going,” Rep. Michael Capuano (D., Mass.) told a union rally in Boston Tuesday, according to the Dorchester Reporter. “Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.”
Back in Madison, Governor Walker was absolutely correct when he told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday: “Democracy means you show up and participate.”
Walker added. “There’s going to be plenty of time to have the debate. They can make their case, they can make their argument. But democracy is not about hiding out in another state. It’s about showing up here in the capitol and making the case there.”
With all the free time that the Fearful Fourteen have yielded themselves, they should meditate upon Theodore Roosevelt’s remarks on “Citizenship in a Republic.” As TR declared at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910:
It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
— New York commentator Deroy Murdock is a nationally syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.