When you ask for my comment on "the video," Mike, are you speaking of the one you reference in posting number 14 of this thread?
If your answer is "yes," then you may have made a mistake in asking me for a response. I watched the video, and I looked at the ending where it said it was done for the Wisconsin GOP, and I took it for was it was intended to be, a propaganda piece, produced not under the rules of journalism but under the rules of propaganda.
This would be the way that you'd take a piece produced by or for the DNC, isn't it? If you'd expect a piece like that to be other than preaching to the choir, I'd say your expectation would be too high. And that's pretty much what I think about the Wisconsin GOP piece.
I don't say that all the violent rhetoric ever spoken in the history of the United States was from the Right Wing. I'm and old lefty, and I know better. I had my share of quarrels with idiots who thought that violence was the answer and the only answer during the sixties and the early seventies. I thought people who thought that way were stupid then and I think they're stupid now, and also wrong.
Stupid wrong people can kill you just as dead as smart savvy and witty folks, I've come to notice, just as a bit of a parenthetical statement.
The folks who were doing a lot of the talking about violence way back in the sixties and early seventies were frequently lefties, some of them folks I'd met in the SDS; but there were a sprinkling of Right Wing idiots, too. You could go to a demonstration, a peaceful demonstration, and get badly hurt. I remember this well.
I compare this experience with the experience of the counter-demonstrators there, who also came to demonstrate, but additionally to break heads. They were from the Right Wing. The soldiers were busy elsewhere, like overseas, and some of them were right wing and some of them were left wing, and they did the best they could no matter what. Mostly they were too busy trying to stay alive, those that were in harm's way, to worry much about each other. That's what they've told me, over the years. I always thought that made sense.
But recently, over the past twenty years, say, I'd have to say that the violent rhetoric has pretty much been a right wing thing. I know you don't see it that way, Mike, and I won't try to change your mind about it. You've got your point of view. But if I saw any sort of level of violent language or actions on the part of the left, I'd call it, the same as I did when I was a kid. There is no SDS. There's nothing like the SDS. The Unions are very domesticated, even in comparison to the sixties, let alone in comparison to the thirties, or the turn of the century, while the rhetoric of the Right approaches that of Father Coughlin, though, thank goodness, it isn't anti-semitic. As for Congressman Boehner suggesting that the President "order" the DNC to do anything, I think you know as well as I do exactly what a ridiculous piece of political rhetoric that was. It's as Will Rogers said, right? I'm not a member of any organized political party. I'm a Democrat.
I find Rush Limbaugh and his Right Wing talk show cohorts violent and inciting. Among other things, they shout a lot, loudly, invading my personal space, and they get people very angry. They have large audiences full of angry, shouting people. They have rallies for for large numbers of angry shouting people.
As you've pointed out, these audiences are much larger than Left wing audiences. You suggest that this is because the Left Wing is irrelevent. I would suggest an obvious alternative.
The Right Wing is filled with Huge Numbers of Furious Shouting people who are on the edge of explosion all the time; and its leaders are trying to channel this energy to trample everybody else with the threat of violence. They are riding the whirlwind. They are trying to control a mob.
So yeah, you'll find some off the wall rhetoric and signs and posters at left wing rallies from time to time, but the tone is generally more civil. There is less talk about violence than the occasional right wing rally I've attended.
(Right now, I notice that the Left wing rallies tend to focus on what the Right has already done, and the Right wing rallies focus on what the Left is going to do. I wonder if this is a quirk of my own personal perception, something I'm merely seeing at this moment, or is there some actual truth to it? I'd welcome observations from others on this point. It's so very easy to make false comparisons and not be aware of doing it; and it's important to check them out with people who may disagree strongly. A dose of reality can be very helpful in keeping a guy's feet on the ground.)
Anyway, Mike, I'm not sure if this is the sort of answer you were looking for, but it's the answer that says everything I know about my own thoughts and feelings on the matter, and the one that's the closest to my truth.