Her latest spasm is over a joint press release issued this afternoon by two Wisconsin legislators:
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) call for civility.
This week Wisconsin lawmakers begin their first committee hearings under a call for a special session. Assuredly, there will be many contentious and lively debates dealing with everything from tax breaks to tort reform as state lawmakers make difficult and potentially controversial decisions. With so much at stake during the legislative session and in light of the events of this past weekend in Tucson, Arizona, we are calling for civility in politics. We encourage the citizens of the state of Wisconsin to embrace their freedoms of speech and peaceful assembly.
We are two lawmakers from two different parts of the state and more importantly, two different political parties. The people we represent couldn’t be more different; an urban area and a sprawling suburb. Our opinions are on two opposite sides of a coin. However, we both love the State of Wisconsin; we both want the citizens of the great state to prosper and thrive. We agree that we will disagree and have become friends in spite of our divergent opinions.
Politics actually created our friendship. We became acquainted more than 4 years ago when we worked on the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. We developed a mutual respect for each other. Yet we have had countless heated public debates on topics like economic development, taxes and education. We have listened to each others’ opinions and rarely agreed on any policy decisions, yet we would often grab a bite to eat after our heated debates. We will continue those debates these next two years.
We understand that for many people these are desperate times. Unemployment rate in the state as of November is 7.6%. Public opinion of the economy and federal governments is generally negative. Whatever your personal situation and political perspective, we welcome your participation in our representative democracy. Today our message is simple: we support rigorous political debate, without violence. We should use this opportunity to remind ourselves that one of the best thing’s about living in a democracy is our freedom to disagree.
score one for marc pocan: robin vos caves to the argument that the TONE is the problem. no, it's not. the POLICY is the problem. the TONE is a distraction. i may get heat for saying this, but i'm VERY disappointed.
well, robin vos just accepted the bullsh** narrative that somehow the TONE of political discourse is dangerous. the tone doesn't matter if the if you SPEAK THE TRUTH. marc pocan wins this one, because he doesn't speak the truth. so as long as the left can get the republicans to agree that the problem is the TONE, they're still in the game.
I began the day angry. I end the day angry.
(What else is new?)
As is the case with all of the right-wingers losing control and throwing temper tantrums over the statements by the Pima County Sheriff calling for cooler rhetoric that name neither party nor person, McKenna doth protest too much here. The fact that she could disagree with this speaks directly to her incapability as seeing politics as anything other than a war, or a game, or whatever purely oppositional metaphor one can use.
This immedately follows McKenna's reference to Pocan as "garbage," first as quoted in a State Journal article and then again this afternoon.
this is what marc pocan was grousing about when he said i called him a piece of human garbage. he neglected to reference the CONTEXT. marc pocan IS a piece of garbage..you can tell, because he STINKS.
Tell us what you really think Vicki. Tell us, what do you do with "garbage"? What do you want to do with "garbage"? We're all listening.
Here is more eliminationist derangement from the unstable and potentially violent local right wing from just the last few hours.
pocan, you're a pig
A deranged listener (on Pocan):
u shouldn't insult pigs like that, now pile of pig sh@% is better
i figure you can't fix crazy. you just try not to be around the crazy ones when they go off. and if you are, better to be armed
A deranged listener (on a CBS story on an e-commerce verification system):
I better buy more ammo before this happens
McKenna on State Journal article:
because as i like to say repeatedly: hypocrisy, while a condition of humanity, is an INFECTION of the left. and they hate us, heather, so it's ok.
A deranged reader on a gun control bill proposed in the wake of the shooting:
I wonder what would happen it the left ever tried to disarm America?
The World's Largest Army.
The state of Wisconsin has gone an entire deer hunting season without someone getting killed. That's great, considering there were over 600,000 hu...nters that got permits this year.
Allow me to restate that number.
Over the last two months, the eighth largest army in the world - more men under arms than Iran; more than France and Germany combined - deployed to the woods of a single American state to keep the deer population under control.
But that pales in comparison to the 750,000 who are in the woods of Pennsylvania this week. Michigan 's 700,000 hunters have now returned home. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia , and it is literally the case that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.
And that is just FOUR states.
The total population of registered hunters in America today ranges from 23 million to 43.7 million individuals. (Based on annual data provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.)
As long as the American Hunter retains his right to Bear Arms, America will forever be safe from foreign invasion of troops.(And, possibly our OWN misguided troops!)
Hunting - it's not just a way to fill the freezer. It's a matter of National Security!
And that's from just the last 24 hours.
The first thing she posted this morning was a note that was an email forwarded from her boss, and originally written by a local writer criticizing McKenna for her hateful and violence-inciting rhetoric.
On Friday, the day before the mass murder in Arizona, this photograph appeared on the UpFront page of the WIBA website. Obviously, I am not saying that the shooting is Vicki McKenna's fault. Clearly, Jared Loughner is mentally ill. He did not express a specific political motive for his actions, though he did espouse a strong anti-government sentiment. He implicitly justifies his actions as revolutionary rather than those of a terrorist. We can't know what was really going on inside his head, but it would be naive to assume that this happened in a vacuum. The political atmosphere in this country is utterly toxic. Our nation is horribly divided and partisan. And frankly, commentators on television and radio are doing a great deal of harm by fanning the flames of hatred and expressing more than a little bit of violent rhetoric. To be fair, blame can be assessed on both sides of the aisle.
I occasionally listen to McKenna's show. I totally disagree with her, but I listen because I'm curious as to what she might be talking about on any given day. I firmly believe that she is often rather irresponsible in terms of the way she expresses her positions on many issues. She uses wedge issues to stir the pot and make her listeners as angry as possible. She strives to demonize liberals, progressives and what she likes to call the "looney left." She is very adept at phrasing things as Us versus Them, and the Them are painted as outsiders, not like Us, but against Us, even out to destroy Us and our way of life.
What happened in Arizona is tragic, but the real tragedy is that it could have happened here. It could have happened anywhere. I want to be clear that while I don't agree with McKenna, I respect her right to say what she pleases. However, *****she needs to acknowledge some responsible for the toxic tone of the current state of political discourse.**** I'm reminded of some years ago when Joe Wineke used to co-host with McKenna. They didn't agree on anything, but he was always respectful of her and the callers. One day, a regular caller, for no apparent reason, started screaming at Wineke, calling him elitist and claiming that Wineke thinks he's stupid. The only reason for the caller's outburst was because McKenna had done such a good job of whipping up hatred for liberals among her listeners.
I respectfully request that you urge McKenna to denounce what happened in Arizona, renounce violence and remind her listeners that people they disagree with are opponents, not enemies, that they are fellow Americans and that the way to deal with people from the other side is with words, organizing and activism and voting, not violence and intimidation.
As pointed out by McKenna, the photo referenced is one of three of her handguns, posted on Friday morning and referencing her remote broadcast that afternoon from a gun range in Deerfield.
82 comments followed, supporting McKenna and attacking her critic. Here's one that sums it up pretty well:
Our political environment is toxic. But what do people expect? In a supposedly "free" country our government is unresposive to the will of the people. In a very clear voice we've said less government, less spending, no more deficits, no mor...e intrusive laws. No more! and yet government keeps growing. Through taxes liberals are enslaved to the military industrial complex. Through taxes conservatives are enslaved to the socio-unindustrial complex. through government debt and currency inflation we're all enslaved to the big bank and foriegn creditors. Sooner or later one side or the other is going to explode. And that is the very reason govenment must be kept small and un-intrusive.
I believe this is a JFK quote, and I'm not sure the verbage is exact, but "those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable".
There you have it. "Sooner or later one side or the other is going to explode." So spake a right-winger in a public discussion decrying others' calls for civility.
We all know what side that will be, because we saw it on Saturday, we saw it on April 19, 1995, and we've seen it throughout American history.
Vicki McKenna is doubling down on the rhetoric of hate and incitement, and is clearly egging her fans on to do the same.