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An outbreak of revolutionary rhetoric from the far right seems likely soon

7144On his Facebook page, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, expressed disappointment today with the Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare.

Nothing surprising in that. Kinzinger took care to note that he respects the high court. And his comments were not exactly rabble-rousing — at least, they apparently weren’t intended to be.

Unfortunately, at least one of the comments Kinzinger received mentioned the possibility of armed revolt against the government. The guy put it this way: “[I]t’s time for the people to take or [sic] country back if not by the vote then another revolution.”

Granted, talk like that has long been commonplace in certain right-wing quarters. Lots of crazy people dream of the day when they can take up arms against the jack-booted thugs of government. Very few of them, however, go beyond the talk  stage.

Still, I sense that we soon will hear a lot more such rhetoric, especially in light of the fact that folks on the far-right of the political spectrum see themselves on a losing streak.

This Supreme Court ruling in favor of Obamacare is just the latest offense. But it comes on the heels of intense political pressure against public display of the Confederate flag. And the high court likely will decide in the next few days to legalize gay marriage in every corner of the land.

Where will it all end?

A few more such victories for the forces of liberalism  easily could trigger an explosion of dangerous rhetoric among extremists.

Of course, rhetoric doesn’t always lead to action. But it behooves us, I suggest, to gird ourselves for untoward activities on the part of the kooks among us.

After all, a study published this week shows that terrorism in America is more often attributable to right-wing extremists  than to Muslims.

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