Hotair.com reports that a blogger for Playboy published a list of conservative women they'd like to "hate-f**k" - in other words, a rape fantasy. It is one thing to insult or personally attack political opponents, but this is just beyond the pale. This misogynistic sicko is actually advocating that women who disagree with him politically should be subjected to sexual violence and terrorism. Is this what we expected from Leftists when President Obama promised a much more civil tone in political discourse?
Of course, this is not new. Three years ago, Ann Coulter spoke at IU Auditorium on the Indiana University campus. In addition to trying to shout her down, a number of Leftists near the back of the auditorium chanted "we want rape" on several occasions. This is sick and depraved. As I said at the time, what if notorious traitor Jane Fonda spoke at IU and "conservative" students led that despicable chant? You better believe there would be numerous forums, lectures and teach-ins about sexual violence, and the students who chanted would likely be subject to disciplinary action. Coulter carries a gun, so what if someone charged the stage, given the chants and previous aggression toward her?
This is not new. Back in 1995, Leftist commentator Nina Totenberg said of Senator Jesse Helms, "if there is retributive justice, he'll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will." She was basically saying that Helms - or one of his grandchildren - deserves to die. What if someone had assassinated Helms or murdered one of his grandchildren? Would Leftists who are now screeching about anti-abortion rhetoric have held Totenberg responsible for that murder? As unacceptable as it may be to wish death on a political opponent, wishing that a political opponent's grandchildren suffer and die from a lethal disease is sick and depraved.
Of course, let's not forget the Leftist who made national news by hanging Republican candidate for Vice President Sarah Palin in effigy. Let's also not forget USA Today columnist Julianne Malveaux, who said about Clarence Thomas in 1994 that " I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease." Let's not forget that a prominent Democratic Party activist in Monroe County wrote last fall that "We will make sure that the Republican tyrants own their failure, and that the tree of liberty is refreshed with their blood."
We've heard a lot about hate speech over the last couple weeks. Substantive arguments about highly controversial issues may be uncomfortable to some, but they are not hateful and they are not an incitement to violence. Openly fantasizing about political opponents getting raped and murdered is an incitement to violence and should be strongly condemned by everyone at all points on the ideological spectrum.