Not one but two men brought guns to President Obama’s townhall yesterday. Richard Terry Young was arrested after being found “in possession of an unlicensed loaded gun.” He was also carrying a pocketknife. William Kostric was filmed by MSNBC with a loaded gun strapped to his leg, and explained to Chris Matthews that “It is time to water the tree of liberty,” referencing the 1787 Thomas Jefferson quote: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” (He then insisted he is “not advocating violence. I’m advocating an informed society, an armed society, a polite society.”)
A polite society. Uh huh.
Liss also notes that the Jefferson quote seemed to be theme of the day among the protesters, including one who advocated shooting illegal immigrants in the head. And, per a commenter to her post:
Rachel Maddow pointed out yesterday that McVeigh was wearing a t-shirt with that “watering the tree of liberty” quote on it when he was arrested after the Oklahoma City bombing, and the shirt had a picture of Lincoln on the front with a picture of a tree dripping with blood on the back.
Birds of a feather? For the sake of our country, I hope not.