Buttons depicting President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are shown at the site of the ‘Showdown in Searchlight’ tea party rally in Searchlight, Nev., Friday, March 26, 2010. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


As long as there is some possibility of getting results by political means, the chances that any group will turn truly radical are small, and maybe vanishingly small,” said Clark McCauley, a professor of psychology at Bryn Mawr College. But if those efforts to engage are thwarted, he said, the equation changes…

The local press in many towns in the American South in the late 1800s and early 1900s played a role in inciting lynch mobs…

Even those who see an underlying racial element in today’s political anger don’t suggest that these extreme conditions apply….

Protest groups that turn from loud to aggressive tend to draw on at least two other elements, researchers say. The first is what sociologists call a “moral shock” — a specific, blatant moral betrayal that, when most potent, evokes personal insults suffered by individual members, said Francesca Polletta, a sociologist at the University of California, Irvine …

The second element is a specific target clearly associated with the outrage…  A politician to remove…

The N Y Times tried to argue that these conditions are not being met.  The problem is that the author of this article was so busy writing that he didn’t have time to read what others in his department were writing.

So, let’s see.

The first is what sociologists call a “moral shock” — a specific, blatant moral betrayal that, when most potent, evokes personal insults suffered by individual members.

Could that be something like this?

The following was from an article about the Tea-Party rally where Palin spoke.   “Liar, Thug, Traitor, Commie Usurper,” read one woman’s homemade poster, next to a picture of President Obama as the devil. Many signs decried the health care legislation passed last week. “This is America, how dare they ignore us?

Or perhaps this better fits the first criteria?

Speaker after speaker denounced Democrats for portraying Tea Party members as angry and violent, saying they did not believe members had been behind the bricks thrown at some Democrats’ windows after passage of the health care bill. One speaker doubted Representative John Lewis’s account that he had been spat on by a protester at a Tea Party rally on the Capitol, challenging him to a $10,000 bet to produce proof or take a lie detector test. Debbie Landis, the leader of Anger Is Brewing, a Nevada Tea Party group and local sponsor of the event, noted that her group held candidate forums and legislative action alerts: ‘not one of those activities involves a brick,’ she said.”

As for the second criteria, could the pictures at the top be any more graphic.  If you need more specific targets, Go to Sarah Palin’s Facebook page where she has “cross hairs” drawn on the portraits of about 20 Democrats.  All I know is that if I did that, I would be arrested and thrown in jail.

Is this stuff serious?  You’re Gomn Dad right it is and it has to stop.