Palin Says “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!”

Filed in National by on March 24, 2010

Hop on over to her Facebook page and find her targets – Complete with cross-hairs.

Conservatives are playing a very dangerous game.

Some are even issuing instructions

On Friday, former militia leader Mike Vanderboegh called for anti-Democratic vandalism across the country to protest the health care bill.

Vanderboegh posted the call for action Friday on his blog, “Sipsey Street Irregulars.” Referring to the health care reform bill as “Nancy Pelosi’s Intolerable Act,” he told followers to send a message to Democrats.

“We can break their windows,” he said. “Break them NOW. And if we do a proper job, if we break the windows of hundreds, thousands, of Democrat party headquarters across this country, we might just wake up enough of them to make defending ourselves at the muzzle of a rifle unnecessary.”

And, apparently in response, there were attacks in–at least–Wichita, KS, Tucson, AZ,  Rochester, NY, Niagara Falls, NY.  Vanderboegh has proudly claimed credit for the coordinated attacks.

We might just wake up enough of them to make defending ourselves at the muzzle of a rifle unnecessary?  And it’s not an isolated incident…

So many lone wolves.  Dare we call it a pack?  And it’s getting very personal.

A tea party organizer angry over Rep. Thomas Perriello’s (D-Va.) vote in favor of health care reform published what he thought was the freshman member’s home address on a blog, in case any readers “want to drop by” and provide a “personal touch” to their views.

Drop by and provide a personal touch?  Maybe another brick through a window?  Of course the Conservative Einstein listed the wrong Perriello.  The address supplied was that of Perriello’s brother and wife who have four children under the age of 8.

Digby concludes: “I think the lesson here is that not only should members of congress who voted for universal health care tighten their their security but anyone who shares their last name should probably start looking over their shoulders as well. Word to the wise.”

And perhaps Dems should watch their children as well…

Slaughter has been at the center of the push for reform. Last Thursday she received a chilling recorded message at her campaign office. “Assassinate is the word they used…toward the children of lawmakers who voted yes.”

Of course, the President is fair game.

I could go on and on.  In fact, feel free to post other examples in the thread.

So when Palin says “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!” everyone knows what flames she’s fanning.  And only a fool can’t see where all this “talk” is heading.

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  1. anon says:

    They are calling for pogroms. They want a Kristallnacht. There is no longer any mistake or room for interpretation. Now we can see clearly what these people are.

    Of course it is all bullshit, but you can’t play games with this stuff.

  2. MJ says:

    This all started during the 2008 campaign and St. Sarah was the prime instigator. I wonder what it’s going to take before law enforcement wakes up and before the DOJ goes after some indictments. This is not a free speech issue – this is a call for violence, and that is not protected speech.

  3. skippertee says:

    I quote Voltaire: Those who can make you believe ABSURDITIES can make you commit ATROCITIES.

  4. Scott P says:

    There are two types of these people. There are idiots like this Vanderboegh clown who know exactly what they’re doing, truly want to incite violence, but have a limited audience. Then there are the Palin/Beck/Limbaugh crowd who speak to many more people, use inflammatory rhetoric, but to whom I’ll give the benefit of the doubt that they don’t actually want anyone to get hurt. Problem is, far too many people are too stupid to tell the difference. This isn’t like calling up WIP in the fall and saying, “We’re gonna kill the Giants on Sunday!” Even the second group should know better. Someday, something will happen and a DA somewhere will have the balls to follow the instigation back to its source.

  5. pandora says:

    You are being very generous, Scott. The difference between people like Vanderboegh and the Palin/Beck/Limbaugh crowd isn’t message it’s that one side chooses their words with plausible deniability in mind. BTW, whose words do you think inspire people like Vanderboegh?

  6. Brooke says:

    You can’t talk about this “as if” it’s going to cause criminal mischief (at best) when it clearly IS causing criminal mischief. The headquarters on University Ave in Rochester is in a quiet neighborhood, about 1/2 mile from my old apartment. Rep. Slaughter’s office (being in NF) is a little rougher.

    I lived through “The Summer of Life” in Buffalo. If those people are gearing up again, people will die.

  7. anonone says:

    So the government passes a plan to extort up to 8% of Americans’ pay for the profits of private insurance companies, and you’re surprised some people are really really pissed off?

    By the way, you might also think about why the F.B.I. paid hate monger Hal Turner $100,000 to support his internet hate radio. Ever think to ask where some of these people are getting funded? Inside job perhaps?

  8. pandora says:

    So… you’re saying that all this talk (and acts) of violence is somewhat justified?

  9. anonone says:

    I don’t believe that aggressive acts of violence or true threats of aggressive acts are ever justified. Ever. What I am saying is that what we’re seeing isn’t surprising at all. I also believe in free speech, and saying “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!” is not a threat and is protected speech.

    Of course, I have seen threads on here where numerous people fantasized about violence against peaceful far-right protestors with nary a peep of condemnation from any of you.

  10. delacrat says:


    For once, I have to disagree with you.

    One can argue that “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!” is not necessarily meant to just incite her crowd, but also to intimidate the intended targets.

    So it’s a threat.

  11. I just noticed that her map has gun sights to mark the targeted Congressional districts.

  12. anonone says:

    delacrat wrote “So it’s a threat.”

    A threat against who to do what, specifically?

  13. pandora says:

    I’m sure Palin doesn’t mean anything by that, UI. (wink, wink)

  14. pandora says:

    Gee, I don’t know, A1. Maybe it’s not a threat… maybe it’s more of a call to arms.

  15. liberalgeek says:

    I am not sure that it is a specific threat… I mean, how could one consider a gun sight to be a threat. I mean, don’t we all use gun symbols for people that we disagree with?

    I’m thinking of making my gravitar a picture of Rush Limbaugh with a target between his eyes. It would be funny, right? I’ll start writing that we have to shut Rush up by any means possible. Then I’ll suggest that Rush’s house in West Palm, while gated, is still within the accuracy range of most easily acquired firearms when fired from the street.

    That wouldn’t be threatening in the least.

  16. anonone says:

    Palin’s is rhetoric, nothing more. However, I think that a prosecutor would have a strong case against Vanderboegh, though, particularly if he took “credit” afterward.

  17. anonone says:

    Not from you, LG! 🙂

  18. ek says:

    Rhetoric or not, I call it advocating terrorism.

  19. V says:

    re: Rep. Thomas Perriello. How scary is that? That these people are too sloppy to even be effective intimidating goons.

  20. pandora says:

    It’s very scary, V. Now it’s also very real.

    Law enforcement authorities are investigating the discovery of a cut propane gas line at the Virginia home of Rep. Tom Perriello’s (D-Va.) brother, whose address was targeted by tea party activists angry at the congressman’s vote for the health care bill.

    An aide to the congressman confirmed to POLITICO that a line to a propane tank behind his brother’s home near Charlottesville had been sliced.

    The FBI would not disclose the details of the incident, but said that they have been to the home.

  21. The Tea Party people published Periello’s brother’s address and then his gas line got cut. I’m sure it’s just a lone wolf and has nothing to do with the teabaggers.

  22. anon says:

    *sigh* Everybody now needs perimeter video cameras around their home. They aren’t that expensive anymore.

  23. Jason330 says:

    There is a remedy for the wingnut’s pain. Win at the ballot box. (I crack myself up.)

  24. anonone says:

    The republican party is in its death throws. They know it, and so they want to take the country down with them. I hope all incidents of violence and real threats of violence are prosecuted as terrorism, because that is exactly what it is.

  25. cassandra_m says:

    Avarosis reports that 10 members have received sufficient threats to get security.

    CBS has the audio of threatening voicemails to Stupak.

    Even as despicable as their complete acceptance of the violence of their followers is, you’d think these GOPers would ask these fools to stop on just plain cost grounds. All of this new security costs money and THEY are paying for it.

  26. Ryan Mc. says:

    Sarah Palin has really cemented herself as being on the fringe of society. I hope she gets the Republican nomination in ’12 so she can be soundly trounced by the moderate American public.

  27. Jason330 says:

    Second that. Obama will win 44 states and sweep in huge Dem majorities.

  28. Kahleeka says:

    I cannot believe the ignorance of hyperbole.

    Anyone in the battleground states come November better run fer the hills!!

    Before making such ridiculous assumptions, read context to understand Palin’s statement.