Indiana Deputy AG Advocates Shooting Wisconsin Protesters

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UPDATE Via Mother Jones:  Indianapolis-area TV station WLFI reports that the Indiana deputy attorney general “is no longer employed by the agency.”

Mother Jones is reporting that Jeff Cox, Deputy Attorney General for the State of Indiana, tweeted that the capitol police should “use live ammunition” to clear the Wisconsin state capitol.

From my own Twitter account, I confronted the user, JCCentCom. He tweeted back that the demonstrators were “political enemies” and “thugs” who were “physically threatening legally elected officials.” In response to such behavior, he said, “You’re damned right I advocate deadly force.” He later called me a “typical leftist,” adding, “liberals hate police.

This isn’t the first over the top comment Mr. Cox has made.

…from labeling President Obama an “incompetent and treasonous” enemy of the nation to comparing “enviro-Nazis” to Osama bin Laden, likening ex-Labor Secretary Robert Reich and Service Employees International Union members to Nazi “brownshirts” on multiple occasions, and referring to an Indianapolis teen as “a black teenage thug who was (deservedly) beaten up” by local police. A “sensible policy for handling Afghanistan,” he offered, could be summed up as: “KILL! KILL! ANNIHILATE!”

When confronted about his comments by the Mother Jones reporter, Mr. Cox answered:

All my comments on twitter & my blog are my own and no one else’s. And I can defend them all.

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  1. The political rhetoric these days is awful. Sitting back and watching as one who is not sure which side to take, I have decided that both sides are usually wrong.
    Sadly, the lesser of two evils (whichever that is) is still evil.

  2. People calling for the death of people… that’s pretty equal.

    “Good to know you think it’s ok for state officials to suggest shooting other Americans.”

    When did I ever say this?

    1. You say that every time you respond with one of your “oh, look, they do it too” videos.

      I’ve said, unequivocally, that that sort of vitriol is unacceptable. However, even my high school daughter knows that there’s a difference between a rally-er on the street and a government official saying those things.

    1. It’s not, and I’ve said so.


      You have yet to condemn a conservative, either in office or not, even one time.

      BTW.. a false equivalence fallacy occurs when someone falsely equates an act by one party as being equally egregious to that of another without taking into account the underlying differences which may make the comparison patently invalid.

      Try again.

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  4. Reading this discussion I am reminded of something I heard about the Nuremberg trials at the end of World War 2. The generals and legal minds prosecuting the Nazi leadership needed to decide what constituted a war crime. As I recall they more or less decided that any atrocious act commited by the Nazis, that had not been committed by the Allies would be regarded as a war crime. In other words the kinds of atrocities committed by both Allies and Nazis would not be regarded as war crimes. Stand in the best and most authentic part of your humanity and ponder that one!!

    Leaders who murder their own citizens can only be likened Hitler, Mugabe, Gaddafi, Pol Pot, Amin – it’s not American, it’s not Christian, it is indecent and it is evil.

  5. Rickmystic, I agree. We all tend to figure that what we do is okay … and we do sort of see that playing out above.

    In WWII, that is very disturbing. Not that I expect the Allies to admit that the firebombing of Tokyo or Dresden was criminal, but we as Christians, who have a loyalty beyond nationalism, should.

    In political rhetoric, I’d really like to see more people — right, left, or otherwise — who will be willing to point to wrongdoing on their own side.

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