Rachel Maddow–of whom Mehcad Brooks recently opined that he’s in love with her mind (I’ll second that)–explores the threat of political violence raised by teabaggers toting guns at recent public protests. Maddow cites Speaker Pelosi’s uncharacteristically emotional call for a more reasoned, less inflammatory, approach to public discourse. After all, do we really need to brandish firearms and Obama-as-Hitler signs to make a point?
Prominent gay activist Cleve Jones also joins Maddow in praising Pelosi’s call for a more civil discourse. The segment shows both Pelosi’s words as well as those of Republican leader John Boehner, who contradicts Pelosi and calls for a political rebellion. Rebellion? Guns? Does this moment call for a deep breath, a commitment to discourse that is articulate, challenging, and most of all, civil?