Some commenters didn’t like my use of the word “enemy” in reference to Rand Paul’s brownshirts. I agree that it’s crucial not to elevate political difference into enmity; it’s possible to have civil and respectful relationships with opponents. But I said, and meant, “enemy”: people who use violence as a political tool are enemies of a free way of life. Rand Paul’s mealy-mouthed refusal to condemn the violence of his organized supporters – he describes it as “a bit of a crowd control problem” tells you everything you need to know about him and the movement he represents.
For confirmation, take a look at Gateway Pundit. It’s is one of the more unhinged of the wingnut websites, but not regarded as a pariah. The poster justifies the entirely one-sided violence on the grounds that the victim had been involved in civil disobedience, and the bloodthirstiness of the commenters is hard to believe – unless you’ve been paying attention.