The guy that shot that congresswoman in Arizona seems to be part of a new breed of extremist thugs who get "coded" messages directly from the opinion makers of the day. Said opinion makers (most of whom reside in that wilderness called FoxNews and rightwing talk airwaves) get paid millions of dollars to peddle hate while preaching love. They talk about "taking our country back." From whom is not exactly clear unless they are refering to the Muslim alien guy in the Whitehouse who is hellbent on making the U.S a province of Saudi Arabia. They talk about "we are the real Americans" and somehow claim with a straight face that they have a monopoly on religion and family values. While nobody can say for sure why that guy opened fire, me would not be surprised at all if somebody else out there is at this very moment planing something on an even bigger scale just to send a message that, yes, only they can hear that dog-whistle. Happens on both sides of the aisle but the rightwing is much more adept at it. So -dare I say- was Hitler. Republican strategist Lee Atwater in 1981.