Frank Rich: Guns Of August And The Threat Of The Radical Right

09/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • FRANK RICH New York Times

"IT is time to water the tree of liberty" said the sign carried by a gun-toting protester milling outside President Obama's town-hall meeting in New Hampshire two weeks ago. The Thomas Jefferson quote that inspired this message, of course, said nothing about water: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." That's the beauty of a gun -- you don't have to spell out the "blood."

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