09/19/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

We Don't Negotiate With Terrorists

Per the American Heritage:
Terrorism: The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence to intimidate or coerce societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.

The news this morning that the Obama administration is finally considering seriously the process of budget reconciliation to pass health care reform couldn't have come at a better time, following as it does closely on the heels of the fellow at Obama's appearance in Phoenix who showed up with an AR-15.

Note the phrase "threatened use of force" in the above definition of terrorism, and then ask yourself what the guy with the assault weapon was doing, given the events of the past year or so.

Wow. You know, when you set up all the stories right in a row like I did with those half-dozen links, it's almost as if that report that the Department of Homeland Security put out about the dangers of right-wing extremists might have had a little more credibility than conservative leaders gave it.

Back when liberals were being painted as traitors for speaking out against the Iraq War, folks like Karl Rove and Tom "Soon to Be an Embarrassment on National Television" DeLay scoffed that liberals wanted to give therapy and comfort to our enemies. And, obviously, we can't give comfort, we can't even negotiate, with those who want to kill us.

When people bring assault weapons to presidential visits, when right-wing violence occurs again and again and conservative leaders' only response is mock indignation, when an attempt at health-care reform has been warped into a fascist takeover, the time for negotiations has passed. No retreat, no surrender.