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Robert Brady

A Democrat who has pursued a wide range of leftist causes and has drawn the praise of ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now wants to ban language and symbols that could be used to perceive a threat against a federal official.

So the question is whether it would allow statements such as:

  • “So I know whose ass to kick.”

  • “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”
  • and “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry. I’m angry.”

That’s because those statements all come from Barack Obama.

CNN’s Mark Preston carried the report when Rep. Robert Brady, a Pennsylvania Democrat who consistently has been rated “A” or 100 percent by the left-leaning AFL-CIO, NAACP, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, Human Rights Campaign and others, said after the fatal shooting of six in Tucson, Ariz., in which Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was hurt, that he would propose a ban on using language or symbols that even could be perceived as threatening.

“The president is a federal official,” Brady told the network. “You can’t do it to him; you should not be able to do it to a congressman, senator or federal judge.”

But a blog called the Right Perspective has assembled a list of statements coming from the White House.

In one, Obama is bragging about his efforts to jump onto the Gulf oil spill issues immediately to track down those who are in the industry or regulate it and might be responsible.

“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar,” he said. “We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answer, so I know whose ass to kick.”

Also during his campaign, he told supporters to “get in [the] faces” of those who oppose his candidacy.

“I want you to argue with them, get in their faces,” he said. “If they tell you, well, we’re not sure where he stands on guns, I want you to say he believes in the Second Amendment.”

Another time, Obama said he knew that special interests and lobbyists were preparing for a political battle, and he said, “My message to them is this: So am I.”

“During his short time in the American mindset, Barack Obama has used violent rhetoric on several occasions to get his point across. His public use of [such] language is one of many firsts for this president,” said the Right Perspective.

Obama’s reference to a gunfight came in 2008 when he was doing fundraising in Philadelphia.

Said Obama, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”

According to the Right Perspective, in 2009 Obama was addressing critics of the issue of Wall Street investment bankers and their many dollars.

“I don’t want to quell anger,” Obama said. “I think people are right to be angry. I’m angry.”

That same year, he attacked his critics, saying, “I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.”

And later in 2009, a sentiment has been attributed to Obama even though the quotation is attributed to White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, who reportedly said, “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard.”

But CNN said Brady was especially upset by a web posting that was used during the election by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was a vice presidential candidate in 2008. Her campaign posting included a map of the states with a handful of congressional districts thought vulnerable and they were identified with cross-hairs over a circle.

“You can’t put bull’s-eyes or crosshairs on a United States congressman or a federal official,” Brady said.

A spokesman for Palin said the map was just a posting over the congressional races, but Brady said it appears to be more.

“The rhetoric is just ramped up so negatively, so high, that we have got to shut this down,” Brady said of the speech issue.


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