Erick Erickson is mad as hell and asks “at what point do people revolt?”
At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell? At what point do they get off the couch, march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot?
At some point soon, it will happen. It’ll be over an innocuous issue. But the rage is building. It’s not a partisan issue. [...] Were I in Washington State, I’d be cleaning my gun right about now waiting to protect my property from the coming riots or the government apparatchiks coming to enforce nonsensical legislation.
At issue here is . . . an environmental regulation relating to dishwasher detergent.
I think it’s safe to say that we’re not going to see violence in the streets over this one. I see three likely possibilities. One is that people moan and get over it. Another is that America’s entrepreneurial business sector develops a detergent that does a better job of cleaning dishes while complying with this regulation, and then this kind of rule spreads rapidly. A third is that there’s a backlash and the rule is repealed. Riots seem unlikely.
But recall that it used to be considered beyond-the-pale for liberal bloggers to sometimes use naughty words. You see, though, that the minute conservatives lose power they go back to 1990s-style incitements to violence.