Three years ago during the presidential campaign, Rep John Lewis warned against escalated rhetoric. He identified John McCain and Sarah Palin as “sowing the seeds of hatred and division." If you remember John Lewis was the recipient of political violence; he was horribly beaten during the civil rights protests in the south 50 years ago.

All of last year, warning continued, from black politicians and others who expressed concern about weapons at Tea Party rallies and brutal, and racist rhetoric that labeled President Barack Obama as a Nazi, communist, a Middle East terrorist and more horrible descriptions.

Now you have a 22 year old attempting the assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and a massacre followed.