“My administration,” the president added, “is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”The Pew Poll this week that has everyone talking shows voter distrust of government at an all time high. Congress, federal agencies, the political parties, etc. are all massively distrusted and loathed by the voters.Correspondingly, we have seen news story after news story and Democrat after Democrat come out and tell us the reason for the distrust and loathing is “Republican rhetoric” and tea party activists.The Democrats and many talking heads in the media have gone so far as to say that any and all acts of violence against the government are to be blamed on Republicans. The Pentagon shooter from a few months ago turned out to be a registered Democrat and 9/11 truther who hates conservatives, George Bush, and the right in general. But the right’s “rhetoric” caused the guy to shoot up the Pentagon.Across the board, every bad poll number for the Democrats and every word by the right has been tied together by an angry horde of the seditious, a call to violence, and a warning that when and if any violence does occur against any elected official or the government in general it is the right’s fault because of their words.So if someone blows up a Wal-Mart tomorrow or attacks an employee for Exxon, a pharmaceutical company, or another corporation is that the left’s fault?For longer than the right has been attacking government, the left has been attacking corporations. They have attacked corporate greed, corporate corruption, corporate bribery, corporate slavery, child labor, risky schemes, etc., etc., etc.Despite most Americans being employed by incorporated private sector entities the left has been out savaging those corporations in rhetoric more heated that what the right has been saying about government — demonizing the free enterprise system.Consequently, “big business” and corporations are polling exactly as badly as Congress in the latest Pew Poll. If we insist on intellectual honesty and follow the left’s logic — generally impossible tasks — we must conclude that left-wing rhetoric is going to incite violence against CEO’s and corporations. Someone somewhere is going to blow up a Wal-Mart or burn down Wall Street.And should someone do that, can we blame the Democrats? If we are consistent, the answer must be yes. That in turn begs the question: isn’t all the rhetoric about right-wingers inciting violence really overwrought?