The first series of Star Trek was only on TV (first run) for 3 years.
Attached to the coverage of the Arizona-based domestic terrorism is the discussion about turning down the heated political rhetoric as it may, you know, damage the body politic or something.
Tom Delay was a practitioner of heated political rhetoric.
From my favorite rag, the Tribune-Review from 2007:
Democratic leaders are acting like traitors by opposing the Iraq war, and President Bush must answer with a toughened stance, former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Monday.Yep he said that. He said that failure to support Bush's war was "very very close to treason." And that Senator Reid and then-Speaker Pelosi were traitors.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "are getting very, very close to treason," DeLay said in a meeting with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
"We have people dying," he said. "Not just our soldiers, but innocent citizens dying in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hands of these evil people, and you have your elected leaders making these kinds of statements that embolden the enemy. It's unbelievable."
And he's going to jail. The Hammer's going to jail.