I think this is exactly right:
It isn’t our rhetoric that scares the Left politically. It’s the passion from which it springs. And it’s the passion, not the rhetoric, that they actually want to quiet most of all. Call it anger, or passion, it’s mostly the same thing. And it’s that passion we need to nurture and hold onto through 2012 if we are to have a prayer of rolling back the sort of government over-reach we are seeing today.