A horrific act, and a serious wake-up call….

[url]http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/us/politics/09giffords.html?partner=rss&emc=rss[/url]

That Sarah Palin posted a map before the election with gunsight targets over several politicians, including Ms. Gifford is an unbelievably irresponsible act, if anyone else from that map is also targeted, she should be charged with inciting violence. If it is proven that map had anything to do with this act, the same is true.

When are the fringes on the far right going to realize that their violent hyperbole has consequences and bring it down to rational discourse? And when are their followers going to see how destructive they are and abandon their craziness?

Palin’s “take back the 20” site appears to be down now — it was up earlier, so I suspect all the publicity on this has resulted in it being pulled.

Here is a site that captured images of the maps in question before the site went down.

[url]http://www.businessinsider.com/gabrielle-giffords-was-on-sarah-palins-hit-list-2011-1[/url]

Why do people keep following people who refuse to acknowledge that their hyperbole has impact in the real world? Even I realize that my own words have from time to time influenced someone — because of that I would never post anywhere advocating anything that could be interpreted as a call to violence, nor bad behavior of any kind….. should we really expect any less from those who want to run the country?

I hope that against the odds with a bullet to the back of her head, Ms. Gifford somehow recovers fully, with her mind and spirit in tact. And my sympathies go out to all who were injured and the families, friends and loved ones of those who were killed. There is no place in a decent society for such actions — none, and those responsible for committing such actions should be kept away from the rest of us for the rest of their lives — and anyone who conspired with, encouraged, enticed or inspired them should also suffer the results of such actions.

Was this the action of one lone nutcase? Time will tell. Was it a conspiracy? Time will tell. Was it inspired by the kind of rabid far-right violent hyperbole that is exemplified by Ms. Palin’s “map”? Time will tell. Hopefully this is a wake up call to all those involved in promoting such imagery and violent hyperbole and will make them think about what they’re really promoting with such.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. enemyofthestatist
    Jan 14, 2011 @ 15:45:03

    Funny that you waste no time jumping to conclusions blaming Palin and Conservatives for the shooting, without a shred of evidence. Then later you admit that you, nor anyone else, has proof with your “time with tell” comment.

    It’s people like you that are the problem. Convicting people in the court of public opinion before you know all of the facts. You and many other Democrats will end up owing a lot of Conservatives an apology if it continues to progress as it currently is, which is that this guy was not influenced in any way by Palin, Beck, Limbaugh or the Right.

    But, as usual, no apologies will come.

    This reminds me of the Duke Lacrosse fiasco that was created by Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the CBC, and Mike Nifong. Liberals never care about what is left in the wake of their baseless accusations. They just move on to the next opportunity, while the 3 innocent Duke Lacrosse players have to put their lives back together.

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  2. enemyofthestatist
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 09:38:32

    From our recent encounter in January and from reading a few of your posts, I’ve been wondering when you were going to blog about all of the violent hyperbole & the poisoning of our political discourse on the part of Democrats in the past few months.

    For months, Democrats (even the VP?) have participated in constant name calling of Conservatives, referring to them as “racists, terrorists, hostage-takers, al-Qaida bombers, delusional, ignoramuses, disgraceful, destructive, bully, crazy people, irresponsible extremists,” to name a few. They’ve also thrown in phrases like “ransom” and “kidnapping” as well.

    Late in 2010, Obama asked Latino voters to “punish our enemies” Was that too much?
    What about elected Dems (Maxine Waters) saying that the “Tea Party can go to hell”? Is that not a bit much?

    Are you not concerned that their vitriolic rhetoric will lead to angering fellow liberals, which could lead to violence? What if a liberal, who’s sits in his/her mom’s basement in their PJs every day watching MSNBC, just snaps and takes it out on a Conservative? That would be awful.

    Is this not a “wake-up call” for liberals to say “enough” of the name calling of your political opponents? Obama has said as much before in January of this year (not that he meant it or any liberal listened…but hey, at least he *said* it):

    PRES. OBAMA: “At a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

    I know what your response will be, so you don’t have to respond. You will lower it to the name calling that you supposedly are so concerned about. I just wanted you to know that the hypocrisy of people like you does not go unnoticed. You get your knickers in a bunch when Conservatives do anything that can be remotely considered inflammatory, but are completely silent when your beloved liberals do things much more egregious.

    ps. As I said before, feel free to comment on my blog. I will gladly post *any* of your comments ASAP. I know how much you did not appreciate the delay in approving your comments when I was out of town in January. I will make sure to make time to approve comments from you in the future.

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