[a day for tears]
There will be many words written about the attempted assassination of Rep Giffords at a supermarket in Tuscon and the deaths that resulted. We may even have a movement for stricter gun control just as the attempted assassination of President Reagan begat the Brady Act.
American political rhetoric has been inflamed for at least 4 years now, growing hotter from worked bellows like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Fox News Channel. These entities, in particular, make sure the embers of political passion burn hotter by having fantasy replace fact and hysteria replace history. It is from this political furnace that Sarah Palin emerged. Her record to incite violent crowd reactions at her political rallies for national office is clear and well documented.
In this last election, Sarah Palin posted this graphic on her political website showing crosshairs on a number of congressional districts, including that of Rep Giffords.
As of today, this graphic no longer appears on her website. This is the strongest admission of guilt I can imagine from someone who, in the past, has openly courted huge emotional displays with the faux innocence of a “what-me-worry” face.
It is time for intelligent people of all political persuasions, from the left to the right, to repudiate, once and for all, Sarah Palin, one of the growing cancers on the US body politic. She provides no clear answers for the difficult problems that we currently face and she, herself, seems to now want to distance herself from her own hateful rhetoric.
But only after she got what she wanted: Rep Giffords in the “crosshairs.”
Congratulations, Sarah. This one is so clear that even you understand the linkage from your own hate speech to the resulting attempted assassination – and collateral deaths of other Americans.