Who pulled the trigger?

[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.

Sarah Palin's PAC website

Rep Giffords is clearly in Sarah Palin's crosshairs.

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.

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5 thoughts on “Who pulled the trigger?

  1. Thank you very much for writing this. I am tired of the Republicans and Tea Partiers in Congress calling actions like these ‘isolated incidents’. It might have been isolated early on, but we can now clearly see the trend. Conservative hate rhetoric is ruining political discourse in our country, and those politicians need to be held responsible. I am ashamed at Sarah Palin and her cronies, and I would hope for an apology soon. There are no words to describe how angry I am right now.
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    • This is a tragic day for all Americans. I hope that brave people from the right and the GOP (Palin’s core group) start condemning those that want to win elections by hate.

      Thank you for your kind words regarding my post.

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  3. The idea that the GOP is going to accept blame for SArah Palin is a little absurd.She’s done her job as a lightening rod quite well, she’s to make the candidates like Huckabee and Romney seem moderate and reasonable. That she is a fringe person is inarguable and as such makes for colorful press.For the GOP to embrace her by accepting responsibility would be political suicide. Further more I would argue her role as a political tool because she herself could not have come up with that map, its beyond her level of sophistication. She’s a puppet, you are striking at a puppet. She is an effective puppet. In her own jargon you’re wasting your ammunition shooting at a set up target.

    • Some of the most violent of rhetoric is coming from politicians running under the GOP party. I agree that this backs the GOP into an uncomfortable corner, but I believe the situation is going to get worse, not better for the rank-and-file GOP candidate; guilty by association and all. Sarah Palin set the tone of the GOP roster in the 2010 election, not the other way around. It’s up to intelligent people of all stripes to force this issue back onto the GOP leadership. They ended up officially encouraging this type of behavior (lots of GOP funds when to people like Sharron Angle, for example), they need to feel the societal repudiation of it.

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