A parade of hate from the right and their gun loving leaders
The Tea Party didn’t tell him to do it, and there’s no evidence that he was listening to what they said or saw their signs, but shouldn’t they at least acknowledge the fact that he did what they’ve been promising to do?
How tone deaf are these people? In the wake of the tragedy in Tucson, it is clear that people like Palin, Beck and the rest of the right wing noise machine just don’t get it. Rather than ‘man-up’, as Palin would say, and face the heat they bring on themselves for the words they speak, the images they use, and the rhetoric they embrace, they immediately cast themselves as the victims, which is the height of hypocrisy.
Just consider the furor around Sarah Palin. The hard truth is this: Palin has decided that as part of her political persona, she is going to use extreme, aggressive, in your face, and threatening language and imagery to dehumanize and marginalize her opponents. Fine, that’s her right.
But now, when people respond in kind because of a senseless and tragic event that more or less mirrors the imagery and language she uses, she is the victim? Please. She seems incapable of bearing responsibility or showing humility. Had she said, “In light of what happened in Tucson we regret our use of unfortunate images and language in the election, and never intended for it to be construed as wanting to cause harm to anyone. We are shocked that this sick individual did this and will work to do whatever it takes to make sure these sorts of tragedies never occur again,” she would probably have deflected much what is now coming her way.
But no, Sarah nor the right wing can ever admit to being wrong, or mistaken, or in error, not when there is an opportunity to cast themselves as the victim. Sadly, Palin’s recent attempt to face the controversy just made things worse as she cast herself as more the victim than those who died or were wounded that awful day.
- Over the past two years, at Tea Party rallies across the country, there were hundreds of signs proudly displayed with some variation on the theme of ‘we came unarmed….THIS TIME’, implying that if things didn’t change the way they wanted them to, the next time they would come with firearms in hand. Jared Loughner, for whatever reason, went to one of Rep. Giffords ‘Congress on the Corner’ meetings in 2007 and he was unarmed, but apparently things didn’t change the way he wanted them to and he did what so many in the Tea Party say they will do. When he came to his next ‘Congress on the Corner’ event he was armed with a Glock semi-automatic pistol with extended ammo clips. The Tea Party didn’t tell him to do it, and there’s no evidence that he was listening to what they said or saw their signs, but shouldn’t they at least acknowledge the fact that he did what they’ve been promising to do?
- Ann Coulter hates John Edwards and wishes he would be assassinated. Jared Loughner, for whatever reason, hated Rep. Giffords and did what Coulter wishes she could do to John Edwards. She didn’t tell him to do it, and there’s no evidence that he was listening to what she said, but shouldn’t she at least acknowledge the fact that he did what she was unable to do, assassinate politicians you hate?
- Michelle Bachmann wants the citizens of Minnesota to be armed and ready to fight against the government if need be. Jared Loughner, for whatever reason, as a citizen of Arizona, decided he needed to take up arms against the government and did what Bachmann wants the citizens of Minnesota to do. She didn’t tell him to do it, and there’s no evidence that he was listening to what she said, but shouldn’t she at least acknowledge the fact that he did what she wants her state’s citizens to do?
- Sharon Angle said that people should exercise Second Amendment remedies against what she calls a tyrannical government if you don’t like what they’re doing. Jared Loughner, for whatever reason, exercised a Second Amendment remedy against a government, or government official he didn’t like because she didn’t do what he expected of her (whether he thought she was tyrannical is unclear). She didn’t tell him to do it, and there’s no evidence that he was listening to what she said. But shouldn’t she at least acknowledge the fact that he took the Second Amendment remedy she suggests others should take when they feel that way?
- Finally, Sarah Palin exhorted voters ‘not to retreat, but to reload!’ in an effort to make government hear them. Jared Loughner, for whatever reason, after emptying one clip of bullets didn’t retreat, but started to reload to make sure the government heard him and was stopped (thankfully), by true Patriots. She didn’t tell him to do it, and there’s no evidence that he was listening to what she said. But shouldn’t she at least acknowledge the fact that he did what she wants others to do so they’re heard by their government?
If you need to be reminded just how dangerous and extreme the noise from the right-wing noise machine and Palin’s beloved Tea Party has been, this video, and the links below it serve as a stark reminder:
”I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. … No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out.” —Glenn Beck, May 17, 2005
”If Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we’re not going to do anything about it. We’re going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.”’ —FOX News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly, after San Francisco voted to ban military recruiters from city schools, Nov. 8, 2005
Tea Party candidate in the race for Giffords’ seat was Jesse Kelly. His web site advertised an election event with the words: “Get on Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”
”Our nation was founded on violence. The option is on the table. I don’t think that we should ever remove anything from the table as it relates to our liberties and our freedoms.”—Tea Party-backed Texas GOP congressional candidate Stephen Broden, suggesting the violent overthrow of the U.S. government if Republicans don’t win at the ballot box, interview with Dallas’s WFAA-TV, Oct. 21, 2010
”I just wish Katrina had only hit the United Nations building, nothing else, just had flooded them out, and I wouldn’t have rescued
hem.”—Bill O’Reilly, on his radio show, Sept. 14, 2005
”I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today.”—Glenn Beck, on why people who lost their homes in forest fires in California had it coming, Oct. 22, 2007
”I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us ‘having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,’ and the people — we the people — are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country.” —Rep. Michele Bachmann, March 2009