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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.

And here is the bottom line as far as I’m concerned, and why the victimhood so embraced by the Tea Party and their leaders is so disingenuous…

  • 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:

6 Lunatics Inspired by Fox News and Glenn Beck

”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

Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!” (Sarah Palin)

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.”

If I’m going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.” (Ann Coulter)

”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

”The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them.” —Rush Limbaugh

“We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens’ creme brulee. That’s just a joke, for you in the media.” (Ann Coulter)

”I just wish Katrina had only hit the United Nations building, nothing else, just had flooded them out, and I wouldn’t have rescued
—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

“We need to execute people like (John Walker Lindh) in order to physically intimidate liberals.” (Ann Coulter)

”I went to the movie this weekend with a gun. And surprise, surprise, I didn’t kill anybody!” Glenn Beck

“My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.” (Ann Coulter)

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom Sarvay permalink
    October 22, 2011 9:56 am

    When will you people get it through your liberal heads? Those were not “crosshairs” on the Palin map. Those were areas where she got 4G coverage on her cell phone!

  2. jmmx permalink
    January 18, 2011 10:01 am

    @ common_sd

    You are grasping at straws here! To try to use this as a counter-example is really phony.

    While I DO agree that the use of a scope sight was not a good idea (could just as easily been a long camera lens), the dialog, was very clearly that it was the Justice Dept that had Hayworth “as a focus of its investigation.” Additionally, the tone of the ad is low key and calm with absolutely no suggestion that we are placing Hayworth in gunsights.

    If you do not see the difference between this and the angry excited hate filled rants of the right wingers, then I am afraid you are blind.

    Your post is so typical of the right wing. Take some thing out of context and then twist it to your point of view.

  3. Sean permalink
    January 17, 2011 5:53 pm

    In fact, there is no balance — none whatsoever. Only one side has made the rhetoric of armed revolt against an oppressive tyranny the guiding spirit of its grassroots movement and its midterm campaign. Only one side routinely invokes the Second Amendment as a form of swagger and intimidation, not-so-coyly conflating rights with threats. Only one side’s activists bring guns to democratic political gatherings. Only one side has a popular national TV host who uses his platform to indoctrinate viewers in the conviction that the President is an alien, totalitarian menace to the country. Only one side fills the AM waves with rage and incendiary falsehoods. Only one side has an iconic leader, with a devoted grassroots following, who can’t stop using violent imagery and dividing her countrymen into us and them, real and fake. Any sentient American knows which side that is; to argue otherwise is disingenuous.

    Geo. Packer, New Yorker

  4. jmmx permalink
    January 16, 2011 9:01 pm

    “… they immediately cast themselves as the victims, which is the height of hypocrisy.”
    “… the victimhood so embraced by the Tea Party and their leaders…”

    You hit the nail on the head – twice!

    Actually, the embraced victimhood is not merely disingenuous in this situation. It is precisely their modus operand, it is exactly the level at which they reach out to people. They appeal to those peopled who have failed in life and rather than look at the fact and strive to better themselves, they view themselves as victims and externalize their inferiority complexes.

  5. freezerbeef permalink
    January 16, 2011 6:46 am

    I have to commend both E. Gray and common_sd for remaining fairly civil for this exchange of words. Obviously they disagree but handled it in a respectful way.

    I actually fall in the camp that admits that there are a few – very very few – examples of Democrats using any gun analogy in political ads. They are not helpful. They are actually kind of dumb. But you have to go looking for them to use as examples.

    There is no equivalency.

    It pales in comparison to the Right. The gun-loving Right. And it’s well-funded and much heeded corporate megaphone, FOX NEWS. The FOX “news” pundits have a nationwide platform for advocating the violent overthrow of Tyranny!!! But these are not Tyrants, they are democratically elected public servants. FOX treats them like illegitimate despots and encourages weak-minded individuals to buy into the BS. As if we’re all back in the 1700s.

  6. January 14, 2011 11:18 am


  7. common_sd permalink
    January 13, 2011 1:27 pm

    Funny how you left out videos and examples like this….

    • January 13, 2011 1:36 pm

      Whew, that’s a real stretch

      • common_sd permalink
        January 13, 2011 2:57 pm

        how is that a stretch? If an example of violent imagery is sarah palin’s map with crosshairs on it, wouldnt a video doing the exact same thing be an example as well?

      • January 13, 2011 3:15 pm

        Being investigated by DOJ, no guns in the commercial, no threats of loading a gun, no reference to taking someone out. No one carrying a weapon. But hey, you think its omparable, fine. I don’t.

      • common_sd permalink
        January 13, 2011 3:38 pm

        I can respect that it may not go to the extent that you would expect as a threat, even though it is the view of a sniper scope focused on the head of a politician, but watching the video that is posted on this link has a bit of a stretch in quite a few examples as well.

        I am not trying to justify BS like “unarmed this time” signs. completely uncalled for. But showing photos of people legally carry firearms and tying it together with a video named “giffords caught in the crossfire” is erroneous and untruthful. One of the photos you can clearly see the owner didnt not have a magazine clip in the gun. Also noticed the same “crop” was used that MSNBC used of the african american with a gun. I believe they ran the image while they talked about the “racist white tea party” and purposely didnt show that the image they were conveiging to their viewers was of a black man.

        I am not saying the left is correct or the right is correct…we are all guilty of this.

      • January 13, 2011 6:39 pm

        No, you’re correct. There is a lot of blame to go around. I would rather that all of that kind of imagery and innuendo stop. I doubt it will, but if we can at least discuss it, who knows.

    • January 22, 2011 5:29 am

      it does resemble palin’s rifle scope imagery, except that the narration gives away that it’s a ‘spy’ camera scope. Hollywood private detective taking photos of a philandering spouse imagery.
      palin’s ‘crosshairs’ weren’t symbolizing zoom camera scopes, or ‘surveyor’s marks’. everything about palin and her campaign labeled her symbols as rifle scopes.

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