Palin Crosshairs


So, it’s finally happened.  The irresponsible, the calculated, the inexcusable rhetoric of extremists in politics and so-called journalism has reached the tipping point and created an incident of domestic terrorism.  Now Sarah Palin, whose name I had sworn I would never print on this blog again, is busy “scrubbing” her blog of these images and her hit list.

Palin Crosshairs

Palin HitlistI doubt she had them remove this out of shame.  Her violent rhetoric, these gun scope crosshairs, this hit list, this call to “take a stand,” the “second amendment solutions,” the fear tactics, the “death panels,” the holding of fundraisers at firing ranges and shooting up targets while talking about “removing Giffords from office,” the bringing of assault rifles to political rallies, the talk of “lock and load” isn’t just irresponsible—it’s all domestic terrorism thinly veiled as “politics as usual” for the extremists.  They have moved beyond character assassination to actually inciting assassinations.

It’s complicit.

As far as I am concerned, the survivors and and the families of the victims of this murderous rampage at a political rally in Tucson, AZ, should sue Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly,  FOX news, Rupert Murdoch, Sarah Palin, and all of the others who have deliberately created this atmosphere of hate and violence even after the stern and repeated warnings from former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, of where such hate speech would lead.  She was right.  Everyone knew it then.  Everyone sees it now.

While I agree with everything Keith Olbermann says in the short broadcast on MSNBC below, he didn’t go far enough.  The aforementioned group, including the Tea Party, are all guilty of inciting domestic terrorism and should be tried and convicted as such.  They are complicit.  The litigation alone should bankrupt every one of them.

Be assured that Sarah Palin didn’t remove the above images because of any moral guilt for her direct involvement—notice Sarah included Giffords on her hit list.  She hasn’t even acknowledged her complicity, her reckless behavior.  No apologies from her, only a statement of feigned sympathy.  Her real concern is financial.  She should be denounced and completely isolated then tried and convicted.

Freedom of speech?  Don’t even go there with me.  No one has the right to incite others to do their murderous deeds for them.  Ever!

I am still horrified that a poor 9 year old child born on September 11, 2001, would be slaughtered in a horrific incident of domestic terrorism incited by American politicians hiding behind some veil of gun-toating “patriotism.”  Is this the nation in which we want our children to grow up?  This is the nation we are currently creating.  It’s loathsome!

Olberman on Political Violence
Click to play.

Demand accountability.

2 thoughts on “Scrub-a-dub-dub”

  1. So let me get this straight, an emotional disturbed product of the public school sytem that was not accepted by the army and kicked out of the local junior college, goes on a shooting rampage and it’s Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck’s fault? Hasn’t each party in a “battles” to take back the House or Senate “targeted” key states or key congressional seats as elections near. Where was this uproar when Wallace was shot? Dear brother just because you live on the left coast, doesn’t mean you have to drink all the koolaid.

    My heart truly aches for the families that lost loved ones and the congresswoman who’s life will never be the same. I am outraged by the attack on our political way of life. Everyone will think twice about the safeness of political rallies. However, the second amendment is there for a reason and tossing it out will not heal any of this tragedy’s wounds.

    1. Hi Arthur,

      Nice to hear from you!

      Yes. Words matter. The cumulative effect of words creates an emotional tone that can easily uncork and unhinge those among us who are emotionally disturbed.

      Maybe I just see this more clearly than some because I was a public school principal for many years working with large communities of people. In every community, there’s a percentage of people, I’d guess between 5 – 10%, that are truly mentally or emotionally disturbed. They hang on to reality, as most of us see it, by a tenuous thread. It takes very little to snap that thread.

      Sarah’s actions to have her minions scrub-a-dub-dub and vociferously deny culpability speaks volumes. She knows the influence she, and others, have had in this matter. The election was long since over, yet the images were still on her web site.

      How close could they dance to the fire before someone would be harmed? The mantle of true leadership, of true journalism, weighs heavily of increased responsibility, due diligence and accountability. And you’re absolutely right, this is not a one way street. It applies to all political, religious, and social persuasions. As Olbermann says so well in the video clip and I just paraphrase, we should all be able to disagree without living in fear.

      Freedom of speech ends where the safety, the very lives, of others begins. This has clearly crossed that line and for that I demand accountability for the irresponsible and informed use of words and imagery.

      BTW: Loved the Koolaid line. It’s been a long time since I’ve reflected on Jim Jones and the unmistakably enormous power his words alone had over people, ultimately the power of life and death for hundreds of pitiful souls.

      P.S. I didn’t rate your comment on my blog. I generally let people say what’s on their minds as long as they do so responsibly, which I think you do.

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