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.
I 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.
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!