Posts tagged ‘Giffords’
On the violent political rhetoric, I read a quote today that sums it very concisely:
“A civil nation of laws cannot have prominent members of society constantly calling for the murder and assassination of other individuals or groups.”
I’d say that this is fairly accurate. If this rhetoric came from mainstrem voices on the left, those voices would no longer be “prominent members of society”, they would be ostracised by mainstream liberals (and reduced back to “normal” members of society). The quote above is from Julian Assange. Here is a snippet of a statement from today:
The WikiLeaks founder said that although his organization is a devoted advocate of free speech, “when senior politicians and attention-seeking media commentators call for specific individuals or groups of people to be killed, they should be charged with incitement — to murder.”
He added, “Those who call for an act of murder deserve as significant share of the guilt as those raising a gun to pull the trigger.”
The statement listed several high-profile U.S. figures who have called for Assange and his supporters to be attacked, killed or executed. It noted that Sarah Palin has said the U.S. should pursue Assange as if he was an al-Qaida or Taliban leader, while Fox News commentator Bob Beckel has publicly called for people to “illegally shoot the son of a bitch [Assange].”
The 39-year-old Australian said his organization had now implemented “extreme security measures” to protect its staff and called on U.S. authorities to “protect the rule of law by aggressively investigating these and similar incitements to kill. A civil nation of laws cannot have prominent members of society constantly calling for the murder and assassination of other individuals or groups.”
So, this is the Tea Party…
If we don’t have a majority, if we can’t win an election fairly and legally…then let’s shoot everyone! Kidding? Nope. Some spare at a rally? Nope. This is GOP pundit Joyce Kaufman at a 2010 Tea Party rally saying “If ballots don’t work, bullets will!”
Tea! It’s the new Kool-Aid! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_the_Kool-Aid
You couldn’t make this up. How big of a moron is Rush Limbaugh? And more importantly, what kind of idiot are you if you’re listening to Rush Limbaugh?
Continue reading on Examiner.com: Rush Limbaugh blames Sheriff Clarence Dupnik for Tucson shootings (Audio) – National Political Buzz | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-national/rush-limbaugh-goes-on-long-angry-rant-against-sheriff-charles-dupnik-audio#ixzz1AggIfjzw
“Don’t retreat, instead- RELOAD!” is how Palin introduced her map. Within a few days, a vandal smashed the glass door of Giffords’ Tucson office. Giffords’ father says that Tea Party members had been repeatedly threatening her.
Giffords is entering her 3rd term in Congress. Last year she supported the Health Care refor. This earned her a place on Palin’s map of rifle scope crosshairs. A later revision of the maps shows the candidates location in rifle scop crosshairs and ominously encourages follower to “Help us prescribe the solution“. Earlier today, SarahPAC hurriedly shut down the entire site.
In the recent congressional election Tea Party candidate Jesse Kelly carried on Palin’s violent rhetoric. He held an event with the description: “Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with [me]”