“But She was not alone.”

So Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive, observes after calling for shame for Sarah Palin.  Her shocking map has disappeared from her web site, and her team is busy denying that it had anything to do with guns.  But she clearly targeted Giffords.

Rothschild reminds us:

Shame on other rightwing politicians and pundits who have bandied about incendiary rhetoric over the past two years.

Shame on Sharron Angle for speculating on the need for “Second Amendment remedies.”

Shame on Sean Hannity for cheering on “Tim McVeigh wannabes.”

Shame on Glenn Beck for all his violence-ridden rampages, including the time he went on Fox and Friends with a baseball bat and said, “You have to ask yourself, as Sean Connery did, what are you prepared to do. If you’re going to get into a fight with these guys, you better be able to battle all the way to the end.”

Today, Representative Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition, six people are dead, and eleven others are wounded.

When are we going to learn that violent rhetoric can have fatal consequences?

9 thoughts on ““But She was not alone.”

  1. Shame on them all! I feared something like this would happen to someone soon, with all the violent hate filled talk out there, including “calls for action”, and placing targets on people, and idiots stomping around wearing guns at political rallies – inciting violence is a crime.

  2. It is nice to have a go at Sarah (no really I think that she is a serious candidate makes USA a laughing stock) but in all honesty I expect this guy doesn’t frequent Sarah Palin’s site – and would hapily have shot Sarah if he had the chance.

    But I do agree “violent rhetoric can have fatal consequences” and that it is irresponsible.

  3. He did not have to go to any particular website – this hate talk and violent rhetoric is everywhere – even on “regular” news broadcasts (NBC, etc) as they quote this stuff, thus spreading it further.

  4. Palin worked at combining the gun culture with political opposition; part of being a momma grizzley’s death wish, one supposes. Given her impact, one doesn’t have to suppose direct contact with her campaign.

  5. A true thing, JJ.

    All this emphasizes the need to introduce more people (preferably at an early age) to ethics, rational thought and critical thinking – wait – philosophy??!! What earthly practical good is that???!

  6. As Frank Coniff brilliantly put it yesterday, “Hey Sara Palin, hows that hatey, killy, reloady, chrosshairy thing working out for ya?”

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