Do you ever get the feeling that Tea Party Republicans see the phrase “Ignorance Is Bliss” as a Mission Statement?

1/9/11

"Do Not Retreat! Reload! "-Sarah Palin (Palin now In The Crosshairs Of Public Opinion And It's NOT Good)

"What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents." 
- Robert F. Kennedy

Nancy Haire Rosenberg  I found this on Sarah Palin's FB page in the discussion about yesterday's shooting. It's pretty profound. Written by a police officer.  Click continue to read...

I've been in law enforcement for 36+ years. I am appalled by today's events, but I am even more disturbed by some of the commentary here because apparently a lot of people feel they have to defend, excuse or rationalize Sarah Palin's behavi...or. On many occasions I and other officers on the street have been the target of virulent verbal attacks, inciting violence against us, both in subtle, and not so subtle forms, by street thugs alone or in groups. So I can readily identify metaphors of violence, as well as the more obvious outright threats. But I have watched this street thug mentality become a part of the political tactics of the people who apparently now comprise the Republican Party. I have watched politicians seek to win by making statements and constructing metaphors or analogies which demonize other Americans and foment violent attitudes in the general public. I became so disgusted with the Republican Party that I resigned my membership of 48 years. I am ashamed of the politicians and news media who stir the cinders of hatred and bigotry in the general public, and play upon and enhance the fears, anger and bigotry of those inclined to follow zealots. Reminds me of the years that lead to the rise and popularity of Hitler. And several of you who commented are right, you'd have to be crazy to believe these things and to do what this young man did today. Well, obviously some people are. But in my business, I've seen ALL kinds of crazy. Haven't we had enough examples of what people will do when incited and encouraged by others to hate other human beings? People hurt people because of what they think. Their own ideas and the ideas of others translate into emotions (fear, hatred, distrust, suspicion, etc.) which then are put into action, sometimes with fists and feet, sometimes with guns, sometimes with bombs. When will people understand that WORDS & IDEAS do have consequences?

The youngest victim of Sarah Palin's Crosshair: Christina, who was born on September 11, 2001, had been featured in a book Faces of Hope: Babies born on 9/11.

Michael Smith My heart is broken about this and that a little girl, born on one of the most tragic days in history has left this Earth on another most tragic day. I wonder if her life was planned to capture our attention and awaken us? If that was the purpose she came to fulfill then it is up to us to make sure that purpose is not in vain. The children are trying to tell us something and its up to us to carry that message.
*Consider this from the files of What's Eating Mem Mcd because this has been eating at me for a long time now!
I would also like to add that everyone gives Oprah Whinfrey a pass on Sarah Palin but I have not and will not!  John McCain brought us this monster but the Democratic Party sent her home with her tail between her legs.  Oprah brought her back, launched her book and her stardom and I will NEVER forgive her for that! Some get mad when I say this but I don't care!  Oprah may have done a lot good for people and given things away but that's the nature of her business.  You spend money to make money!  She betrayed the President and his family.  She betrayed the women's movement and she betrayed the African Americans who have had to put up with the hate and racism that Palin has incited!  So NO!  I will not give Oprah a pass on this!
When Bristol Palin was asked before a live audience on DWTS what it would mean to her to win she said: "It would be like giving the big middle finger to all those people that hate me and my mom"  Sarah Palin might have given her public condolences but I can just imagine in the privacy of their home her saying the exact thing about yesterdays tragedy.  I don't believe Sarah has a the ability to be sorry no more then a sociopath does-Mem
Thank you Tracy Knauss
Brave Woman Who Grabbed Clip from Shooter Blames Right-Wing Media and Rhetoric ... In Fox News Interview  (At least the law enforcement and some brave folks are speaking up-Mem)
"When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous," he said. "And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry."...Pima County sheriff Clarence Dupnik
People in the media make money to keep the people angry!-Clarence Dupnik

The Vitriolic Rhetoric on the Right
by Karen Hussein Teegarden on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 1:35pm
Palin: "Don't Retreat.....Reload!" & Maps of "liberal" districts with rifle crosshairs targeting opposing candidates.

Angle: "if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies."

Bachman: She wants the residents of her state "armed & dangerous."

Coulter: "My only regret with Tim McVeigh is that he didn't go to the New York Times building"

Beck: "I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, & 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."

Beck: Portrays Obama, Democrats as vampires, suggests "driving a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers."

Beck: Acts out scene in which he poisons Nancy Pelosi.

Beck: "When do we ever run those who are bankrupting our country & literally stealing our children's future out of town? Grab a torch."

Limbaugh: "I tell people don't kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on every campus--living fossils--so we we'll never forget what these people stood for."

Michael Savage: "I say round liberals up & hang em' high. When I hear someone's in the civil rights business, I oil up my AR-25."

Signs at Tea Party Rallies:
“We didn’t bring our guns.this time” “If Brown can’t stop it, a Browning can”

The rhetoric on the right can't POSSIBLY bear any responsibility for the climate in which violence takes place.                                                   
                                                              
Leadership In Action



8 comments:

  1. This is a group which has started on FB! It is disgusting that people are so SICK! Report it if you are on FB. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_188373877841900

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  2. Posted for Wanda Kidd

    HELL NO THE LEFT IS NOT GOING TO TAKE THE BLAME.. OR FORGIVE THE EVIL RIGHT WING LEADERS FOR PROMOTING HATERED!!!!
    by on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 10:47am

    I'm very angry at my country right now!!! And no I will not forgive the Right Wing!!! I want punishment and condemnation for promoting violence!!! Punishment for the Right Wing Leaders like Limbaugh, Beck, Boehner, Bachman, Paline, Armey, Koch bros, Wall Street CEO's, Israeli Lobby, McConnell, I want these mean ruthless fear mongers punished to the fullest extent. Then maybe I will consider forgiveness!!!!

    I'm angry and it makes me mad for a Liberal to tell me, we need to forgive. Screw forgiving! People like Olbermann really piss me off by trying to calm us down, for the benefit of his Corporate Masters of his Corporate owned MSNBC! His Corporate Masters are worried that they have gone too far, and they are worried about the backlash! Well they better be worried! Damn worried, because I'm going to promote that backlash to the fullest extent!!!

    Right now I want justice, and I want the Right Wing leaders who have been promoting this, to pay for their crime! And I want them to pay dearly!!! ... Then maybe later, I will forgive!

    This could just as well have been President Obama! But for the fact that it's harder for them to get to him!!! But you can believe if they could, they would! And we'd lose him just like we did John Kennedy...Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy!

    No I will not forgive them, I want punishment and condemnation for promoting violence!!! Punishment for the Right Wing Leaders like Limbaugh, Beck, Boehner, Bachman, Palin, Armey, Koch bros, Wall Street CEO's, Israeli Lobby, McConnell, I want these mean ruthless fear mongers punished to the fullest extent. Then maybe I will consider forgiveness!!!!

    PUNISHMENT FOR THE RIGHT WING LEADERS, who promoted this! Even if only by their silence and refusal to condemn it! THE BACK LASH IS COMING!!! ...

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  4. A big thank you to all who quickly posted and reported the above group. It was removed within a half hour of this posting. For those who don't know it was a picture of Jared (the shooter) and titled Jared is our hero...invoking people to follow suit and let the revolution begin. I should have gotten a screen shot but I was so upset I just wanted to get the message out asap to put an end to the group!

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  5. A big thank you to all who quickly posted and reported the above group. It was removed within a half hour of this posting. For those who don't know it was a picture of Jared (the shooter) and titled Jared is our hero...invoking people to follow suit and let the revolution begin. I should have gotten a screen shot but I was so upset I just wanted to get the message out asap to put an end to the group!

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  6. This is a group which has started on FB! It is disgusting that people are so SICK! Report it if you are on FB. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_188373877841900

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  7. A big thank you to all who quickly posted and reported the above group. It was removed within a half hour of this posting. For those who don't know it was a picture of Jared (the shooter) and titled Jared is our hero...invoking people to follow suit and let the revolution begin. I should have gotten a screen shot but I was so upset I just wanted to get the message out asap to put an end to the group!

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  8. A big thank you to all who quickly posted and reported the above group. It was removed within a half hour of this posting. For those who don't know it was a picture of Jared (the shooter) and titled Jared is our hero...invoking people to follow suit and let the revolution begin. I should have gotten a screen shot but I was so upset I just wanted to get the message out asap to put an end to the group!

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