Is Palin Being Unfairly Attacked Over The Giffords Shooting?

Posted: January 12, 2011 in News, Politics

In the last few days we’ve seen Sarah Palin held up as the poster girl for dangerous, violent rhetoric that can lead to violence. Is that really fair though? Was her sniper sites map targeting specific Democrats and her retreat/reload sayings really the worst things out there? Has she really been the most vile source of these things?

The answer is no. She’s certainly contributed her to the insane rhetoric that’s filling the political landscape right now and she’s failed to condemn the calls to violence by her fellow Republicans and by the very people she claims to support. She’s also added to the anger, fear and paranoia in the current political environment with lies of her own about fictitious death panels and speeches about how President Obama’s goal of healthcare reform would one day have children like hers and the elderly standing before a panel of bureaucrats who would be determining whether or not they’re worth life sustaining help.

But honestly, her stupidity is mild next to some of her colleges and the people she supported for public office.

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Stephen Broden, Republican political candidate from the state of Texas in the 30th congressional district –

BRODEN: “Our nation was founded on violence.”
WATSON: “In 2010 you would urge that as an option, though?”
BRODEN: “The option is on the table. I don’t think that we should ever remove anything from the table as relates to our liberties and our freedoms.”

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Catherine Crabill, failed GOP candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates – “We have the chance to fight this battle at the ballot box before we have to resort to the bullet box. But that’s the beauty of our Second Amendment right.”

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Sharron Angle, Nevada Republican/Tea Party candidate – “You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. And in fact Thomas Jefferson said it’s good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years.
I hope that’s not where we’re going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I’ll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.”

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Michele Bachmann (R-MN) – “Right now I’m a member of Congress. And I believe that my job here is to be a foreign correspondent, reporting from enemy lines. And people need to understand, this isn’t a game. this isn’t just a political talk show that’s happening right now. This is our very freedom, and we have 230 years, a continuous link of freedom that every generation has ceded to the next generation. This may be the time when that link breaks. And I’m going to do everything I can, I know you are, to make sure that we keep that link secure. We cannot allow that link to break, because as Reagan said, America is the last great hope of mankind. Where do we go…

I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us, having a revolution every now and then is a good thing, and the people– we the people– are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States.”

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Brad Goehring, candidate (R-CA) – “If I could issue hunting permits, I would officially declare today opening day for  liberals. The season would extend through November 2 and have no limits on how many taken as we desperately need to “thin” the herd.”

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Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) – “We hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats, although it does seem like a waste of good ammunition.”

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Rep. Allen West, (R-FL) – “Let me tell you what you’ve got to do. You’ve got to make the fellow scared to come out of his house. That’s the only way that you’re going to win. That’s the only way you’re going to get these people’s attention.”

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Joyce Kaufman, then Chief of Staff for Allen West – (Speaking on the then upcoming 2010 election) “And if ballots don’t work, bullets will.”

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) – </B>”If I could start a country with a bunch of people it would be the folks standing out here the last few days. Let’s hope we don’t have to do that. Let’s beat that other side to a pulp. Let’s take them out, let’s chase them down. There’s going to be a reckoning!”

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Glenn Beck, speaking on President Obama – “[T]his guy is, I believe, a racist.” And saying that Obama has, “a deep-seated hatred for white people.”

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Rush Limbaugh – “The problem is that you’ve got people running the show now, from Obama all the way down through his administration through the House of Representatives, who regardless of their race are racists.”

Rush Limbaugh – “Some people are thinking — some people speculating that all of this — the cap-and-trade legislation, health care reform, is nothing more than reparations in disguise, that it is a way of transferring the nation’s wealth to its, quote-unquote, “rightful owners”; that they’re smart enough to know that if they call a piece of legislation “reparations,” it doesn’t have a prayer. But if they couch the legislation in fairness and compassion — the usual liberal terms — that people will go for it, because they think that they have created enough white guilt at all of the unjust immorality of the history of this country that people sit by and let it happen, so that their own personal guilt can be assuaged, regardless of the impact on the country.”

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Senator Chuck Grassley (Lying to the stupid about what end of life care actually is, does and means – “You have every right to fear. You shouldn’t have counseling at the end of life, you should have done that 20 years before. Should not have a government run plan to decide when to pull the plug on grandma.”

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No, some of her rhetoric has been mild next to some of that. While she has done more than her fair share to add to the insanity of the violent rhetoric out there right now she is certainly not deserving of being the poster girl for it. Yeah, she should have refuted the calls for violence when they came instead of digging her heels in and offering greater support for the candidates she supported for office and she should have spoken out against the stupidity of the talking heads instead of encouraging it… But what did you expect? She’s a partisan who cares more about building her support structure than about doing what’s right. Sadly, she’s not alone in that sin and it’s not a sin restricted to just Republicans.

And the shame of this is that the attacking of Palin by the Left and the defending of Palin by the Right is turning into a giant mess that is obscuring the real issues here that we should be addressing before we end up with an assassination that can be unquestionably linked to the calls for armed violence by an elected representative.

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