Tea Party not to blame for shooting rampage
Let’s consider the suspects:
1. The Pima college student that showed up in class and posed a threat to safety such that teachers and students reported and wrote about their concerns
2. The Pima administration that expelled the student and who apparently didn’t report the circumstances to local police
3. Federal law enforcement officials who failed to advise the judge to retain their protection services after 200 viable threats
4. Local police who had an active investigation into numerous threats against the congresswoman after someone threw a brick through her office window, among having made numerous telephone threats
5. The politically charged atmosphere led by the likes of Sarah Palin among others who raised the tempo to a level of personal attacks and beyond
6. Political parties that made the government and government officials the enemy of citizens instead of their servants
Were the victims to blame for showing up at a community rally to engage their elected officials in peaceful communication somehow at fault?
How about the wild state of Arizona that has become a bastion for right-wing radical behavior?
I blame the unthinking electorate that failed to draw the line against hate that has become, in the eyes of the world, an American criminal state of being. It was from the teapot that we heard racism, discrimination against gays, and cries of socialism and other name-calling including underlining the President’s middle name. Come on.
“Stop blaming the Tea Party for the Arizona tragedy
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
After the attempted car bombing in Times Square last year, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg publicly speculated that the attack had been carried out by "somebody with a political agenda that doesn't like the health-care bill or something." At the Nation, columnist Robert Dreyfuss wrote that "a member of some squirrely branch of the Tea Party, anti-government far right" was probably behind the bombing. Countless others in the left-wing blogosphe rejoined the "blame the Tea Party" chorus - until it was disclosed that the perpetrator of the attack was not a Tea Party supporter but a Taliban-trained Islamic radical. Whoops.
Over the weekend, the Tea Party detractors were at it again - this time blaming the movement for the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others. Within hours of the attack, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman had issued his own (admittedly) unfounded verdict: "We don't have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was . . . she's a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist." So Tea Party activists are prepared to kill those they cannot defeat at the polls?
Left-wing bloggers and commentators blamed the attack on Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin because she had "targeted" Giffords for defeat during the 2010 elections. The New York Daily News published acolumn headlined "Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' blood is on Sarah Palin's hands after putting cross hair over district." And an hour after Giffords was shot, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas actually tweeted: "Mission accomplished, Sarah Palin." He conveniently failed to mention that his Daily Kos had put a "bull's eye" (their words) on Giffords in 2008 - including her on a list of centrist Democrats who should be "targeted" in Democratic primaries. Mission accomplished, Markos?”
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