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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pouring gasoline on her fire

Who ya gonna believe, me or your own lyin' eyes? That's the crux of the argument being offered by Sarah Palin and conservatives upset at being caught with their hands in the heated rhetoric cookie jar.

Rather than admit talk like "don't retreat, reload" might have been a bit over the top in these politically charged times, the one-time Alaska governor follows her own advice (metaphorically) by accusing her accusers of a "blood libel."

Nothing politically charged with those words.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hrm.. how about Obama saying "If they bring a knife, we bring a gun" in 2008?
How about Mark Penn, an Obama adviser that said O"bama needed another Oklahoma City Bombing to connect with the people."
Two days before the "Palin crosshairs site", a blogger for liberal site Daily Kos said "She is dead to me"referring to Gifford.
Not enough? How about Democrat Joe Mansion said he was going to "shoot the cap and trade bill", and showed loading a gun and firing it through the bill.

And now a nutcase psychopath, whom is described as "a ultra-liberal pothead" by former classmates goes nuts, the left immediately uses it as a reason to drag Palin and the Tea party through the mud. Disgusting.. but I guess "never let a crisis go to waste"....

I could go on and on. However, the liberal wingnuts of the left do not hesitate to point the finger at the right and the TEA party when their OWN liberal droogs commit acts of violence. I guess they can't help but to follow the mantra of "If you tell a lie long enough it becomes the truth". While Saul Alansky would be proud, the rest of the country is disgusted.

Liberalism.. not only is it a mental disorder, it is a real danger to this country.

January 12, 2011 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think what anonymous is saying is that liberals have no standing to make the claim if they do the same thing. Notice that anonymous doesn't reject the idea that heated rhetoric may be an issue, just that liberals suck.

What's new? Liberal bashing is a longstanding phenomenon which passes for politics these days by the likes of Rush, Beck and Palin.

When Palin campaigned in 2008 and called Obama un-american and a pal of terrorsts, The US Secret Service issued a report that said her heated campaign rhetoric was connected to a 400% increase in threats on candidate Obama's life. Words matter. Words have consequences. Threats don't improve debate they end them.

Rep Giffords was subject to threats, and violent vandalism of her office when the health care reform bill passed. Someone threw a brick threw the plate-glass window. When the New York Post asked her husband if Gabrielle has any enemies he said "the whole Tea Party" The man who tried to assassinate her was not associated with the Tea Party.

No one should be subject to gun violence never mind an elected Federal official nor should they they subject to threats and intimidation including so called 2nd amendment remedies. Insurrectionists who threaten violence should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. People carrying guns to political rally should be asked to leave their guns at home. Firebrands who use heated rhetoric that contemplates violence and points the finger at an enemy should be boo'd down and have their media bullhorns confiscated.

Many conservatives but not David Frum and Andrew Sullivan have decided to double down on the heated rhetoric. It seems they feel they have something at stake. Maybe the heated rhetoric is the only field on which they feel like they can win.

January 12, 2011 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Left should tread carefully if they are to claim Republicans are the progenitors of political hate speech and inflammatory rhetoric. In 1994, the Democratic Leadership Committee placed bulls eyes on a US map to identify ‘likely targets for Democratic gains’. The website ‘Gettyimages’ recently published a picture of a person holding a rifle to the head of Sarah Palin while comedian Sandra Bernard publicly joked about her gang-rape. Artist Wafaa Bilal developed a video game where players were sent on a mission to assassinate President George W. Bush. An art exhibit at the Columbia College in Chicago displayed mock postage stamps containing an image of a gun pointed at G.W. Bush. T-shirts were even printed with the message ‘Kill Bush’ and splattered with simulated blood then offered for sale on the internet. These examples, and many more, have been well document at Michelle Malkin's website.

Some people might argue this simply represents freedom of speech – that is until they disagree with your point of view then it becomes hate speech and they seek censorship. Equal protection under the Constitution necessarily applies to all even if you don’t like the message.

January 12, 2011 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awe... don't let facts get in the way. The liberal biggots only want free speech for their side! Anything against their opinion is hate speech or racism! Isn't that what their hero Saul Alinsky told them to do?

January 12, 2011 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Bush was being burned in effigy by leftist demonstrators in this country did Chris Matthews or anyone on the left say they'd gone too far? Both sides of the argument have lost civility and created an atmosphere of hate.

January 13, 2011 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Joel Patterson said...


Bob Somerby has collected a list of left wingers who used 'blood libel' though I don't think he should call Andrew Sullivan left wing.

@First Anony: Mark Penn is NOT an Obama advisor, he is a Hillary Clinton advisor, and that is the reason Hillary is SecState and Obama is Pres.

January 14, 2011 5:08 AM  

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