Sarah Palin Vindicated by Liberal NYTimes Charles Blow! The Tucson Witch Hunt

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/15/opinion/15blow.html?_r=1 The efforts to link Sarah Palin, "conservatives" and "right wing" to mass murder and political assassination had no basis in fact according to very Liberal NYTimes columnist Charles Blow: "The only problem is that there was no evidence then, and even now, that overheated rhetoric from the right had anything to do with the shooting. (In fact, a couple of people who said they knew him have described him as either apolitical or “quite liberal.”) The picture emerging is of a sad and lonely soul slowly, and publicly, slipping into insanity."

  Charles Blow NYTimes

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While I can’t stand Palin, I have trouble linking the demented actions of a paranoid, delusional psychotic to political rhetoric, and even if the unhinged person supported a political party or particular political group.

When a person is not of sound mind to the point of delusional thinking, I don’t think you can put 2 and 2 together. For these unfortunate souls, 2+2=17.

Were the numerous killings by the Unabomber (without a gun) the fault of the environmentalist Left and Al Gore? I don‘t think so, but if so, does it matter with such a deranged person?

When Democratic Obama supporter Amy Bishop went on a shooting spree at the University of Alabama last year and killed several of her co-workers, was she inspired by Obama's gun rhetoric where he had stated during the presidential campaign: "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun."? I don‘t think so, but if so, does it matter with such a deranged person?

And how does Loughner's appreciation for Karl Marx, Adolf Hitler, and 2012 prophecies even remotely relate to any American political ideology?

As for Palin, "targeting" politicians for electoral defeat is a well-established part of the American political lexicon. It has been used by the Right and Left for decades, if not longer. In fact, the Daily Kos once "targeted" Giffords, using imagery and rhetoric not unlike Palin's over the congresswoman's opposition to Obamacare.

Since I have always had a disdain for Palin’s neoconservative warmongering, religious-right views, if her putting crosshairs (which was uncalled for, distasteful and thoughtless) on a map “targeting” Giffords were to have political fallout to the point it destroys any chance of her being president, there will be no tears shed my me, but I don’t think it had anything to do with what Loughner did.

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 I agree with that. I do think Palin's use of gun imagery as a political metaphor is in very poor taste, given our country's history with political violence, and makes her look extremely silly.   She's basically a silly, silly person. But no, she's not responsible for violence.  There are plenty people around the world who actually do explicitly engage in incitement toward violence, so we ought to know what that looks like by now.

If anything, this episode should serve as a cautionary tale. Gun and assassination imagery and metaphors should not be made lightly. It's not all in good fun. It's stupid.

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Was this in fun?   There's a different standard when Democrats do it.

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Was this in fun?

Errrr..... I think I said it was not fun.

OK, I'll bite. Show us the example of when a Democrat did that and let's compare.

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And as our President said "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun". So it is ok to escalate the violence! He said it so it must be true.

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/06/14/obama-if-they-bring-a-knife-to-the-fight-we-bring-a-gun/

 

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Good catch, Radnor! Thanks for posting that. That's a pretty dumb thing to say too.  I daresay  that if some lunatic had shot at some McCain people the next day then Obama would have a lot to apologize for for speaking so glibly.

But  I note from that same post:

John McCain’s campaign immediately accused the Democratic candidate of playing the politics of fear.

So looks like when Obama made inappropriate shooting metaphors, he got smacked down by his political rivals.  So what's the answer here: is it OK to jump all over your political foes when they make silly gun references or is it not?

And for the sake of completeness, let's find out if John McCain also condemns Sarah Palin's gun references the same way he condemns Obama's.

So... not quite seeing the double standard.

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Who knows about a double standard. I’d say all these politicians have a “stupid” standard.

I’ve discussed a lot of topics here, including gun rights.

How is it have not made any stupid analogies with guns that could imply violence towards others?

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Self-described "life long liberal democrat" Harvard lawyer Alan Dershowitz explains and defends Sarah Palin's use of "blood libel" to describe the more than inappropriate accusation that she and other "conservatives" were complicit in attempted political assassination and mass murder. http://www.jpost.com/home/article.aspx?id=203612   Alan Dershowitz points to other theologically rooted words, like crucifixion, which developed a broader meaning over time.

 

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Bob, this isn't the support Sarah Palin blog. Thanks.

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Sara's problem is that her crazy rhetoric made the possibility of a link so plausible.  Unlike the attempts by Conservatives like Hannity and Falwell to pin 9/11 on liberals.

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