Earlier today I posted information about the Arizona shooter Jared Loughner. There has been a rush to judgment by many on the right and left. The left quick to decide that Loughner is a Tea Party member, the right claiming the shootings were not political, etc.
We don’t know exactly what inspired Loughner to go on a shooting rampage. I hardly think it is reasonable to say it wasn’t politically motivated……one usually doesn’t lash out at politicians over the color of their hair or for personal reasons. The shooting of a politician is a political statement.
There are many rumors making the rounds on the internet including the rumor that Loughner is a liberal left winger. I don’t put much credence in that statement given the fact that his writings indicate a deep anger and distrust of everything government and his use of terms usually associated with Libertarians or conservatives. However, whatever he is, his actions have prompted many discussions about the tone of politics in this country, especially from people like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.
A number of months ago Palin came under attack for her use of a map with crosshairs over a number of states and a ‘hit list’ of 20 Congressional seats she wanted to ‘take back.’ Gabrielle Giffords was on that list. Her inclusion on the list has caused some to blame Palin for the shooting and while I won’t go that far I will say that the tenor of political speech in this country has become incendiary.
“Sarah Palin has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district and when people do that, they’ve gotta realize there are consequences to that action.”
Was the shooting a consequence of Palin’s actions? We won’t know unless and until Loughner enlightens us about his motivation and inspiration for his actions, BUT whether or not Loughner is a Palin fan or a Beck fan or a Limbaugh fan is immaterial. This should be a wake up call to them that their speech, their actions are unacceptable. I don’t care what side of the aisle you are on, it is time for us all to speak out and condemn the craziness that has been going on in this country.
Just the fact that there is some question as to whether or not the actions of a so called political leader inspired someone to commit such an action should tell us things have gone too far. Sarah Palin’s lackeys have spent a lot of time today scrubbing her website of some of her outrageous speech……why is that? If she truly feels that what she did with that map is okay why the rush to scrub it from the web?
Can you imagine the outrage from Palin and conservatives if a map of Alaska had a crosshair over Wasilla? We would have heard the whining, crying and screaming for days on end.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I dislike Palin. The reasons I dislike her are many, not least of which is that her comments about death panels and a map with crosshairs on it is over-the-top irresponsible and borders on criminal. It’s time for the media to call her on her outrageous comments and time for her to go home to Alaska and leave politics to adults who understand consequences.