Saturday, January 8, 2011

Heinous acts in Tucson today and the "Liberal Hunting Permit"

Let me start by saying that the thoughts and prayers of my family are with Rep. Giffords, her family and all of the other victims who have died and are fighting for their lives following the heinous acts in Tucson today.

I think Sheriff Clarence Dupnik had it right when he said today:
I hope all Americans are as saddened and shocked as I am and I hope they are as angry as I am ... it's time to do a little soul searching about the rhetoric we hear on the radio [and TV], how are children are being raised. We have become the mecca for racism and bigotry.
Last year, on March 24, I blogged here about this very type of thing after finding the "Liberal Hunting Permit" online - not to mention Sarah Palin's "Target Map". I'd like to re-run that blog post given it's subject and given the tragic events that took place today:

The "Liberal Hunting Permit" - watch out for helicopters
from March 24, 2010

This is absolutely unacceptable.

The lovely item pictured right (literally and figuratively) was brought to our attention by The Political Carnival. In order to get the full impact - please be sure to read the fine print of this backwoods, redneck and hateful piece of trash.

Also, in today's news it was reported that more than 10 democratic members of the House of Representatives have received threats (some of which were death threats) since casting their votes in favor of Health Care Reform. CNN Reports:
House Democrats are concerned about their security due ... House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday.

Hoyer told a news conference that "a significant number, meaning over 10," had reported either threats, vandalism or other incidents. Capitol Police officials have briefed House Democrats on reporting suspicious or threatening activity and taking precautions to avoid "subjecting themselves or their families to physical harm," said Hoyer, D-Maryland.

Earlier Wednesday, the Albemarle County Fire Marshal's Office in Virginia confirmed the FBI was investigating a suspicious incident at the home of Virginia Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello's brother, days after the brother's home address was posted online by a Tea Party activist.

An aide to Perriello told CNN that a line to the propane tank on his brother's gas grill had been severed.
As I reported yesterday, there are websites and blogs that are encouraging this violence. In addition, many on the Right - the GOP, Rush Limbaugh, the Tea Baggers, Sarah Palin and Fox News, just to name a few - are advocating it as well. If not in word, certainly by their silence.

They claim they're standing up for the "majority of Americans" in advocating this hatred through their silence and inaction. To me, they're doing nothing more than perpetuating filth, disgust, rancor, hostility, violence and pure repugnance.

When you actually take this news in and then read the reports today of Mike Vanderboegh, the yea-hoo that decided to blog his encouragement of violently breaking windows, was recorded on the radio saying "rifles are being cleaned right now. Do you understand that? Rifles are being taken out of the cabinet and cleaned right now."

It is evident by her Facebook page that Sarah Palin already knows that rifles are being cleaned. Check out this map [R.] of democratic seats to ... uhm ... target. Nice crosshairs, Sarah. Are you planning to shoot democrats like you do moose - from helicopters?

Ladies and Gents - I ask you: do we really think this is about Health Care? No - I didn't think so either.

Now, think about all of this and add to it the report on today that there are a record number of people who are now licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

I hate to say it - but, this looks like a 'perfect storm' in the making.

Does anyone remember the very beginning of the Obama administration when there was a group of people, egged on by Fox News and the like, who thought "Obama's coming to get our guns"? Woops! Doesn't look like that really happened, huh? In fact, these people are carrying concealed weapons in record numbers, now.

Guess what?! That same "sky's falling & Obama is taking our guns" mentality is going to be scoffed at in about 6 months when people start seeing how much Health Care Reform is going to actually help them. How it's actually NOT socialized medicine. How it's actually NOT a government take over of health care.

My hope and prayer is that no one will be harmed between now and when people start to wise up and realize that this is actually GOOD for them - GOOD for the America.

Please. Lay aside your violent rhetoric.

I think Donna Brazile said it best on Twitter today when she said:
The House and Senate leaders from both parties should call a press conference asap to encourage civility and respect for dissenting views.
Thank you, Ms. Brazile! Civility. Respect.


Francie said...

The violence has to end today.Violence has no place in
political discourse or in American Democracy. People have to learn how to debate issues, talk instead of
take up a weapon or encourage others to do so.

James Newman said...

Very well said, Francie. Thank you.

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