It appears that Sarah Palin and Glen Beck’s rhetoric really does work. Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D) was shot in the head by terrorist Jared Loughner. She is still in critical condition. A nine-year-old girl was shot, a Federal Judge, and a few on-lookers were shot and killed, with an additional amount of others injured. The gunman is (not surprisingly) tied to a White Nationalist group known as the American Renaissance, an anti-immigration, anti-semitic, anti-anything that isn’t white and stupid kind of group.
Arizona has not quite built itself the best reputation. The state made headlines for the controversial SB 1070 immigration law, as well as their major changes to school district’s diverse education curriculum. Giffords has previously dealt with death threats due to the health care bill. Her political opponents urged followers to “Get on target for victory” and help “remove” Giffords from office at a June event in which participants could shoot an automatic rifle. Our favorite idiot Sarah Palin listed Gabrielle Gifford’s seat as a “target” on her “hit list.” Below is a picture from “Take Back the 20” of targets all over the country. The targets highlight Democrats who supported the current health care bill.
Here is another image of the map with a list of all the democratic candidates:
This tragedy is a clear example of partisanship gone too far. Right-wing media is demanding that its angry white citizens “take America back” from the supposed leftists in our country (ironically Gabrielle Giffords was considered more of a Blue Dog Dem.) The prayers of Sarah Palin and Glen Beck have been answered. “Don’t retreat– reload” has trumped political debate and compromise. What these kind of people want is another Civil War. It also makes one wonder what this means for the election of 2012. How can Republicans redeem themselves when their party has been tainted racists and bigots who use the 2nd Amendment as an excuse to rid the country of those who don’t believe in their views? How long before someone else entranced by Fox News decides to take matters into their own hands and decide what’s right for America not only by killing a politician, but American citizens all together?
Arizona has now become the center of hate and bigotry in our country. The right-wing media needs to be held responsible for calling these nut-jobs to arms in the first place. Telling people to bring guns to a political rally but pretending as if nothing could go wrong because of that is absolutely ridiculous. Here is a video and quote that best sums up the catalyst of this tragedy from Keith Olbermann:
“If Glenn Beck who obsesses nearly as strangely as this Mr. Loughner did about gold and debt – and who wistfully joked about killing Michael Moore – and Bill O’Reilly who blithely repeated ‘Tiller the Killer’ until the phrase was burned into the minds of his viewers; if they do not begin their next broadcasts with solemn apologies for ever turning to the death fantasies and the dreams of blood lust, for ever having provided just the oxygen for those deep in madness for whom violence is an acceptable solution then those commentators and the others must be repudiated by their viewers and listeners, by all politicians who would appear on their programs – including President Obama and his planned interview with Fox on Superbowl Sunday, and repudiated by the sponsors and by the networks that employ them.”
Expect further updates.