~ A reminder to keep on talking. We shall not be silenced. - repost from MTTM ~
A very bad thing happened yesterday. A deranged man attacked a public figure, for a reason that only he might know. In the process, he also attacked and killed others who may, or may not have been intended targets. Apparently the initial target was a Democrat, and he used a gun.
As was expected, there is posturing in the editorial theater about where the responsibility lays for yesterdays horrific act. As was also expected, the initial barrage was aimed at conservative groups or individuals for 'fanning the flames' with talk radio, tea parties etc. And there is no surprise that Sarah Palin, whom the left fears with the darkest and seemingly largest parts of their souls, would become a target yet again.
While there are countless blogs, and news articles that link Palin's electoral target map to this one man's insanity, I will present the work of merely ONE writer, as it encompasses the complete propaganda package in it's entirety.
In The Demographics of political violence, I immediately found a little disappointment with the title. It had nothing about demographics, no charts indicating whom is more likely to perpetrate such heinous violence, or nothing that indicated a count at all. Nothing of a statistical nature seemed obvious, but for this small section:
"Some demographics of political violence can be measured.
Most such acts are carried out by men between the ages of 16 and 30. Their susceptibility to violently act out increases during periods of economic decline.
The link that is preceded by the 16-30 age mention, discusses economically challenged dumb youth, crowded dumb youth, and the seemingly politically disenfranchised crowded dumb youth. Other expert testimony, is provided by the Southern Poverty group, which as a matter of course seeks to paint conservatives and constitutionalists with a racist brush. The final reference made, is to a 'human rights' organization which cannot understand why we don't all get along. Especially since we have enacted such innovative 'hate crime' legislation.
Sadly, there is nothing learned here, except that there will always be those who try to make such tragedy become their clarion call for the silencing of conservative voices and opinion.
I left a reply.
I doubt it will be approved, as my own dissent is likely measured as unproductive action in their realm of self serving demagoguery. I did however save a copy to post here. I said:
The sheriff is off his nut.
And the shooter is probably crazy.
But relating it to Palin or the tea parties, or talk radio is absurd. Look at the characteristics of this atheist, kicked out of the military, individual who thinks America is a terrorist state, who likes flag burning, and considers the police unconstitutional.
Anyone who thinks this guy was motivated by conservatives needs a class in remedial reasoning. Mislabeling of the situation does not help anyone.
In fact, lets talk about pulling stories down.
A daily KOS blogger, only two days prior, posted this: - begin copied text -
My CongressWOMAN voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is now DEAD to me!
Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 11:07:17 AM PST
I am from the Tucson area and live in Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords' district. I worked like a dog for her elections when she was in the Arizona House, surrounded by rightwing nutcases. When Arizona re-districted in 2002, a seat opened up and she was right smack in the middle of it. So was I because I live in Oro Valley, Arizona, which is at the heart of that - then - new CD. I was one of several people to talk her into running and pledging complete loyalty and pledging to raise as much money as possible for her.
She ended up running for the first time against a fellow AZ House member, Randy Graf who was a rightwing whacko who advocated guns in bars and was the "Russell Pearce before Russell Pearce" vis-a-vis border issues. With a LOT of hard work and plenty of money, Gabby won. Easier than thought, too. I never like to throw money in people's faces, but i have given Gabrielle Giffords THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of dollars in both good times and bad times for me financially.
* BoyBlue's diary :: ::
Fast forward to this election season. A weirdo asshole named Jesse Kelly who advocated ELIMINATING Social Security and was a tea bagger favorite got the GOP nom to run against her. I am gay and had been married and my spouse left me January 15, 2010. I shot myself in the mouth in a serious suicide attempt, because of that. Barely surviving, I spent two months in the hospital and still have some paralysis. I did receive a severance from my employer, as i had been laid off in December, 2009. That may have been part of the reason my spouse left me.
Anyway, after months of physical and mental rehab, I got back into the political scene and started working for Gabby once again. I raised over $100,000 for her and maxed her out myself out of my severance, even though i still don't have work and could not qualify for state aid because of my severance.
She wins her re-election and told me she was still a supporter of Speaker Pelosi at her victory party. We talked about how Nancy Pelosi was a successful woman and accomplished oh so much in just four years as Speaker.
Today, just a little while ago, I saw on Andrea Mitchell Reports (out of the one eye in can still see out of) that Giffords voted AGAINST Nancy Pelosi as our Minority Leader. Rhetorical question: I fought back from my condition and jumped in with both feet to help Gabrielle Giffords for THIS shit???
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is dead to me now. I won't lift a finger, make one phone call, nor will i EVER vote for her in the future. And why did she do this? Giffords never told me she was conservative Democrat. And her voting record is okay. Damn.
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Somehow, because it does not fit into the storyline that many liberals would like to promote, this does not get talked about when mentioning heated rhetoric.
Where do you suppose an investigator would look first if doing his job properly? The work of THIS writer, or in Alaska?
Ultimately, with these things, it does no one any good to apply labels at all. This man did assault and murder, and shall have to pay for his horrific acts in some way, either here or in the hereafter. Pretending to offer insight to his motivations without intimate knowledge of his internal workings is indeed absurd.
Absurd, but not surprising from those who have an agenda to silence the spirit of this country.