Rhetoric Matters

12 01 2011

which Palin is the real comic genius?

It’s true, Sarah Palin did not tell Jared Loughner to shoot Gabrielle Giffords. It’s also true that Loughner is out of his mind. For all I know, he has no idea who Sarah Palin is. The question remains: if you go on the airwaves and continuously fan the flames of anger, what do you expect?

Loughner did not come out nowhere. Lauren Valle was assaulted by Rand Paul supporters. Tea party protesters bring guns to Obama rallies. A gunman on his way to The Tides Foundation in San Francisco fired at police. And just in case you were wondering about the depths of inhumanity to be found in a population of 300 million, the Westboro Baptist Church planned to picket the funeral of 9 year old Christina Green, saying she deserved to be gunned down because America is soft on homosexuals. (They have since agreed not to picket in exchange for radio airtime.)

This is what happens when you pander to the angry and desperate with inflamatory language. This is what happens when every speech is couched in gun metaphors. This is what happens when you all but call for armed insurrection over expanded public healthcare. The shootings in Tuscon were a horrible shock, but certainly not a surprise.

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