Sunday, January 09, 2011

Yes, Sarah Palin, This IS Your Fault

As you know, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at a supermarket yesterday; the assassin killed six people before being apprehended.

Why did it happen? I'm pretty sure this has something to do with it:

Sarah Palin's infamous, dangerous, unhinged list of Democratic "targets." Because of this kind of irresponsible, dangerous incitement to violence. And because human filth like Sarah Palin claim this is harmless political rhetoric.

This morning, Palin aide Rebecca Mansour said in an interview that the cross-hairs were never meant to evoke violence: "We have nothing whatsoever to do with this. We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights. It was simply cross-hairs like you'd see on maps... a surveyor's symbol. There is nothing irresponsible about our graphic."

And you know, if there was ever a person I'd be willing to believe was too stupid to just use triangles or circles or squares or freaking gold stars instead of a bullseye, it would be Sarah Palin. But how do you explain the militant rhetoric that went with it?

On her Facebook page, as the graphic was released, Palin wrote: "We'll aim for these races and many others. This is just the first salvo in a fight to elect people across the nation who will bring common sense to Washington. Please go to and join me in the fight." Remember this classic from her Twitter page? "Don't Retreat, Instead--RELOAD."

(Palin, by the way, has been deleting her more violence-inciting tweets over at--suggested name--the Quitter Twitter. She's also deleted the site with what Sarah Palin--no shit--called her "bullseye list.")

Rebecca Mansour went on to say that attempts to blame Palin for creating an atmosphere of politicized domestic terrorism (I'm paraphrasing, but let's be honest) are "obscene" and "appalling" and, as the hilarious cherry on top of the cake of stupid, added that attempts to politicize the shooting were "repulsive."

What I don't understand is how Sarah Palin has made it this far in the world of politics by surrounding herself with people who are just as dumb as she is: when someone brazenly attempts to assassinate a political figure over a political disagreement, it's already politicized, dumbfuck.

Really, no one's shocked that the extreme right wing is going to respond like this, are they? Sarah Palin essentially tells her ridiculous followers which politicians to assassinate, and someone tries to do it... whoa, that's not our fault! This guy must be insane!

In fact, Rebecca Mansour went the extra batshit mile and tried to paint the would-be assassin as not just a paranoid schizophrenic... but a liberal!

"I don't understand how anybody could be held responsible for somebody who is completely mentally unstable like this. Where I come from the person that is actually shooting is the one that's culpable. It seems that the people that knew him said that he was left-wing and very liberal -- but that is not to say that I am blaming the left."

You know what I find "obscene," "appalling," and "repulsive," Ms. Mansour? You. You and your pathetic, predictable attempts to backpedal your grinning idiot mistress from the blame she's earned.

(And to quote someone--I forget who, I apologize--on Face the Nation this morning, it's funny how these shooters we always hear are unbalanced are smart enough to know when to stop cooperating with authorities. The shooter ain't talkin', but I'm guessing he's a big fan of Palin, Beck, and the rest of them.)

This isn't the first right wing domestic terrorist to explode in violence since the 2008 election (remember the DHS report about homegrown terrorists that you all laughed off?), and this isn't the first time Rep. Giffords has been the target of violence. In 2009, someone showed up when she was speaking and dropped a gun. When she voted in favor of the health care bill, her office was vandalized. I don't know what the fuck is happening in Arizona, but something isn't right there politically.

How about Jesse Kelly, Giffords' 2010 Congressional opponent, who held a gun rally on 12 June to "Get on target for victory" to "remove" Giffords? An event where you could pay to shoot off a fully automatic M16? Please explain to me what that has to do with politics, and how that's responsible in any way? What definition are we using here for "harmless political rhetoric"?

Michael Moore on Twitter last night: "If a Detroit Muslim put a map on the web w/crosshairs on 20 pols, then 1 of them got shot, where would he b sitting right now? Just asking."

Good question. Would that also be considered just political rhetoric? Surveyor's symbols?

The current political climate in America is getting more and more dangerous. It was a long time ago that ideals were abandoned in favor of corporate payouts and party power structure... now there are people out there, either in politics, desperately wishing they were in politics, or paid lapdogs who go on TV and comment about politics, who are manipulating suggestive people into bringing guns to the table when it looks like they might lose.

And here's the result: Christina Greene, a 9 year-old child, born on 11 September 2001, and now dead as a result of post-9/11 paranoia. One of six people murdered by what, until yesterday, Sarah Palin and people like her seemed to be encouraging as a particularly proactive form of political activism. Among the other victims of Palin's harmless political rhetoric were a pastor, a director of community outreach, and a federal district court judge.

This is the world people like Christina Greene are growing up in. A world where someone only interested in politics for the fame and the prizes and the power can put a list of targets online, and then have the temerity to back away from responsibility when someone actually tries to assassinate someone whose name is on it. A world where, when a political assassination attempt occurs and people die, a spokeswoman will be soulless enough to go on the radio and try to deflect blame for the consequences of militant rhetoric. A world where political rallies have become gun rallies.

I'm sorry that Christina Greene was born, lived, and tragically died in a world like that one. In a world where political disagreements have become something to kill over. It makes me sick.

If Rebecca Mansour wants to be appalled by something, she should be appalled by that.

But she won't be. In order for that to happen, she'd have to have a soul. And she clearly doesn't. And neither does Sarah Palin.


Roger Owen Green said...

well put.

BTW, USA Today cites the girl as Christina-Taylor Green (no E at the end), granddaughter of former Phillies pitcher Dallas Green.

Kal said...

In a history of brilliant editorials this is one of your very best. I said as much on my site and I hope many people come over to read the full text. I too am sickened over this. I hope this child becomes a powerful symbol for people who have had enough. If her death doesn't motivate change then nothing will. The decent down the drain can't be avoided at that point.

Anonymous said...

Are we absolutely sure this guy was a right wing nut? From the little we have about him (his inactive myspace page), his favorite books included the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf. That's two different political theories right there.

On top of that, I've been watching some of his videos, and he goes on these rants about how paying for community college is unconstitutional because you can learn math online. I'm not sure what to make of him besides thinking he's an anarchist/nut.

While my first thought was to pin it on Beck, Palin, & Co., I can't honestly do that just yet.

Laura said...

Wow! Great post. I do believe.. you said it all. :)
(I popped over from Kal's-he linked up to you)


Roger Owen Green said...

james- no, we're NOT sure that he, specifically, is a right-wing nut job. what I'm confident about, though, is that the right-wing nut jobs have created an atmosphere where harrassment and vandalism, which the Congresswoman had previously experienced, is somehow acceptable.

Sam Gilmore said...

Great post...but I fear that things are only going to get worse.


When I heard that a politician was shot in AZ, I predicted iy was a dem. that was shot and of course the shooter was a right wing wacko. What id Palin say about reloading?

Bwana said...

Somewhere Marilyn Manson hopes it will be blamed on him.