Forgive my language. I'm too angry to asterisk.
I am beyond sickened by what I’ve witnessed in the last two days. I woke up hours after the shooting had taken place. Didn’t even have time to absorb the tragedy before my Google alerts flooded with accusations that Palin had blood on her hands. Excuse me, was there any evidence of that, whatsoever? Did they have any facts at their disposal that would have led them to the conclusion that this kid’s actions had anything to do with Palin at all?
No. They did it anyway. The accusations I’ve seen, people saying, “You got what you wanted, your political enemy was gunned down; hope you’re happy now that a 9-year-old is dead,” insinuating that the Tea Party and Palin wanted them dead or something. Are people out of their ever-loving minds? Governor Palin has a nine-year-old daughter, does anyone honestly believe she would want anything like this? If you do, you’re sick. What the hell is wrong with you?
“She put crosshairs on Giffords, she put crosshairs on Giffords!” is the useful idiot rant nowadays.
For the sake of argument, let’s call them crosshairs. It doesn’t matter. Crosshairs, bullseyes, symbols, whatever. All are perfectly acceptable. Am I upset that the Democrats used election maps with bullseyes on them? No. Everyone with a brain in their head knows that the usage is entirely metaphorical. The charge of "inciting violence" was baseless to begin with. It was always media bullcrap designed to distract and put Palin on the defensive.
Palin “targeted” Gifford's district and 19 other districts as ripe for the taking in the November 2010 elections. This was perfectly acceptable, par for the political course, and it had nothing to do with wanting anyone dead. No one can intellectually honestly claim that Palin was trying to incite any kind of violence. And the Gov even clarified in speeches just in case anyone, like, ya know, a reporter, was too stupid to figure it out on their own. "Your votes are your arms... no violence..."
And do not talk to me about toning down the rhetoric if you're a Palin-hater. Heaven knows you people wish for Palin's rape, death, imprisonment, and pretty much anything else ugly that you can think of on a regular basis.
And now it comes out that the shooter was a lefty in high school and has been obsessed with Giffords since 2007, long before Palin ever arrived on the scene. Beyond any political bent, he’s just nuts. So wacky that his college professor was afraid that the kid would bring a gun to class. He’s been a ticking time bomb for a couple of years. It’s not Palin’s fault; it’s not the Daily Kos’s fault; it’s not the political climate’s fault. It’s the fault of the maniac who decided to go shoot a bunch of people. Period.
There will always be loons in the world, and no amount of free-speech-trampling by Congressmen who claim to just be trying to "tone down the rhetoric" is going to change that. Leftists are unashamedly using a terrible tragedy to further their own political agendas and smear their political enemies. Shameless and disgusting.
Meanwhile, people are dead while others fight for their lives, and it’s all getting lost in this political bullcrap. And I am sorry, truly sorry to even have to put up a post like this. Our focus right now should be on the victims and their families and on bringing the shooter to justice, not political finger-pointing of any kind.
So before I sign off, let me take this opportunity to say that I lend my prayers to the thousands already being said for those still struggling to hold on to life and for the families of those who lost loved ones. It's a miracle that Giffords survived at all.
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