Saturday, January 8, 2011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' blood is on Palin, Angle's hands

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (Arizona-Democrat) was shot in the head today at a public event in Tucson, Arizona. We must be frankly honest: right wing politicians have blood on their hands in the shooting. The shooting suspect, Jared Lee Loughner had posted statements on the Internet that echoed the vitriolic statements of Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle and the FOX Network.
Former Governor Sarah Palin (Alaska-Republican) issued a target list map of politicians for Tea Party partisans to defeat. The logo on the map for the cities in which the politicians dwell is sinister: it is the cross on circle symbol that is on the scope (view-finder) of rifles, As Anchorage Daily News reported, March 10, 2010. Note the threatening rhetoric that accompanies the target scope, "20 House Democrats from districts we carried in 2008 voted for the health care bill ... IT'S TIME TO TAKE A STAND."

Sharron Angle said that if events did not go the way of the Tea Party advocates people should resort to "Second Amendment remedies." As the Second Amendment deals with rights of gun ownership, Angle's statement should be read as a thinly veiled advocacy of gun violence for those frustrated with the direction of politics as practiced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ("the Harry Reid problems").
See the Huffington Post September 8, 2010, article, "Sharron Angle Addresses 'Second Amendment Remedies': Revolution Is 'Possible'."
When reporters asked for clarification of Angle's remarks, she did not use the question as an opportunity to back-pedal away from the statement. Instead, she further expressed her perspective that the current American government is seriously malevolent:
ANGLE: In context, we were talking about the policies of the government that have really caused problems for us in the past 18 months. We have seen policies come down that have really become the enemy of the people.

If you're having doubts about the statement, here is the original quote from conservative talk show host, Bill Manders, as reported at "Huffington Post, June 16, 2010:"
Angle: I feel that the Second Amendment is the right to keep and bear arms for our citizenry. This not for someone who's in the military. This not for law enforcement. This is for us. And in fact when you read that Constitution and the founding fathers, they intended this to stop tyranny. This is for us when our government becomes tyrannical...

Manders: If we needed it at any time in history, it might be right now.

Angle: Well it's to defend ourselves. And you know, I'm hoping that we're not getting to Second Amendment remedies. I hope the vote will be the cure for the Harry Reid problems.
Huffington Post added: "Manders cut to break after the statement. So there was no expansion on Angle's proclamation. Prior to that sound bite, however, Angle hinted that she was likely carrying a concealed .44 magnum model 29 during the interview."

Democrats and human Republicans need to be honest:
6 dead, 12 wounded: THIS IS POLITICAL TERRORISM.

2 comments:

Ralph Quosig said...

I wound up at this site by accident. I can't believe I spent the time to read the entire article. Such a misrepresentation of facts is the reason we can't restore our country to the greatness we had for nearly two centuries since we were directed to the path of exceptionalism by our founding fathers.

EastCoasting said...

Ralph,
You are so misguided.
Our founding fathers did not set us on the present course of gigantic disparity of distribution of wealth, a course which the dominant hard core of the Republicans supports. See the data at this site, particularly at the paragraph, beginning, "Inter Press Service also summarizes an updated report by the US Census Bureau that 1 in 7 people in the US are in poverty."

Your comment totally ignored the reality that Sarah Palin's website had rifle scope crosshair symbols upon the locations of several Congresspeople and the vengeful language that Palin used in mobilizing against Congresspeople such as Giffords. (Have you even forgotten that Giffords is a moderate that took a centrist position on gun control???)

Whence art there any "misrepresentation of facts"> Even Newsmax or Town Hall would be hard-pressed to deny the truths with the crosshairs map and Palin's rhetoric.