Sarah Palin’s Statement on Arizona Tragedy

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  1. mantis says:

    Interesting that all the wingnuts have fallen in line using the talking point “blood libel.” Yes, criticizing of the right’s violent rhetoric is the same as saying they use the blood of children in their religious rituals.

    One wonders if these geniuses have even stopped to ponder the fact that accusations of blood libel have been used for centuries to oppress the Jews and justify violence against them. Even when playing the victim and complaining about finger pointing, Palin does nothing but point fingers and goes so far to use anti-semitic imagery to tar her critics. One of her critics, I might had, has been one Gabriel Giffords, a Jew.

    These people have no shame.

  2. Dave says:

    So let me get this straight: Heavy usage of violent political rhetoric does not incite violence but ACCUSATIONS that violent political rhetoric incites violence…incites violence?

  3. DMan says:

    I really expected her to sound Presidential given the format. Instead we get the same obtuse Sarah Palin as always. Her supporters will eat it up, because she can do no wrong to them. But like many people out there she really just does not get it.

    Palin has used inflammatory rhetoric at every opportunity to lash out at her opponents. This is not the same as “vigorous and spirited public debates.” Her attacks are continually reprehensible. As she points out they are and should be protected by the 1st Amendment. But that’s about all she gets right. Society needs to grow up and stop defending people like her who use her political tactics to score points.

    That said, I disagree with some on the left who feel her inflammatory rhetoric some how puts her in the blame for the shooting. Nonetheless I feel the shooting should be used as an opportunity for reflection on our political discourse. And this is what bothers me about Palin’s remarks. She refuses to acknowledge that the rhetoric has gotten to a tipping point.

    In short, I don’t blame Sarah Palin for the shooting, but I do blame her for the heated political rhetoric. The rhetoric may not have caused this shooting but who is to say it won’t cause another one? Yet it remains clear that her and her supporters are more interested in scoring political points than they are interested in earnest debate about ideas, and if another shooting were to occur I have little faith they would do anything differently.

  4. Jack says:

    I think Sarah Palin suffers from Inigo Montoya syndrome.

    (Look it up)

  5. mantis says:


  6. Dagny says:

    A quick screening tool to expose the wierdos in our society would be to peruse the “comments” in response to any Sarah Palin statement. She really brings them out from under their rocks.