Consequences

Rep Giffords in an interview on MSNBC, regarding vandalism at her office and threats to her personally, after the vote on health care reform.  Here, she prophetically speaks about the possible consequences of placing people in the cross-hairs of a gun sight.

For example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is the way that she has it depicted has the cross-hairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they’ve gotta realize there’s consequences to that action.

Indeed, and most often those consequences are experienced by other people.

Across The Pond: Europe reacts to the Arizona Shooting

picture source: nowsourcing.com

Across the board newspapers and tv stations here comment on yesterdays shooting as a disturbed and disturbing reaction to the political divide and increasingly violent political language in the US.

One fact is very disturbing in itself. The shooter had an accomplice it seems. Someone who took him to the place of carnage. It seems Jared Lee Loughner was used and here it becomes even more serious. Jared Lee seems to be at the bottom of a domestic terrorism food chain. The political right, tea-party, represented by Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sharron Angle, to name just a few,  are used by those who would like to keep all scrutiny away from their money making and therefore need a weak government. Witless imbeciles or just ambitious, self-serving cynics themselves, PalinLimbaughBeckAngle use the uninformed, uneducated and  plain stupid for their own political ends. They fire up a violent anti-government, anti-social and racist language and here and there one is desperate, violent and disturbed enough to consider acting on it. But being a coward, like the ones above him, this man uses still another one, who is even more disturbed and delusional. And this one acts.

Now tell me. What is the difference to the Mullahs, who support the hate preachers in the mosques, who in turn fire up the men, who in turn find someone who is young, witless and disturbed enough to blow himself up in the middle of a crowd?

But enough of my ranting. Let’s have a look at Europe’s press:

The Guardian:

Much debate has painted American politicians in general, and the federal government in particular, as somehow being a force for evil. Indeed many rightwing commentators have portrayed President Barack Obama and senior Democrats as socialists or even Marxists bent on fundamentally changing the American way of life. Some fringe groups and conservative politicians have even hinted at resorting to illegal measures in order to defend the nation from what they see as a dire threat. (read more)

The Independent:

It [the incident] could also potentially damage Sarah Palin, a figurehead of the Tea Party, who had identified Rep Giffords as one of the Democratic members of Congress she wanted to see defeated in November’s mid-term elections. Ms Palin’s Facebook page at one point featured cross-hair symbols superimposed over the constituencies of Rep Giffords and others. (read more)

The BBC:

The rhetoric and debate that instantly sprang up around this crime show the volatile, febrile nature of American politics and those passions are unlikely to disappear overnight. (read more)

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:

Offensichtlich ist die Polarisierung zwischen den Lagern weit fortgeschritten; sie hat in den vergangenen zwei Jahren vermutlich noch zugenommen. Die parteiübergreifende Zusammenarbeit ist fast die Ausnahme geworden, der politische Prozess im Kongress, zwischen den beiden Kammern und zwischen Kongress und Weißem Haus trägt Züge von Dämonisierung und Vernichtungswillen. (full story)

Obviously the polarization between the two blocks is far advanced, if anything it has increased during the last two years. Bipartisan cooperation has become the exception, the political process in Congress, between the two Houses and the White House, shows traits of demonization and the will to annihilate. (translation by EV)

La Repubblica (Italy):

[…]l’attentato sembra quasi una notizia attesa, un evento tragicamente prevedibile nel clima arroventato di odio che gli ultimi anni, e l’avvento del movimentismo degli ultrà della destra gonfi di rabbia, hanno generato. (full story)

The assassination attempt is a piece of news that could have been expected,  a tragic event predictable in the hateful political climate which the last years and the arrival of the ultra right movement blown up by rage have generated.(translated by EV)

Many more news outlets have not yet issued own commentaries but  resort to Sheriff Dupnik’s words instead:

And I have nothing to add to that.

 

Enough: It’s time to take a stand — against the likes of Sarah Palin

Source: Paul Jamiol

On Saturday, a man named Jared Lee Loughner murdered six people, and wounded thirteen others, including Rep Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who is in critical condition (as of this writing) with a bullet to her brain.

These are the dead:

  • Phyllis Scheck, 79
  • Dorthy Murray, 76
  • Dorwin Stoddard, 76
  • John M. Roll, 63
  • Gabriel Zimmerman, 30
  • Christina Green, 9

Tell me something Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and Fox News et al: When is enough enough? When do you feel like you’ve “won?”  How much blood must be shed, in the name of your twisted ideology?  What is it going to take for you to SHUT UP?

Who will be the next Scott Roeder…Richard Popalowski…Jim Adkisson…Byron Williams…or Jared Lee Loughner?  Who will be the next unbalanced crackpot, sitting next to his/her radio or television, soaking up the despicable noxious bloviations gushing from your loathsome mouths, and deciding that the best thing to do about your egregious hyperbole is to take a gun and blast people out of existence?  Who!?

Don’t worry, no one expects any tearful retractions — as if such a thing is even possible — or heartfelt mea culpas.  No no no no, we all know that there was no way you could have anticipated the effect your vomitous spewing would have on the odd unbalanced individual. Heavens no!  Hearing Bill O’Reilly’s pompous pontificating over “Tiller the baby killer” or Glenn Beck’s paranoid ravings about the Tides Foundation or Sarah Palin’s thoughtless and provocative hit list with gun cross-hairs couldn’t possibly have any adverse effect, right?

Well, Sarah Palin is right about one thing.  It IS time to take a stand — against the likes of her, O’Reilly, Beck, Limbaugh, and so many others whose main purpose in life is to foment hatred and violence, while making tons of money in the process of shredding the fabric of this country.

This stops now — a little girl named Christina Green will never see her 10th birthday, because of YOU.

This is our daily open thread.

Sarah Palin – Killing by Proxy

 

Sarah Palin's Bullseye Map

So she really thought there weren’t some idiots out there who would put a bullett where she indicated it should go? So she really thought words have no consequences? Advocating political assassination was a hallmark of the German right between the World Wars. It was a hallmark of NAZISM! Sarah Palin is an accomplice to six counts of murder and 12 counts of shooting with the intent to kill. Period.

 

UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS:

Sadly we can add 5 more to the total, and one wounded Democratic member of the House of Representatives:

Arizona Rep. Giffords shot, at least 5 killed

By TERRY TANG, AMANDA LEE MYERS and DAVID ESPO, Associated Press Terry Tang, Amanda Lee Myers And David Espo, Associated Press – 47 mins ago
TUCSON, Ariz. – Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing at least five people and wounding several others in a rampage that rattled the nation.