...How responsible is Sarah Palin?
Sarah of course did not have the maturity to understand that [such behavior has its consequences] then or now.
What behavior? "plagiarising" a theme from DNC campaign materials?
I suppose the Salon article was about as good as it gets for Salon- and decidedly better than a lot I've heard in Churchland for some time--but still a far cry from any serious analysis from the center, let alone the right. To say nothing of anything remotely like right wing loonies.
Iíll admit that my first thought on Saturday upon hearing that Gabrielle Giffords had been shot was that it was probably the work of a politically motivated right-wing extremist. And based on my initial conversations with colleagues and friends -- to say nothing of what I observed on Twitter -- I was hardly alone."
"It certainly seemed logical. "
It did? Based on what logic? His first knee-jerk reaction and "Initial conversations with colleagues and friends"-- and what they tweeted back and forth to each other?
Why wasn't it logical to assume it was a politically motivated left wing extremist who didn't like Gifford's opposition to Obama's immigration and border policies? Or isn't a political commentator for Salon even remotely aware of the politics involved with situations they comment on?
Maybe the shooter had been listenening to UCC leaders calling everyone who supported Arizona's bill racist bigots.
Maybe the shooter was a UCC extremist who hated Giffords because she opposed the UCC led call to boycott Arizona.
Does this erstwhile commentator know anything at all about the political scenario he writes about?
Maybe it's the logic of someone who can report the comments of a friend of the shooter, calling him "left-wing", reports on his affinity for Karl Mark- but can't even begin to make any logical connections to that. Never mind all that-- If I can't make a rational argument to pin this on the right, and there's reason to believe he might have been on the left-----"Marx", "left-wing"--Uh oh-- can't go there. OK then... He must have been crazy.
Maybe it 's the "logic" of people who believe that this is a statement based in reality and events that actually happened:
There have been plenty of times since the fall of 2008, when Barack Obamaís pending election as president began stirring some hysterical and occasionally alarming rumblings from the rightís fringe, that Iíve wondered if it wasnít all leading to some act of violence against Obama or another major Democratic official."
Plenty of times??- so many that the writer couldn't find one, and linked to a false report? Nowhere near as many times as it began stirring some hysterical and ocasionally alarming rumblings not only on the fringe left, but from people and institutions you might think would know better. But the writer- and a lot of others- would have to get outside the insulated circle of their own friends and colleagues and what they tweet back and forth to each other - to first discover what the facts are in order to think about them logically.
Is he deliberately trying to incite people, "leading inexorably to some act of violence against [Sarah Palin] or some other major [non-] democrat official."
Or is he just uttering corrupted extremist political ideology, disguised as "commentary"- with no knowledge at all of the political event he is commenting on, and simply giving another knee-jerk reaction based on the shared prejudice of his politically and morally blind circle of friends and colleagues?
The writer here is "hysterically rumbling" about a story long since discredited by the Secret Service itself after full examination. No, no one shouted "kill him" about then candidate Obama. The author might try to google the stories in his own links now and then. What he could learn would make for some interesting tweets to his friends.
-How about President (then candidate) Barack Obama's trash talking on the campaign trail, telling his supporters to seek out Republicans and "get in their face"-- and "if they bring a knife, we'll bring a gun"
How about the Democratic National campaign in 2004 issuing campaign maps with bulls-eyes on Republican held districts and calling on campaigner to go behind enemy lines?
-Where is the concern for Obama and the DNC inciting people to violence?
Enough with the willfully blind and blinding, divisive, dangerous, ideological crap about Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck instigating violence. There's certainly no lack of hysterical rumbling about it, for anyone who enjoys reading or tweeting about it with their friends and colleagues, so how about save it for your friends and those who enjoy it?
Save it for Daily Kos, they'll set you up with a linked blog space- or at least the New York Times--but keep it off church discussion boards.