Gee Where Does This Come From?

"The tenor of American political rhetoric became a centerpiece in the national debate over Saturday's attack by a gunman in Tucson, Arizona, that killed six people and left local Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with a bullet wound to the brain.

Public leaders and others expressed sorrow about "a tragedy for the entire country," as President Obama put it -- a total of 18 people allegedly shot by 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner.

But officials also voiced dismay Saturday over the possibility that highly polarized rhetoric in the conservative hotbed of Arizona may have played a role in the assassination attempt of the Democratic congresswoman, who was targeted during a meet-and-greet with constituents in a shopping center. A federal judge, a girl age 9, and four other people died in the mass killing..."

Michael Martinez

"I think it’s important for all leaders … to say look, we can’t stand for this … They really need to realize that the rhetoric, and firing people up … for example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s ‘Targeted’ list, but the thing is that the way she has it depicted, we’re in the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they’ve got to realize that there are consequences to that action."

Gabrielle Giffords
U.S. Representative Arizona

..."I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax, because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us, having a revolution every now and then is a good thing. And the people - we the people - are going to have to fight back hard if we're not going to lose our country."

Michelle Bachmann
Minnesota Congresswoman

"My only regret with (bombing terrorist) Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."

Ann Clouter
Media Whore


daniel noe said...

In a sense, the US gov brings this on themselves. Their only claim to authority is that our ancestors had the right to secede from London. If they now want to say that revolution isn't a legitimate option to their continual power-grabbing, they had better start putting the queen on our money. To do otherwise is hypocritical.
The very founding of our country was based on this type of rhetoric. It cannot be avoided, so it means little that Palin, Bachmann and others use it.

Sunny Badger said...

Daniel, perhaps you could explain how Congresswoman Gofford's did what she did to deserve a bullet in the brain.

You say "in a sense, the US gov brings this on themselves." Exactly how did see bring this on?

Was this he start of a revolution? I thought we were about individual freedom.

daniel noe said...

I was speaking specifically about the use of the term "second amendment solutions", which I now don't see here. Maybe it was at the blog I just left.

I wasn't trying to say that anyone deserved getting shot, I was trying to say that Bachmann's rhetoric is not any different than that of the very existence of our government. To be against her is to be against it all.

Sunny Badger said...

What are Second Amendment solutions?