In a world in which government and regulation have become the enemy, where parochial interests outweigh the common good, violence has spilled from rhetoric to action. People have been shot and killed, including a person who was at the center of a crosshairs on a Palin map – Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head by a gunman in Tuscon, AZ.
After appearing on that map, Giffords told MSNBC:
We need to realize that the rhetoric, and the firing people up and … for example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, 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…
But nobody was listening. Except for one man: Jared Loughner. And he had a Glock, and because of weakened gun controls, access to a 30-round clip, which meant he could shoot 30 times before somebody could tackle him to the ground.
Gabrielle Giffords was a victim, but Palin wasted no time making herself the victim, invoking “blood libel” and angering many in the process.
Sarah Palin doesn’t get it. Sarah Palin doesn’t want to be Obi Wan and work for the common good. She wants to be Anakin, and work for, well…herself.
Dark times are upon us.
It’s time others start listening. Well, maybe not Sarah Palin.
Palin, who temporarily governed Alaska as a political dilettante, is justly infamous for her “Don’t retreat, reload” remark, one which has since come back to haunt her. Apparently, she is a slow learner.
Despite the bloodshed, which was certainly fueled by the violence of the current political rhetoric – including, arguably, her map – Sarah Palin still wants to reload.
It has been announced that Palin is going to deliver a keynote speech this month at a gun rights event in Reno, Nevada, the Safari Club International’s gathering of hunters. The Safari Club calls itself “the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide.”
It is less than a week since Giffords and thirteen others wounded and six killed.
On January 29 some 20,000 people from all over the world will gather and Sarah Palin will talk about “her past hunting experiences and how politics affect the current state of hunting and fishing,” the Safari Club website reveals. Should be a short speech from what we’ve seen of Palin’s hunting and fishing skills and her limited political experience.
Of course, the speech has been sold out.
Sarah Palin doesn’t get it, neither do many of her supporters. Would she, do you think, if somebody – a Democrat say – published a calendar page marking her speech with a crosshairs on January 29th? Would that send a strong enough message to Sarah Palin?