Last week we took an internet poll asking, “Are celebrities really trying to kill Sarah Palin’s children or is she crazy?” after Sarah Palin told The Hollywood Reporter, “What would make a celebrity, like you saw on screen, so hate someone that they’d seek their destruction, their death, the death of their children? What would make someone be so full of hate and, I guess, a sense of being threatened that they would want to see that person destroyed?”
The celebrities she’s referring to are Matt Damon, David Letterman, Madonna, Howard Stern, Bill Maher, Louis C.K. and others. Naturally, I found it interesting that the person who put crosshairs on her political opponents, one of whom was shot in the head and is still trying to recover the ability to communicate, would tell a reporter that celebrities were trying to kill her and her children. This smacked of projection to me, because the only thing she has to back this up is the angry rhetoric or jokes these folks have engaged in — and if heated political rhetoric is now seeking the death of someone, then shouldn’t Sarah Palin be in jail?
“Don’t retreat, reload!”
When Palin first put her crosshairs up and even Elizabeth Hasselbeck was outraged, Sarah Palin took to Facebook to write:
“In the battle, set your sights on next season’s targets! From the shot across the bow – the first second’s tip-off – your leaders will be in the enemy’s crosshairs, so you must execute strong defensive tactics. You won’t win only playing defense, so get on offense! The crossfire is intense, so penetrate through enemy territory by bombing through the press, and use your strong weapons – your Big Guns – to drive to the hole. Shoot with accuracy; aim high and remember it takes blood, sweat and tears to win.
Focus on the goal and fight for it. If the gate is closed, go over the fence. If the fence is too high, pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, parachute in. If the other side tries to push back, your attitude should be “go for it.” Get in their faces and argue with them. Every possession is a battle; you’ll only win the war if you’ve picked your battles wisely. No matter how tough it gets, never retreat, instead RELOAD!”
Did she feel remorse when a sick young man took up a gun and shot into a crowd of people, aiming for Democratic Representative Gabby Giffords? After those tragic gunshots and the loss of so many lives, Sarah Palin gave us her Blood Libel video where she could not contain herself from attacking all of us who were upset about her rhetoric. So steeped in self-pity was she, that even middle America was repulsed. Down plunged her polls.
Jason Easley covered the blood libel video, wherein Palin defended violent rhetoric by saying, “Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”
No proof was ever forthcoming of the “violence” allegedly incited by pointing Palin’s crosshairs over Gifford’s district. We are left with the contradictory notion that vigorous and spirited debate includes putting crosshairs on political opponents and screaming “Reload!’ over and over again — but it does NOT include comedians saying they wish Sarah Palin would shut up, or denouncing her rhetoric as hate speech, or saying that she should go away. I guess we’re all supposed to sit numbly in front of the TV while Palin hisses hate and we are actually supposed to like her, even though she has spent the majority of her time denouncing all of us who do not agree with her as not being from “Real America” and telling her supporters to stop Americans who have an Obama sticker on their car and confront them. This then happened to a man driving his young daughter home. Only the person didn’t just stop the guy, he rammed his car into the man’s vehicle first, driving it up onto a driveway from the street and then sped off like a coward.
Palin urged her supporters to stop the next Suburu with an Obama sticker in a speech, “That bumper sticker that maybe you’ll see on the next Subaru driving by — an Obama bumper sticker — you should stop the driver and say, “So how is that hopey, changey thing working out for ya?” That man had his young daughter in his car when his vehicle was rammed repeatedly by an enraged driver. In court affadavits as reported by Palingates, the bumper sticker is mentioned as the reason for the road rage:
“On 3-25-10 Harry Weisiger pulled up behind Mark Duren’s Toyota Camry at a stop sign. He blew his horn at Duren to get his attention. He then began to point at Duren’s OBAMA/BIDEN bumper sticker. He then began to stick up the middle finger of both of his hands to Duren. When Duren left the stop sign, Weisiger rushed up to him and began to bump his vehicle into Duren’s Camry. Weisiger then used his Vehicle to push Duren’s Camry into a driveway located at 2539 Blair Blvd. There was proprety (sic) damage to both vehicles and Defendant left the scene without stopping.”
And remember when her spokesperson blamed “depraved liberals” for the press asking if Palin’s crosshairs might have had anything to do with the Arizona shootings?
“Rebecca works for Governor Palin’s SarahPAC and while she joins me personally and not on behalf of the PAC, she does address the shocking effort by depraved liberals to somehow blame Governor Palin for today’s atrocity.”
Gosh, that will help the heated political environment and the national mourning over a horrific tragedy. We can always count on the Palin camp to not only lack compassion but also to make things worse.
And when people get sick of Palin’s ugliness, she blame celebrities for their reactions to her. Six months later, as Palin is rebranding herself as the Second Coming of Joan of Arc, she tells THR that celebrities are seeking her death and the death of her children. Um, is that heated rhetoric? Do you suppose some of her fans believe this? Yes, they do. When I asked one of the writers at her fansite C4P for proof of celebrities who want to kill Palin, he sent me a link to a comedian saying yes he hated Palin, blah blah. That is quite a stretch, especially coming from people who defended Palin’s crosshairs and “Reload!” Apparently it’s OK for Sarah Palin, but if anyone reacts to her incendiary, degrading and violent rhetoric with anger, Sarah Palin et Entrouage are outraged.
So we wondered just who is buying this latest scatter shot into the political wilderness? Are celebrities trying to kill Sarah Palin’s children? Here are the results of the poll:
Out of 975 votes, 66% (644 votes) said “No, Sarah Palin is crazy.”
Coming in at second place, 18% (171) voted for “No, Sarah Palin is projecting again” (meaning, she wants to kill other people). 15% (147) voted for “Sarah who?” And bringing up the rear at 1% with 13 votes is “Of course, Lamestream Media baby!”
So the majority think Sarah Palin is crazy or projecting, with 15% wishing they had never heard of her, and only 1% believe that celebrities are really trying to kill Sarah Palin’s children. Um….who are you?
Sarah Palin breeds rage not because she is a “Christian”, but rather because in her wake trails pain, anger and division. And rather than ever try to meet people in the middle, tamp down her rhetoric or just be a grown up, in response to any perceived criticism, she turns the cultists on her enemies with the precision of a master hater.
According to our highly unscientific (as all internet polls are) poll, the majority think Sarah Palin is crazy and or projecting. Judging from Palin’s approval numbers, this poll seems right on. Sarah Palin told us that she is not to blame for the actions of a mad man back in January. Here we are in July, and Palin is at it again, whipping up violence against political opponents by accusing them with not a shred of evidence of wanting to kill her and her children.
While most of us aren’t listening anymore, there are a a few hundred thousand rabid followers who are. And they believe her.