You’ll read four people’s words here, and three of them are serious. It’s the first one who gives me hope, and the last one who pulls most of it away. Not all of it, though. I still hope, and I’ll share some hope with you. Let’s be hopeful that we’ve reached a turning point in hate-politics, and work on turning that corner.
My thoughts are with all of the victims in this horrible situation.
The sheriff blamed the vitriolic political rhetoric that has consumed the country, much of it centered in Arizona.
“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous,” he said. “And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
Giffords expressed similar concern, even before the shooting. In an interview after her office was vandalized, she referred to the animosity against her by conservatives, including Sarah Palin’s decision to list Giffords’ seat as one of the top “targets” in the midterm elections.
“For example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action,” Giffords said in an interview with MSNBC.
In the hours after the shooting, Palin issued a statement in which she expressed her “sincere condolences” to the family of Giffords and the other victims. [NOTE from ccDiane: Sarah Palin endorsed Jesse Kelly, who we hear from next.]
During his campaign effort to unseat Giffords in November, Republican challenger Jesse Kelly held fundraisers where he urged supporters to help remove Giffords from office by joining him to shoot a fully loaded M-16 rifle. Kelly is a former Marine who served in Iraq and was pictured on his website in military gear holding his automatic weapon and promoting the event.
“I don’t see the connection,” between the fundraisers featuring weapons and Saturday’s shooting, said John Ellinwood, Kelly’s spokesman. “I don’t know this person, we cannot find any records that he was associated with the campaign in any way. I just don’t see the connection.
Stupidity is NOT an American value. Hate is NOT an American value. None of the people who want to be our Founding Father would have liked the job. Other than Washington, who was in the military, they were a bunch of eggheads and peaceniks. They’d have enjoyed meeting Barack Obama. And they wouldn’t have killed him.