Saturday, January 08, 2011
Gabrielle Giffords and the Teabagger Terrorists
A Congresswoman is shot in the head. A judge, a nine-year-old girl, and four others are killed. Eleven people are wounded some of them critically.The madness.The horror.
Because Giffords is a Democrat, the Republicans are weeping crocodile tears, and claiming a crazy man did it.
And no doubt they are right.
Jared Loughner is clearly mentally ill.
But nobody can dodge responsibility for the kind of society America has become. A violent militaristic one, where racism still divides, religious fanaticism inflames the ignorant, and guns are too easy to get.
Where a mentally ill person can get hold of a powerful weapon.
Post a picture on his website.
And nobody hears his cries for help. Or recognizes the danger.
"WOW! I’m glad i didn’t kill myself. I’ll see you on National T.v.! This is foreshadow .... why doesn’t anyone talk to me?.."
"I don’t feel good: I’m ready to kill a police officer! I can say it."
Because it's just too crazy EVERYWHERE.
And the Republicans, and the tea baggers, and the right-wing-radio hosts can't dodge the responsibility for creating an atmosphere of violence.
No matter how it tries, the right cannot divorce itself from the pustulence of its violent rhetoric no matter how many times its practitioners say "not me, not me" after people are murdered for taking these vile imprecations to heart. A few crocodile tears from Glenn Beck won't cut it.
Because words have consequences.
They noted that Jesse Kelly, a tea-party candidate who narrowly lost to Giffords, held a fundraiser at a shooting range in which he invited supporters to "help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office" by shooting an M16 with him. They pointed to an online map, posted by Sarah Palin, in which gun sites marked each congressional Democrat that the former Republican vice-presidential nominee wanted to defeat, along with her frequent use of shooting metaphors.
And the writing was on the wall.
Oh boy. What's happening in the United States both horrifies and scares me. But I love and admire the many good people in that country. I share their struggle against the hatemongers of the rabid right, and I want to cheer them on to victory.
So this is what I would tell them. Make those Republican teabaggers WEAR this massacre. Use it to attack them harder them ever.
Make Sarah Palin EAT this map. Over and over again.
Tell them they're not patriots they're TERRORISTS.
Tell them if the founding fathers got hold of them, they'd horsewhip them or hang them.
Organize, mobilize, drive those crazies from power.
And above all make it clear to them that they don't speak for America.
Because you need them like you need a hole in the head.
And America is YOUR land...
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