Responsibility For Assassination Attempt on Democratic Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords Belongs to the Conservative Right Wing Hate Mongers
US District Court Judge John M. Roll Assassinated
Just like the Terrorist Timothy McVeigh and the murderers of the abortion providers.
The ultra right wing radio/TV hosts like Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Bill O’Reilly, and a host of other Nazis have been poisoning our air waves for years and years stirring up hatred and bigotry with their daily lies and Nazi like propaganda.
Then you have Sarah Palin, Jan Brewer, Michelle Bachmann
From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/rep-gabrielle-giffords-at-12-shot-tucson-grocery-store/
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department said that up to 12 people were injured in the incident, and a witness told CNN they heard up to 20 gunshots.
Giffords, 40, took her seat in Congress in 2007 and has advocated for immigration reform, among other Democratic-led issues. She was among 20 members of Congress who were on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s so-called “hit list,” depicted in a graphic online with targeting crosshairs over their individual districts.
Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/rep-giffords-socalled-hit-list-dems-targeted-sarah-palin/
By Stephen C. Webster
Saturday, January 8th, 2011 — 3:40 pm
Telling voters to ‘reload’ and ‘aim for’ Democrats was perfectly fine, Sen. McCain argued in March
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot Saturday during a public event in Tucson, was among 20 other members of Congress who were on a so-called hit list published by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Palin, who has never publicly advocated violence against fellow US politicians, has often employed rhetorical attacks that leverage imagery and terminology familiar to gun owners and evocative of firearms. She said in March that her supporters should “reload” and “aim for” Democrats, ostensibly with their votes.
A map of the US, published on Palin’s Facebook page, featured targeting crosshairs over individual congressional districts Palin had targeted for intense campaign efforts. While her note called for “pink slips,” she added that supporters should fire a “salvo” at those lawmakers. Rep. Giffords was on the list.
Hours after Giffords was shot, that list was still available on Palin’s Facebook page. (Screenshot.)
At the time of her post, commentators on the left reacted with alarm, saying Palin’s words might be taken as an incitement to violence.
From Fire Dog Lake: http://firedoglake.com/2011/01/08/giffords-opponent-jesse-kelly-held-june-event-to-shoot-a-fully-automatic-m16-to-get-on-target-and-remove-gabrielle-giffords/
By: Jane Hamsher Saturday January 8, 2011 11:43 am
Per Puppethead in the comments, Giffords’ 2010 Congressional opponent Jesse Kelly held a June 12 gun event that was billed as follows on the Pima County Republican website:
Get on Target for Victory in November Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office Shot a fully automatic M15 with Jesse Kelly
Kelly’s website has apparently scrubbed the event , but here is the account from the Arizona Daily Star:
I am stunned and yet I have been expecting this.
As a lesbian and as an autodidactic historian I have seen this pattern repeated again and again by the Right Wing as though they have a play book. Perhaps they do, if so I think it is called Mein Kampf.
As a feminist I have watched the result of forty years of extremely violent rhetoric result in the cold blooded murder of numerous abortion providers and the bombings of numerous women’s clinics in a pattern that can only be described as a “reign of terror”.
I have been appalled at how the media treats the breaking of windows, an act of vandalism by the kids in the Black Blocs as terrorism but can’t find the word when some misogynistic scumbag murders a doctor.
I have listened to the rhetoric of so called Christian Organizations that incite hatred towards LGBT/TQ people. I know from Shirer’s “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” how the Nazis used the Jewish people and other minority groups as scapegoats.
I have heard the organizations with words like “traditional” and “family” in their title howl with outrage at being exposed as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center (18 Organizations that Advocate anti-LGBT/TQ bigotry ) and while it is often treated as heresy by others on the left I am very happy I am a gun owner.
While I am not Jewish, I am Polish-American and parts of my family were also murdered by the Nazis. I know hate speech and I understand the consequences.
What is even more appalling is that the demagogues of both the media and of ultra right wing politics don’t give a damn about their actual followers. They care about people like the Kochs and the Mellon-Scaifes, the right wing Wall Street bankers that have been funding all the neo-Nazi propaganda and who know exactly what they are doing.
As I’ve said I see history repeating. Reagan and the Free Marketeer Ayn Randites destroyed this nation, and will stop at nothing to prevent the people from returning us to an America where the hard work of the common people is enough for them to buy their part of the American Dream.
Instead the ultra rich are using the Tea Party as their army of brown shirts.
It is time to put a stop to this before this nation sinks into another Civil War or worse falls prey to the neo-Nazi demagogues.
It is also time for good Americans to stand up to the demagogues and tell them we have had enough of their preaching of hatred and bigotry.