We underestimate the power of words and media influence on the weak-minded. Everyone is ultimately responsible for their own choices but there has been a concerted effort to use fear to stir rebellion among the masses, using racism, homophobia and terrorism to convince the weak minded that a black man in the white house, gays in the military, and democrats or liberals in office will destroy this country, our families, our children and our American way of life.
It is no accident that the words and phrases used indicate the lefty, pinko, liberal , gay-loving, Muslim supporting, anti-god, anti-family movement must be destroyed at all costs for America to survive. Look at what Hitler did with his charisma and message…It IS possible, through fear and manipulation, to steer a country towards violence if the message is hammered home and the people are convinced that the enemy lives among us.
Can we prove Palin and her cronies directly incited this guy to violence? Perhaps not, but there’s a lot of circumstantial evidence and logical inference to suggest they may have played a part. At the very least, even accepting the possibility that the two are linked should tell us it’s time to take this war of fear and hate seriously and start demanding the people who serve us stop with the flame wars, name calling, finger pointing and garbage they spew and start acting like responsible, civil ,intelligent adults and a representative of ALL the people, not just the ones who agree with them.
In many ways, we are ALL to blame for what happened because we continue to support people who would contribute to such a mindset and don’t hold them accountable for their words, actions and hypocrisy.
What happened is a tragedy. That it’s been used as just another talking point in the “war of the (political) roses” to further deteriorate the structure of our homeland instead of inspiring us to fortify it and fix it is beyond appalling.