>Killing us softly with their song…

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My response to a Facebook comment that Palin and the “party to push hate in America” cannot be linked to or held accountable in any way for the recent tragic mass shooting in Tuscon, AZ at which, among the 18 people shot included included Representative Gabriel Gifford and resulted in the death of 6 people including a U.S. District Judge and a 9 year old girl:

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.

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7 Responses to >Killing us softly with their song…

  1. Kyle says:

    >No man or woman is an island. Humanity is always responsible for itself whether we want to accept that responsibility or not. Individuals are also responsible for their own words, actions, and implications, whether they want to own up to them or not.

  2. Greg says:

    >Perfectly stated. And, if Palin's group didn't feel a tad bit of guilt, why did they remove that "map" from their website rather than defend it?

  3. Nik_TheGreek says:

    >Well said Sean… thanks

  4. RG says:

    >I love how the "media" is trying to spin this as a lone, disturbed young man. Well, my question is: What set him off? Could it possibly be the 24/7 hate radio/TV?The political right wing in this country now has blood on its hands.

  5. Alan says:

    >You articulated perfectly the danger caused by extremist groups in the US and all over the world. Their hatred and craziness is spreading like a poison…. frightening.

  6. Mike says:

    >"We underestimate the power of words" — that phrase sums it all up perfectly. Words of hate may not show physical scars, but they can be as deadly as a gun or knife. Wonder if all those screaming heads on the TV and radio political shows will pause and think about what they're saying and the impact of their messages? Nice job…

  7. Cubby says:

    >The real tragedy is that the weak-minded among us are so easily swayed by violence-inducing propaganda. Wake up America! Think for yourselves!

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