Saturday, January 08, 2011

Stay classy, Tea Party. Oh, too late.

I really wanted to avoid commenting on today's shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords for a day or so. It's too easy to quickly politicize these things, which are often perpetrated by lone nutjobs. Then, I saw that Illinois Review saw fit in their only post on the subject so far to quote this:

Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips condemned the attack on Giffords, but warned supporters that the Tea Party movement would be blamed by political opponents.

"While we need to take a moment to extend our sympathies to the families of those who died, we cannot allow the hard left to do what it tried to do in 1995 after the Oklahoma City bombing," he said.

Yeah, because clearly, the "hard left" really enjoys it when someone tries to assassinate one of their own.


rat79 said...

I watched Twitter with morbid fascination most of yesterday afternoon and evening. It's been amazing watching the speculation, facts, and rhetoric blend. I agree though, it's way too early to comment in depth on this, other than to say violence should never even hinted at as a solution.

Fig said...

Yeah. I don't care if the shooter is right wing, left wing, or thinks he has wings - I think the rhetoric of violence and acceptance of that rhetoric let to this tragedy. And that includes everything from Sarah Palin's target map through senators threatening 2nd amendment solutions to my MIL saying that she hopes that GWB is assassinated and suffers a long time before he dies. This type of violent language can do no good and can lead to harm