In one of her stump speeches for John McCain over the weekend (seriously, that man didn't learn what political poison she was the first time around?) she declared of reported violence and violent rhetoric, "Let's clear the air right now," she said. "We're not inciting violence. Don't get sucked into the lame-stream media lies about Americans standing up for freedom. it's a bunch of bunk that the media is trying to feed you. Don't let them try to divert" attention from the issue.
Not inciting violence. Sarah, that is all you have done since you were plucked from obscurity in Alaska because you happened to have a uterus.
Latest headline at CNN: House GOP leader says bullet fired into office after health care vote
I completely condemn all of the violent rhetoric, the fomenting of hatred, the willful distribution of lies, and the blatant fearmongering.
I condemn it regardless of who does it BECAUSE IT IS WRONG.
It is wrong when violent intent is directed at the left. It is wrong when violent intent is directed at the right.
Today Eric Cantor revealed his district office was fired at. And that he has received threatening messages.
Again - I DO NOT CARE WHO THIS SHIT IS DIRECTED AT - IT IS WRONG, SHAMEFUL, AND BENEATH US.
What I will take issue with, Mr. Cantor, is your assertion that Democrats are "fanning the flames" of violence by using threats that have been made against Democratic members "as political weapons."
How? By letting the public know they are happening? How, exactly, is that any different than what you are doing?
BOTH SIDES need to go to the nearest podium, face the nearest bank of TV cameras, and CONDEMN, in the STRONGEST LANGUAGE ALLOWED ON NETWORK TV, ALL of this bullshit . Stop worrying about if you'll be re-elected and start LEADING.
Yes, there ARE angry people on the left, but the most violent imagery, threatening language, and harmful intent is brewing on the right. And the leaders on that side are just standing by and letting it continue towards boil.
IT ALL HAS TO STOP.
And this means from the mouths of the Glenn Becks as well. Yesterday he called those who voted for the healthcare bill "an enemy of the republic" and "an enemy to the Constitution."
How? Because they outvoted your side? That's called DEMOCRACY, Glenn.
Of course, he told his FOX viewers to stay away from violence. Because it's bad? Nah. Because "radical" supporters of the Obama administration are counting on such attacks to discredit their opposition, he said.
"Not only is it completely nuts and wrong, it's exactly what they want," Beck said. He told viewers, "They are begging for it. You are being set up."
No, Glenn. Wrong on all counts. I support this administration, but that doesn't make me a radical. I don't need your side killing someone on my side in order to discredit you. Can you not see the number of people discrediting the GOP side with every breath they take? And the only thing I'm begging for is for this insanity to STOP.
I swear, I never thought I'd be borrowing a quote from Glenn Beck about something, but here goes: I fear for my country.
It's just that Glenn and I disagree about what we are fearing.
The idealism, the hope, the vision, the yearning to move FORWARD to a better future is still very much alive. (As opposed to the constant whining from the Right about getting their country back and some Leave It To Beaver wholesomeness which never, incidentally, existed.)
We may not litter the steps of Congress with misspelled signs and spit, we may not throw bricks through the windows of those with whom we disagree, we may not wish injury or death on someone whose ideas don't jive with our own, we may not stupidly take pride in ignorance and an unwillingness to learn, and we may not stockpile guns and watch Glenn Beck.
But we are still here. We are still realistic. And we are still firm in our beliefs about, and committment to, making this place better.
This is MY country, too, John Boehner. And YES, we STILL can.
I guess this means that if you don't like something at your place of business, don't get YOUR way, you can head for the door without repercussions at 2pm, right?
Hey, GOP - Country First much? How does this jive with your whole "not wasting taxpayers' money" thing? People out here in the real world? You know, THE TAXPAYERS WHO PAY YOUR SALARIES? We get fired for stunts like this.
The years have not been kind to you. I grew up in a profoundly Republican home, so I can remember when you wore a very different face than the one we see now. You've lost me and you've lost most of America. Because I believe having responsible choices is important to democracy, I'd like to give you some advice and an invitation.
First, the invitation: Come back to us.
Now the advice. You're going to have to come up with a platform that isn't built on a foundation of cowardice: fear of people with colors, religions, cultures and sex lives that differ from your own; fear of reform in banking, health care, energy; fantasy fears of America being transformed into an Islamic nation, into social/commun/fasc-ism, into a disarmed populace put in internment camps; and more. But you have work to do even before you take on that task.
Your party -- the GOP -- and the conservative end of the American political spectrum have become irresponsible and irrational. Worse, it's tolerating, promoting and celebrating prejudice and hatred. Let me provide some examples -- by no means an exhaustive list -- of where the Right as gotten itself stuck in a swamp of hypocrisy, hyperbole, historical inaccuracy and hatred.
If you're going to regain your stature as a party of rational, responsible people, you'll have to start by draining this swamp:
You can't flip out when the black president bows to foreign dignitaries, as appropriate for their culture, when you were silent when the white presidents did the same. Bush. Nixon.Ike. You didn't even make a peep when Bush held hands and kissed (on the mouth) leaders of countries that are not on "kissing terms" with the US.
You can't praise the Congressional Budget Office when it's analysis produces numbers that fit your political agenda, then claim it's unreliable when it comes up with numbers that don't.
You can't vote for X under a Republican president, then vote against X under a Democratic president. Either you support X or you don't. And it makes it worse when you change your position merely for the sake obstructionism.
shout "baby killer" at a member of Congress on the floor of the House, especially one who so fought against abortion rights that he nearly killed health care reform (in fact, a little decorum, a little respect for our national institutions and the people and the values they represent, would be refreshing -- cut out the shouting, the swearing and the obscenities);
You cant repeatedly assert that the president refuses to say the word "terrorism" or say we're at war with terror when we have an awful lot of videotape showing him repeatedly assailing terrorism and using those exact words.
If you're going to invoke the names of historical figures, it does not serve you well to whitewash them. Especially this one.
So, dear conservatives, get to work. Drain the swamp of the conspiracy nuts, the bold-faced liars undeterred by demonstrable facts, the overt hypocrisy and the hatred. Then offer us a calm, responsible, grownup agenda based on your values and your vision for America. We may or may not agree with your values and vision, but we'll certainly welcome you back to the American mainstream with open arms. We need you.
(Anticipating your initial response: No there is nothing that even comes close to this level of wingnuttery on the American Left.)