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“At a time like this, it is terrible that we do have to think about politics, but no matter what the shooter’s motivations were, the left is going to blame this on the Tea Party movement,” Mr. Phillips, from Tea Party Nation, said on his Web site. “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 wrote. “Within the entire political spectrum, there are extremists, both on the left and the right. Violence of this nature should be decried by everyone and not used for political gain.” – Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Vitriol in Politics

In a poetry class Jared Lee Loughner was taking, when a woman read a poem about abortion, Loughner called her a “terrorist for killing the baby,” according to reports quoting a 58 year-old man who sat two desks away from him. Caitie Parker said Loughner was “left wing, quite liberal” and described him as a “political radical,” who met Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, calling her “stupid & unintelligent.”

It’s hard to imagine a “left wing, quite liberal… political radical” calling a woman a “terrorist” for making a legal personal decision that is no one elses business.

It is offensive to hear equivalency made between Left and Right on the issue of hate speech and inciteful violent rhetoric, because it’s untrue. It’s equally untrue to blame all people on the Right. As you can see in the video, there are responsible conservatives out there, but we know the ones who are not, many of whom reside on right-wing radio.

Federal Judge John Roll who was murdered yesterday, with other victims that also break your heart, has been under 24-hour guard, because of his involvement in the immigration debate.

To read Phillips from Tea Party Nation above decry talking about the political element as if it’s not part of the equation is insulting and an obfuscation to make people who want to talk about the obvious political targeting of Giffords feel guilty. The people in this country who are partially responsible for what’s been brewing in this country for well over a year need to be called out plainly.

Left wing liberals don’t go to political rallies with guns strapped to their leg. They don’t make villains out of people who want sensible gun laws and don’t think weapons have any place at a political rally, which includes gun owners like my husband and myself. We also believe a concealed carry permit comes with responsibilities that are very serious as well.

There isn’t one liberal politician who would dare put crosshairs on opponents in a poster in a “It’s time to take a stand” campaign. Only Sarah Palin did that and she did it with pride and bravado.

Jane Hamsher revealed that Gabrielle Gifford’s general election opponent, Jesse Kelly, was unmoved by Sarah Palin’s “target list” campaign. In fact, Kelly did Palin one better or in this case worse.

Get on Target for Victory in November Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office Shot a fully automatic M15 with Jesse Kelly.

That the specific incitement in this instance is coming from Sarah Palin, a star female politician from the Tea Party Right must not go unnoticed, especially when it sends a signal it’s okay for others to follow that lead. The transferred machismo to a female in order for her to appear tough enough to take on anything a man can hangle by utilizing inciteful rhetoric and campaigns is exactly the wrong message to send, because it raises the bar above and beyond what any democratic republic should tolerate. I’ve written about macho rhetoric in female politicians before.

Gabrielle Gifford understood the incitement going on and knew the dangers of it.

“We’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list,” Ms. Giffords said last March. “But the thing is the way that she has it depicted has the cross hairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they’ve got to realize there’s consequences to that.”Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Vitriol in Politics

Mrs. Palin made a horrible mistake with her “It’s time to take a stand” campaign that targeted lawmakers with crosshairs. She was called on it, but chose to be defiant. “Don’t retreat, reload” is a constant mantra of Palin. Of course, she didn’t cause Jared Loughner to go on a murderous rampage. He did that on his own, whether out of rage, frustration or desperation, even mania, we do not know. But there can be no doubt that Sarah Palin is the leader of a group of people who have for a very long time made anger a political tool, using this most powerful of emotions to flood the airwaves with hate and using the Second Amendment to do it. Sharron Angle floated “Second Amendment remedies” during the midterms, yet another woman trying to channel power through rhetorical scattershot screeds.

“But I think the way some Republicans are handling this is nothing more than purely despicable,” Hasselbeck said. The names that are next to and being highlighted by those crosshairs — I think it’s an abuse of the Second Amendment. I also feel as though every single person on here is a mother, a father, a friend, a brother, a sister, and to take it to this level is — it’s disappointing to see this come from the Party, and I would hope that leaders like Sarah Palin would end this.” – conservative Elizabeth Hasselbeck (quote from the video above)

With the presidential election season gearing up, the buzz around whether Palin might run remains high. However, the midterms are long over and she has to prove herself beyond the base and an off-year election that had hyper partisan voters coming out in droves. Since 2011 dawned, Sarah’s problem is front and center. The Republican establishment has started a concerted effort against her, speaking out to oppose her, regardless of her persona and people power. Many influential conservatives from Joe Scarborough to George Will and Charles Krauthammer voicing she cannot be elected president even if the base loves her.

Now Republican intellectuals have got a powerful weapon to use against Sarah Palin, which they may not even have to invoke, because it’s unlikely people will forget. Sarah’s own flawed judgment that comes with graphics and an act of domestic terrorism in the state of Arizona that killed people and gravely wounded a Democratic congresswoman who was one of the politicians in Palin’s crosshairs.

UPDATE:

.. Evidence seized from Mr. Loughner’s home indicated that he had planned to kill Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, according to documents filed in the Federal District Court in Phoenix. Found in a safe in Mr. Loughner’s home, about five miles from the shooting scene, Special Agent Tony M. Taylor Jr. of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in an affidavit, was an envelope with these handwritten words: “I planned ahead,” “My assassination” and “Giffords.” – Federal Charges Cite Assassination Plan

Originally posted at 1:00 a.m.