This guest post comes from a fellow Philadelphian, as well as former classmate of mine. I originally read this post as a note she had dropped on Facebook, but when I read it I was immediately taken aback and had to make sure our readers had the opportunity to see this powerful piece. Diva Bleu writes with passion and creativity and her points are hard to ignore. I hope you all enjoy this piece as much as I did.
This should ruffle some conservative, extremist moose fur, and I don’t care at all.
I believe that what the Tea Party will ultimately fester into, if gone unchecked, will resemble something like an American version of the Taliban. Think about it, the Taliban was born out of smoldering rhetoric and hateful behaviors leveled at not only government corruption and infighting, but at entire groups of people in society and different races in that society as well.
Now, take a look at the similarities that I see and tell me if you see what is spelled out in plain English:
- According to cbsnews.com, in March of 2010, Sarah Palin released a list of “targets” (members of the House who voted for Obamacare) on her Facebook page no less, with a graphic depicting the areas said members could be found complete with ACTUAL target symbols.
- Among those included on the list were targeted Democrats: Ann Kirkpatrick (Arizona), Harry E. Mitchell (Arizona), Gabrielle Giffords (Arizona), John Salazar (Colorado), Betsy Markey (Colorado), Allen Boyd (Florida), Suzanne M. Kosmas (Florida), Baron P. Hill (Indiana), Earl Pomeroy (Alabama), Charlie Wilson (Ohio), John Boccieri (Ohio), Kathy Dahlkemper (Pennsylvania), Christopher Carney (Pennsylvania), John M. Spratt, Jr. (South Carolina), Tom Perriello (Virginia), Alan B. Mollohan (West Virginia), and Nick J. Rahall II (West Virginia).
»this one strikes me as extra blatant. i mean, if “targeting” people who voted for OBAMACARE was your goal, why not “target” those in YOUR OWN PARTY who voted for what you have deemed such an abomination? but i guess we aren’t supposed to be smart enough to see that the goal was to kill “eliminate” the Democratic leaders in these areas and replace them with Tea Party backed candidates.
- Palin also, although denying that she was trying to incite violence against any of the “targets” on her list, took to her Twitter calling on her followers to not retreat and “Instead – RELOAD!” after posting the list and graphic to her Facebook.
- as recently as September 2010, the obviously conservative, Tea-Party backed site townhall.com posted an article that AGAIN named Gabrielle Giffords as a “target” using the word TARGET.
- Rep. Giffords was shot through the head yesterday morning, January 8, 2011 by a 22 year old man named Jared Lee Loughner. in March, a few hours after the vote to pass the health reform bill, the glass door of her office in Tucson was smashed. the evening following the vote, Sarah Palin revealed the aforementioned list. on March 25, MSNBC interviewed Giffords about the attack on her office. she said, “We’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district, and when people do that, they’ve gotta realize there are consequences to that action.”
- MSNBC co-host Chuck Todd defended Palin, saying, “In fairness,campaign rhetoric and war rhetoric have been interchangeable for years… I understand that in the comment it may look bad, but do you really think that’s what she intended?”
Isn’t placing God and guns in the same category the same as how the Taliban and other extremist groups recruit their most LOYAL, angry followers? When you study the history of extremism in just about any region, you find that the volatile mix of religious rhetoric, political over-zealousness and indignation, calls to violence and uprising, and poor, undereducated people becomes a civil war waiting to explode. Not only was a woman wounded today because she wanted to provide VALUABLE services to her countrymen and women, but 6 people died and 13 others were wounded.
What are we coming to, America?
No, i rephrase that. what HAVE we come to, America?