Moving On From the Tucson Shootings – Come ‘on USA
Dateline: Wednesday, January 12, 2010
The United States of America
President Barack Obama challenged Americans and expressed our sorrow and condolences at the Green memorial service in Tucson, Arizona, this evening.
D. A. Dailey was quoted on Facebook, “President Obama ‘hit a grand slam home run’ with his Tucson memorial address. You elected officials and government administrators, evolve our American society into one that meets the expectations of our children for heaven’s sake!”
Ralph A., Carl M., Wendy T. and I believe that this President Obama speech was even better than President Bill Clinton’s Oklahoma City bombing memorial address!
We’re thinking that a great First Lady helps. Michelle Obama earns an A+. Paul Begala and the other ‘talking heads’ on Anderson Cooper 360 tonight are full-of-it. All those ‘subject experts’ needed to do was just listen to the positive reaction of the immediate audience.”
David A. Dailey agrees that through the eyes of a third-grader, we/those elected officials must evolve our American society to meet our childrens’ expectations. Yes, “Our hearts are broken.”
Go USA… turn this brokeness into something great.
Now, that the national day of mourning is over – get back to work D.C.
Attention media news: Stop speculating and wasting important aire-time beating this ‘massacre’ story to death. There are more important topics that real Americans face daily!
John Whitesides of Reuters News Service wrote:
Prominent Republican Sarah Palin defended her fiery rhetoric on Wednesday but ignited a fresh controversy by accusing critics of “blood libel” in linking her to a deadly Arizona shooting spree. A defiant Palin, leaping into a roaring debate on the consequences of overheated political rhetoric, said her critics had been irresponsible in rushing to blame Saturday’s gun rampage on vitriolic campaign speech.
“Especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn,” Palin, a potential 2012 White House contender, said in a video posted to her Facebook page.
Palin’s reference to “blood libel,” a false, centuries-old allegation that Jews were killing children to use their blood in religious rituals, launched a new round of criticism of Palin’s rhetoric.
“We wish that Palin had used another phrase, instead of one so fraught with pain in Jewish history,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.
The accusation of “blood libel” has been employed for centuries to justify the killing or expulsion of Jews. The phrase had been used by other conservative commentators, since the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who is Jewish.
“Perhaps Palin honestly does not know what a blood libel is, or does not know of their horrific history — that is perhaps the most charitable explanation we can arrive at,” said David Harris, president of the National Jewish Democratic Council.
Apprehended Arizona gunman Jared Lee Loughner faces five federal charges in the weekend attack, including the attempted assassination of Giffords, who is in critical condition after being shot in the head while talking to constituents outside the Tucson Safeway supermarket.
The rampage fueled a growing debate about whether the heated partisan rhetoric featured in recent U.S. political campaigns can lead to violence, and some have suggested cooling the tone of discourse in Washington.
“Palin’s invocation of a ‘blood libel’ charge against her perceived enemies is hardly a step in the right direction,” Harris said.
Palin has been a focus of criticism from the left since the shootings for urging followers to “reload,” not retreat, after the healthcare debate and publishing an electoral map identifying vulnerable Democratic congressional districts, including Giffords,’ with rifle cross-hairs.
The losing 2008 vice presidential candidate, a favorite of Tea Party conservatives but a lightning rod for liberal critics, has hinted at a presidential run.
Seated before an American flag, Palin said in the video it was reprehensible for critics to say political rhetoric was to blame for the shootings.
“They claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those ‘calm days’ when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols?” she asked.
Blame for the shooting should not rest “with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle,” she said.
Palin had been silent on the shooting for days since posting a message of sympathy for the victims on her Facebook page, even as other Republican presidential contenders spoke out about them.
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty was the only potential Republican contender to distance himself from Palin, although subtly. He told The New York Times the crosshairs map was “not a device I would have used.”
As Cindy Hursh stated on Facebook, “Elected officials whom you may or may not agree with demand respect. At least that is the way that I was raised. President Obama is a man of character. I like him. I like his speech. He gives us hope. He shows humility and civility.”
Attention Sarah Palin: Stay in Alaska and silence thyself!
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