The shooting of a U.S. representative in Arizona on Jan 8th, has manifested the political divide in this country as a clearly as seeing a fly in cream soup.
As more details bubble out from the interwebs about the shooter, target maps from the right, bulls eye maps from the left, and all the variables surrounding this event, one thing remains true.
The vitriol that occurs on talk radio, political television, social networks, and blogs on both sides has to stop.
The shooting of public officials is the stuff of third world nations. Whatever side you sit on certainly you can see this event is a disgrace, disgusting and dishonors the experiment that is the American Republic.
Various things have been stated about the shooter that point to what many of us already believe, which is that this was the act of a lunatic… an isolated incident that were actions of someone who was not in their right mind.
But the mere fact that people immediately pointed to vehement language spewed from conservative talk radio hosts from the likes of Michael Savage, Limbaugh and other lower rung quasi celebrities as well as demagogues like Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Bill O’Riley and others of their caste cannot be dismissed. It cannot be dismissed as being a random, mentally deranged lunatic when the far right begins standing in a defense posture to their previous words and actions.
I saw Keith’s response and agree… the gun metaphors have to go. The allusions to violence has to go. If those on both left and right do not apologize or in some way publicly acknowledge their words and actions may have even slightly, twice or third times removed contributed to this event which is now symbolic of the political divide in this country… they are condoning the behavior of gunning down public officials.