Since the shooting in Tucson, there has been a firestorm of controversy regarding the now infamous map put out by NRA sweetheart Sarah Palin, in which she 'targets' congressmen/women who voted for health care legislation for defeat.
map which put several congressional districts in the United States in
the crosshairs, also included the name of the 'targeted'
congressmen/women. One of those was U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who
now fights for her life after a gunman put a bullet through her brain in
an attempted assassination.
There is no explanation for a maniac with a gun as there there is also no explanation for the coming
together of the events of Jan. 8, 2011 that resulted in the death of six
innocent people and the wounding of 14 others, including Congresswoman
Thanks to Palin's map, if she set out to make a name for herself. Mission accomplished.
I admit that I am hardly a fan of Ms. Palin. In fact, I pretty much abhor her politics.
While her actions have been far from benign, Palin likely did not influence the shooter in Tucson.
is the ramped-up use of partisan vitriol since around the time Palin
entered the political scene solely to blame. And in spite of the woman
and her cohorts instigating contempt from many places, I will stop short
of defending Palin.
In my view, her brow-beating style of
politics is deplorable, intimidating, and destructive. I admit that upon
hearing of the shooting, I too remembered Sarah's map during the last
election. I was appalled by it then, as I remain today.
Sarah can be given no responsibility for the heinous shooting spree of
this deranged young man, she should open her eyes to the possibility
that if not him, perhaps someone else could take her suggestions
It is also my view that Sarah Palin is not
intellectually capable of understanding that her actions are indeed
incitive. They are ignorant and irresponsible.
While posting a
map with gunsights on it, is for me a deplorable act, it is what she
knows. In Sarah Palin's world, there is nothing wrong with targeting
people much like she finds no fault in targeting defenseless animals for
her own amusement. In the larger frame, one which Palin purports to
want to lead, there is very much a problem with such an attitude.
is why I believe Sarah Palin is done with her political play-acting.
She has had her fifteen minutes of fame. It is time for her to go back
to Alaska and cavort with the caribou. She should quietly retreat from
the national stage for which she has thrust herself.
election of 2012 when Barack Obama wins his second term as our
President, I don't even want to hear the name, Sarah Palin.