Saturday, January 8, 2011


In light of events in Arizona today, I am reposting this along with the new events.  Debbie Riddle of Texas is as guilty of these murders as the murderer himself.  I firmly believe these Tea baggers should be free to spew their ignorance, but it is also the right of the people to express their outrage and shout them down.   Freedom of speech is a two way street.  Gov. Rick Perry needs to denounce Debbie Riddle or be judged as one of her coconspirators.

This is almost too sad to believe as real. This is what happens when people think in terms of self instead of in terms of community. See my previous post on mindset.

"The sheriff pointed to the vitriolic political rhetoric that has consumed the country as he denounced the shooting that claimed several of his friends as victims, including U.S. District Judge John Roll. The judge celebrated Mass on Saturday morning like he does every day before stopping by to say hello to his good friend Giffords.

"When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous," the sheriff said. "And unfortunately, Arizona I think has become the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry."


Fred Drew said...

It's kind of interesting that Tom Horne is now the Attorney General. I wonder if he is related to tocayo the Old West lawman, scout, soldier, hired gunman, detective, outlaw and assassin?

NJ said...

This is not directed at you BWC, but just a general observation.

Is the irony the using heated rhetoric to point out that heated rhetoric may have dangerous consequences lost on people?

Are some people heavily influenced by the media? Sure. But there are just as many influenced by delusional voices, loud noises and barking dogs.

I acknowledge that it may serve a useful function to begin the finger pointing (ala' tag lines like "Right Wing Terrorism"), but I think it is just as important to acknowledge the hypocrisy of that.

There is commenter on daily Kos who pointed out that " the really sad part is I can't see any of our Dem politicians setting this forth with the same directness and passion.

I don’t give a rat’s butt which side of the political spectrum you decide to stand, but the subtle call of a copy cat attack on Republicans by wilderness voice is just as irresponsible as any word ever uttered by Glenn Beck. The only difference between the two is that Beck reaches a far wider audience.

Care to argue degrees of culpability? You have to start by conceding the point.

BobbyWC said...

Well stated -and I agree both sides should be calling for an end of the hate - I have posted the comments by Sarah palin or the congresswoman's opponent (Kelly) during the campaign - they both involve using guns.

This is the problem - the extremists on both sides do not care about consequences.

I think this young man is extremely mentally ill and became overly influenced by the rhetoric by people like the Tea Baggers, Sarah Palin and this Kelly guy.

This use of distractions has to end - but it will not.

I will denounce anyone who tries to call for similar conduct towards republicans, true conservatives (who I actually like and respect) or Tea Baggers

But we cannot excuse the reckless disregard Republicans and Teabaggers have shown for inciting this type violence.

I will also be angry if the Dems try and use this event to push their agenda.

I want and demand people make their argument on the merits of their ideas.

Great post and thanks for contributing

Bobb yWC