Video: “Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel”; Update: Dershowitz defends Palin

posted at 8:45 am on January 12, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Sarah Palin has given her first extensive public remarks after the shootings in Tucson and the media attempts to blame the Tea Party and herself for the violence. She firmly but calmly rebuts that notion, quoting Ronald Reagan to insist that individuals are responsible for their actions, and that robust political dialogue in a free country should not be blamed for acts of individual lunacy. Palin reserves her harshest criticism, delivered in a tone of sadness, for those journalists and pundits who wound up slandering not just her but millions of people who participated in political activism:

Sarah Palin: “America’s Enduring Strength” from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.

Earlier this week, I told a reporter that a public response would be tricky for Palin. She needed to defend herself but without being seen as descending to the level of the debate as it stood at that moment. Plenty of others were defending conservatives already, but Palin needed to engage the debate on her own terms at some point in a manner that allowed her to rise above the accusatory morass that the media encouraged almost from the hour in which the shootings took place.

This video message affirms the wisdom of that approach. Palin does an excellent job in making her point without lashing out in anger over the attacks, and underscores the importance of personal responsibility rather than group guilt in a free society, the priority of free speech as an underpinning of democracy, and the determination of Palin and the rest of the conservatives to defend those principles. It’s precisely what Palin needed to say, and precisely the manner and forum in which she needed to say it.

Now, what will Barack Obama say?

Update: Some are criticizing Palin’s use of “blood libel,” saying that it refers to a specific anti-semitic charge from centuries ago that Jews supposedly used the blood of Christian children in preparing ritual food. But as Glenn Reynolds points out to Politico’s Ben Smith, Israel uses “blood libel” today to rebut charges of deliberately killing Palestinians, and Tony Blankley used it in a column to describe John Murtha’s accusations against Marines about murders in Haditha. It’s a functional political term.

Update II: Big Government got a statement from Alan Dershowitz, no right-wing sympathizer, on Palin’s use of the term “blood libel”:

The term “blood libel” has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse. Although its historical origins were in theologically based false accusations against the Jews and the Jewish People, its current usage is far broader. I myself have used it to describe false accusations against the State of Israel by the Goldstone Report. There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations that her words or images may have caused a mentally disturbed individual to kill and maim. The fact that two of the victims are Jewish is utterly irrelevant to the propriety of using this widely used term.

That should settle it, but probably won’t.

The transcript follows, via The Corner:

Like millions of Americans I learned of the tragic events in Arizona on Saturday, and my heart broke for the innocent victims. No words can fill the hole left by the death of an innocent, but we do mourn for the victims’ families as we express our sympathy.

I agree with the sentiments shared yesterday at the beautiful Catholic mass held in honor of the victims. The mass will hopefully help begin a healing process for the families touched by this tragedy and for our country.

Our exceptional nation, so vibrant with ideas and the passionate exchange and debate of ideas, is a light to the rest of the world. Congresswoman Giffords and her constituents were exercising their right to exchange ideas that day, to celebrate our Republic’s core values and peacefully assemble to petition our government. It’s inexcusable and incomprehensible why a single evil man took the lives of peaceful citizens that day.

There is a bittersweet irony that the strength of the American spirit shines brightest in times of tragedy. We saw that in Arizona. We saw the tenacity of those clinging to life, the compassion of those who kept the victims alive, and the heroism of those who overpowered a deranged gunman.

Like many, I’ve spent the past few days reflecting on what happened and praying for guidance. After this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event.

President Reagan said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively 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, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.

The last election was all about taking responsibility for our country’s future. President Obama and I may not agree on everything, but I know he would join me in affirming the health of our democratic process. Two years ago his party was victorious. Last November, the other party won. In both elections the will of the American people was heard, and the peaceful transition of power proved yet again the enduring strength of our Republic.

Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, 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. That is reprehensible.

There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And 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? In an ideal world all discourse would be civil and all disagreements cordial. But our Founding Fathers knew they weren’t designing a system for perfect men and women. If men and women were angels, there would be no need for government. Our Founders’ genius was to design a system that helped settle the inevitable conflicts caused by our imperfect passions in civil ways. So, we must condemn violence if our Republic is to endure.

As I said while campaigning for others last March in Arizona during a very heated primary race, “We know violence isn’t the answer. When we ‘take up our arms’, we’re talking about our vote.” Yes, our debates are full of passion, but we settle our political differences respectfully at the ballot box – as we did just two months ago, and as our Republic enables us to do again in the next election, and the next. That’s who we are as Americans and how we were meant to be. Public discourse and debate isn’t a sign of crisis, but of our enduring strength. It is part of why America is exceptional.

No one should be deterred from speaking up and speaking out in peaceful dissent, and we certainly must not be deterred by those who embrace evil and call it good. And we will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who mock its greatness by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.

Just days before she was shot, Congresswoman Giffords read the First Amendment on the floor of the House. It was a beautiful moment and more than simply “symbolic,” as some claim, to have the Constitution read by our Congress. I am confident she knew that reading our sacred charter of liberty was more than just “symbolic.” But less than a week after Congresswoman Giffords reaffirmed our protected freedoms, another member of Congress announced that he would propose a law that would criminalize speech he found offensive.

It is in the hour when our values are challenged that we must remain resolved to protect those values. Recall how the events of 9-11 challenged our values and we had to fight the tendency to trade our freedoms for perceived security. And so it is today.

Let us honor those precious lives cut short in Tucson by praying for them and their families and by cherishing their memories. Let us pray for the full recovery of the wounded. And let us pray for our country. In times like this we need God’s guidance and the peace He provides. We need strength to not let the random acts of a criminal turn us against ourselves, or weaken our solid foundation, or provide a pretext to stifle debate.

America must be stronger than the evil we saw displayed last week. We are better than the mindless finger-pointing we endured in the wake of the tragedy. We will come out of this stronger and more united in our desire to peacefully engage in the great debates of our time, to respectfully embrace our differences in a positive manner, and to unite in the knowledge that, though our ideas may be different, we must all strive for a better future for our country. May God bless America.


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I already emailed Ed.

tree hugging sister on January 12, 2011 at 3:00 PM

ed linking to dershowitz, but not to ol’ abe, and hoping that it would settle is teh fail.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 2:42 PM

The true failure is the fact that after days of baseless slander perpetrated by liberals and their allies in the media….they still don’t have one shred of evidence to back up their “it’s Palin and the Tea Parties fault” drivel.

Now that she has responded….liberals like sesqui here have to whine with selective outrage over a word instead of being able to refute the meaning of Palin’s response.

It is right out there for America to see…..
…..democrats have no problem using War,Funerals,and now Mass Murder to score political points….
….this is beyond “fail”…it is sick and disgusting.

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2011 at 3:00 PM

More evidence that only guns enable mass killing sprees.

18 Children killed, 13 children and two teachers wounded by a gun knife

2Four killed by a gun hammer.

No time for more, gotta go. I chose Japan because we all know that they outlaw many “weapons” including all firearms.

Pattosensei on January 12, 2011 at 3:01 PM

F*cking dooshbag. Yeah, the severely schizophrenic murderer who has snapped is clearly thinking this.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Dave Rywall:Wroughtwall your back,and you sure like that F
word,besides still stuck on stupid,is there any
thing new,or same ole’ talking points!

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Talk about limiting free speech! Video has been removed from almost all websites. Are they worried TOTUS won’t be up to the job tonight?

lonestar1 on January 12, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Come out with both barrels a’blazin’, re-load and keep that boot to the throat, Sarah!

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Now that she has responded….liberals like sesqui here have to whine with selective outrage over a word instead of being able to refute the meaning of Palin’s response.

I don’t think they’re capable. They don’t have free thought. That’s why they salivate at the idea of government doing their thinking for them.

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Here’s another, from CBS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhcDh0-_5m4

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 3:03 PM

lonestar1 on January 12, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Seriously! Why would they scrub this video from all websites?

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 3:04 PM

F*cking dooshbag. Yeah, the severely schizophrenic murderer who has snapped is clearly thinking this.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Are you professionally qualified to make that assessment? Are do you just have a lot of personal experience with schizophrenia?

darclon on January 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Now that is amazing….if she can win you over that’s saying something. It was an awesome speech, very Presidential.

wi farmgirl on January 12, 2011 at 1:33 PM

It might even bring back the lovely jenfidel. (ducks)

katy the mean old lady on January 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Quite possibly there was a traffic overload. Vimeo seems to be back now.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Ha! It’s back up now.

tree hugging sister on January 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM

do you have the name of the Psychiatrist that examined him and deemed him schizophrenic and incapable of defending himself in trial?

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 2:56 PM
—–
Had a family member who was severely schizophrenic. He is no longer here, thanks to being so. Everything that is discovered about Loughner makes it clear to me that he is, since I’ve seen it all before firsthand.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I hope that Sandra Bernhard weighs in soon about the type of treatment she hopes Loughner deserves in prison. What will happen to that impish smirk of his, then?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Are you professionally qualified to make that assessment? Are do you just have a lot of personal experience with schizophrenia?

darclon on January 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM
——

See above.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2011 at 3:07 PM

At least you’ve been consistent. And yes, Rush is talking out his a** there. This dude isn’t capable of paying attention at that level.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Palin just smoked the left and they know it.

Nothing they do works … all they know is attack, attack, attack. Just like Kamikazes, they go willingly to their death fighting for a hopeless cause.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:09 PM

1. Your entire premise that Palin is somehow to blame is utterly dismissible without further comment or links.
2. Your opinion of “blood libel” being appropriately used in her speech defending herself would also therefore be inconsequential to any argument.
3. You’ve not convinced me you’re a better troll than Ann.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 2:48 PM

i never said palin was to blame for the shootings. she’s responsible for ignorantly misusing a term in a way that offended people. on your last point, i resent the soft bigotry of your low expectations.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

If Obama speaks today of dangerous rhetoric in the air, expect a GOP TV commercial with that soundbite juxtaposed to his other talk of bringing a gun, enemies, get in their face, and so on. Well, *I* would like to see such a commercial. It doesn’t have much practical use. I just want people to see where the hypocrisy lies.

Paul-Cincy on January 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

i never said palin was to blame for the shootings. she’s responsible for ignorantly misusing a term in a way that offended people. on your last point, i resent the soft bigotry of your low expectations.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Is Glenn Reynolds also responsible for ignorantly misusing a term in a way that offended people?

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 3:12 PM

We go back in time………to the careing and compassionate Left!
===================================

FHS-TV :: Obama’s “Special Olympics” Joke

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBEejvKGhl0&feature=related

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Palin just smoked the left and they know it.

Nothing they do works … all they know is attack, attack, attack. Just like Kamikazes, they go willingly to their death fighting for a hopeless cause.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:09 PM

They force her into a corner , and they get beaten every time.

She’s like Israel.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM

The more people that view it, the more people to speak to reason.

tree hugging sister on January 12, 2011 at 3:14 PM

soft bigotry of your low expectations.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

sesquipedalian:Correction,its Hopey that has Low
expectations…and got caught…
================================================

FHS-TV :: Obama’s “Special Olympics” Joke

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBEejvKGhl0&feature=related

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Here is one of the sites that compiles stats by country.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Northern Ireland has a higher gun fatality rate than the US and were much larger. At best you an argue that we’re in the middle of the road. Look at South Africa’s stats. BTW, what are the gun laws in all these countries?

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 3:16 PM

They force her into a corner , and they get beaten every time.

She’s like Israel.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM

the_nile:Yup!:)

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM

i never said palin was to blame for the shootings. she’s responsible for ignorantly misusing a term in a way that offended people. on your last point, i resent the soft bigotry of your low expectations.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

How about Andrew Sullivan, October 10, 2008:

A couple of obvious thoughts. Paladino speaks of “perverts who target our children and seek to destroy their lives.” This is the gay equivalent of the medieval (and Islamist) blood-libel against Jews.

Ann Coulter’s column, October 30, 2008:

His expert pontificator on race was The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, who said the Pittsburgh hoax was “the blood libel against black men concerning the defilement of the flower of Caucasian womanhood. It’s been with us for hundreds of years and, apparently, is still with us.”

Florida Democrat Peter Deutsch last night on Crossfire:

Let me just talk a little bit about the whole, I guess, spin from the Republicans about — which has been to me the absolute most — the worst statements I have ever heard probably in my life about anything. I mean, almost a blood libel by the Republicans towards Al Gore, saying that he was trying to stop men and women in uniform that are serving this country from voting. That is the most absurd thing and absolutely has no basis in fact at all.

Jed Babbin, September 8, 2004: “When, in April 1971, John Kerry testified to a Senate committee that “…war crimes committed in Southeast Asia [were] not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command,” he said that the average American soldier who fought in Vietnam was a war criminal. Kerry’s statement was false, a blood libel that hangs in the air to this day.”

John Derbyshire, April 28, 2008: “A Blood Libel on Our Civilization.”

AP, July 28, 2008: “Just before Obama spoke, Newsday editor Les Payne had called “blood libel” the argument that African-American journalists could not objectively cover Obama’s candidacy.”

Frank Rich, New York Times columnist, October 15, 2006: “The moment Mr. Foley’s e-mails became known, we saw that brand of fearmongering and bigotry at full tilt: Bush administration allies exploited the former Congressman’s predatory history to spread the grotesque canard that homosexuality is a direct path to pedophilia. It’s the kind of blood libel that in another era was spread about Jews.”These people “ignorantly” misusing the term as well?

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM

ad a family member who was severely schizophrenic. He is no longer here, thanks to being so. Everything that is discovered about Loughner makes it clear to me that he is, since I’ve seen it all before firsthand.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Just because I’ve watched my husband drive an M-1 tank doesn’t make me an expert at it. You’re not a physician and you have no idea if he’s competent enough to stand trial.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 3:18 PM

It has been reported that Obama was shown Palin’s speech on AF1 and he asked the pilot to turn the plane around and head back to Washington. The pilot thought it sounded like he was crying when he made the request.

Sven on January 12, 2011 at 3:19 PM

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM

How dare Palin borrow metaphors!

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 3:19 PM

The Sheriff a government law enforcement guy is on TV telling the world that Palin is responcible for this crime.

DSchoen on January 12, 2011 at 4:51 AM

your problem is not the sheriff. your problem is giffords herself.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 7:45 AM

Well, you confused me again. You weren’t insinuating culpability on Hot Air at all? Liberals are just injecting Palin into the news story because they like to talk about her?

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Just because I’ve watched my husband drive an M-1 tank doesn’t make me an expert at it. You’re not a physician and you have no idea if he’s competent enough to stand trial.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Try sleeping at a Holiday Inn. I did and flew the Space Shuttle last year.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Palin just smoked the left and they know it.

Nothing they do works … all they know is attack, attack, attack. Just like Kamikazes, they go willingly to their death fighting for a hopeless cause.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:09 PM

This reminds me of the Tim Tebow moment. Remember when NOW came out against Tebow and his commercial saying it is against abortion. When the commercial aired and the word abortion was never mentioned, they switched gears and said the commercial was encouraging violence against women. The left never run out of ways of making fools of themselves.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Everyone know Sullivan is a lying conservative…….

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM

I think Ses meant to say…if it’s used by anyone on the right…it’s wrong. If used by anyone on the left…they’re making a perfectly valid point, with using that term.

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Try sleeping at a Holiday Inn. I did and flew the Space Shuttle last year.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM

LOL! That. Is. Excellent!!

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 3:23 PM

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 3:19 PM

No, for some reason the libs think its significant that in a campaign speech this past year Giffords criticized Palin and the Tea Party for overheated rhetoric. Logically, it’s a complete FAIL, because nothing Giffords said mattered vis-a-vis her shooting. The only thing she said that mattered was her response in 2007 to Loughner’s crazy question, and she could not have known it at the time. Libs are just putting two unrelated incidents out there for people to assume are connected, and that in reality are not connected at all.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 3:23 PM

The left never run out of ways of making fools of themselves.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

It’s the state control/herd mindset. It’s the same thing with their military. Communist militaries are top down control with no room for individual thought or action. Big herd mentality … it’s needed for any type of totalitarian government.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:24 PM

your problem is not the sheriff. your problem is giffords herself.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 7:45 AM

Whoa…I missed that one. LOL Ses, you’ll just throw anything, and everything out there, and hope it sticks, won’t ya? LOL

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM

This sums it up.

OmahaConservative on January 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Excellent job, Sarah.

The idiots are out on YouTube. *sigh* I wish I could just stay at HotAir where the majority are not leftist morons, but there is a real world out there. It isn’t pretty, either.

pannw on January 12, 2011 at 3:26 PM

I think Ses meant to say…if it’s used by anyone on the right…it’s wrong. If used by anyone on the left…they’re making a perfectly valid point, with using that term.

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Oh … I’m just a hick clinging to my bible and guns, no wonder I didn’t get it.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:26 PM

This is their logic:

1. Palin “targets” Giffords.
2. Giffords objects to Palin’s “overheated rhetoric”.
3. Jared Loughner has a longtime obsession with and ultimately shoots Giffords, has never heard of or expressed interest in Palin/Rush/Beck/Tea Parties/”watering tree of liberty” etc.
4. Palin’s fault! Because Giffords didn’t like the map, see!

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 3:27 PM

This sums it up.

OmahaConservative on January 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Sheer unadulterated genius.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Oh … I’m just a hick clinging to my bible and guns, no wonder I didn’t get it.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:26 PM

For elitists, they sure have a narrow view of the world, don’t they?

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Palin’s fault! Because Giffords didn’t like the map, see!

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 3:27 PM

I think the obvious solution is to have political opponents approve each others campaign material before use.

What could go wrong?

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Excellent job, Sarah.

The idiots are out on YouTube. *sigh* I wish I could just stay at HotAir where the majority are not leftist morons, but there is a real world out there. It isn’t pretty, either.

pannw on January 12, 2011 at 3:26 PM

insanity causes one to have to hate to the sane. evil causes those to have to hate the good. both causes the left to have to hate Palin.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Not surprised Dershowitz would defend her, actually.

One of the things Dershowitz will stand up for is the First Amendment-based principle that the best antidote for speech you don’t like is speech that you do like, rather than speech codes or speech-based laws.

Doodad Pro on January 12, 2011 at 3:30 PM

They’re having such a tizzy about the term because it’s like Death Panels. Blood Libel has now been securely grafted onto the Left.

Or better yet, they strayed into Sarah’s bear trap. Ka-chunk! Now they’re trying to gnaw their limb off to get free.

John the Libertarian on January 12, 2011 at 3:32 PM

For elitists, they sure have a narrow view of the world, don’t they?

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Very much so.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Well, you confused me again. You weren’t insinuating culpability on Hot Air at all? Liberals are just injecting Palin into the news story because they like to talk about her?

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 3:19 PM

no i wasn’t. i noted that the video of giffords herself about palin’s crosshairs is more politically damaging than that moron of a sheriff. i do think that pointing fingers at palin is unfair, but her incompetence to capitalize on this is reassuring.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

So you’re ok with liberals using crosshairs on their maps of districts they want to take?

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 3:35 PM

fail.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Hey liberals…

………….this is what failure looks like:

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/january_2011/most_voters_view_arizona_shootings_as_random_act_of_violence_not_politics

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 28% of Adults say the shooting in Arizona was the result of political anger in the country.

Now you have only 28% of the American people who agree with your “It’s Palin and the Tea Party’s fault”….

……………and this

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/01/dupnik-is-done-loughner-did-not-watch-tv-was-not-into-news-he-didnt-listen-to-talk-radio/

This morning on “Good Morning America,” ABC’s Ashleigh Banfield sat down with Zach Osler, a high school friend of Jared Loughner, the suspect in the Tucson massacre.

Osler says his friend wasn’t shooting at people, “he was shooting at the world.” Regarding the high-pitched talk radio and cable news political rhetoric, Osler says his friend didn’t even watch the news.

He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right.

………..in every instance….Loughner’s friends have either referred to him as “left-wing” or “not taking sides”…
……….not one witness,friend,or other evidence has connected him to the Tea Party or Sarah Palin.

Let’s call this liberal Failure with a capital F and posted in bold.
Epic liberal Fail

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2011 at 3:36 PM

i noted that the video of giffords herself about palin’s crosshairs is more politically damaging than that moron of a sheriff.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Damaging to who, exactly?

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 3:37 PM

i do think that pointing fingers at palin is unfair, but her incompetence to capitalize on this is reassuring.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Why would Palin want to capitalize on anything concerning this tragic event? Had the left had the decency to let the families grieve and let the police do their jobs … no one would have heard from Palin except for her message of condolence.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:37 PM

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Squidpiddler, I must have missed the memo, but exactly what evidence is there that Palin had any influence on Jared?

Because I’m sure you realize that everything you just said has absolutely no relevance to reality unless there actually is evidence, right?

darclon on January 12, 2011 at 3:37 PM

no i wasn’t. i noted that the video of giffords herself about palin’s crosshairs is more politically damaging than that moron of a sheriff. i do think that pointing fingers at palin is unfair, but her incompetence to capitalize on this is reassuring.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

They wailing over the blood libel wording shows that you liberals got a decisive beating .

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM

i do think that pointing fingers at palin is unfair, but her incompetence reluctance to capitalize on this is reassuring.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

FIFY.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM

So you’re ok with liberals using crosshairs on their maps of districts they want to take?

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Of course! Remember, it’s ok if they do it … bad if we do it.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM

“Blood Libel” refers not just to the anti-semitic slurs but clearly defines those who make them… who are indulged and excused by exactly the people smearing Palin.

Lie down with terrorists and you wake up with Ayers and Pali all over you.

DANEgerus on January 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Northern Ireland has a higher gun fatality rate than the US and were much larger. At best you an argue that we’re in the middle of the road. Look at South Africa’s stats. BTW, what are the gun laws in all these countries?

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 3:16 PM

South Africa and Northern Ireland have factors that contribute to their rates. What are the factors that have the United States so much higher than the average of countries like Germany, France, Switzerland, England, Australia, Canada?

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM

They wailing over the blood libel wording shows that you liberals got a decisive beating .

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Yep.

The harder they’re hit the louder they whine and man they sure are whining loud.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:42 PM

I love the way the gun grabbers like to cite the stats about gun violence. I’m ‘for’ gun control. Bring it on. I can hardly wait. I have always regretted having missed Prohibition. The free market opportunities available were great. Mexico is a good example of a country with lots of gun control. See how well it works along the border? Someone is cashing in. Gun grabbers think they can control the production of guns. WRONG. There is so much money to be made in gun sales it will make the drug Cartels look like Mom & Pop businesses. All the corrupt governments south of the border will be only to happy to take payoffs to look the other way while production and gun running to America grows exponentially. And don’t think America will go to war to stop it either. Who’s gonna fight it? “… You? You Lt. Weinberg?!…” Don’t make me laugh. Gonna have a draft of rugged Alpha males? Sure, we’ll go, and turn on you. Alphas are gun owner types. So go ahead and quote your bleeding heart stats about mass murders from guns. Gun ownership, and the occassional violence that results, is the price of freedom. Things will be much less free and much more violent once gun Prohibition is in effect. Wait and see. “Go ahead, make my day”, outlaw all guns.

JimP on January 12, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Guns? That’s nothing. Banning guns, or at least a lot of them, is a minor step on the way to a much bigger goal: What they’re seeking to do in the current debate is prohibit any and all expressions of right-leaning political belief.

And it’s an easy call for them, of course. Right-leaning political belief has zero legitimate value — negative value, really! — and the risks of such dangerous thought are frighteningly large!

Ban it. Ban the right. Ban them entirely. They contribute no positive value to society and in fact impose unbearably-high risks.

That is, essentially, what this is all about. Never has the left been so brazen or ambitious in the scope of what it seeks to prohibit. In this case, their rhetoric indicates they seek nothing short of the muzzling of the right, the entire right, everyone who disagrees. The risks of our opposition to Obama, that some people will be dangerously upset by our use of the word “socialist,” are simply too high.


from ace.

Inanemergencydial on January 12, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Why would Palin want to capitalize on anything concerning this tragic event?

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 3:37 PM

if she had good political instincts, she would not have ceded the moral high ground with the ‘blood libel’ message. it’s nice to see she has no intentions of becoming a viable national candidate.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

but her incompetence to capitalize on this is reassuring.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

God you are incredibly stupid.

It has been the democrats from the get go that have tried to capitalize on this by trying to score political points with baseless,slanderous accusations against Palin and millions of Americans.

Democrats practically called for this:

Shortly after November’s electoral defeat for the Democrats, pollster Mark Penn appeared on Chris Matthews’s TV show and remarked that what President Obama needed to reconnect with the American people was another Oklahoma City bombing. To judge from the reaction to Saturday’s tragic shootings in Arizona, many on the left (and in the press) agree,

….then when the massacre they have been waiting for happened….democrats started their political attack machine to capitalize:

Violence and politics merge
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47294_Page2.html

One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did.

“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”
Another Democratic strategist said the similarity is that Tucson and Oklahoma City both “take place in a climate of bitter and virulent rhetoric against the government and Democrats.”

…Now democrats are fund-raising off this mass murder before the bodies have even been buried.

Sanders Fundraises Off Arizona Murders
3:20 PM, Jan 11, 2011 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/sanders-fundraises-arizona-murders_533487.html

Given the recent tragedy in Arizona, as well as the start of the new Congress, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few words with political friends in Vermont and throughout the country.  I also want to thank the very many supporters who have begun contributing online to my 2012 reelection campaign

This is what “capitalizing” off of a tragedy looks like.

What Palin is doing is defending herself against the baseless lies and slander being brought forth by the very same people who are trying to use a mass murder to score political points.

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

If you’re one of those getting all verklempt because of Gov. Palin’s use of the term ‘blood libel’-you need to read this!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 12, 2011 at 3:50 PM

The greatest thing about Palin (and why they hate her so much) is that she can suck up all the political oxygen, so much so that she can even smother out Obama’s attempts to control message.

Bruno Strozek on January 12, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Very well said!

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 3:53 PM

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

I was born Jewish and I don’t have a problem with Gov. Palin’s use of ‘blood libel’.

Get over yourself.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 12, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Good job Baxter. The lefties just cannot admit she just destroyed them with the speech. They’re in denial. We can’t stop that, but thanks for the excellent post.

JimP on January 12, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Jonah Goldberg just couldn’t resist to be the “First!” pseudo-tolerant “compassionate conservative” elitist to smear Palin’s statesmanlike response to this tragedy. Instead of showing that Palin’s not “presidential” he proved his own prejudice and dependency upon “the politically correct” for fodder.

maverick muse on January 12, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

calm down.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:54 PM

That’s got so many layers of ignorance in it, it’s like a parfait of fail.

Fabozz on January 12, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Wow. Pure. Literary. Genius.

miConsevative on January 12, 2011 at 3:56 PM

South Africa and Northern Ireland have factors that contribute to their rates. What are the factors that have the United States so much higher than the average of countries like Germany, France, Switzerland, England, Australia, Canada?

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM

1)What are the factors?
2)What are the gun laws in the other countries compared to the US?

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 3:56 PM

calm down.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:54 PM

No. You calm down. Kleenex?

kingsjester on January 12, 2011 at 3:57 PM

We have Palin’s excellent and short speech.

Let us listen to the Anointed One tonight.

And compare and contrast!

Dhuka on January 12, 2011 at 3:57 PM

calm down.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Take your own advice first.

maverick muse on January 12, 2011 at 3:58 PM

if she had good political instincts, she would not have ceded the moral high ground with the ‘blood libel’ message. it’s nice to see she has no intentions of becoming a viable national candidate.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Straight out of monty phyton “Oh, oh, I see, running away then. You yellow bastards!”

The whole left wing cabal has been completely outmaneuvered by that illiterate chillbilly.

She’s the stupid one , right….

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 3:58 PM

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Ceded the moral high ground? Do you really believe the crap you write through tears of frustration, Squashpeddler?

darclon on January 12, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Let us listen to the Anointed One tonight.

And compare and contrast!

Dhuka on January 12, 2011 at 3:57 PM

/I’ll compare and contrast from the script.

maverick muse on January 12, 2011 at 3:59 PM

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Slow dat at Kos? Glad you could spend a few minutes here. Now go back.

bw222 on January 12, 2011 at 3:59 PM

The whole message from the left is that the right should do a better job of not saying things that might set off a leftwing nutjob. See how easy it is? If we offend a leftwing nutjob, it is our fault.
I only hope I have not set off a nutjob with this post. My only question is: who should conservatives check with to make sure they are offending the nutjobs? How about the newly proud American, Michelle 0bama?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Geraughty headline on “blood libel” common usage.

maverick muse on January 12, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Ceded the moral high ground? Do you really believe the crap you write through tears of frustration, Squashpeddler?

darclon on January 12, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on Squashpeddler, Soros might have it in a cage , forcing it writing that stuff.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

calm down.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:54 PM

The typical response when the left has no more argument left.
Calm down, dial back the rhetoric, blah blah blah…

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 4:03 PM

First Palin incites a massacre, now she hates Jews!

Meme-mania!

profitsbeard on January 12, 2011 at 4:05 PM

The typical response when the left has no more argument left.
Calm down, dial back the rhetoric, blah blah blah…

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Yip!

He’s probably getting more lies handed to him, so we can have a few more laughs.

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 4:05 PM

if she had good political instincts, she would not have ceded the moral high ground with the ‘blood libel’ message.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

It’s funny listening to the left react in lockstep. I had this exact same argument with Fins two days ago. He was trying to get people to pressure Palin to respond. We all said: “As soon as she does you’ll say she’s trying to make it all about herself.” She responded, and you all say she’s making it about herself, and oh yeah she did it wrong. Shocka!!

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 4:06 PM

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 3:58 PM

This is dedicated to our friend Sesquidreptilianwhatever.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 12, 2011 at 4:06 PM

the vid is so rich…she has already used many of the phrases that Obama would normally use…except of course the stuff about the blood libel of the tea parties, et al.

r keller on January 12, 2011 at 4:08 PM

They’re having such a tizzy about the term because it’s like Death Panels. Blood Libel has now been securely grafted onto the Left.

John the Libertarian on January 12, 2011 at 3:32 PM

I think you’ve hit the nail on the head here. And the Left, instead of ignoring it, is screaming it from the rooftops. In trying to stop it they’re actually helping the (righteously worded) label stick.

Let’s double and triple down on using it and make it outstrip even Sarah’s “death panels” brilliance.

P.S. It might be kind of funny to use it when talking about the Left, no matter what the subject matter. For example:

“When Chris Mattews gets a tingle up his leg, it might be leftist blood libel that causes it.”

or,

“Whoopi Goldberg’s fashion sense seems to inspired by leftist blood libel.”

Etc.

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

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