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Perspective

Originally seen here.

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“I am not horrified by the rhetoric and love of violence on the far right because I have some attachment to the Democrats. I am horrified because it is horrifying, because for years now, this kind of thing has become commonplace at the very top of the conservative political apparatus, and because the invocation of violence in a political context is inherently corrosive of democratic values. When you add to this a party committed to the use of military force as almost a first option, and to torture as a legal method of interrogation, it is irresponsible not to worry about where this is headed.”
~Andrew Sullivan

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Gabrielle Giffords

‎”Context” is simple:

The Right is the source of the current violent rhetoric coloring the political dialogue. Palin’s gun-crosshair web page, Angle’s second amendment remedies, Ms. Giffords’ opponent, Jesse Kelly, encouraging his constituents in the last election to “Get on Target for Victory in November Help remove Gabrielle Giffordsfrom office Shoot a fully automatic M-16 with Jesse Kelly” to distinguish his tea bag cred, the addition of provocative language centered on violent solutions throughout the (extreme) Conservative lexicon. Oh, and people showing up at political rallies of the opposition with guns strapped on – for what? To articulate their 2nd Amendment rights?

Or to attempt to intimidate? 

You just do not see this on the Left, not in terms of size, numbers or ferocity. It is the elephant in the room the Right is going to do all they can to ignore in the coming days.

The incident wasn’t isolated – Giffords and the judge were both the targets of threats on their families and their lives. The judge had to have bodyguards during one period after a decision that didn’t sit well with Conservatives. Gifford’s office was vandalized after the Health Care vote and she received multiple death threats. One man showed up with a concealed weapon at another of her appearances.

This did not happen in a vacuum.

Influential Republicans are RIGHTFULLY taking heat for this because they did nothing to ameliorate this climate. They either remained silent, or tacitly approved. And the political arm of the GOP, FAUX News, went out of their way to wallow in this, to promote it.

The far Right created this and the Right used this for political gain, never seriously considering consequences – or cynically dismissing them.

They own this.

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“… it was because we failed to do the thing we really have a genius for, which is compromise. … Americans like to think of themselves as uncompromising … Our true genius is for compromise … Our whole government is founded on it … and it failed.”

~Shelby Foote, speaking on the causes of the Civil War …

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