Last login: Monday, January 10, 2011
The discussion of the tragic Arizona shooting between Representatives Filner and Bilbray, Mr. Bilbray raised the commonly heard point that both sides are somehow responsible for the inflamed rhetoric that may ( must have ) contributed to the deaths of six innocent people and the critical injury to Rep. Giffords. This is simply not true. It is an attempt to deflect blame from the conscious Republican campaign tactic to focus the rampant and growing right wing anger on Democrats and identify them not just as political opponents but as enemies of the nation who want to destroy America.
Republicans from Sarah Palin to Michele Bachmann, and sadly most of the party, have used vicious tactics in an ends justifies the means, win at any cost campaign that has fanned the flames of a right wing militia minded fire into a raging inferno that is now consuming innocent American lives.
Mr. Bilbray and his party cannot be allowed to hide behind the canard that both sides are responsible for stirring up this dangerous brew. Republicans have let this genie out of the bottle for their own cynical gain.
We as citizens have the duty not to reward them for this appalling behavior with our votes. This once great party has marginalized itself by linking their success to dangerous and hateful elements in American society, they must be help as responsible for their actions.
January 10, 2011 at 1:07 p.m.
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