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Kansas, 1974

Monday, January 10, 2011

Rhetoric

I was going to write some long winded rant about the despicable behaviour that has come in the wake of the recent shootings of Congresswoman Giffords and others in Arizona but this guy says it better than I would have. From The Giffords Shooting, The Instant Politicization of Everything, & Why Americans Increasingly Hate Dems & Reps,
"How do you take one of the most shocking and revolting murder sprees in memory and make it even more disturbing? By immediately pouncing on its supposed root causes for the most transparently partisan of gains."
What is wrong with people that before the bodies of the dead have even gotten a chance to get cold they start slinging political mud? Disgusting. If you think this is going to win you some political points think again. Because this is what I'm asking as well,
To be clear, if you're using this event to criticize the "rhetoric" of Mrs. Palin or others with whom you disagree, then you're either: (a) asserting a connection between the "rhetoric" and the shooting, which based on evidence to date would be what we call a vicious lie; or (b) you're not, in which case you're just seizing on a tragedy to try to score unrelated political points, which is contemptible. Which is it?
Keep talking people and see where it gets you. Oh dear, did I just engage in some of that "rhetoric" that some have all of a sudden become so concerned about?

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