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Words Do Matter

Yesterday I found I had neither the strength nor the composure to write about the tragedy in Tucson. I have been furious-- and scared-- since W’s first campaign, listening to the vile things being spewed.  “Liberal” became a pejorative, and that was a mild one compared to most of the others.

I used to have a friend that I discovered was full of prejudices (she called it “conservative values”) against almost everyone that wasn’t her color, her brand of Christianity, and her absolute adherence to the politics of hate.  Was she capable of harm?  Well, yes, since she advocated for the death penalty and puffed up with pride that we were waging two wars.  Nevertheless, I do not for one minutes think her ingesting of the conservative Kool-Aid would push her to commit mass murder in a supermarket lot.  But that was because in all other ways she seemed mentally stable and not looking for targets on which to vent her rage and inner demons. 

I believe that this is elegant writing about a deeply disturbing subject:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/tombstone-politics/?nl=opinion&emc=tya1

This is inelegant and downright hostile violence-baiting:



And this is a very crass response on someone’s part to Sarah Palin’s “Gee, Shucks, Nothing to Do With Me, Move Along Folks” response to the tragedy in Arizona.



We need to all remember that words have consequences.  On all sides of the debates, on both sides of the aisle, on either side of the Mason-Dixon line. And we certainly should think long and hard about whether the Constitution gives its blessings to anyone who wants to walk around armed and capable of committing mass murder.

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