Since the incident in Arizona last Saturday, Sarah Palin had been missing -in-action. We were at first perplexed by the obvious silence, but as her “target list” became the topic of great discussion on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, Mrs. Palin slowly began making her voice heard again through email exchanges with her friend and fellow opportunist, Glenn Beck.
“I don’t condone violence,” was one of the messages Beck quoted Palin as saying. He also relayed to his audience that Sarah was sadden by what had happened in Tucson, Arizona. But the questions about her disappearance were not only coming from the left, they were also being asked by members of Mrs. Palin’s own party.
So today, in an almost 8 minute video, Mrs. Palin tried to make her feelings known regarding the shooting in Tucson. And no, this time around, she did not say “don’t retreat, RELOAD!” What Mrs. Palin said was;
I spent the last few days reflecting on what happened, praying for guidance. After the shocking tragedy, I listen at first puzzled(sic), 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 is broken, society is guilty rather than the law breaker.’
It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountability 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 the state.
A few moments later in the video, Sarah said;
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.
Except for the unfortunate use of the words “blood libel,” which is an anti-Jewish defamation term, the other words written for Mrs. Palin were quite appropriate, but coming from her, seemed contradictory – for the very same behavior she is now condemning she has indulged in time and time again over the last two years. Americans have listened to Palin’s words, and were also puzzled, then concerned and now, saddened by her irresponsible statements.
Yes Sarah, Americans do believe that pundits like yourself should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence you now purport to condemn in your video. Your “death panel” claim was just one of many manufactured lies you’ve told, and it easily achieved your desire to promote hate and violence. The August Townhall meetings where punches were thrown is just one example of this. Your actions then and are now, reprehensible!
No one has tried to “apportion blame” for the “terrible event” to Sarah Palin, but what is very obvious to everyone except Palin and her conservative detractors is; when you create a deplorable atmosphere, you cannot condemn deplorable actions, for you and your actions are part of the problem.
You cannot create a map of America, put crosshairs on people you want taken out, tell your followers, “don’t retreat, RELOAD!” Then act surprise when some nut job pulls the trigger on of one of the people on your target list! C’Mon!
You’re right Sarah, it is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountability for his actions, and maybe that restoration should start with you! End your irresponsible statements!
- Watch: Sarah Palin Accuses Pundits of ‘Manufacturing a Blood Libel’ in New Video Statement on Tucson Shootings (towleroad.com)
- Palin accuses media of ‘blood libel’ in Giffords shooting aftermath (thehill.com)
- Sarah Palin Blasts The Idea That “Heated Rhetoric” Caused The Arizona Tragedy (businessinsider.com)