Christian73 saidMaybe if people like you didn't carry water for the hate filled histrionics of the Limbaugh, Beck and Palin coterie, this Congresswoman wouldn't have been shot. I'm fairly certain that this sheriff is in a better position to judge the climate and the causes thereof than you are.
You could all use to take a page from Jan Brewer's book, who seemed genuinely upset, or others who have said the rhetoric needs to be toned down. And don't embarrass yourself by trying to claim that the hate speak is equal on both sides.
If you don't stand up against those whose rhetoric continues to fill our politics with bile, than you're not just complacent, you're complicit.
The time has come for the enablers to disavow themselves of those whose continued provocation has precipitated this violence.
It would be nice if the rhetoric went down. But when there is selective memory on who says the vitriol of course there will be a backlash.
The sheriff when asked specifically on fox or Faux so you guys will understand , said it was his personal belief and he had no evidence this guy was influenced by anyone in particular.
Indirectly his comments may actually fuel a counter attack, did he think of that? Maybe some unstable person tries something on one of the Palins?
But....it sounds like hes upset and emotionally involved. I would give him a pass, as he probably knew alot of the people involved. But still what he said was factually incorrect, and in his position. He shouldnt be editorializing. Furthermore, he is creating a legal defense for the shooter. He can be called to court and cross examined on his "thoughts" even not a defense could be used to sway a jury.
So think about it before you praise him.
Back to "that argument". The level of vitriol and hate speech has existed for a good long time. Visit any liberal blog, and in the margins there are threats of violence and rejoicing at the demise of anyone they oppose. I can remember some pretty despicable remarks about Tony Snow..
Even our current president during the campaign said " If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a Philadelphia fundraiser Friday night. “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”
So if someone did just that? maybe a mentally disturbed person would everyone here pounce on Obama?