Sarah Palin's Comments on Arizona Attacks: "America's Enduring Strength"

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    Like millions of Americans I learned of the tragic events in Arizona on Saturday, and my heart broke for the innocent victims. No words can fill the hole left by the death of an innocent, but we do mourn for the victims’ families as we express our sympathy.

    I agree with the sentiments shared yesterday at the beautiful Catholic mass held in honor of the victims. The mass will hopefully help begin a healing process for the families touched by this tragedy and for our country.

    Our exceptional nation, so vibrant with ideas and the passionate exchange and debate of ideas, is a light to the rest of the world. Congresswoman Giffords and her constituents were exercising their right to exchange ideas that day, to celebrate our Republic’s core values and peacefully assemble to petition our government. It’s inexcusable and incomprehensible why a single evil man took the lives of peaceful citizens that day.

    There is a bittersweet irony that the strength of the American spirit shines brightest in times of tragedy. We saw that in Arizona. We saw the tenacity of those clinging to life, the compassion of those who kept the victims alive, and the heroism of those who overpowered a deranged gunman.

    Like many, I’ve spent the past few days reflecting on what happened and praying for guidance. After this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, 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’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable 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 a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.

    The last election was all about taking responsibility for our country’s future. President Obama and I may not agree on everything, but I know he would join me in affirming the health of our democratic process. Two years ago his party was victorious. Last November, the other party won. In both elections the will of the American people was heard, and the peaceful transition of power proved yet again the enduring strength of our Republic.

    Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, 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.

    There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols? In an ideal world all discourse would be civil and all disagreements cordial. But our Founding Fathers knew they weren’t designing a system for perfect men and women. If men and women were angels, there would be no need for government. Our Founders’ genius was to design a system that helped settle the inevitable conflicts caused by our imperfect passions in civil ways. So, we must condemn violence if our Republic is to endure.

    As I said while campaigning for others last March in Arizona during a very heated primary race, “We know violence isn’t the answer. When we ‘take up our arms’, we’re talking about our vote.” Yes, our debates are full of passion, but we settle our political differences respectfully at the ballot box – as we did just two months ago, and as our Republic enables us to do again in the next election, and the next. That’s who we are as Americans and how we were meant to be. Public discourse and debate isn’t a sign of crisis, but of our enduring strength. It is part of why America is exceptional.

    No one should be deterred from speaking up and speaking out in peaceful dissent, and we certainly must not be deterred by those who embrace evil and call it good. And we will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who mock its greatness by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.

    Just days before she was shot, Congresswoman Giffords read the First Amendment on the floor of the House. It was a beautiful moment and more than simply “symbolic,” as some claim, to have the Constitution read by our Congress. I am confident she knew that reading our sacred charter of liberty was more than just “symbolic.” But less than a week after Congresswoman Giffords reaffirmed our protected freedoms, another member of Congress announced that he would propose a law that would criminalize speech he found offensive.

    It is in the hour when our values are challenged that we must remain resolved to protect those values. Recall how the events of 9-11 challenged our values and we had to fight the tendency to trade our freedoms for perceived security. And so it is today.

    Let us honor those precious lives cut short in Tucson by praying for them and their families and by cherishing their memories. Let us pray for the full recovery of the wounded. And let us pray for our country. In times like this we need God’s guidance and the peace He provides. We need strength to not let the random acts of a criminal turn us against ourselves, or weaken our solid foundation, or provide a pretext to stifle debate.

    America must be stronger than the evil we saw displayed last week. We are better than the mindless finger-pointing we endured in the wake of the tragedy. We will come out of this stronger and more united in our desire to peacefully engage in the great debates of our time, to respectfully embrace our differences in a positive manner, and to unite in the knowledge that, though our ideas may be different, we must all strive for a better future for our country. May God bless America.

    - Sarah Palin
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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jan 12, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    Just my opinion, but I think she struck just the right notes and made her points eloquently without any direct finger pointing or name-calling. Good for her.
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    Jan 12, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    "Blood libel."
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    Jan 12, 2011 5:56 PM GMT
    This dumb and clueless bitch and her ignorant followers, are totally blind to just how obviously hypocritical these words come accross to the average reader, and all from one of the worst inflamatory and most vitriolic in our politics. There aren't words enough to spell out her ignorant hypocracy !!

    Not one word or statement about pulling back on any references to violence in our political discource, not one word or hint of any remorse for even the possibility that any word or action she might have taken or spoken could misslead the mentally unstable.

    And this is your highly asteemed "LEADER" ? your republican "SPOKESWOMAN" ? G__ D____ If you people aren't embarassed by this dumb woman your blind as bats !!!

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    CuriousJockAZ saidJust my opinion, but I think she struck just the right notes and made her points eloquently without any direct finger pointing or name-calling. Good for her.

    Well, having been possibly partly to blame for this tragedy herself, her remarks don't surprise me.

    Reminds me of politicians who say "We must move on" after a major fuck-up and "We must not dwell in the past."

    Yeah, not dwell in THEIR past, and THEIR mistakes, lest they be held accountable for them.

    I read this as "I'm getting myself off the hook, and hoping to shift the blame to somebody else." Plus doing some Republican campaigning and making political points, which are TOTALLY inappropriate when addressing a national tragedy.

    What a sleaze bag she is. But I know who here will rush to defend her. That's why they're really here, aren't they, having no other purpose on this site.
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    theatrengym said"Blood libel."


    I didn't realize that Sarah Palin had been accused of murdering Christian children to turn them into Matzot balls for Passover. I didn't even realize she was Jewish!

    Sadly, she refuses to disavow her ongoing and disgraceful use of violent and eliminationist rhetoric while painting herself as a victim.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 12, 2011 6:02 PM GMT
    this response I saw to her statement sums up my feelings:
    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREHer response should have been accepting responsibility that the subconciously (and sometime not-so-subconciously) violent rhetoric she had been pushing is wrong. Not a single person blames Palin for what happened, the killer was obviously mentally unstable and may have still killed those people regardless if anyone used such aggressive language.

    However, Palin stands out above the others because she has made herself out to be a potential presidential candidate and is then expected to be responsible for her use of language. Her response instead was to say "Well, both parties do it and nobody is perfect so...."

    It does not matter who does it; it is wrong to use this aggressive and violent rhetoric/imagery. It is not made okay because other people do it, and not being perfect is not an excuse for not being a decent person. I don't agree with her on just about anything, but if she would have given a response like this:

    "I apologize for my use of violent rhetoric regarding the current political climate, this event has shown me and I hope everyone else, regardless of affiliation, that we should be careful about what we say. Although my actions did not cause this man to kill, the current tension we are creating through our words certinally isn't helping. Let us all work together to calm ourselves and use reasonable discourse to overcome our differences."

    My respect for her would have increased tenfold. But she is just a child, afraid of taking responsibility and choosing to hide behind excuses.

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    CuriousJockAZ saidJust my opinion, but I think she struck just the right notes and made her points eloquently without any direct finger pointing or name-calling. Good for her.



    The fingers point right back at herself !!!! and she hereby proved what most progressives figured she'd do, and that is, that she doesn't have enough sense to do her part to limit speech that could misslead people. She's really shown her ass this time. No her speech didn't pull the trigger, but as adults we limit ourselves and are big enough to say so, but no, she's shown again just how 'little' she is. Not much more mature than a 16 year old Kaniving 'skirt' running for prom queen back in highschool.

    You go Palin!! keep wispering you sweet nothings and get the republican nomination !!!! This is going to be fun to watch !!!!
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    Jan 12, 2011 6:05 PM GMT
    realifedad said This dumb and clueless bitch and her ignorant followers, are totally blind to just how obviously hypocritical these words come accross to the average reader, and all from one of the worst inflamatory and most vitriolic in our politics. There aren't words enough to spell out her ignorant hypocracy !!

    Not one word or statement about pulling back on any references to violence in our political discource, not one word or hint of any remorse for even the possibility that any word or action she might have taken or spoken could misslead the mentally unstable.

    And this is your highly asteemed "LEADER" ? your republican "SPOKESWOMAN" ? G__ D____ If you people aren't embarassed by this dumb woman your blind as bats !!!




    I'm actually more embarrassed for people such as yourself who, regardless of what someone like Sarah Palin will do or say, you spin it in a negative and disrespectful way to make it fit into your own narrow-minded judgmental view of the world. Calling her a "dumn and clueless bitch" and condescendingly painting her followers as "ignorant" is typical. Sarah Palin was not responsible for this tragedy. She does not owe any apology, nor should she make any statements like she will stop doing this or that as if anything she said or did provoked this tragedy.. One can assume that this tragedy will have ALL politicians -- Left, right, and center -- to be picking their words, symbols, and actions a great deal more carefully. Again, I think Sarah Palin's statement was right on the money. That is not to say that I am a big Sarah Palin fan, but rather that her statement was in no way off the mark in my opinion.
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    Jan 12, 2011 6:07 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidBut I know who here will rush to defend her. That's why they're really here, aren't they, having no other purpose on this site.



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    Art_Deco saidBut I know who here will rush to defend her. That's why they're really here, aren't they, having no other purpose on this site.

    Is this what the little voices in your head are telling you? icon_rolleyes.gif

    Be careful you don't inadvertently reveal what's going on in your own head, by way of Projection.

    My very wide-ranging involvement and commentary on this site, on countless non-political topics that do not rely upon "voices," is already established. You're on very shaky ground with that one. And, as usual, using the personal ad hominem attack when you can't address the actual issues at hand.

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    realifedad said This dumb and clueless bitch and her ignorant followers, are totally blind to just how obviously hypocritical these words come accross to the average reader, and all from one of the worst inflamatory and most vitriolic in our politics. There aren't words enough to spell out her ignorant hypocracy !!

    Not one word or statement about pulling back on any references to violence in our political discource, not one word or hint of any remorse for even the possibility that any word or action she might have taken or spoken could misslead the mentally unstable.

    And this is your highly asteemed "LEADER" ? your republican "SPOKESWOMAN" ? G__ D____ If you people aren't embarassed by this dumb woman your blind as bats !!!




    I'm actually more embarrassed for people such as yourself who, regardless of what someone like Sarah Palin will do or say, you spin it in a negative and disrespectful way to make it fit into your own narrow-minded judgmental view of the world. Calling her a "dumn and clueless bitch" and condescendingly painting her followers as "ignorant" is typical. Sarah Palin was not responsible for this tragedy. She does not owe any apology, nor should she make any statements like she will stop doing this or that as if anything she said or did provoked this tragedy.. One can assume that this tragedy will have ALL politicians -- Left, right, and center -- to be picking their words, symbols, and actions a great deal more carefully. Again, I think Sarah Palin's statement was right on the money. That is not to say that I am a big Sarah Palin fan, but rather that her statement was in no way off the mark in my opinion.


    No spin from my part needed !!! she does perfectly well with her ignorant words at spinning herself out to be clueless and totally inept at aspiring to any further public office at all, much less aiming for the presidency.
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    Jan 12, 2011 6:42 PM GMT
    "President Reagan said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable 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 a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies,..."

    I have to interrupt this drama about vicious criminals to announce the following - the man is mentally ill.

    And you are culpable for the consequences of free speech, especially when you are NOT entertainment or fiction, but hold positions where people are supposed to listen to you and take you seriously. -Doug

    ....just like she is expecting everyone to take this missive of hers seriously.
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    Jan 12, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    Though not responsible and probably heartbroken, Sarah Palin absolutely has no idea how to make herself look sincere when she talks. Just listen to 0:29 - 0:33...."Our country, our exceptional country." Is it just me or did that not sound pathetically cheesy and/or unnecessary?
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    Mepark saidThough not responsible and probably heartbroken, Sarah Palin absolutely has no idea how to make herself look sincere when she talks. Just listen to 0:29 - 0:33...."Our country, our exceptional country." Is it just me or did that not sound pathetically cheesy and/or unnecessary?


    Patriotism aside, the 'light to the rest of the world' gave me a chuckle. That and 'peaceful dissent' which begs the question of how peaceful the dissent is when it's peppered with war jargon.

    -Doug
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    meninlove said "President Reagan said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable 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 a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies,..."

    I have to interrupt this drama about vicious criminals to announce the following - the man is mentally ill.

    And you are culpable for the consequences of free speech, especially when you are NOT entertainment or fiction, but hold positions where people are supposed to listen to you and take you seriously. -Doug

    ....just like she is expecting everyone to take this missive of hers seriously.


    Except that the news of those who knew him who claim "He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right."

    http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/jared-loughners-friend-says-suspect-did-not-watch-tv-disliked-the-news_b48040

    The lesson to date seems to be how idiotic, pathetic and repulsive some of you have been in attempting to mold a tragedy to fit your own personal agendas.
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    Jan 12, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting!
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    Jan 12, 2011 6:58 PM GMT
    riddler it's a wakeup call that people are not living in a vaccuum. There are guys on here that don't watch TV or listen to the radio. It's known as the internet. Both parties rather repulsive maps were on the internet.

    This man was not raised in a vaccuum, and having made it to college, obviously had some education.

    -Doug

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    meninlove said riddler it's a wakeup call that people are not living in a vaccuum. There are guys on here that don't watch TV or listen to the radio. It's known as the internet. Both parties rather repulsive maps were on the internet.

    This man was not raised in a vaccuum, and having made it to college, obvious had some education.

    -Doug



    Your assumption that he must have been influenced by the actual politics despite his lack of coherence in his rantings because of some conversation with some mental health professional is beyond silly. Look at the history of American political discourse and it's been far worse. War imagery has been used since the first days of the US Constitution when politicians would literally duel and physically fight with each other. It's not a wakeup call - rather it's an illuminating light that those who claim to be liberal have rather the opposite tendencies and how repulsively opportunistic some are. Even before the blood had cooled there were leftwing pundits who started pointing the blame at Sarah Palin.

    There are now indications that Loughner made threats towards a number of officials over the years and that the Sherriff who was so adamant in blaming Palin based on absolutely nothing has been attempting to paper over his lack of action because Loughner had a relative who worked for the county. If true, this is obviously as much of a problem and far more so than just the lack of help Loughner received for his mental issues.
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    Jan 12, 2011 7:07 PM GMT
    She's a disingenuous cunt, and anyone who believes her crap is an idiot. Period.
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    meninlove said riddler it's a wakeup call that people are not living in a vaccuum. There are guys on here that don't watch TV or listen to the radio. It's known as the internet. Both parties rather repulsive maps were on the internet.

    This man was not raised in a vaccuum, and having made it to college, obvious had some education.

    -Doug



    Your assumption that he must have been influenced by the actual politics despite his lack of coherence in his rantings because of some conversation with some mental health professional is beyond silly. Look at the history of American political discourse and it's been far worse. War imagery has been used since the first days of the US Constitution when politicians would literally duel and physically fight with each other. It's not a wakeup call - rather it's an illuminating light that those who claim to be liberal have rather the opposite tendencies and how repulsively opportunistic some are. Even before the blood had cooled there were leftwing pundits who started pointing the blame at Sarah Palin.

    There are now indications that Loughner made threats towards a number of officials over the years and that the Sherriff who was so adamant in blaming Palin based on absolutely nothing has been attempting to paper over his lack of action because Loughner had a relative who worked for the county. If true, this is obviously as much of a problem and far more so than just the lack of help Loughner received for his mental issues.



    Oh lol, take a look at those two maps and imagine you can only see them without any words. Look at the Democrat one with the targets and those blue angles arrows which look a little like warheads (some else's observation, not mine, and a good one). Take a look at the rifle cross hairs on the other map.

    ...and I'll leave it at that. You're a grown up.

    -Doug
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    wrestlervic saidShe's a disingenuous cunt, and anyone who believes her crap is an idiot. Period.


    Must be more of that "civil discourse" those people on the left have been talking about. This animosity over Palin is actually kind of funny for those of us who tend libertarian or conservative. The last poll I saw most Tea Partiers wouldn't vote for her - but she's been a useful voice and obviously a lightning rod of how totally unhinged the left can be. It's as if bush derangement syndrome transferred to her despite the fact she wasn't even running for President.

    If she runs for President, and if she wins, the irony will be that it is not the right who elevated her profile but rather the left through their entirely disproportionate attacks of her - both in the past but especially now following the Arizona attacks. What is heartening though is that at least according to polling, Americans are not buying the media/left narrative that "discourse" is to blame AND the approval rating of Congress has nearly doubled from near single digits following the changeover.
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    wrestlervic saidShe's a disingenuous cunt, and anyone who believes her crap is an idiot. Period.


    Must be more of that "civil discourse" those people on the left have been talking about. This animosity over Palin is actually kind of funny for those of us who tend libertarian or conservative. The last poll I saw most Tea Partiers wouldn't vote for her - but she's been a useful voice and obviously a lightning rod of how totally unhinged the left can be. It's as if bush derangement syndrome transferred to her despite the fact she wasn't even running for President.

    If she runs for President, and if she wins, the irony will be that it is not the right who elevated her profile but rather the left through their entirely disproportionate attacks of her - both in the past but especially now following the Arizona attacks. What is heartening though is that at least according to polling, Americans are not buying the media/left narrative that "discourse" is to blame AND the approval rating of Congress has nearly doubled from near single digits following the changeover.


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    meninlove said "President Reagan said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable 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 a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies,..."

    I have to interrupt this drama about vicious criminals to announce the following - the man is mentally ill.

    And you are culpable for the consequences of free speech, especially when you are NOT entertainment or fiction, but hold positions where people are supposed to listen to you and take you seriously. -Doug

    ....just like she is expecting everyone to take this missive of hers seriously.


    Except that the news of those who knew him who claim "He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right."

    http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/jared-loughners-friend-says-suspect-did-not-watch-tv-disliked-the-news_b48040

    The lesson to date seems to be how idiotic, pathetic and repulsive some of you have been in attempting to mold a tragedy to fit your own personal agendas.


    This quote is attributed to a "high school friend" and Loughner is 22-years-old, so how does this friend know what he's been doing for the past 4-5 years?