‘a climate of hate’

Paul Krugman: …..We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was. She’s been the target of violence before. And for those wondering why a Blue Dog Democrat, the kind Republicans might be able to work with, might be a target, the answer is that she’s a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist. (Her father says that “the whole Tea Party” was her enemy.) And yes, she was on Sarah Palin’s infamous “crosshairs” list.

Just yesterday, Ezra Klein remarked that opposition to health reform was getting scary. Actually, it’s been scary for quite a while, in a way that already reminded many of us of the climate that preceded the Oklahoma City bombing.

You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.

Update: I see that Sarah Palin has called the shooting “tragic”. OK, a bit of history: right-wingers went wild over anyone who called 9/11 a tragedy, insisting that it wasn’t a tragedy, it was an atrocity.


It was only on Friday that Palin, in an interview with her buddy Laura Ingraham, said that President Obama was “hell-bent on weakening America”. Only an enemy of America would be hell-bent on weakening it, so is that what the President is, an enemy of the country that elected him? The hate speech just keeps on coming…..

7 Responses to “‘a climate of hate’”

  1. 1 moi
    January 9, 2011 at 10:24 am

    krugman called the president a cult-like leader during the primaries. it was toxic language from a supposed responsible person. what was the motive for that.

  2. 2 joyce
    January 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I feel like SP is a devisive hate -filled person and this type of rhetoric will come back to her 7 fold. May God continue to protect the leaders of our country, especially our President

    • 3 Anonymous
      January 9, 2011 at 11:37 am

      Joyce, I agree. The hate-filled rhetoric of Sarah Palin, the Republicans, the so called Tea Party fanatics, and even the irresponsibility of the media and the PL will come back to haunt all of them. If nothing more, this senseless tragedy will mean that the fanatics will have to dial back the rhetoric. At least for now, the Republican House’s agenda of hate and repeal of all things Obama will put of hold.

  3. 4 Michele
    January 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I feel so sad for the victims and the mentally stable folk of Arizona. What truly upsets me is to know a little girl born on 9-11 has been slain by a fellow American for no reason; and how fast this hate and hate speech of violence has picked winners and losers…

  4. January 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    The loathsome killing of the child is especially symbolic — to kill a dream like that, the dream of a nine-year-old, recently elected class president, an embryonic, precious, and irreplaceable piece of our American dream.

    I won’t excuse this assassin as a poor, mentally unstable young man. He knew perfectly well what he was doing. He wanted to be Sarah Palin’s hero. Look at me Sarah, I’m your foot soldier, your follower …

  5. January 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Oh Lord where will this all end? None of us had a choice in choosing the color of our skin, “…For it is He that has made us and not we ourselves.” Some Democrats, Republicans and the Republican Tea Party (Sarah Palin) IS responsible for this tragedy. She can try and back peddle if she wants, but the Republicans and the “bubbled up” bigotry in this country is responsible for the death of an innocent 9 year old child( I think Sarah Palin has a daughter close to the age of the little girl.) and others. I surely pray that Congresswoman Giffords recovers completely. But her scars will always remain. As President Obama once said, Words matter. The Republican Party could have tampered down some of this hate. They encouraged it, even John McCain had Palin campaigning for him in Arizona. Just to name a few people who have stirred up the deep seated hatred: Bachmann,Angle, Joe Miller, Rand and Ron Paul, Rick Perry(TX). I feel so sad for all who lost their lives yesterday.

  6. 7 YesWeCan
    January 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    It is with deep sadness that I witnessed the atrocities that happened yesterday. We can discuss and affirm that this country is slipping into a hateful society. I can only pray that people like Sarah Palin realize how her rhetoric has created this. She is in denial as are her followers. Even the haters in our Congress will never admit their cooperation in allowing this to happen. The loud voices from Congress who want to repeal the healthcare act are silenced for awhile but for how long? I pray for the protection of our President. He has been given a difficult road to tread.

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