The shooting was not the first time the congresswoman has had brushes with violence. Following the health care overhaul vote this year, her district office was vandalized.This reminds me, as it does Erick Erickson over at Redstate, of the reaction to the attack at the Discovery Channel. The radical leftist blogs like the Huffington Post, Salon and Daily KOS, who routinely call in both comments and postings, for the blood of conservatives immediately attacked Palin, Beck and Limbaugh as having stoked these flames and even some elected officials got in on the hits. Radical leftist/progressive Raul Grijalva, who is also an Arizonia Representative in the U.S. House spoke to the progressive magazine Mother Jones :
"The rhetoric has gotten incredibly heated," she told MSNBC in March. "Not just the calls, the emails, the slurs. Things have really gotten spun up."
Dr. Peter Rhee, trauma surgeon at the University of Arizona Medical Center, gives an update to the press on the condition of ten victims of the Tucson, Arizona shooting including wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
.She also specifically called out a "targets" website created by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the 2010 midterm elections that featured a crosshair over hers and other districts. Republicans campaigned heavily against Ms. Giffords, a moderate Democrat in a Republican-leaning district, last year.
"We can't stand for this, we do really need to realize that the rhetoric and firing people up, and you know things for example we're on Sarah Palin's targeted list, the thing is the way she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gunsight over our district," she told MSNBC.
Asked whether the tea party right deserved to be singled out for particular blame, Grijalva assented:
[When] you stoke these flames, and you go to public meetings and you scream at the elected officials, you threaten them—you make us expendable you make us part of the cannon fodder. For a while, you've been feeding this hatred, this division…you feed it, you encourage it….Something's going to happen. People are feeding this monster….Some of the extreme right wing has made demonization of elected officials their priority.A number of prominent left-wing blogs, including Daily Kos and FireDogLake, also blamed Sarah Palin for fanning the flames by placing Giffords—along with other vulnerable Democratic members of Congress—literally in the crosshairs on a map during the midterm elections. Grijalva said that the Palin "apparatus" shares responsibility for creating a climate of extremism. "Both Gabby and I were targeted in the apparatus in that cycle [saying] these people are 'enemies.'" He concluded: "The Palin express better look at their tone and their tenor."
As it turns out, the shooter was far from your average TEA Party grandfather with an axe to grind against illegal immigrants. Jared Lee Loughner's favorite book, A Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx (and many of the left wing journalists who initially classified him as a TEA Partier). Also he was a known leftist in school and believer in mind control and other conspiracy theories who read Hitler and enjoyed burning American flags. Also, conservatives from Sarah Palin to Michelle Bachman down to the individual TEA Partier on Facebook have posted messages of prayer and best wishes for the Congresswoman. Meanwhile, the media deletes old data but never issues a retraction. AP stories which had originally called this "the fault of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh" have been removed from the net and replaced with "updates" but no retraction has been issued. *UPDATE* Turns out that, as usual, the HATE came from the left and not the right.
WE THE PEOPLE must hold the 4th branch accountable and call on them to be FAIR AND BALANCED. We must stop buying their papers, tuning into their TV stations and logging into their website. Only when we stop relying on their lies, can we get accurate news.