Sunday, January 9, 2011

These assumptions and accusations are not deserved.

Fox News broadcast an interview Shepherd Smith did with the woman who grabbed the magazine from the shooter in Arizona yesterday, after he had been brought to the ground and subdued by other bystanders.  As I was listening it occurred to me that she sounded angry.  She made sure to correct what was reported, that she had tackled the guy and grabbed the magazine from him.  He was already down when one of the men who had him under control yelled for someone to grab the magazine, and she did.  Shep was pushing, asking questions trying to make an interesting interview out of something it wasn't.  I thought she was getting annoyed with the questions he was asking.  But at the end of the interview he asked about her son who is a year older than the shooter, and then indicating it was the end of the interview asked if she had anything to say to people, and said something weird like "to make people feel better?"  That is when she blamed right wing politicians and talk show hosts for the inflammatory language they use, and cited "the job killing bill" and things like that.

Jane Fonda, like SHE is so relevant these days has placed the blame on Sarah Palin for "targeting" Gabrielle Giffords congressional seat, because isn't it obvious that was the motive for this shooting?  Sarah Palin made it happen?  Why are people so afraid of her?

NOW is blaming GOP members of congress and says : "We condemn, equally, the culture of hate and violence increasingly reflected in extreme right-wing opponents of those who support progressive solutions to our country's challenges."  So .. it's the peaceful tea partiers and the right wing commentators and politicians that made this man shoot people?  Hmmm.  Why don't they just say that opponents of progressive solutions are violent, because that's what they mean?

The former senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Gary Hart, writing on the Huffington Post website, blamed symbols such as cross hairs and the use of words such as "targeted".
"Today we have seen the results of this rhetoric," Hart wrote.  GARY HART??  REALLY??

Giffords's father was blunter. Asked if she had any enemies, he said: "Yeah, the whole Tea Party."

Twitter and Palin's own Facebook page are exploding with accusations:

"You're a disgrace of a person! This is ALL your fault for exciting violence in America. Continue killing your wolves but stop making your minions kill politicians. This bulleyes list produced by you is most likely the reason for today's incident," one person wrote.
Another wrote this: "Well I guess Sarah can mark Gabrielle Giffords as "taken care of" on her target hit list. She must be so proud of herself!"
The posts are being rapidly erased.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote on his blog hours after the shooting that Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have contributed to a “climate of hate.”

"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."

Krugman later disabled the comments on the post.

Why are politicians or people with right wing political views being blamed for this?  We do not espouse hate and certainly do not incite violence!  It makes me laugh when they throw Glenn Beck in there, what's HE doing - PRAYING bullets at someone?? 

We DO hate the actions of many people.  We do hate the fact that many of us were kept quiet by political correctness for years until we figured out what was happening and now because we dare speak out and fight back politically - we hate groups of people and we promote violence??

I am so tired of the accusations.  I am so tired of the lies.

But - it only strengthens my resolve to continue to fight toward getting our republic back through legal, political, and PEACEFUL means.  Unfortunately when there are no real examples of right wing hatred and violence, the left makes it up.  But we will not give them the real thing because we are NOT who they say we are.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Only white folks are racist.

People talk about America being a racist nation. If it is, it has only become one in the last two years under the most divisive administration ever. But that still doesn't mean this is a racist country like it was before Martin Luther King and separate drinking fountains etc. But I am beginning to think Chicago is the most divided city in the nation. Not to mention the most corrupt, but that's for another day.

Mayor Daley announcing he would not be running for mayor again caused a big scramble for who was going to run. Rahm came home and proved he was eligible to run because boxes he left in the crawlspace of the home he rented out while in D.C. meant he was coming back. Chicago was still home and he always intended to come back. Unless something else happens, his name will be on the ballet. But even before he was approved, as soon as he came into town 2 or 3 people jumped off the ballet. You don't suppose he made them an offer they couldn't refuse, do you? Hmmm.

It looks like the main competition for Rahm just may be Carol Moseley Braun. A week ago Sen James Meeks dropped out, he was one of the main challengers to Rahm Emanual's residency status. A couple of days ago neither Braun or Danny Davis were budging, they were planning on staying in the race until Rev. Jesse Jackson called them to a meeting on Wednesday night at his Rainbow Push headquarters. Danny Davis dropped out yesterday, and is endorsing Braun whole-heartedly, it's all about unity. Black unity. A-freaking-mazing.

In Chicago it doesn't seem to matter what party you belong to. It matters what color you are. Jesse Jackson and other local black leaders are trying to narrow down the number of black candidates so they have the best chance of winning the mayoral seat for a black candidate.

On the other side of town I'm sure there are groups of white guys pushing other white guys to drop out of the race so they can put all their support and money behind the perfect white guy who can win.

NOT. If that were happening there would be an uproar! That would be racist and just not acceptable.

In another part of Chicago you just know Luis Gutierrez is planning some kind of civil disobedience because his dream act didn't pass. He said he would quit the democrat party if it didn't happen but I haven't heard a word. Gutierrez who has been quoted as saying he only has one loyalty, and that is to the immigrant community. In Luis-speak - that means the illegal immigrant community. He calls them all immigrants, the "illegal" part is apparently - offensive. This from the man who was the former leader of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party in Illinois. Not a surprise.

But call me silly. Shouldn't Gutierrez be loyal to ALL his constituents? I mean, a few of them have to have papers, right? And shouldn't he be loyal to the U.S. Constitution? Now he's talking about Latinos breaking off and starting a whole new party of their own, the tequila party!

We have politicians who are running for office based on race, and others who are putting people first who aren't even citizens! And there's a lot of it in Chicago.

We are not supposed to judge people by race, right? Isn't that what MLK wanted? Yet we aren't supposed to talk about how divided Chicago is by exactly that. Race. I guess it's only bad if it's white people doing things on the basis of race. Hmm. That's the new status quo I guess.

Hell pretty soon we're going to need affirmative action for us white people!