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      Breaking News: Shooting in Tucson

      At this point, it appears to be that Arizona is ground zero in a right-wing war against the democratic process.


      Rep. Gifford’s office was vandalized by the right-wing in March 2009 in a protest against national health care bill. She also faced attacks for her opposition to S.B. 1070, Arizona’s tough anti-immigrant law. Judge John Roll, killed in the incident, also was subject to significant threats due to his positions on immigration.

      As recently as June 12, 2010, leaflets appeared in Gifford's district proclaiming: “Get on Target” and help remove Gabrielle Gifford, “Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”

      Jesse Kelly is a Marine veteran, and right-wing Republican who lost to Gifford November 4, by 48.8%-47%. Kelly was strongly supported by the Tea Party, while Gifford was on Sarah Palin’s “target list” of 2010. named Kelly the Number 1 “most terrifying candidate” in the 2010 Congressional elections. He was criticized for taking funds and support from Americans for Legal Immigration [ALIPAC], an anti-immigrant group denounced by Sen. John McCain’s office as “white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and anti-semites.” [The Hill, campaign blog, Oct. 26, 2010]. The Anti-Defamation League shared McCain’s office view of ALIPAC.

      Kelly’s campaign site favored 10,000 US troops being sent to the Arizona-Mexico border “in an active enforcement mode.” Gifford supported the president’s overall immigration reform legislation.

      The anti-Gifford campaign generated a climate infected by hate and violent rhetoric. But who pulled the trigger? Nothing has been released about Jared Lee Loughner, but at first look he seems to fit the profile. Here is an apparent excerpt from Loughner’s diary:

      You don't have to accept the federalist laws.
      Nonetheless, read the United States of America's Constitution to apprehend all of the current treasonous laws.

      You're literate, listener?


      If the property owners and government officials are no longer in ownership of their land and laws from a revolution then the revolutionary's from the revolution are in control of the land and laws.

      The property owners and government officials are no longer in ownership of their land and laws from a revolution. Thus, the revolutionary's from the revolution are in control of the land and laws.

      In conclusion, reading the second United States Constitution, I can't trust the current government because of the ratifications: The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.

      No! I won't pay debt with a currency that's not backed by gold and silver!

      4:30 EST. The shooter in Tucson posted that Sarah Palin and the Tea Party were inspirations to him, according to a Tucson television station minutes ago. The words on his facebook page were shown on the screen. Apparently the page had been taken down.

      Related: please read Letters from Tucson.

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      While the alarmist fear-mongers are looking across oceans to other lands for terrorists, we will be destroyed by "red-blooded, patriotic" Americans. How soon we have forgotten Timothy McVeigh.

      January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Kirkpatrick

      "The victims of the violence...are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed No one - no matter where he lives or what he does - can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed And yet it goes on and on.
      -Robert F. Kennedy on the death of Martin luther King, 1968

      January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTed Tipton

      Tom, you're a smart, experienced guy -- so you can handle the truth. Right-wing reactionism is just that: reactionism. And they're reacting to left-wing excess. The day Nancy Pelosi announced, concerning health care reform, "we won", as though simply having a Democratic majority transformed the shoddy attempt at health care reform into a workable plan, the stage was set for a right-wing reaction. If 51% of the people try to shove something down the throats of the other 49%, despite strong protests, there is going to be, predictably and certainly, a reaction. Both sides are to blame for relying on conflict and contention as patterning principles of thought.

      It takes two to make a fight; but only one to mend one. Nothing's going to get better until somebody starts thinking and talking in terms of peace and love! If progressives are better educated than Tea Partiers, why don't they take the lead?

      January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Uebersax

      Good grief. I don't react to my wife burning the pork chops by beating the shit out of her.

      January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Kirkpatrick

      Peace and love.

      You guys supposedly care about human life--but 6 million citizens of the Congo are murdered and Hayden and the rest of the peace loving, leftist, tree-huggers, say nothing. Not a peep.

      To save their lives might take placing Americans in harms way, so lets just attend to murderous acts at home, and look for scape goats such as Sarah Palin.

      Six million that's an interesting number from many levels; Perhaps some people that provide content on this site, that read history and have a realistic perspective on life, and have last names such as Greenberg, Cohen, and Kaplan could weigh in.

      But let's spend our time blaming Sarah Palin for a murder she had nothing to do with--and pretend that love will trump violence every time.

      All love provides is an excuse for cowards to justify running and hiding.

      January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRon Stein

      The "apparent excerpt" from Mr. Loughner's own diary shows an ignorant and reactionary young man, frustrated like many of us, by the alienation he feels because the "leaders" of the United State have forsaken Democratic rule of this nation. Mr. Loughner's ignorance is reflected in the ignorance of other commentators as they have some notion that Ms. Pelosi is somehow on the "left" and not simply a neoliberal stooge working on behalf of President Obama's right-wing agenda to complete the Corporatization of the United States. Which is the abandonment of Democracy! Still another commentator points to some kind of hypocrisy from the "left" with regard of human rights in the Congo which so many from the progressive wings have work tirelessly to protect for decades. ..that ignorance is hardy worth the mention.

      Mr. Hayden on the other hand launches into hyperbolic proclamation that, "Arizona is ground zero in a right-wing war against the democratic process". What democratic process Mr. Hayden? have you really made the full conversion from Revolutionary to defender of Corporate Democracy and Party Pundit, whose aim is the sell out of America Democracy through control of the Political Parties and processes that enable it?

      How soon Mr. Hayden forgets that it was the Chicago Democrat's, Mr. Daley that had him clubbed him in the head while he stood with the vanguard of the left in the defense of democracy. Now, just a few decades later Mr. Hayden appears in defense of a "democracy" run by a new generation of Chicago Democrats who have turned their clubs in a neoliberal slaughter of the middle class with the sole aim of protecting the wealthiest Americans and the Presidency for Corporate America.

      What the ignorant on the "right" don't get is they just capped one of their own. A blue dog democrat no less, an ally in their empire of racist greed. And Mr. Hayden seems content with stepping up the rhetoric with school yard agitation that fuels the media spectacle of a false and pretentious left - right narrative of American Democracy, which continues to pacify the gentle and agitate the armed whack jobs who need nar an excuse in their psychotic pathology to gun down the politicals.

      January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhlipn Page

      Less than ten years ago the political leaders of this country were all standing on the steps of the Capitol holding hands and singing "Kumbaya" because of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. That unity was short-lived. The dialogue and discourse has become more violent and vitriolic than during the 1960s. Apparently not much was learned other than how to demonize opposing ideological viewpoints with new media.

      I don't want to play partisian politics with the tragedy in Tucson, AZ. Unfortunately the masses are being manipulated by those in the ivory towers through their divide and conquer tactics. How else can relatively few people control the majority? American slaveowners used the divide and conquer strategy by being nice to a handful of slaves. Colonial Europeans in Africa used the divide and conquer strategy by being nice to a handful of Africans. Those in power want to maintain their position and status by creating dissension among the masses. When average American citizens angrily argue and use violent rhetoric between each other, the residents of the ivory towers are wringing their hands and laughing at them.

      There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear. Sound familiar?

      "For What It's Worth" | Buffalo Springfield

      January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Kirkpatrick

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