Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez (en_ki) wrote,
Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez
en_ki

As you've surely heard by now, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and several others (reports are still somewhat confused) have been shot. The murderer has been arrested; may his name be forgotten. At least five are dead; Ms. Giffords, as of this writing, is alive but in dire straits.

The Republican Party is shocked, shocked. Who could have imagined that accusing Democrats of "socialism" and betraying the country, declaring that the Democrats were out to take everyone's guns and civil liberties away, holding rallies to which people march armed, putting crosshairs on their districts while listing them by name:



...and having shooting parties in support of their opponents could in any way be construed as an incitement to murder?

Our fine friends in the liberal media, of course, were concerned:



...concerned, of course, that Democrats might try to make political hay from this, falsely claiming that Republicans are a party of violence. (Skip to 3:28 for the money quote.)

(Credit to one Tamerlane for the image and video and to nightspore for pointing me to the story.)

Ms. Giffords, a Blue Dog Democrat of strong enough anti-immigration feelings to be elected in southern Arizona, is extremely civil and conciliatory toward the opposition throughout the video. She exemplified the sort of political moderation and civility that the Stewart/Colbert rally called for.

Now more than ever, I find that notion of moderation difficult to swallow.
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