Republican Hypocrisy over Shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

The shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is a sad, but predictable, result of the type of vitriolic campaigning used by TEA Partiers and other right-wingnuts. When leaders accuse their opponents of being traitors and of desecrating the constitution, zealot supporters will interpret that as a green light for violence. There is only one way to interpret Sarah Palin’s use of rifle-scope crosshairs to indicate targeted Democrats on her campaign map: “Take ‘em out, Boys!” The Republican leadership set the stage for violence and has no legitimate claim to be anything but satisfied by the result.

Sarah Palin, John Boehner, John McCain, and other Republican leaders expressed “horror” over the shootings. I do not for a minute believe that they were anything but gleeful. They should keep their damned mouths shut.

I remember President Reagan claiming that he was “appalled” at the Sabra and Shatila massacres in 1982. His expression was as hypocritical as Palin’s, Boehner’s and McCain’s. Those massacres were carried out by Reagan’s ally, Ariel Sharon. Neither Reagan nor his administration lifted a finger to halt the massacres, punish the perpetrators, or assist the survivors.

There is no excuse for this kind of blatant duplicity. Right-wingers accuse anyone to the left of Sean Hannity of being a traitor and a Commie who is a danger to America. They claim that President Obama is a closet Muslim who was not born on U.S. soil and moan that the health reform act will destroy the country. Since we who are in favor of health care for all are evil people who are trying to wreck the country, is it any wonder that dedicated disciples of Palin and Boehner would decide that assassinating us is doing God’s work?

The TEA Party and Republican leadership should at least have the integrity to express their honest feelings about the shootings in Tucson. They are pleased and owe it to the country to admit it.


John B. Payne, Attorney
Garrison LawHouse, PC
Dearborn, Michigan 313.563.4900
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 800.220.7200
©2011 John B. Payne, Attorney

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  • It’s because of the pervasivness of duplicity in politics, that Iapplaud Wikileaks (which at least gives us information without edits or political agenda, but also has more facts than the news media of today which cares more about being first than being factually correct).


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