This poster has reportedly been plastered all over San Francisco today:
Not that anyone’s to blame for the massacre in Tucson, mind you. Least of all Sarah Palin. It was just one of those things. A random nutcase. No connection to words or to hysterical rhetoric. To images of crosshairs in a rifle sight. To the absence of any meaningful gun laws.
So on this day when the victims are being mourned, Sarah makes it all about herself again. She’s the victim, not the dead and wounded. The victim of a blood libel, no less.
She has no idea what medieval blood libel actually is, of course. No idea that it was directed at Jews, accused of slaughtering Christian children to bake their blood into matzos, and that it directly inspired pogroms. No idea that using the term might even be considered just a tad in bad taste given that Gabrielle Giffords is Jewish. No, Sarah is all innocence.
Put your hand over the poster so that you only see her face from the black maw of her mouth up. You see it now? Those dead eyes. That snarl. Almost as terrifying as the sight of a Glock 19 pointed in your direction. Now put your hand over the top of her face, just beneath her nose, and you’ll see she’s enjoying herself — the perfect demagogue.
Be afraid of this pretty woman. Be very afraid. The righteousness; the ignorance; the absolute conviction; the total absence of shame — yes, this is indeed the face of American terrorism.
She called the folks who helped pass Obama’s Health Care package (Gifford being one of them) “fascists”, “socialists”, and people “who are out to destroy our country”. She follows this up by marking their districts with the cross-hairs of a gun-sight and then is shocked when everyone, including the international community is looking at her as an instigator in this madness. If things weren’t bad enough, the crazies over at Westboro Church want to picket the funeral of the poor child who lost her life in the shooting. Their reasoning? According to their “God Hate’s Fags” website, God also hates Catholic’s because their idol worshipers (and the girls family is Catholic). This is craziness… I’m hoping lawmakers can do something to block their protest. If that psychotic 22-year old was a Muslim they would not have been describing him as a “young man with a troubled past”; they would have just come out and called him a Muslim Terrorist. …Sorrow for the times.
Interesting things are going on…
Thank you for such a well-written and articulate summary. It’s very difficult to find anything meaningful to do about this situation and not just throw your arms up in the air in despair.
Thank you. The voice of sanity!
I believe she knew exactly what she was saying and intended it to be provocative with that horrible blood libel phrase. She has managed to get massive attention from the media in the meantime. I can only hope that the reaction will be so negative that her career will be down the tube.
Yes, thanks for a voice of sanity in the wilderness of just a few. Could we have a “prayer” that the poor victim in Alaska has finally, with her grotesque comment about blood libel, has finally finished her pipeline to any public or political career.
Personally, I hope she wins the presidency in 2012, and with apologies to well meaning Americans, here’s why.
America is, in my opinion, probably the biggest impediment to peace and stability in the world today. A Palin presidency is the best chance I see under the present circumstances to bring about the fall of this “nexus of evil”.
This could be accomplished by deviding the country so much it falls apart along red and blue
lines or involving the country in so many “democratizations” overseas that the empire collapses.
Some are going to say that both scenarios would cause a lot of death and turmoil, and I agree, but let me present a little allegory.
Many years ago, in my pre Islamic days I lived with a woman who had a young, uncircumcised son. One day, when the boy was about 8, I was summoned by the mother and the loud crying of the son to the washroom, where the boy was standing and screaming in pain with his forskin caught in his zipper. His mother was asking for my advice on what to do and I told her to pull the zipper down quickly, which would relive most of the pain instantly. She forbade me from this action and demanded a less drastic solution, the result of which left her son screaming in pain while I tried to convince her. Eventually either she relented or I ignored her protests. (I can’t quite remember the details, and they are irrelevant ) I pulled the zipper down which immediately stopes the panicked crying of the boy.
If she were to run for President she wouldn’t win. She would be self served best to remain a talking head, unencumbered by a Presidential office.
The great American turn around is one the verge of happening, we’re to clever and the rest of the world is to focused on what is always focuses on “sound and fury signifying nothing”.
No other country will lead because they don’t know how, they all pander to America because that’s all they have known since WWII.
Thank you for this post Lesley. Speaking of people who have no idea what references they are making, I was infuriated this past weekend by a woman standing in the middle of the city with a poster of Obama with a hitler-esque moustache drawn on chanting ‘let’s get hitler out of office” i told her she has no idea how offensive that is and she gave me a smirk. Maybe her and Palin need a study group. This is getting absurd.
I thought that your intention was to make peace in the world, after I see you TEDtalk video.
But after reading your current article on Palin,it is very clear that you are not out there to make peace, because you are very liberal in your criticism for Palin’s instigation for Christian violence against the Jews.
At the same time, when Mohammad fought his wars and came up with his stories of Mt Hira and Gabriel, you try all your best to associate Mohammad with Mysticism, God and what not.
It does not matter – whether Mohammad’s open hatred for Jews in the latter part of his life or Palin’s so called hatred – its all the same. No mysticism either with Mohammad nor with Palin. – what is common between the two is – they employed a public God for their political gains, because a Private God cannot be used for Gain.