Saturday, January 8, 2011

Welcome to Pakistan?

It all started with those Town Hall meetings in the Summer of 2009. In case you've forgotten, here are some headlines:
This was also the time when those ghoulish Obama "Joker" posters started popping up everywhere, with the caption "SOCIALISM."

Suddenly, a centrist Democrat, Barack Obama, was being labeled a "socialist" for supporting an idea first proposed by Teddy Roosevelt, a federal policy to provide universal health insurance for all Americans.

When Health Care Reform was finally passed, there were more yelling angry mobs, but now there were also physical assaults on Congressional offices, and death threats.

Then Sarah Palin came out with her infamous "cross-hairs" map. Here is what Gabrielle Giffords had to say about Palin's map:
"the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district, and when people do that, they've gotta realize there are consequences to that action."
[Gabrielle Giffords on MSNBC, March 25, 2010]
But the 2010 election got hotter still. By June, Sharon Angle was thinking out loud about resorting to "second amendment remedies" in order to "take out Harry Reid."

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords managed to get re-elected, despite being targeted by Sarah Palin. Now she is fighting for her life, and six people, including a six year old girl and a Federal Judge, are dead.