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What Is Time’s Mark Halperin Smoking, And Palin Speaks Out **UPDATED**

* Bumped Up *

There is no need to rehash the numerous assaults on Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, or those lumped together and labeled “Conservatives” (presumably, anyone who does not have a LD – Lefty Democrat – after their name), in the wake of the Tucson shooting. From the very first press conference with Sheriff Dupnik, rhetoric, presumably only conservative rhetoric, was blamed for this horrible tragedy. Many, many blogs, news organizations, and pundits, including the economist, Paul Krugman, jumped on the “Blame Palin!!!” bandwagon (though Mr. Krugman might do well to stick to his area of expertise). Yes, even as they claim, “we don’t have any evidence to support this yet, BUT it is all Palin and Limbaugh and Beck’s fault…”

Indeed, we have heard it all, from my ridiculous representative Jim Clyburn calling for the restoration of “The Fairness Doctrine,” which isn’t all that fair, to calls for limited Freedom of Speech (who gets to decide what can and cannot be said?), to insisting Palin used “Crosshairs!!!” on her map, akin to the bullseye used by the Democrats, but essentially meaningless in a culture that frequently uses military imagery (“war room,” “marshal our forces,” “hit the target,” etc.) as common parlance, particularly in the political arena. We heard it over and over again: it is all the fault of Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, Beck et.al, that this heinous act was committed in Tucson.

After all these blatantly false charges have been levied, what does Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin think Palin and the Conservatives should do about these offensive comments being hurled their way? Turn the other cheek. That’s right, he thinks they should do nothing about it, not stand up for themselves, not defend themselves, not retort, not say a peep. Ah, yes – that Freedom of Speech thing gets another gratuitous hit from those in the media.

Now I know people might think, me being a minister type and everything, that I would concur with Halperin’s assessment. I do not. There is such a thing as disparaging another person’s character, abusing them with words, bullying them, all of which has happened in the public arena, with the mindless assistance of the MSM. For someone to then expect that person, in this case, Palin, to just take it, remain silent, be mute, is an insult to the divine within the person who has been maligned. No victim of abuse, of lies, of rumor and innuendo, should be expected to take the abuse silently. No one. And that is just what he is asking Palin to do.

Thankfully, Palin refused to accept the silencing Halperin (and others) wanted to impose upon her. No. This morning, Governor Palin made a statement regarding the recent tragedy in Tucson, and the attempts to connect her to the actions of a madman:

Well said. And a very measured response, I might add. No wonder they are so afraid of her.

But of course, those on the Left are not happy with this statement, oh no. Piling on with Halperin is former Clinton/Gore advisor, Peter Mirijanian, who just this morning attacked this statement because Palin didn’t APOLOGIZE for what happened in Tucson. Not only that, she waited too long to come out with a statement (I guess he missed that she said she took time to reflect on the tragedy that had occurred). Most importantly, though, she didn’t grovel for forgiveness for the actions of someone who took matters into his own hands out of his own mental illness.

Again – there has been ZERO connection between what Loughner did in Tucson and ANY political rhetoric. None. Absolutely none. Yet that is not stopping some of these folks from continuing to demand Palin apologize.

But apologize for what? Seems to me, they are demanding that she apologize for her very existence. And once she has done that, she needs to be quiet, and just go away.

This is the same thing they did to Hillary Clinton, by people in her own party. This is the same thing too many women in this country endure: the powers-that-be wanting to silence us. If there is any correlation between what happened to Giffords and Sarah Palin, it is that they are both strong, outspoken women. And for that, Giffords has paid a horrendous price, though one from which we all hope and pray she recovers (thank HEAVENS doctors now think her survival is guaranteed).

Palin is paying a price, too, at the hands of those who claim they are now speaking out for civility. In their very claims, they are being uncivil, leveling false charges against a political opponent in an attempt to silence, demean, destroy her. But she will not be silenced. And for that, I salute her.

So, what do you think? Is Mark Halperin smoking something? What did you think of Palin’s statement? Is it a leap to make this about women? Let’s hear it!

UPDATE: So while those on the left are sanctimoniously calling for more “civility” in language, would you like to guess what the result has been of their followers toward Sarah Palin? If you guessed DEATH THREATS, you would be right. Below is a video compilation of some of the threats Palin has received. I warn you – this is NOT for the faint of heart:

Such “civil discourse,” indeed. This is just frightening. Talk about “unhinged” (President Clinton) and ratcheting up political discourse. If something happens to Sarah Palin, will Markos be apologetic? Arianna Huffington? Sheriff Dupnik?? Yeah, I didn’t think so, either…

  • Cindy, etc.

    EllenD—Oh, no, no no…I didn’t think you were criticizing Rev. Amy.
    I understood what you were saying, but wanted to get my 2 centavos in regarding Truth being neither Left nor Right…and I did add that I knew you appreciated Rev. Amy.

  • jj

    Wall Street will not back palin. She can’t get the republican nomination. In four years she will be old news, like Al Gore.

  • jj

    Dispicable? I think you have a serious case of projection.

  • jj

    The Chicago mafia has nothing on the boys from Wall Street. Wall Street will back Romney in 2012 and the boys will win no matter if obama or romney wins. We all lose.

  • jj

    Not going to happen. Blacks will come out in much greater numbers in 2012. The Repubs are also losing ground with Hispanics. For some reason only the Bush family seems to go over with Hispanics. Lke I said, Obama will be re-elected and I predict jeb Bush in 2016. In 2016? Bill & Hillary’s daughter?

  • jj

    Seriously, like I told all of my Obama friends why I voted for HRC. England’s greatest king was a Queen, Elizabeth the First.

  • Breeze

    -  
     
    HUNDREDS COME OUT FOR ARIZONA GIRL’S FUNERAL  
     
     Gillian Flaccus,  
    Associated Press –  
    <!– end .byline –>  
     
    TUCSON, Ariz.  
     
    – The family of the youngest victim of the mass shooting in Arizona held hands and paused in a moment of silence Thursday under the large American flag recovered from Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, and later escorted the 9-year-old’s small brown casket into the church as little girls about her age cried.  
     
    Several hundred other mourners, many in white T-shirts, lined a road near the church to show support.  
     
    Christina Taylor Green was born on Sept. 11, 2001, and featured in a book called “Faces of Hope” that chronicled one baby from each state born on the day terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people.  
     
    Christina’s funeral is the first for the six victims killed when police said a gunman opened fired on a crowd at an event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, critically injuring the congresswoman and wounding 13 others.  
     
    The third-grader had an interest in politics and had recently been elected to her student council. She was the only girl on her Canyon del Oro Little League baseball team and played second base, and had told her father she wanted to become the first woman to play in the major leagues.  
     
    The game was in her blood. Her dad is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers and her grandfather, former big league pitcher Dallas Green, managed the 1980 world champion Philadelphia Phillies.

    For the rest and pictures:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110113/ap_on_re_us/us_congresswoman_shot

  • Breeze

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    HUNDREDS COME OUT FOR ARIZONA GIRL’S FUNERAL

     Gillian Flaccus,
    Associated Press –
    <!– end .byline –>

    TUCSON, Ariz.

    – The family of the youngest victim of the mass shooting in Arizona held hands and paused in a moment of silence Thursday under the large American flag recovered from Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, and later escorted the 9-year-old’s small brown casket into the church as little girls about her age cried.

    Several hundred other mourners, many in white T-shirts, lined a road near the church to show support.

    Christina Taylor Green was born on Sept. 11, 2001, and featured in a book called “Faces of Hope” that chronicled one baby from each state born on the day terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people.

    Christina’s funeral is the first for the six victims killed when police said a gunman opened fired on a crowd at an event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, critically injuring the congresswoman and wounding 13 others.

    The third-grader had an interest in politics and had recently been elected to her student council. She was the only girl on her Canyon del Oro Little League baseball team and played second base, and had told her father she wanted to become the first woman to play in the major leagues.

    The game was in her blood. Her dad is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers and her grandfather, former big league pitcher Dallas Green, managed the 1980 world champion Philadelphia Phillies.

  • getfitnow

    OMG!

  • Murray

    Hokma – take heart in knowing that the people were not cheering, wolf-whistling and shouting all-of-a-sudden.  It was a doctored soundtrack, played only for the benefit of the TV audience.

    When Obama was first announced, after his two cronies gave non-speeches, the camera was only on Obama.  Shortly thereafter, IF ANYONE HAS A CLIP (hint, hint…) After the polite applause had subsided, another roar went up.  After about the…3rd or 4th…”roar”, the camera panned the audience AND NO ONE WAS EVEN CLAPPING.

    It was a fake doctored-up >:o soundtrack.

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    You and me both, Noogan.  It is a cheap tactic, isn’t it?  Incredibly manipulative, too – as soon as someone brings out the race card, it puts the other person on the defensive.  Cheap indeed.

  • Breeze

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    O/T

    This has special meaning to Roman Catholics.

    Monks make, donate casket  
    for youngest victim  
    of Arizona shooting
     
       
    CNN,  
    by Eric Marrapodi and  
    Kara Devlin     
     
    Original Article  
     
    1/13/2011  
     
    A group of Trappist monks in Iowa have donated a handmade casket to bury 9-year-old Christina Green, the youngest victim in the Saturday attack that killed six and wounded 13 others in Arizona. Sam Mulgrew, the general manager of Trappist Caskets in Peosta, Iowa, told CNN a family representative of the Greens reached out to the monks at New Melleray Abbey near Dubuque after her death.  
     
    (snip)The lid of the casket was inscribed with her name, date of birth and death, and a cross.  
     
    The family also will receive five small keepsake crosses hewn from the same wood as the casket.

  • Breeze

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    SEEMS TO ME THAT WHAT THEWON SAID LAST NIGHT WAS AIMED

    SOLELY TO THE REPUBLICANS.

    THE DIMS ARE STILL AT IT AND NOBODY IS COMPLAINING…..

    (There are more examples in the OPEN THREAD)

  • elaine

    The flag on the right (stage left) of the Palin tape looks odd, like a cut & paste, it’s partially unfurled but doesn’t move. Just me being a nit pick.

    Graywolf, you’re baaaaaack!

  • Murray

    Yes, Breeze. Keep up the good work.  If not for you, I would miss a LOT, as I just don’t have time to read every little thing on the net.

  • Breeze

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    “….Palin is “doing her thing.”  Perhaps, if at all, Palin is writing, directing

    and producing her own script. ” 

    ===================================================

    I think so too, Felizarte.

    People seem to forget that she has a degree in Journalism….

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    But of course, EllenD.  I can appreciate needing to take a step back from the discussion that has ensued from this horrible act.

    I trust EllenD will return to sharing her thoughts with us on other topics when she is ready to do so.

    Take good care, EllenD…