During the past two years Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and groups like the Tea Party have engaged in non-stop hatred of those with whom they disagree. This past week in Congress a member of the Republican Party shouted out the President Obama was not born in America. Is there any cost to society when one political party spews hate and anger toward anyone who disagrees with their ideas? Last March, a man threatened House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she voted for health reform. Last July a man got involved in a shoot out with police while on his way to fire bomb headquarters of the American Civil Liberties Union. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords had her office attacked after voting for the health care bill. But, yesterday, hate mongers went one step further in their attempt to silence Giffords. While she was addressing a group of constituents in Tucson, Arizona, a nut case filled with anger, opened up with an automatic weapon and killed a federal judge, an aide to the congresswoman, and a nine year old girl. Giffords was shot in the head and is in critical condition.
Did Glenn Beck urge the shooting of Giffords? Of course not. But, his lies, his hate, his anger, his make believe version of reality fed into sick minds and some of them are responding by killing those who they have been led to believe are destroying America. The end result of hate and anger is hate and anger. The legacy of the Tea Party is violence. Frighten people and they will respond in fear.
Isn’t it sad in America that people can attend political rallies and legally carry weapons because to prevent such arms supposedly violates the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution? People are dead. Of course, when a terrorist tries to kill people in America, Fox News is quick to blame the Obama administration for failure to maintain security. Who is to blame this time, Fox News?