The attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona yesterday affirms that messages of violence and threats should not alloy themselves with today's age of political discourse. Although the definition can seem watered down, misinterpreted, or ambiguous, motifs of guns,violence,and threats don't fit into the kaleidoscope of democracy.
As almost everyone knows, Sarah Palin and her team put up this picture on her website yesterday morning and proceeded to remove it after the attempted assassination occurred:
Notice anyone familiar listed?
My prayers and thoughts are with the Giffords family and the tragedy they had to endure. Politicians and citizens that scatter all over the spectrum are in an age where political targeting of opponents and evoking adjacent opinions have become a norm and a step up in the art that is political mudslinging . Exhibit A in the picture above.
If anything, its extremely imperative that we don't seek revenge, but justice. We shouldn't pursue payback on Sarah Palin or any politician/commentator who are illustrating a contentious political environment and a form of domestic terrorism.
If Sarah Palin doesn't admit her role in augmenting violent imagery by posting that picture which bulls eyes 20 Representatives in an efforts of gaining an advancement towards becoming elected, she should be dismissed.
And God help us if she becomes elected. I will move to Bosnia.
So Sarah, please do us a favor and stay out of the Oval Office. And stay with the moose.
Prayers+thoughts are with Congresswoman Giffords' family.