A Simple Surveyor's Symbol: A Cross-Hair and Collateral Murder
We have started this controversy, this right-wing righteousness in opposition to red, liberal communism quite some time ago, but I suspect after the brutal shooting that recently happened in Arizona, we will all be taking a breath before we assume our "pre-assassination-attempt" opinions and principles.
I am not convinced that this gruesome act of brutality will have any major political consequences because the spin has already begun.
During the last major presidential campaign, we began to see incited riots based on inflaming language. Now I really hate to sound politically incorrect, but my memory serves me in this way. The real hard-hitting nasty rhetoric began when mama grizzly bear erupted onto the scene as a maverick wannabe.
I remember seeing groups of people at a political rally who were brought to a boil with inflaming rhetoric. Many people at the time argued that there were racial overtones to the rhetoric, but I never saw it as racial; I did see inciting language, but to me it came as more of a war cry, more of a "take up arms" kind of cry. And I saw men and women who were swept away by the emotion at hand. Groups of people can be reduced to a herd with the right war cries, hitting the right nerve at exactly the right moment.
Sincerely, can anyone tell me they themselves believe that the map put up on the Sarah Palin web page targeting democratic districts with a cross-hair symbol was really about surveying? Please, write to me. Please come forward and make your case. I promise that I will listen to any argument, but at this point in time I find it difficult to swallow. The cross-hairs sure looked like what it looks like through a gun site.
In addition to the cross-hair, there is yet another an a more disturbing affair going on in our country. Recently, when I went to the WikiLeaks site, I saw actual video footage of an American war machine in action that made me close to vomiting.
I actually hesitate putting the URL up because the video depicts such raw footage of heinous war actions that I fear that I will be put on some anti-government list for simply knowing what I saw. Perhaps it is nothing more than a grandiose delusion — after all, I am not even a real journalist. I simply take the words and the ideas from a multitude of journalists, digest them and spin them in my columns as my opinions.Continued on the next page