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Draining The Swamp

Yesterday, one of Arizona’s House of Representative members, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in the head at a political rally.  The event was meant to be an opportunity for Ms. Giffords to meet her constituents.  According to the news articles that I’ve seen, Ms. Giffords was described as a true blue dog Democrat and a moderate who was somehow able to sustain her political career in one of the most conservative environments in the country.  She felt that getting in front of the people she represents was important to serving her community.  Somebody took advantage of her willingness to put herself close to the public and tried to assassinate her.  As I write this, twenty people were shot and six have died including a nine year old girl who was attending the rally with a friend of her parents.

The whole affair looked like a train wreck that started rolling two years ago.  Back when then Illinois’ Junior Senator Barack Obama was running for President of the United States.  Back then, people were attending all kinds of political rallies brandishing weapons and holding up signs with rhetoric encouraging violence saying things like the tree of liberty needs to be watered with somebody’s blood.  Since then, we’ve had politicians encouraging the public to exercise their second amendment rights to pick up a weapon if they felt that the person they wanted to represent their district didn’t win the race for a political office.  Another politician is posting images of political districts targeted for action with an image of rifle crosshairs.  Some people will say that it was just an unfortunate coincidence that Ms. Giffords’ district was one so identified.  Politicians want to appeal to their constituents with inflammatory slogans laced with suggestions of violence while shooting weapons and posing with all kinds of rifles and handguns.  And now we have a politician laying in a hospital fighting for her life.  But it’s not even close to being a coincidence.

Arizona has seen more than its fair share of the political rhetoric intended to stoke fear and excite people to do things in the most uncivilized fashion.  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is on record telling people that illegal immigrants are killing innocent civilians and are littering the state with headless bodies.  We hear political pundits talk about their fear of getting on planes with anyone wearing Muslim garb and looking like a terrorist.  We can’t allow a mosque to go up within blocks of the hallow ground most people call the World Trade Center because we don’t want Muslims to flaunt their Muslim-ness in our faces so soon after what happened on September 11th way back in 2001.  And other politicians are trying to convince us that if we don’t take action now, we will all wake up one day and find ourselves living under sharia law.

And with all these fears of foreign, other peoples out to do us harm and how we need to protect ourselves and our Constitutional rights and how we need to make sure that the government doesn’t come after our guns and how a well-developed social conscious is damaging the very fabric of capitalism, are we really that surprised to see the seeds of such rhetoric begin to bear its deadly fruit?

In the past two years I have heard that phrase about the tree of liberty needing to be refreshed with somebody else’s blood more than any other time in my life.  But nobody ever talks about draining the swamp of intolerance that is free to grow thick and lush all on its own from all of the over the top rhetoric that has become part and parcel of our social discord.  Every time we hear somebody make the suggestion that we have to deny others their right to disagree and, when it becomes obvious that they are on the side about to lose an argument, somebody wants to stoke the swamp and talk about how freedom needs to be protected.  And this is the environment of the United States.  It begs the question, united in what?

In the next few days, I expect a lot of people who previously talked with vitriol and with venom about their opponents to talk with sympathy about Ms. Gifford and the rest of the people who are the victims of this heinous attack.  People want to make inflammatory suggestions that we have to protect our weaker position by harming those who disagree with us will act like they are totally innocent in this matter.  Everyone who made the suggestion that a firearm should be welcome at a political rally is culpable on this one.  Everyone who hints that we have the right to physically attack those who share a different opinion is to blame.  And just because you can find an example of intolerance on the other side of the fence doesn’t mean it’s open season on your side.

Everyone should be working to drain this swamp of hatred.  Because as long as we continue to let people fan these flames of rancor, we should expect the type of violence that we had the misfortune of witnessing yesterday.  We can’t afford to sit back and let people do their best to stoke people’s fears and embolden people to take matters into their own hands and then act like they have nothing to answer for when shit hits the fan.  The rhetoric of intolerance needs to stop.

Sunday, January 9, 2011 - Posted by | Life, Politics, Thoughts |


  1. The facts don’t match your assertions. The assassin was described as “left wing” by people who knew him. That doesn’t match up with anyone who would be swayed in such a manner by the Right’s rhetoric.

    But go ahead and blame whoever you want. Unless you have the force to back it up, it doesn’t really matter.

    Comment by jonolan | Sunday, January 9, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback jonolan,

      And thanks for the prime example of typical blame the other side rhetoric. You truly are a credit to this explosive culture.


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Sunday, January 9, 2011 | Reply

      • And you’re the perfect example of a racist, anti-American Leftist, with your biased, racist rant against Americans.

        Comment by jonolan | Monday, January 10, 2011

      • jonolan,

        Then why do you come here? Obviously, you enjoy my racism otherwise you’d do something intelligent like staying away from something that goes against everything you believe in. Instead, you practice anything but common sense and come here willingly for another dose of my anti-American leftist racism. You come here under some delusion that you love everybody and you would never say anything that might show you to be racially, emotionally, spiritually toxic. You truly are one with the Jared Lee Loughners, the Dillon Klebolds, the Eric Harrises, the Timothy McVeighs of the world. You’re much more likely to defend them, because they’re not the anti-American leftist racists that you hate so much…but somehow can’t stay away from. Like a moth to the flame you come here to get yourself stoked up over your perception that I’m the problem. Typical of our American culture. A man shoots innocent people in Arizona and all you want to do is come here to defend conservatives and attack leftists. You may not see it, you may not understand it, and/or you may not agree with it, but I hope other people will see. You really are the perfect example of our problems.


        Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, January 10, 2011

      • Simply put, I come to sites like this because I am a self indulgent rampant anti-American that wants to fester as the cancer that it is within the body of America.

        Comment by jonolan | Monday, January 10, 2011

      • jonolan,

        I could not agree with your opinion any more than I already do! Bravo to you for recognizing your shortcomings!


        Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, January 10, 2011

  2. Here’s my take on this tragedy which goes along with what you wrote:

    Comment by Blaque Ink | Monday, January 10, 2011 | Reply

  3. I am such filth. Someday, if me or my misbegotten, bastard offspring ever evolve into humans I might understand what you are trying to tell me. But don’t hold your breath. That’s the sort of thing that takes generation and the infusion of better blood into the line. Trailer park trash like me only attracts the shittiest of the trailer park trash. Just pray for me.

    Comment by jonolan | Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | Reply

    • jonolan,

      I think you’re being too harsh on yourself. You’re only the average trailer park trash. But don’t worry, I’ll pray for you and whatever bastard offspring that is cursed to pop out of that limping whore with the used wooden leg from the Goodwill too slow to get away from you. I might be mistaken but I’m willing to bet that in typical hillbilly fashion you refer to her as your mother and your wife. If you ever learn to think, one day you could be proud to lift your head up high and refer to yourself as a hill-william.


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | Reply

      • Ok, I get the point, Nigger. I don’t know why you bother mentioning peace though, since you’ve shown nothing by way of peacemaking.

        Comment by jonolan | Wednesday, January 12, 2011

      • jonolan,

        (With dramatic shock)

        Oh my goodness! The “N” word! Well I’ve never heard such filth! Such language from a person with such outstanding substandard character who would never say or do anything racist! I thought I was supposed to be the only one racist here after all. And after I promised to pray for you and those little bastards you’ll one day refer to as your children and your siblings. I thought you were finally making a breakthrough. But it seems anything resembling civility is simply too fleeting to take purchase in your mentally challenged, single thought process.

        (End dramatic shock)

        You’re truly a piece of work. A prime example of the problems of America wrapped in one “protect America from the niggers who have the audacity to say anything” bubble of taint.

        And for your information, my name is brotherpeacemaker. I often shorten it up by just using “Peace”. It has a double meaning. Sort of like your name jonolan. You could shorten it up to “john” and have a double meaning that refers to that “ass wipe down the toilet” personality of yours.

        I like the double meaning of signing my comments with “Peace”. But in all honesty, I could not care any less if you have peace in your life. In fact, I’m willing to bet your life is a living hell down there at the trailer park. That’s why you feel the need to troll the net to find something to give your pathetic life something with a semblance of meaning. The biggest thrill of your day is you using a racial epithet.


        PS – Say hello to your mother/wife for me the next time you can sneak up on her for another round of whoopee.

        Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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