Front Street

Saturday, January 22, 2011

By Gigi

Remember all those anti-gay candidates who ran for office this year? Well guess what? As of January 2011, dozens of them endorsed by Sarah Palin and voted into office by bigoted constituents—mostly from the South, are now members of Congress and the House of Representatives. Voices of people, such as me are not important to them, because right-wingers don’t care how many Americans support equality, and therefore don’t understand the political implications or consequences of their hate. There’s a huge effort in a bigoted Congress right now to reverse ObamaCare and continue discriminatory federal legislation on gay anti-marriage, illegal immigration, hate crimes, employment non-discrimination, responsible HIV/AIDS policy, ENOUGH ALREADY!!!! We’ve allowed the haters and bullies lead the political and moral conversation for far too long. BUT NO!! THAT’S NOT ALL! NOW WE HAVE BULLETS OF HATRED!! I’m referring to the nut job in Tucson, Arizona, Jared Lee Loughner, who shot and killed six people, nearly killing Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Sarah Palin famously displayed a map on her website, showing districts, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson Arizona in cross hairs. I’m sure that Jared Lee Loughner heard some of the hateful vitriolic language before he loaded up and madness overtook him. He was obsessed with ultra conservative issues, like big government and taxes. People who are unbalanced are especially susceptible to this type of vitriol, and they’re encouraged by it. What hateful language am I referring to?

Sarah Palin: “Don’t retreat! Instead reload!”
Failed Nevada Tea Party candidate, Sharron Angle: “The first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out!”
S.C. State Sen. Jake Knotts: “She’s a fucking raghead. We got a rag head (Obama) in Washington already; we don’t need one (Nikki Haley, his rival for governor) in South Carolina.”
Rush Limbaugh: “If Obama weren’t black, he’d be a tour guide in Honolulu.”
Glenn Beck: “I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself or if I would need to hire somebody to do it?”
Ann Coulter: “Liberals are always against America. They are either traitors or idiots.”

That’s just to name a few. And this type of thing has happened before and will again. Do you remember the angry rhetoric over the years that led James Earl Ray to murder Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Or the hatred that helped Sirhan Sirhan put his gun to Robert Kennedy’s head and pulled the trigger? These conservatives and other hate groups have to realize that there are consequences to their violent hate speeches. We are ALL Americans, whether you’re Democrat, Republican, liberal or conservative. We have to find a civil way to communicate our differences and fix the country’s problems. Lately, and this is due to the United States having its first black president, amiable national debates have descended into a fusillade of racist and hate dialogue from politicians, political operatives, TV and radio pundits, anti-everything radical survivalists and militias. We’ve seen an extraordinarily rapid expansion of hate and so called ‘patriot groups’. What we don’t need in America is more division, hatred, bigoted violence and its ilk, all because we have a Black president. Racists Southerners and others will have to get over it and know America is not just theirs and theirs alone. We’re in this together. You hear that Sarah?