GOP Rhetoric: Gag

Wonder if the Speaker of the House isn’t relieved that Tucson didn’t happen in Cincinati. The once Alaska governor is feeling some heat. She should be. Our own president is also stained for suggesting the one-upmanship of gun over knife. A public comment from him would be helpful, though I doubt it will be forthcoming.

Even one prominent Republican was calling out her friend months ago on gun targets over America. She was right to do so, and people are right to do so today, even as Ms Palin protests against blood double dog dare libel.

Message to politicians: be very cautious here. The point is to extract one’s foot from one’s mouth, not see if you can gag on your own calf.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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13 Responses to GOP Rhetoric: Gag

  1. John Drake says:

    Sounds like Catholic Sensibility has drunk the MSM kool-aid, and perhaps finds young Loughner to be the victim of such vicious hate speech.

    However, a friend of Loughner has said,

    “He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right.”

    May the Church Militant pray for civil discourse.

    • Jimmy Mac says:

      May the Church Militant become the Church Compassionate, the Church Pastoral, the Church Patient and the Church Apologetic.

      Enough of Church Militancy already.

      • John Drake says:

        Well, Jimmy Mac, I think the Enemy might just agree with you!

        (You don’t think the Church is capable of exercising all those characteristics?)

  2. Liam says:

    Well, start by knocking off the tendentious idea that there is an MSM kool-aid about this. The “MSM” is all over the map on this aspect of the issue. There is no kool-aid. Pretending there does not serve the truth.

  3. Todd says:

    Well, even if nobody had been hurt by anything, Ms Palin, Rep Boehner, and President Obama were all wrong. They should, in the spirit of a good Republican (Ms Hasselbeck or Mr Ailes) and a good Democrat (Rep Giffords) repudiate such language, and go further: apologize publicly for past transgressions, and urge their followers to do likewise.

    The idea behind this post is that inflamatory rhetoric is beyond political parties. Like the Arizona shooter, it’s a function of a degree of craziness and indulgence in the culture. It should be called out every day, repeatedly, and criticized, regardless of source when it happens.

    It’s one thing to be tart, pointed in criticism, and even be taken as insulting. It’s another thing to be a dimwit about it and suggest someone needs to be killed.

  4. Todd,
    If you can look me in the eye and say you’ve never, even in understandable jest or frustration, said something akin to “S/he needs to be shot!”, I will come to Iowa and buy you the finest dinner in town.
    This is not a time for soap box righteousness. It is a time for serious healing, sober honesty, charity and reconciliation. Enough with the MSNBC/FOX polarization, please.
    Damn, I have to go to a major parish meeting tonight, where no lives are at stake, and argue with stiffs. Get off the box.

    • Todd says:

      Well, as an aspirant to pacifism, I’ve never made a public statement about shooting someone. And let’s be clear: that’s the level we’re talking about here. Something that’s easier to find than combing through my thousands of posts and seeing where I’ve tripped up.

      Personally I don’t have a problem noting that Mr Olbermann and Ms Maddow generally stick to zingy intellectual sarcasm. And Fox appeals to violent images and rhetoric.

      You’d have to go to the proponents of violence from the underground of the 60’s to find the opposite pole from Fox. There’s simply no mirror image that far Left in the mainstream.

      And it needs to be called out. Elizabeth Hasselbeck was right on this one last year, and she’s still right today.

      • Todd, I understand your semantical rationale to qualify my question in terms of private versus public utterance. I’m guilty, okay? But, we, as Christians, would serve ourselves better not to posture our righteousness in order to satisfy a rhetorical POV. It’s simple, gospel simple as you remind us all often: whether public or private, let him/her without sin cast the first stone.
        And the plenum meeting sucked. And it’s our anniversary.
        It all seems, somehow and oddly, appropriate.

  5. Mike says:

    You don’t recognize the quotation from the Untouchables? The President has nothing to apologize for at all, and calls for him to do so are silly.

  6. Deb says:

    My sister and mother lives in the Speaker’s district. I live in the county next to the Speaker’s district. So I hear about him regularly in the local news media. Also, my sister and mother regularly listens to a local radio station that features the “conservative” talking heads and it’s no wonder their blood pressures are sky high. In my opinion,a steady diet of listening to these talk show hosts, whether Left or Right, has a corrosive effect on the soul. And I refuse to listen.

  7. Jimmy Mac says:

    “(You don’t think the Church is capable of exercising all those characteristics?)”

    Capable? Indeed. Actualizing? Not very often.

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