“Reload” Doesn’t Mean Guns, “Blood Libel” Doesn’t Mean Jews

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So, let me get this straight.

“Reload” doesn’t mean guns. The use of the word doesn’t intend to inflame people or gravitate them in any way whatsoever toward guns, the use of guns, the existence of guns, or anything to do with guns at any time, in any place or in any manner.

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And “blood libel” doesn’t mean a 2,000-year-old reference to Jews, specifically “the false accusation that Jews use the blood of Christian children in some of their religious rituals.”

Maybe she’s just upset that the blood of 20 people, and the deaths of five, are on her hands.

Interestingly, if you google image search for Palin and cross-hairs, no image of Palin in cross-hairs comes up.

Almost seems an ironic shame.

Here’s part of the woman’s blithering blather.

….Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.

There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols? In an ideal world all discourse would be civil and all disagreements cordial. But our Founding Fathers knew they weren’t designing a system for perfect men and women. If men and women were angels, there would be no need for government. Our Founders’ genius was to design a system that helped settle the inevitable conflicts caused by our imperfect passions in civil ways. So, we must condemn violence if our Republic is to endure.

As I said while campaigning for others last March in Arizona during a very heated primary race, “We know violence isn’t the answer. When we ‘take up our arms’, we’re talking about our vote.” Yes, our debates are full of passion, but we settle our political differences respectfully at the ballot box – as we did just two months ago, and as our Republic enables us to do again in the next election, and the next. That’s who we are as Americans and how we were meant to be. Public discourse and debate isn’t a sign of crisis, but of our enduring strength. It is part of why America is exceptional….