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January 9, 2011 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Christianity, climate change, Economy, Family values, Health care reform, immigration reform, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: America, Barack Obama, First Amendment, freedom of speech, Keith Olbermann, moral decline, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Rev. Al Sharpton, Roman Empire | 5 comments
Keith Olbermann’s latest rant calls for apologies from “Mrs.” Palin, Glenn Beck, and Bill O’Reilly for their violent vitriolic rhetoric. Ironically, he doesn’t mention Barack Obama’s own words saying about bringing bats, bringing guns. Eugene Robinson in Washington says the violence rhetoric is ALL on the “Right”. Gov. Palin has been trashed (mentioned over 6000 times in a 12 hour period yesterday in print and on the air) for her “cross hairs” list of candidates targeted in the last election, with no mention of similar advertisements used in 2006 against Arizona’s former Congressman JD Hayworth during a campaign.
What must come from this tragedy in Tucson, AZ is several things:
Our elected officials must not cower in fear, and separate themselves even further from the people that they “REPRESENT”.
Our leaders MUST NOT USE this tragedy to “brow beat” those who dissent with their viewpoint, nor should they use this “crisis” to push any unwanted agenda, i.e.- the rhetoric on the talk shows today has used the issue of immigration more than any other.
The Congressional majority has respectfully postponed all legislative actions during the coming week, but they should not deter from their resolve to move forward with the repeal of the job-killing law known as ObamaCare.
We should not permit this crisis to be used as a bully-pulpit to try to silence the voices ON EITHER SIDE in the open forums of radio, internet, and television. With the Rev. Al Sharpton already seeking the FCC to challenge Rush Limbaugh’s talk show, we are treading dangerously close to completely overpowering our Freedom of Speech, simply because the American majority, the conservative viewpoint, has a stronger input in the marketplace. (Remember, liberal talk radio could not sustain itself with government subsidies).
The focus on the 24/7 coverage has pointed at the vitriolic and incendiary rhetoric, and yet, the likes of MSNBC or CNN have failed to mention any of the rhetoric from the likes of Frances Fox Piven and Van Jones when discussing this issue.
The focus should be on the POLICIES that have been pushed forward, against the WILL OF WE THE PEOPLE, and why they are bringing forth such opposition to the agenda of the progressive Left.
As I posted earlier this week, we are in a New Revolution, but it is not, nor should it be, one of violence. Nor should it be one that tries to silence the opinions of the public. This New Revolution is for each of us to accept our personal responsibilities, first for ourselves, then our family, and so forth. It is for our return to the moral foundation that made this a Great Nation. If we fail at this New Revolution, one need only look to the Roman Empire, whose decline coincided with its moral decline. America is an EXCEPTIONAL NATION (Note to Obama) and we MUST correct our course now.
If the tragedy in Tucson is to be used for anything, let it be used to remind us that our time on Earth is short, and we should each resolve to leave our imprint in a positive manner, to move forward and not to cower.