I am still laughing after reading Alan Levine's op-ed criticizing Sarah Palin. Is Levine trying to say that Republicans and those who espouse the ideas of the tea party are the ones responsible for senseless act by a madman? He did say "What will the repercussions of our speech be?" He also stated that Rep. Giffords' office received threats after she voted for the wildly unpopular Obamacare bill, following Palin's putting a target on her district on a website. Does Levine actually think that she only received threats from some loony citizen because of the "target?"
I could, with as much factual information, make the accusation that because President Obama has said we must "punish our enemies" that Jared Loughner carried out this heinous act. The president, telling Republicans that they must "sit in the back seat" is using racial rhetoric that, I believe, needs to be toned down, or it could result in unstable people carrying out acts of road rage. By the way - it was Democrats who first used the map with targets on it during the Clinton administration.
Please people, watch what you say and do. We don't want any liberal nut jobs carrying out acts of violence. (And I don't mean to imply that Nancy Pelosi is capable of such a thing.)
However, the most laughable assertion that Levine makes is that legislation proposed by Republicans to repeal the health care law is being delayed because "the House leadership sees plainly the connection between the rhetoric of the last couple of years and the insanity in Arizona." What? Tell me, Mr. Levine, which important legislation would be carried forth immediately following a tragedy such as this? Try this for an analogy that makes about as much sense: I just had lunch, so now my dog needs to go to the bathroom.