Saturday, January 08, 2011

Eliminationist Rhetoric

There is no reason to believe that Jared Lee Loughner, the shooter in the horrific attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others today, identifies with any sort of specific political ideology. He supposedly identified The Communist Manifesto as an influence, but he also indicated Mein Kampf and To Kill a Mockingbird as well, and certainly his YouTube channel suggests a troubled mind more than a specific ideology.*

That said.

I think this is the point where we can settle on one thing: there is no room in America for the sort of eliminationist rhetoric that we've been hearing from the right over the years, including from prominent people like Sarah Palin.

It's not right. It's not just. It's not safe. And the danger IS real.

*(No, I'm not linking to his YouTube channel. Find it yourselves.)

Edit: And, no, saying someone "is dead to you" is not eliminationist. Pathetic attempts to try to link DailyKOS to all this notwithstanding.

(That's just projection aimed at muddying the waters and convincing the press to cover it as a "he said/she said", "pox on both your houses" story instead of what it actually is. But even so.)

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