Blood Libel??? Does Sarah Palin have a clue what that means? Or is it her plan to spread further hatred and prejudice against Jews. By using this term Blood Libel, she brings forward an ancient accusation which was used against the Jews. This accusation was used as an excuse to murder Jews. Here is the definition of Blood Libel:
If you read further in the discussion about this term, you will see how it was language that was manipulated and used against a certain group, to ostracize it, to punish it, to kill it, etc. Is that what Sarah Palin is saying we are doing by saying her rhetoric is violent and may lead to people acting violently as a way of supporting her and her agenda or the agenda of the Tea Party? Wow, Sarah, Really? You have no responsibility for your violent framing of your rhetoric, you didn't think someone, of little intelligence or diminished mental capacity might take some of your words literally? Now, they might in some way equate this to Jew Hating by using the word Blood Libel? You don't think some of your learned members aren't looking that up right now and seeing the real meaning of it and learning or refreshing their hatred of the Jewish people? Words, words, words, yes they can be dangerous and with them you can unleash the wrath of many ignorant and angry people.
The thing is does she want us to believe that the Tea Party or herself are being persecuted unjustly by using this term? I hardly think that equating her violent rhetoric to murdering the 9 year old child attending the event in Tuscon is the same thing, nor was it so implied until she did it. She suggests that she in fact had this kind of power by using the term blood libel in this way. No one said Sarah Palin or the Tea Party murdered this child. They said and continue to say that they are afraid of the violent rhetoric and what it can lead to and they directly relate that the mentally unbalanced shooter was in some way influenced by their violent rhetoric.
That is the accusation and that is what some using their standards is the fact. I believe I also heard that the accused did have a paper mentioning Giffords in his belongings. So perhaps there is a direct connection that she was specifically a target. If so, then why? Who made her the target for this deranged person? Who put her in his cross hairs?
Now, Sarah, you think that your words and efforts have no effect? Well, just keep spreading your fear and poison, soon there might not be any more of those pesky Republicans to get in your way, the ones who are moderate, or just not conservative enough to suit you. That sheriff the other day spoke from the heart when he said that the violent rhetoric led to the massacre at Tuscon, and here is further proof of just how much of a "leader in hate" you really are:
After Giffords Shooting, Several AZ Republicans Resign Amid Fears of Tea Party Violence
What the Arizona Republic calls a "nasty little battle" has broken out among Republican members of Arizona's Legislative District 20 in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. Several Republicans have resigned, citing fears that local Tea Party supporters will harm them or their families for not being conservative enough.
Now-former Chairman Anthony Miller was among those to resign. A former campaign worker for Sen. John McCain, Miller sent an email to state Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen just hours after Saturday's shooting, saying, "Today my wife of 20 yrs ask (sic) me do I think that my PCs (Precinct Committee members) will shoot at our home? So with this being said I am stepping down from LD20GOP Chairman...I will make a full statement on Monday."
Miller said he faced "constant verbal attacks" from the Tea Party after being elected to his second term last month. Many of those attacks centered around Miller's involvement with McCain's bid last year against Tea Party darling J.D. Hayworth.
The first and only African-American to hold the party's precinct chairmanship, Miller said he has been called "McCain's boy," and during the campaign saw a critic form his hand in the shape of a gun and point it at him.
"I wasn't going to resign but decided to quit after what happened Saturday," Miller said. "I love the Republican Party but I don't want to take a bullet for anyone."
After Miller's announcement, three other District 20 Republicans quit: newly-elected secretary Sophia Johnson, first vice chairman Roger Dickinson and former district spokesman Jeff Kolb, who said in an email, "This singular focus on 'getting' Anthony [Miller] was one of the main reasons I chose to resign."
By Lauren Kelley | Sourced from AlterNet
Posted at January 12, 2011, 9:26 am
Someone on a Face Book comment on a Joan Walsh thread about Palin and her Blood Libel rant, gave this link. I think it suits.
Just a reminder to all the readers out there. For the last 10 years since Bush was elected to office as President, there have been many correlations drawn to the pre WW II Germany and the rise to power of fantascism. I am a watcher. I looked at what Palin said today and thought of how the Brown shirts came to power and the various infighting amongst the rise to power of Hitler. Never before today, when I see this about the Arizona Republicans resigning has this seemed such a correlation before. We need to be diligent. We are at the beginning of a very dangerous path. We must all be very aware of our steps. I know what it is like to be in campaign and have your life threatened and that of your staff. I know what the angry rhetoric can do, I have lived it. I tell you all now, there is something that you need to be aware of. You cannot sit back. You must stand up. Oh, I was vindicated on most accounts, but the damage is dangerous enough. And that is all she wrote.
Copyright 2011 by SheilaTGTG55 unless otherwise attributed.
Check out this link too from Philip DeFranco on Sarah Palin.
This NYT article points out that other have used the same phrase in reference to the event in Arizona. However, Palin is the most prominent figure to have used it and also they mention that it is particularly of note since Rep. Giffords is Jewish. So, you may draw your own conclusions, was this an anti Semitic slam on Giffords by Palin or not? Well, I don't think we will ever really know that.