No, Sarah Palin did not have anything to do with what a madman did in Arizona.
Yes, some are taking advantage of this to try to discredit conservatives, or at least vent their frustrations.
But yes, it’s time for Palin and fellow Republicans to tone down the “Don’t retreat, just reload” rhetoric.
And yes, it’s worse on the right. Please, Palin’s people, don’t try to tell us those weren’t gunsights on your map.
No, that’s not really the problem. The problem is the attitude that dehumanizes anyone that doesn’t agree with one’s side 100 percent, and yes, both sides are equally at fault. It’s the attitude that accuses President Bush of plotting 9-11. That turns President Obama into a “Muslim socialist who wants the terrorists to win.” That sells a book defining conservatives as “The American Taliban.” That calls someone “The Worst Person in the World.” (I’m sure they’re not.) That spends three hours on the radio and all day on television inflaming passions and mischaracterizing the other side. That defines “real Americans” as those who vote properly. That separates the coasts from the heartland and red from blue.
That secretly, or not so secretly, is glad this happened.
No, we don’t have to hold hands and sing “Kumbaya.”
But yes, we do have to get along.
I close with this plea for reasonableness from Jon Stewart from his Rally to Restore Sanity.