Most amazing is her twisted perception that society, political movements, divisive words and irresponsible individuals do not influence the direction of this country and the motivation of individuals to act. It says a lot about why conservatives don't seem to see the cause and effect of their statements, the consequences, and absolve themselves of the disastrous end results. Like the reasons for the attack on the Twin Towers and crashing the global economy. It's all there in the first three lines below:
"Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election."Howard Kurtz, The Daily Beast's: The talk in political circles has been that Sarah Palin had a rare opportunity in the wake of the Tucson tragedy to reach out beyond her base and recalibrate her image beyond that of a gun-toting mama grizzly. Instead, Palin chose to throw kerosene on the embers of a smoldering national controversy. Blood libel, for those who are not familiar, describes a false accusation that minorities—usually Jews—murder children to use their blood in religious rituals, and has been a historical theme in the persecution of the Jewish people.
Had Palin scoured a thesaurus, she could not have come up with a more inflammatory phrase.
LATimes: Sarah Palin dismissed critics who had suggested that the former Alaska governor's firearms-infused rhetoric contributed to the shootings in Tucson that killed six and wounded 14, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, contending they "incite the hatred and violence they purport to condemn."
She saved her harshest words for "media and pundits," whom she said "should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the hatred and violence that they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible."
"After this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event." When we "take up our arms," we're talking about our vote.' "Yeah, "take up our arms" is all about voting. Dense...clueless.
And finally, "Puzzled?" That just about says it all.