Republicans have shown true to form in their united front in the “War On Civility” and in the wake of yesterday’s memorial, and they wasted little time trying to portray themselves as the victims of this entire incident, which began say, oh I don’t know, within hours of the shootings?
Well, the latest hypocrisy from the “up is down” world of the conservative mind is this one, from The Hill:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused liberals of wanting to “manufacture” a political controversy over conservatives’ rhetoric even before the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).
Paul, in dismissing the notion that alleged shooter Jared Loughner was motivated by political ideology, accused some Democrats of trying to exploit the attack as a way of boxing in Republicans.
“Well, these are the kind of things that I think some on the left decided to manufacture even before the events occur…
“I’m not surprised that they do it,” Paul said of the attacks on rhetoric. “I do think they should be ashamed of themselves for doing it and [it] really just has no place in this discussion.”
Yes, those who point out the dangerous behavior should be ashamed of themselves for doing so. Coming fresh off of his arm-chair psychiatric-ophthalmologist diagnosis of Jared Lee Loughner as a paranoid schizophrenic, I suppose this shouldn’t be too surprising.
Also coming from the Department of What Would You Expect? it comes on the heels of another ugly incident. You’ll recall that during Rand Paul’s campaign for the Senate, a young woman had her head stomped on at one of his events for holding up a sign in protest. There too the blame was placed on the “stompee” rather than the “stomper” who then went on camera to say he thought she should apologize to him.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that there will be more of the same coming from this crowd, because as we all saw yesterday, their own ever classless national embarrassment that is Sarah Palin kicked off the disgusting “Blame The Victim Game” (which of course Republicans never play themselves, except when they do) along with a little anti-semitism thrown in just to spice the rhetoric she never uses up a notch or two for sport. She may be the most honest one in the party. She didn’t retreat, she reloaded. And then some.
Sorry, but this won’t fly. There’s a lot more of these “incidents” out there to point to, and no doubt there may be worse coming if the last 24 hours are a guide.
Blaming the dead and wounded victims may work for some of the heartless, gutless, loyal followers of the GOP, the Tea Party, and/or the Conservatives, whichever title it is they choose, but there are more of us out there who are actually human, and that was clearly illustrated last night during the memorial service which they mocked right out of the gate.
Blame is pretty hard to deny when it’s staring you in the face.
Or should I say staring up at you from the curb underneath your boot?