(1/9/11): Rhetoric from National Political Figures Could be Relevant in Arizona Shootings
The tragedy of the AZ shooting of a member of Congress should give all leadership pause on whether their language is inciting violence. All citizens should pray for the families who lost a loved one. God Bless America. "I encourage all Cincinnati NAACP members to fly your flags at home at half mass," Christopher Smitherman, president of the Cincinati NAACP said.
The New Leadership issued a press release in the last 48 hours
announcing the name of a bill called, "Repealing the Job Killing
Health Reform Act". This was the first vote scheduled by the New
Congress to repeal Health Care Reform and "take back 'their' country".
The movement to identify President Obama as a foreigner while serving
as President of the United States of America leaves the clear
impression that the USA has been "invaded". A citizen last week
screamed out "except Obama" when the Constitution was being read on
the floor of Congress. The tone of the Rhetoric surrounding Health
Care Reform has been inflammatory to say the least. The use of the
term "Obama Care" takes the debate of Health Care Reform from a
difference in public policy to personal attack. It is not a leap for
Americans who believe the rhetoric to then act on the idea: "take back
my country" from a "foreigner invasion".
The President of the United States did not pass Health Care Reform.
The Congress and the Senate of the United States of America did. A map
was created with bullseye icons of Congressional seats to be replaced.
A bullseye/crosshair is what you see on a target range. A
bullseye/crosshair is associated with shooting and has no place in any
public policy discussion. The Congress Woman who was shot yesterday
had a bullseye/crosshair icon on her district.
Our Congress Members across the country were targeted at town hall
meetings in the most disrespectful ways. Our Congress Members were
spat on in Washington as they walked to cast votes for Health Care
Reform. Violence is incremental. Many attempted to downplay these
actions when it really was an act on the continuum of violence.
President Obama is a citizen of the USA and all leadership should stop
the rhetoric otherwise and refute it.
The tragedy of the AZ shooting of a member of Congress should give all
leadership pause on whether their language is inciting violence. All
citizens should pray for the families who lost a loved one. God Bless
America. "I encourage all Cincinnati NAACP members to fly your flags
at home at half mass," Christopher Smitherman, president of the
Cincinati NAACP said.
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