For some time now, devious undercurrents of hate and anger have been festering in our country.
In recent months, as rhetoric grew red-hot over healthcare reform and immigration, the wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords had been the target of numerous death threats. Her local office in Tucson had been vandalized and the corner across the street had become a central location for protests. Most recently, a Sarah Palin graphic depicted her district in the crosshairs of a gun.
Politicians in Arizona used the immigration debate to spread falsehoods about mass killings in the desert near the border, sparking hysteria in the streets, portraying a state under siege by immigrants.
The discourse quickly turned venomous. The dangerous rumors were being perpetuated on Internet blogs and by the noisy back-and-forth bickering on cable news networks that covered the congressional campaigns.
As we see now, this practice of feeding on fear and spreading hate is dangerously irresponsible and potentially deadly, and yet, in today’s America it seems there is no escaping it.
To the extent politicians, generally in the GOP these days, fan the flames of hate to further their own personal goals, it seems to me the political class has brought this upon themselves. While I applaud Mayor Schloegel for penning this letter, I’d also be remiss if I did not remind him that he sure kept quite for a long time while charlatans in his own party like Phil Bryant crisscrossed this state back in 2007 with his now discredited, taxpayer-funded “immigration study” which scapegoated hispanics for all that ailed the state. And let’s not forget our current Secretary of State, Dweebert Hosebag, based his entire campaign on anti hispanic themes back in 2007.
OK folks, let’s do this again since there are finally some signs of intelligent life in the GOP as evidenced by Mayor Schloegel’s letter:
Hate coupled with self-interest dies hard. Let’s hope Mayor Schloegel’s letter is the beginning of a process that raises the level of discourse from his party. With idiots like Phildo and Dweebert running around the state on an election year, somehow I think not.