MSNBC can retire their idiotic “Sarah Palin: On the Lam” graphic now. The former vice-presidential candidate and governor of Alaska has released an eight-minute video response to those who tried to pin responsibility for the Tucson shootings on her specifically, and conservatives in general. Liberals who thought they would be able to bury her under Jared Loughner’s victims are going to be very disappointed.
Aside from expressing condolences for the victims, and best wishes for Representative Giffords, Palin has said little since the atrocity on Saturday night – which is both understandable and appropriate, because the incident has nothing to do with her. Imagine what the Left would have said about Palin if she had begun pumping out blog posts and videos within hours of the attack. Unlike liberals, she knows better than to exploit a tragedy for political points, and she obviously had no intention of joining cretins like Paul Krugman or Keith Olbermann in their slime pit for a wrestling match.
After days of being named as an accessory to murder by liberal hysterics, Palin finally decided to speak out. She begins by once again offering condolences for the victims and their families, even as she acknowledges that “no words can fill the hole left by the death of an innocent,” and she salutes the heroism of those who brought the gunman down before he could do even more damage. She also says she’s been “praying for guidance.” Note to the nitwits who spent days trying to paint Loughner as one of her devotees: she doesn’t use a shrine made of skulls and orange peels in a backyard tent when she does that.
Afterward, her main thrust is a celebration of the “passionate exchange of ideas” in our “exceptional country”… and her devastating rebuttal of those who seek to force others out of that debate, using either bullets or vicious slander.
Like everyone with a functioning conscience – but unlike most of the media – she calls Jared Loughner’s murderous actions “inexcusable and incomprehensible.” Palin quotes Ronald Reagan’s injunction to resist blaming “society” every time a law is broken, and speaks of the importance of personal responsibility. That may seem like common sense to Palin supporters, but it’s acid in the face of a liberal culture that thinks only Republican politicians, and people who make over $200,000 per year, can be held responsible for their own actions.
Palin deplores the attempt to hold anyone but Jared Loughner to account for his actions, specifically mentioning talk-radio hosts and her own electoral map graphics, which sweaty liberals spent days trying to convert into a symbol of evil… while desperately hoping no one noticed them using the same imagery. Fortunately, the spread of information in this country is no longer exclusively in the hands of liberal propagandists, so we all noticed.
“The last election was all about taking responsibility for our country’s future,” Palin declares. “Now, President Obama and I may not agree on everything, but I know he would join me in affirming the health of our democratic process. Two years ago, his party was victorious. In the last election, the other party won. In both instances, the will of the American people was heard. The peaceful transition of power proved, yet again, the enduring strength of our Republic.” If Obama does join her in such an affirmation during his own speech on Tucson, and includes Palin by name, the liberal blogosphere will ring with blood-curdling cries for his impeachment.
“There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical, criminal, and they claim political debate has somehow grown more heated just recently. But when was it less heated?” Palin asks. “Back in those calm days, when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols?” The entire “Climate of Hate” storyline pushed by the media depends on complete ignorance of liberal behavior over the past few decades, from the venom they spat at Ronald Reagan, through their savage treatment of George Bush and Palin herself. You simply cannot buy into their spin unless you pretend those things never happened. Remember, the people like Paul Krugman who claim they never heard all that junk from the Left were manufacturing a good bit of it themselves.
Palin speaks in praise of robust debate, saying it is “part of why America is exceptional,” and points out her consistency in condemning violence. She says we must not be deterred by those who embrace evil. She praises Congresswoman Giffords for her beautiful reading of the First Amendment, when the Constitution was read on the floor of the House, and reminds us those words are easy to say, but difficult to completely understand.
Her condemnation of the leftist media for manufacturing a “blood libel,” within hours of the shootings, is absolutely searing. “We need strength not to let the random acts of a criminal turn us against ourselves, or weaken our solid foundation… or provide a pretext to stifle debate. America must be stronger than the evil we saw displayed last week. We are better than the mindless finger-pointing we endured, in the wake of the tragedy. We will come out of this stronger, and more united, in our desire to peacefully engage in the debates of our time, to respectfully embrace our differences in a positive manner, and to unite in our knowledge that, although our ideas may be different, we must all strive for a better future for our country. Yes, may God bless America.”
Thus does Sarah Palin shame those who tried to put her in the parking lot of that Tucson grocery store, when gunshots rang out. There is no question who they are – we have hours of videotape from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC, plus stacks of rotting paper from liberal newspapers, clearly identifying the people Palin destroyed with this video. You lose, liberals.
Update: D’oh! I forgot to put a hyperlink to Palin’s Facebook page and video in the first paragraph. You can click here to see it.