I appreciate the Congresspersons on Meet the Press today, and their unanimous opinion that it is vitriol on both sides that contributes to political violence in our culture.
I know a lot of my friends are leftists (I myself am non-partisan, with liberal inclinations) and they like to think this is all about the right. But now they must face the fact that Democrats and progressives spent two years alienating massive groups of people–starting with fellow Democrats–by insisting they were racists without any evidence. And the right will have to face that they too have alienated massive groups of people with rhetoric about socialism, killing government, etc, again without any evidence. Both of these groups contributed to the culture that created their bastard child, Jared Lee Loughner.
Both sides also need to deal with their internalized hatred of women, which is the main reason this happened. It’s not like this guy went after John McCain, Rep. Grijalva, the mayor of Tuscon, or any of the other male politicians that Loughner could have targeted. He targeted her because as a culture we accept targeting women for violence, and we blame them for shit they can’t possibly be responsible for. We also hate them far more than we hate men for the very same actions, such as having different beliefs or having the gall to hold public office.