With the shooting of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords fresh in our minds, several media outlets are questioning if the mudslinging in U.S. politics has gone too far. I don’t think this is a question of U.S. politics alone. As we in Edmonton witnessed, and partook in, it occurs everywhere. It does appear it occurs on a much larger, more hateful and even more dangerous level in the U.S.
Immediately after Rep. Giffords was shot, Sarah Palin’s team hastily removed the now infamous crosshairs map from her website. Stating it was never meant to represent true targets, Mrs. Palin’s team is showing a great amount of short sightedness. Let’s look at Palin’s own words when the map was unveiled, “Don’t retreat, Instead – RELOAD!”(capitalization, Palin’s).
Palin’s people are stating, and rather emphatically at that, the crosshairs are actually surveyor’s marks. When you add verbalizations such as, “We’ll aim for these races and many others,” and “This is just the first salvo in a fight to elect people across the nation who will bring common sense to Washington. Please go to sarahpac.com and join me in the fight.” the surveyor’s marks seem more and more to be intended as crosshairs. When you are the great white helicopter hunter from Alaska, more at home with a gun than with a purse, the vision becomes more and more one of crosshairs.