When we elect a political figure it is with the hope that they are responsible enough to take care of us, the voters; the little people who keep the economy alive and our elected officials in work with our industry, business and family lives.
So when a high profile figure, especially one linked with the Vice Presidential position, uses a poster covered in crosshairs to symbolise the reclamation of key political areas, you have to wonder just how ‘responsible’ that individual is.
Sarah Palin’s latest act of utter stupidity has inadvertently (although some would argue the directness of her involvement) led to the deaths of 6 people and Gabrielle Giffords lies in a drug induced coma after brain surgery to remove a bullet from her skull.
The word ‘accountability’ is prevalent here. This is not a hate campaign against Palin, there are enough of those out there already. This is about the message her campaign graphics sent out and how she should be held accountable for the mess that has ensued.
Palin has repeatedly proven her ignorance while in the media spotlight and this latest episode indicates that she is either plain (anagram of palin) stupid, or that she doesn’t care about the consequences of her actions. Both are equally deplorable qualities in someone supposedly looking after our interests.
Palin is a puppet of course, and the real powers remain behind the scenes, able to make the big decisions without fear of comeback. And all the while she wears the public face of her employers she too is there to be shot down for her crass lack of knowledge on all things pertinent to her job.
No formal apology from Sarah Palin as yet
While tributes and well wishes pour in for Gabrielle Giffords, Palin’s only move towards an apology was to take down the images of crosshairs from her campaign site.
The news media and websites are currently locked in battle over the integrity of journalism after many news sources tried to suggest that Jared Loughner’s shooting spree, which killed 6 and injured 18 people at a press rally, was done out of support for Palin. While it cannot be proven that this is the case, the real point is that her campaign’s language and constant talk of her political underlings ‘reloading’ could well have led to Loughner’s rampage.
Clearly Loughner was unhinged and the evidence of that has been banded about all over the internet throughout the weekend. He displays symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia which could well have been induced by cannabis psychosis, but those facts will come as no comfort to the families of his victims.
As for Palin, perhaps she hopes that time will bury the mess she leaves with almost every political step she takes, but if her career continues to ascend and she does ultimately assume the mantle of Vice President, it will only be because the voters ignored the vast amount of warnings she gave them in the run up.
Is Palin somehow responsible for Gabrielle Gifford’s condition or is she simply insensitive and ignorant? Let us know by leaving a comment.
Read more about the assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords.
images: joemygod.blogspot.com, nerepublican.com