Saturday, January 08, 2011

Sheriff Clarence Dupnik Calls Out Hateful Rhetoric

What an emotional day following the horrific and tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, and the death or injury of 18 others.  Pima Sheriff Clarence Dupnik gives voice to what has concerned me for years -- vitriolic, hateful rhetoric that permeates far too much of our public discourse.

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann delivered an excellent commentary on the subject as well that included taking responsibility for a comment he directed at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her 2008 bid for the White House.  Violence has no place in our political process, and must be soundly denounced by individuals on all sides of the political debate.

This includes calling out violence comments on our own blogs and social network sites.  Until everyone takes responsibility the rhetoric won't end. 

I urge everyone to repeat after me: "The power to END violence BEGINS with ME."


Anonymous said...

Yes, lets make sure and re-write the Declaration of Independence, so future generations don't get any revolutionary ideas.

Perhaps a new class of laws called Speak Crimes, where the government determines what words are too vitriolic and rhetorical to utter.

First we ban the words Progressive, Socialist, Marxist and Statist... full of vitriol.

Oh, and any criticism toward a person of color will be a "Hate Speech" Felony.

Hows that sounds for a start?

Kelly the little black dog said...

Someone doesn't seem to understand the difference between freedom of speech and taking responsibility for your actions. Freedom of speech doesn't entitle you to yell fire in a crowded theater.

(PS threw you a link)

Reamus said...


Post your name you mindless jerk...did you even read what she wrote before you went off into that rant.