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  •  From what I am hearing, (0+ / 0-)

    Palin is the subject of numerous threats currently, as are many other republicans at the moment.  I think because of the Tuscon shootings, people are blaming them, and now, ironically, threatening them.

    Currently, I'm more concerned about the safety of republican lawmakers at the moment than democrats.  I see a backlash for perceived fault being the higher threat at the moment.

    •  Citations? nt (4+ / 0-)
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      "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

      by NWTerriD on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 12:03:35 PM PST

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        •  Just looked at the first article you listed - (8+ / 0-)

          It says that Republican party officials in Arizona are being threatened by teabaggers who believe the officials are too liberal. The party official spotlighted in the article, who is resigning because of those threats, is the first and only African-American to hold the office from which he is resigning.

          So the article, rather than proving your thesis that both sides whip up the haters, proves just the opposite.

          The threats are not occurring because of anger whipped up by those of us who call out violent rhetoric. Rather, the anger is being whipped up by the mere existence of non-Tea-Partiers in positions of political power.

          Angry right-wingers are the ones issuing the threats. They see politicians of every stripe -- even Republican party officials in freakin' Arizona -- as dangerous liberals, and they threaten them on that basis.

          "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

          by NWTerriD on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 01:31:37 PM PST

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          •  The second link (5+ / 0-)

            talks about the shooting victim who became incensed at the tea party leader who blamed Giffords for the shooting because she didn't have security.  Not a trend, or a serious threat, but post-traumatic stress is possibly part of this.  

            The third link has an unsubstantiated -- but probably true -- claim from a Palin spokesperson that death threats against The Sarah have spiked since the shooting.  Well, actually, since she had been linked with the shooting.  Doesn't give any details, other than mostly Twitter.  I'd probably worry a little if I were her.  Actually, if I were her I would make a high-profile claim of danger and surround myself with hunky bodyguards, just for the attention.  

            I don't know that any of this can be considered a pattern of Republicans under threat.  YMMV

            Axis tilt: 'Tis the reason for the season!'

            by janmtairy on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 02:03:30 PM PST

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            •  Regardless of where it's originating, (0+ / 0-)

              it seems that, for now, Reps are getting more threats that Dems.

              There's little to no data regarding where it's coming from.  

              I'm just concerned.  On both sides.  The finger pointing, the defensiveness, and the divisive language needs to stop.

              Folks need to chill.

              •  What needs to stop (3+ / 0-)
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                is gun/war/violence metaphors as a means of political communication, characterizations of government actions that one doesn't like as "tyranny" (which the Supreme Court has said brings second amendment remedies into play), and threats of violence.

                Calling out these things when we see them happening does not need to stop.

                "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

                by NWTerriD on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 06:09:32 PM PST

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    •  The fearmongers depend on the fact that paranoid (4+ / 0-)
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      people are easily manipulated by fear. Since the mass media and the loudest shouters have been going on about the dangers of leftwingers and Democrats etc. the murderous loonies are primarily targeting progressives and minorities. Palin etc. are depending on this principle when they wind up the mob as they have been doing.

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