Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) reportedly plans to introduce legislation that would make it a federal crime to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a federal official or member of Congress.Palin proudly rode the national wave of increasing political polarization and hatred, much as she had sought to do here in Alaska during her Wasilla mayoral campaign and during the period between the summer of 2008 and her resignation in July, 2009. She's made millions by becoming the poster girl for heated, sometimes masked, sometimes brazenly open hate rhetoric. The money SarahPAC brought in from the ads they took down only yesterday should be turned over to the families of those killed Saturday in Tucson.
Brady told CNN that he wants federal lawmakers and officials to have the same protections against threat currently provided to the president. His call comes one day after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot, along with 19 other people, at a public event in Tucson. A suspect is currently in custody.
"The president is a federal official," Brady told CNN in a telephone interview. "You can't do it to him; you should not be able to do it to a congressman, senator or federal judge."
Among the six people killed was Federal Judge John Roll.
While it is unknown at this time whether the shooter was politically motivated, that has not prevented a vigorous debate about whether heated political rhetoric seen during the healthcare reform debate and during the 2010 campaign is inciting violence.
Now that Palin's people are attempting to defend her inflammatory hell-raising, Palin needs to be put on the spot, to actually defend such remarks as this:
Sarah's FB, dated March 28, 2010 — three days after the crosshair image was published:“In the battle, set your sights on next season’s targets! From the shot across the bow – the first second’s tip-off – your ………leaders will be in the enemy’s crosshairs, so you must execute strong defensive tactics. You won’t win only playing defense, so get on offense! The crossfire is intense, so penetrate through enemy territory by bombing through the press, and use your strong weapons – your Big Guns – to drive to the hole. Shoot with accuracy; aim high and remember it takes blood, sweat and tears to win.”
It would be just to have this bill, inspired by Palin's sick fundraising tool, to be named after Christina Green.