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Opinion: Accountability is Key to Stability

Ed’s note: This is the second of two opposing views of yesterday, January 8, 2011, shooting in Arizona.

By Motecuzoma Sanchez

Like most of our nation, I was appalled to hear of the massacre in Tucson, Arizona which included six people killed and 12 others shot. Among those killed were a federal judge, a nine year old girl recently elected to her school student council, and a campaign manager for Democratic Congresswoman Gifford, who was the primary target and first to be shot-point blank in the head.

What I was not was surprised. Arizona has become —in the words of Arizona Sheriff Clarence Dupnick— “the Mecca of hate”. From racist laws like SB 1070 to the attack and ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona has become the epicenter of repression and backwards ideology.

I was also not surprised to learn that the assailant is described as mentally unstable with anti federal government sentiments. The heart of Tea Party, aka Republican Party, activity is fueled by such individuals. Individuals who have shown up to Presidential rallies with semi-automatic weapons proudly displayed along with flags of Don’t Tread on Me, hijacked public townhall meetings with angry outbursts and threats, and attacked Democrat offices with gunfire during the debate for National Health Care. Congresswoman Gifford was among those whose office was shot at and vandalized for voting for, what has been demonized by the pied pipers of hate as, ObamaCare.

Such individuals have been instigated and encouraged by hatemongers who prey on fear and poverty and spread ignorance while profiting from such endeavors with books, TV shows, and speaking engagements- all while cowardly remaining safe from afar. Safe from critical scrutiny, safe from the poverty they prey upon, safe from the responsibility of their rhetoric, and safe from the bullets that took so many lives in Arizona.

In the aftermath of this massacre we will hear those cowards attempt to deflect responsibility for their hateful and dangerous rhetoric by calling for calm and unity and mutual understanding. While I agree there should be calm, there can be neither unity nor understanding for why Sarah Palin had a virtual hit list on her website with rifle crosshairs over the names of members of Congress including Rep Gifford. A grim graphic that Rep Gifford herself complained of and cautioned against. While the “momma grizzly” of the Tea Party and therefore Republican Party, was encouraging her supporters to stand with her, keeping a running count of the “targets” with those eliminated being colored red as if to imply a kill; radio and TV personalities like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Riley, and Glenn Beck have been reinforcing that danger with hatred, lies, and confusion.

President Obama has been demonized as a “threat” to America along with the rest of the Democrats of his Party by the same people who defended President Bush for taking our nation to a fruitless war under false pretenses and admitted to sanctioning torture.  Since the election the Republican Party has put all of their efforts into obstructing the progress that the country voted for, and they have put their full support behind these harpies of hate.

 In the last election Republican Senate candidate Sharon Angle was openly advocating for violence in the event her party did not win the election, calling for the Second Amendment (Right to Bear Arms) “remedy”. Sarah Palin’s advocacy of Republicans losing elections not to retreat but to “reload”, did not earn her admonishment from her Party, it earned her invitations to speak at Party functions, book deals, and TV shows for her and her talentless daughter.

This rhetoric was sanctioned by the Republican Party who benefitted during the last election winning many seats in the House, which was accredited to the fervor of the Tea Party and its pundits. One of their first acts, after recently gaining control of the House, was to vote on repealing Health Care, despite knowing it would not pass the Senate and would be vetoed by the President. In the wake of the Arizona massacre they have opted to longer take that vote; a recognition of guilt.

So it is no surprise that cowards who hide behind Internet connections and TV screens will attempt to deflect attention away from their very active and dangerous rhetoric. And there are those, weak of heart and clouded of mind, who will call for a forgetful unity and understanding. I clearly say now is not the time to forget, but to hold those who have profited from dangerous rhetoric, violent instigation, and ignorant hate to be scrutinized by our entire nation and be held accountable for their irresponsible vitriol. Christina Taylor Greene, the nine year old girl tragically killed, who was ironically born on September 11, 2001, deserves as much.

It is the best way to move forward and heal. Poison can’t be ignored or swept in the dark as it will always remain a threat to the civility of our Democracy and society. Accountability is the key to stability not holding hands with our heads in the sand while predators are in the midst. As Rep Gabrielle Giffords said in a foretelling interview,

“For example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action”.

Patrick Motecuzoma Sanchez is an Iraq War veteran, a Stocktonm CA. Civil Rights activist, and past Mayor of Stockton candidate.

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7 thoughts on “Opinion: Accountability is Key to Stability

  1. I’m guessing that many of you who read this web site know of people lost to gunfire in Stockton as well as people lost in the semi-annual gun massacres that capture national headlines. There are of course multiple underlying local problems: poverty, unemployment, gangs, shootings by police from time to time with circumstances that would make anyone suspicious, etc. It’s way too easy to reach for a gun to “solve” a problem – including by police who face daily a populace with superior firepower which should not excuse the wrongful killings. Too many guns, too easy access – we are shooting too many people in this country and not only is Washington not doing anything about it, Congress, state legislatures, and the U.S. Supreme Court are making it worse. Take action to stop this madness. Repeal the right to keep and bear arms, and impose a graduated tax on ownership and possession. Text of Constitutional Amendment and legislation are at http://www.mjbarkl.com/run.htm .

    Thank you.

    Best wishes,

    –Mike Barkley, Candidate for Congress new CA-10 District

    Posted by Michael Barkley | September 29, 2011, 1:12 pm
  2. Loughner is a registered Republican (http://img171.imageshack.us/f/jllrsc.jpg/)

    Posted by Dirty | January 10, 2011, 8:38 pm
  3. So true.

    Posted by Dirty | January 10, 2011, 5:39 pm
  4. Brother Motecuzoma is right on the point and a warrior as his name suggests; thank you for speaking up of this shameful act of hate and unchallenged problem overpopulating our continent.

    This is a Tragedy for the “United” States! There is a lack of accountability for our “leadership”. The State of Arizona is festering with open hatred, encourages discrimination and racism… SB 1070, 287G, and HR2281 the band on Ethnic Studies as well as the party system fueling this campaign of carnage… this is nothing new… it just hit the public as a backlash from the message bombarded into the streets and minds of Arizona citizens. Violence is never the answer, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr who was once a target of Arizona, “A threat to Justice ANYWHERE, is a treat to Justice EVERWHERE!”

    It is far past time for us as the human race to organize and mobilize to break the borders of oppression that increase the division of our peoples though poverty, driving us to disparity to the point that we have ignorance of self, our surroundings and murders of innocent people, high substance abuse and paths to incarceration… this system perpetuates poverty where we are the targets to be exploited and criminalized by law enforcement. Much can be said, but the people need action and organization… the nation going “Red” was a horrible mistake like the 8 years of economical disaster the “Bush” administration has caused, setting up any president for failure… red, blue or any party outside the binary strangle hold.

    The people Demand Justice! The People Demand Accountability!! Motecuzoma was right when he said that the rightwing media and political puppets are “reinforcing that danger with hatred, lies, and confusion.”

    In the spirit of Dr. King, nearing his National day of recognition January 17th, 2011, “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

    Much love and respect to all of you who continue to organize for freedom, wisdom, and accountability. These leaders need to take the HIT with the poor and homeless people too! Bail out workers! F*** the Banks… BOYCOTTS are in order!

    WE as Tax payers fuel this nation and we demand solutions be made…

    Time to get organized, No more panhandling for “Change”

    POWER TO THE PEOPLE! All Nations, All My Relations…

    La Lucha Sigue, Si Se Puede!

    Posted by Steven Payan | January 10, 2011, 9:54 am
  5. You are absolutely correct in your assessment and evaluation.

    Fox News and Conservative-radio pundits are culpable in the violence that is committed by their suggestions of strong-arm tactics of fake political revolution. Their “free speech” needs to be investigated for “inciting violence”, which is factually “hate-speech”.

    Posted by Al Nava | January 10, 2011, 9:03 am


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