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Yes, Blame the Arizona shooting on Sarah Palin

It is the inchoate fear of the increasingly virulent language and actions of the right-wing that led to this "senseless" shooting in Arizona today of the Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the killing of half-a-dozen people, including an aide and Judge Roll, along with injuring more than a dozen others.

After listening to Limbaugh, Palin, and their arch-conservative cohorts, it has been clear to me they have encouraged hate, fear, and violence in their attacks against the President, with lies, distortions, a total ignorance of the U.S. Constitution, all with a crucifix around her neck. 

I want our Democratic leaders and our President to call this for what it is:  Fear of how the world is changing, and how it must change, how it was destined to change.  In the next days, you will hear about the "senseless" killer(s).  Not true.  Everything is connected -- and the fearmongerers in this country who are making millions for their lies and hypocrisy need to be challenged by our leadership who understand that we must be tolerant, peacemaking, inclusive.

But of course, many of them won't -- they want to appeal to the "mainstream" who is also afraid of the changing demographics in this country, the economic and cultural impact of globalization, climate change, the aging economics of this country -- but please, they don't want things to change right now. 

So it will be up to us to call our representatives and demand that they take a stand on this shooting that is not senseless at all.

Better yet, I hope that women around the country take these guns away from the boys and the girls who think that being a boy is somehow special, once and for all. 

Power doesn't come from a loaded gun, Ms. Palin.  It comes from a woman who recognizes that we are here to heal the world.  A woman who stands up for Peace, Love, Forgiveness, Healing.  That kind of woman is truly fearless, it is not weak at all.  And that kind of woman is inside each and every one of us if we're not afraid to listen.

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