Sarah Palin’s beautful commentary on the Arizona tragedy…Will Obama match it?

Read the whole thing here.  If you read just one more commentary on this subject, let it be Palin’s.

Some of her speech highlights:

President Reagan said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions.  And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible

Just days before she was shot, Congresswoman Giffords read the First Amendment on the floor of the House. It was a beautiful moment and more than simply “symbolic,” as some claim, to have the Constitution read by our Congress. I am confident she knew that reading our sacred charter of liberty was more than just “symbolic.” But less than a week after Congresswoman Giffords reaffirmed our protected freedoms, another member of Congress announced that he would propose a law that would criminalize speech he found offensive.

President Barack Obama will speak later today about the same tragedy.  I wonder if he will use the opportunity to embolden his base through a subtle rebuke of the right, or look for ways to see the greatness in our nation.  Sarah Palin found a way to remind us of the nation’s greatness.  

What do you think Obama will say?  How many times will he mention Sasha and Malia?  How many times will he mention himself?  

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  • Is a paranoid schizophrenic really accountable for their actions?  Doesn’t society have some responsibility here?  

    Part of the problem in this tragedy is that no law was broken when a paranoid schizophrenic purchased a Glock with extended magazines.

    I’m curious as to the context of Reagan’s quote.  Anyone know when and why he was saying it?

  • One kind quote from this Washington Post article

    We hope that Governor Palin will recognize, when it is brought to her attention, that the term “blood libel” brings back painful echoes of a very dark time in our communal history when Jews were falsely accused of committing heinous deeds. When Governor Palin learns that many Jews are pained by and take offense at the use of the term, we are sure that she will choose to retract her comment, apologize and make a less inflammatory choice of words.

    I hope the RMG community will understand why this was a poor choice of words and only served to diminish her comments by dismaying a whole community of conservative Jewish supporters.

  •  I’m going to guess that the majority here on RMG don’t like Sarah Palin, and this will affect everything that’s said about her on RMG.