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The Massacre in Arizona: Will America Ever Learn?

 

"There will always be fanatics or psychopaths everywhere willing to eliminate public figures they abhor. Even more so when the politics of hate poison the national debate and lenient laws for acquiring firearms invite brutality - both notorious facts in the United States. For the umpteenth time, Americans are forced to cope with an outbreak of violence in their political struggles."

 

EDITORIAL

 

Translated By Brandi Miller

 

January 11, 2011

 

Brazil - Estadão - Original Article (Portuguese)

Christina Greene: Born on September 11, 2001 and killed by a would-be assassin's bullet at a rally for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her death was a particularly cruel footnote to one of the darkest events in recent American history.

 

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There will always be fanatics or psychopaths everywhere willing to eliminate public figures they abhor. Even more so when the politics of hate poison the national debate and lenient laws for acquiring firearms invite brutality - both notorious facts in the United States. Throughout American history political violence has claimed countless victims, from presidents and civic leaders, like Lincoln, Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., to ordinary people, like the 168 people killed by an extreme-right terrorist in the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995.

 

The emergence of Barack Obama on the nation's scene, although it filled the majority of the population with hope and pride, provoked feelings of disgust that barely disguised their racist roots from a radical segment of society encouraged by the stridently conservative media. The new president's policies, such as state intervention to save an economy in tatters, and the fulfillment of his promise to send to Congress a comprehensive plan to reform the health care system, have been stigmatized as steps toward the implementation of creeping socialism in the U.S. All with the support of "liberals" - the Democratic Party and progressive sectors of the intellectual elite.

 

Intensifying the climate of open hostility toward government is the spread of the slander that Obama had been investing against the core values of the nation, not only because he's a foreigner that forged his citizenship, but even worse, that he's a closet Muslim. According to one estimate, close to 30 death threats addressed to the president arrive at the White House every day - four times more than George W. Bush. At the same time, what seemed to be a marginal expression of American politics - the aggressive movement against state activism and the tax system called the Tea Party - transformed into a powerful force, with strong influence over the Republican Party.

 

Led by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the legendary candidate for vice president in 2008, the Tea Party began a crusade against "leftists" in the mid-term elections last September. On the Internet, 20 of them appeared behind the crosshairs of a gun sight. "We are on the list of Sarah's targets," said Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords in March, the 40 year-old candidate who was running in her second election in Arizona. "When people do that they have to realize that there are consequences to that action." On Saturday morning, in front of a supermarket near Tucson, Gabrielle was shot in the head. Her situation is critical. The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, 22, conducted a premeditated attack.

 

 

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The 31 shots from his pistol, acquired in a shop that sells hunting and fishing gear, wounded 14 people and killed six others - among them a federal judge, a child and three septuagenarians - before the assassin was subdued. The bitter irony is that the crime was perpetrated where Gabrielle periodically held her "Congress on your corner" events - a meeting with voters, typical of face-to-face contact between representatives and citizens that is a traditional part of American politics. Gabrielle also embodied ideas that provoke homicidal fantasies in Tea Party followers. A fierce defender of Obama's health program, she condemned with equal vigor the Arizona's draconian immigration law, which authorizes arrest (and deportation) of undocumented individuals.

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The Tucson killings pulled the rug from under the feet of Republicans, who last week took over control of the House of Representatives and, tomorrow, intended to put to a vote a bill with little practical effect, to repeal the health care reform. The initiative, the first chance for the movement to put the Obama government in the corner, was suspended. Disconcerted, the Republican leadership ran to deplore the slaughter. Sarah Palin, for her part, hastened to deny that her preaching may have encouraged the armed criminal. For the umpteenth time, Americans are forced to cope with an outbreak of violence in their political struggles.

 

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