Monday, October 27, 2008

Tennessee GOP Chair Just Doesn't Get It

On the heels of breaking news (see below), that two skinheads were caught planning an attack on a gun store which would then lead to a murdering spree of black youths, with an eventual goal of trying to assassinate Barack Obama the Chair of the Tennessee Republican party has this to say:

"Hate is not a political party, policy statement, agenda or ideology - it is a pure evil that no place in civil society," said Robin Smith, Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party. "Whether it is neo-Nazi skinheads plotting a racist shooting spree targeting Sen. Obama, or West Hollywood liberals hanging Gov. Sarah Palin in effigy and calling it 'art,' or unknown anarchists tossing bricks through the windows of a county Republican headquarters in Murfreesboro, Americans of all political views should be outraged."

You know what would have been good/classy/correct? You could have not said anything, acknowledge the very real threat to 102 of your neighbors and the somewhat more distant threat to a candidate for the presidency of our nation. AT THE VERY LEAST, you could have kept your mouth shut.

Instead you try and compare that plot to this:
An effigy of U.S. Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin hanging by a noose as part of a Halloween display drew complaints on Monday, but local officials said the homeowner was covered by free speech rights.

"People have First Amendment rights (to free speech)," Goss said. "I would speculate that if it's part of a Halloween display then its political satire."

Was the effigy tactless? Yes.
Was the effigy threatening? Maybe.
Was the effigy anywhere near the realm of planning to kill 102 individuals and then make an attempt on the life of a presidential candidate? NO!
For the record, I would be saying the same thing if a group was caught making a serious attempt against anyone and John McCain.

Some people just don't get it!

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