In response to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
and others last Saturday, Sarah Palin has recorded a nearly eight-minute
video condemning the attacks, praising "the heroism of those who
overpowered a deranged gunman" and reaffirming "passionate exchange and
debate of ideas" in American political discourse. The former vice
presidential candidate expressed her condolences to victim's families and also voiced her concerns about the "irresponsible statements from
people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event." Here's
part of what she had to say about the newly inflamed debate
surrounding heated political rhetoric (full
transcript at National Review
are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable
act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim
political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when
was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures
literally settled their differences with dueling pistols? In an ideal
world all discourse would be civil and all disagreements cordial. But
our Founding Fathers knew they weren’t designing a system for perfect
men and women. If men and women were angels, there would be no need for
government. Our Founders’ genius was to design a system that helped
settle the inevitable conflicts caused by our imperfect passions in
civil ways. So, we must condemn violence if our Republic is to endure.
Sarah Palin: "America's Enduring Strength" from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.
Want to add to this story? Let us know in comments
or send an email to the author at
ehayden at nationaljournal dot com.
You can share ideas for stories on the Open Wire.