Sarah Bin Laden?

What is a terrorist, exactly?

ter·ror·ist

[ter-er-ist]  –noun

1.  a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism.
2.  a person who terrorizes or frightens others.

Alright, so we need to define terrorism to fully appreciate the first definition.  Here you go:

ter·ror·ism

[teruh-riz-uhm]  –noun

1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

So a terrorist could be fairly defined as “one who uses or advocates the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.”  The concept seems simple enough.

Apparently some people were so upset when they realized that 45,000 Americans annually were not going to needlessly die from a lack of health insurance due to the new legislation that they felt the need to throw a temper tantrum to protest healthy citizens.   I am aware that’s a run-on sentence.

Many of these tantrums involved all sorts of nasty, vindictive behavior, from publically praying for the deaths of those who supported healthcare reform (not likely to have any effect on anything, of course, but he thinks it might, which is key) to actually breaking into Democrats’ offices and vandalizing them, sending death threats, and vandalizing homes.   While none of this outrageous behavior is likely to get them what they want, it might land them in jail – many of the acts in protest of the new law are, of course criminal.

Are the acts actually terrorism?  The “the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes?”  Of course.  It can’t be taken any other way.  No one has been killed yet, but the threat is there – and in response, security for lawmakers has been beefed up considerably because the threat is very very real. 

Will the terrorism get them what they want?  Of course not – terrorism is rarely effective, which, of course is the irony.  What was the mantra? 

“We do not negotiate with terrorists, we put them out of business.” Scott McClellen, of the Bush Administration,  January 2006

Besides which, as the parent of three small children, I can tell you what all effective parents know.  You never give in to tantrums unless you want to encourage them. 

I read last night (before my power went out for 4 hours – ugh) that Sarah “Palin’s Facebook page now carries a map featuring 20 gun sights, one for each of the Democrats targeted this year by her political action committee…”  Gun sights – those crosshairs you see when aiming a firearm at something …or someone. 

She also urged her Twitter followers,  “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!”  Metaphorical, perhaps, but is this an appropriate time for violent figures of speech when many of her “followers” are either so misinformed, so misled, so unstable, and frankly, so unintelligent that they may well take her rhetoric on as their own personal mission to save America?

In the midst of ongoing threats of violence against supporters of the healthcare reform, even hinting at inciting violence in this manner is beyond irresponsible.  I think she knows that.

“….a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism”

Legal or not, if she were Muslim, she would be on the terror watch list by now. 

And she’s not alone – there are plenty of other Tea Partiers even more outspoken about the situation.

Most savvy Republicans are attempting to distance themselves from the criminal activity.  As I mentioned, oh, only about four days ago – it’s really too little too late; they’ve been riled up for months and months and have been successfully convinced by their media and leaders that their world is coming to an end. 

I’m a realist:  there are mindless, misinformed, and unstable people on all sides of the political spectrum, but those on the left don’t have cheerleaders encouraging potentially violent outbursts. 

Way to go, Sarah – it takes a true American leader to suggest anyone go out and whack the lawmakers that they are displeased with.  Even your fellow conservatives are backing off.  Is it that you are so wound up in your own self-importance that you don’t really care what happens to our legislators – fellow Americans with spouses, parents and children?  Or is it just outrageously terrible judgement? 

Whatever the reason, it’s a very poor quality in a leader, unless, naturally, you are the leader of a terrorist organization.  Which at this moment, I’m not entirely sure she’s not.

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“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

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