With regard to the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, it’s very important to remember one thing: the Tea Party movement is a Religion of Peace. Its jihadi-style rhetoric against liberal Christ scorning secularists, and its persistent references to guns, gun sites, targeting, and locking-and-loading are metaphors.
And what are they metaphors of?
Every Tea Party believer’s inner spiritual mastery over his or her own liberal and secular impulses, of course. And the ceaseless Machiavellian war that life really is. Here’s Sarah Palin exemplifying the Tea Party spirit, talking about sports (yes, sports):
To the teams that desire making it this far next year: Gear up! In the battle, set your sights on next season’s targets! From the shot across the bow – the first second’s tip-off – your leaders will be in the enemy’s crosshairs, so you must execute strong defensive tactics. You won’t win only playing defense, so get on offense!
The crossfire is intense, so penetrate through enemy territory by bombing through the press, and use your strong weapons – your Big Guns – to drive to the hole. Shoot with accuracy; aim high and remember it takes blood, sweat and tears to win. Focus on the goal and fight for it.
If the gate is closed, go over the fence. If the fence is too high, pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, parachute in. If the other side tries to push back, your attitude should be “go for it.” Get in their faces and argue with them. (Sound familiar?!) Every possession is a battle; you’ll only win the war if you’ve picked your battles wisely. No matter how tough it gets, never retreat, instead RELOAD!
In other words, life is jihad with attorneys. Deal with it. Gabrielle Gifford’s opponent in last November’s election, like Sarah Palin, represents what public-spirited democratic politics should look like in the U. S. of A.:
And here’s how the Movement of Peace attracts people to an anti-Giffords rally:
And Sarah Palin shows everybody how to get out the vote in Gifford’s district. Right on, Sarah!:
No regrets expressed by Sarah over that ad. Not before the shooting of Giffords. Not after. Why should there ever be? And here’s how to do a conservative tweet to reload the conservative spirit. Amen!:
Remember, this is all metaphor. Generating a climate of intimidation around movement resisters is the furthest thing from any Tea Partier’s mind. No Tea Partier would ever really want an unstable person to decipher Tea Party messages literally and snap. Tea Partiers promote the possession of semi-automatic weapons for hunting purposes only. The Tea Party movement is a Religion of Peace.