Why would the Vice-President of the United States and a columnist for what was once the most influential newspaper in the country use such explosive language to defame and attempt to stigmatize multi-millions of Americans who not only demonstrated their significant power in the midterm elections of 2010 but set the terms of the debate over the national debt?
This is not the first time such language has been used to smear conservatives.
Ironically, the appearance of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, on the House floor last evening to cast a vote in favor of the compromise debt ceiling bill symbolizes the very problem. While all decent Americans can celebrate her dramatic recovery from a potentially lethal gunshot wound, her Democrat colleagues in Congress, the media, and Leftwing pundits used her terrible misfortune to accuse Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, the Tea Party, and the conservative movement as a whole of being co-conspirators in her assassination attempt. They claimed that the rhetoric used by conservatives was singularly responsible for the carnage caused by one deranged perpetrator.