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Author:  Catherine [ Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:50 am ]
Post subject:  The "Lock and Load" Rhetoric of American Politics

The "Lock and Load" Rhetoric of American Politics Isn't Just a Metaphor

By Marty Kaplan

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I'm not saying that putting a bullseye on Arizona Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' congressional race - as Sarah Palin did - was an explicit or intentional invitation to violence. Nor am I saying that the "Get on Target for Victory" events held by the guy Giffords beat - "Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly" - was the reason her assassin went after her. This tragedy is still unfolding, and the questions of motive and incitement will be argued about for a long time to come.

But I am saying that the "lock and load"/"take up your arms" rhetoric of American politics isn't just an overheated metaphor. For years, the language of sports has dominated political journalism, and discourse about hardball and the horserace and the rest of the macho athletic lexicon has been a factor in the trivialization of our public sphere. This has helped dumb down democracy, making a serious national discussion about anything important too wonky for words.

The "second amendment solution," though, does something worse than make politics a branch of entertainment. It makes it a blood sport. I know politics ain't beanbag. But words have consequences, rhetoric shapes reality, and much as we like to believe that we are creatures of reason, there is something about our species' limbic system and lizard brainstems that makes us susceptible to irrational fantasies.



MOre at the link...

Author:  Catherine [ Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The "Lock and Load" Rhetoric of American Politics

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If our leaders -- of all political persuasions -- once again fail to find their voices and speak out in no uncertain terms against insurrectionist ideology and the weak gun laws that routinely arm America's deranged and disgruntled, then Tucson will mark the beginning, and not the end, of America's flirtation with anarchy.


Tucson Shooting Shows True Face of NRA's "Second Amendment Remedies"

by Josh Horowitz


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Author:  expiretheliars [ Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The "Lock and Load" Rhetoric of American Politics

Catherine wrote:
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If our leaders -- of all political persuasions -- once again fail to find their voices and speak out in no uncertain terms against insurrectionist ideology and the weak gun laws that routinely arm America's deranged and disgruntled, then Tucson will mark the beginning, and not the end, of America's flirtation with anarchy.


Tucson Shooting Shows True Face of NRA's "Second Amendment Remedies"

by Josh Horowitz


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Right on!!

When you mix two parts government oppression, one part NRA, and three parts of a "watered down," health care system, stuff like this is going to happen.

...then we call the mainstream media to be our paramedics, at the scene of the crime, to tell us (umh)...

IF WE ONLY COULD OF GOTTEN THERE A LITTLE BIT EARLIER!! :roll: :roll: :roll:

Isn't insanity wonderful?? :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

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