Sarah Palin Encourages Harassment
At a recent Tea Party gathering former governor Sarah Palin spoke out about the need for solutions to America’s problems. Instead of speaking about viable, logical ways to improve America, Palin instead encouraged harassment of Obama supporters.
“Or that bumper sticker you see on the next Subaru driving by, an Obama bumper sticker. You should stop the driver and say, ‘So how is that hopey, changey thing working out for you?'”
Hopey? Changey? What? Sarah, WHAT? We’re really supposed to see you as a mature, professional politician when you use words that don’t exist and advocate stopping drivers who support someone you don’t like? Even rhetoric violence can lead to real violence, which at that point will be undeniably blamed on the people who supposed the idea.
In fact, it looks like one Tennessee driver has already taken Palin’s message to heart. The driver repeatedly rammed his car into another car that was sporting Obama/Biden stickers. Did I mention in the car was a 10 year old girl? Fortunately no one was hurt and the offender was arrested (and allegedly very drunk). Palin may think she’s making a joke, but that type of harassment is very real.
What do you think? Does Palin’s power position mean she shouldn’t say these sorts of things? Or was her statement harmless?
Note: As many of you know, I don’t like to rag on Palin as she already receives a lot of bashing from…everyone else. But this was just too much for me.