Posted by: eseeders | January 9, 2011

Rhetoric in Our Discourse and the Effect it Has

Jared Lee Loughner does not appear to be directly associated with any political organization tea party or otherwise, he was and is a severely mentally disturbed individual. That said we should still not disregard the vile rhetoric in our political discourse (especially on the right) which through implication encourages actions such as this and more than likely influenced this man to a great degree. People have to realize that we’re not in kindergarten anymore, the sticks and stones rhyme no longer applies. Words mean something, they effect people as well as their actions, politicians need to get their heads out of their asses, stand up against this rhetoric and bring an end to it.

Steve Benen at Washington Monthly has more on the subject here and here.

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