Sarah Palin had targeted congress members on her Facebook page with rifle-scope crosshairs (the page has been removed); the offending congress members are in her sights for voting in favor of health care reform. Such actions are akin to yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater; irresponsible, and a public danger.
Unfortunately, such misguided attacks are not limited to the right wing. Credo Action posted “bracket of evil” for March Madness, asking people to choose who is most evil from among such persons and corporations as Sarah Palin, Monsanto, Fox News, Glen Beck, and others.
The point I wish to make is that from whatever quarter these attacks come, they are attacks, and accomplish little more than to poison and polarize. Rather than engaging in civil discourse with open minds, and with the free and open exchange of ideas, we as a society seem to have descended into a downward spiral where we affix ideological labels such as “socialist” or “fascist” to each other, allowing us to avoid listening to each other as human beings. We do ourselves and our country a disservice thereby.