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How the Right's Rhetoric Fueled the Actions of Arizona's Mass Murderer

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to those who would like to attribute Loughner's actions to the Tea Party, I say, hold up; take a breath. But to those on the far right, and to the more mainstream right-wingers who fail to condemn the poisonous claims of the far right, I say, you're hardly off the hook. Had the vitriolic rhetoric that today shapes Arizona's political landscape (and, indeed, our national landscape) never come to call, Loughner may have found a different reason to go on a killing spree. But that vitriol does exist as a powerful prompt to the paranoid, and those who publicly deem war on the federal government a patriot's duty should today be doing some soul-searching.

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Don't tell me that Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck told... by Rob Kall on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 11:23:24 AM
Listen for: "Speak American", the Alamo reference... by Kevin Tully on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 11:49:42 AM
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