Quote of the Day

"Until we have more definitive information about the shooter, pointing fingers at who might bear responsibility for the Tucson, Arizona, massacre only contributes to what we must end in America: a toxic political environment."—CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen, who adds that "this is not a moment to point fingers and make accusations [but] to pray for the victims."

Embedded within Gergen's admonishment is the damnable lie that pointing out this act of violence does not exist in a void is the same thing as placing blame for the massacre.

One of the most classic ways to avoid accountability is to accuse people asking for it of (mis)placing blame.

And now, with shades of the ever-popular rightwing lament that being called on one's racism is as bad or worse than being a victim of racism, calling out purveyors of violent rhetoric is just as bad as being an eliminationist oneself.


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