The Word - Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Angriness

Aired:  01/12/11 Views: 125,391

If incendiary rhetoric isn't connected to the Arizona tragedy, it logically follows that it must be good. (6:42)

NATION, WE'RE ALL STILL SADDENED

AND DISTURBED BY THE TRAGIC

SHOOTING IN TUCSON LAST

SATURDAY.

UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE SOME

WHO ARE CYNICALLY EXPLOITING

THIS EVENT BY SUGGESTING THIS

MIGHT POSSIBLY BE AN OPPORTUNITY

TO EXPLORE PERHAPS DISCUSSING

EVENTUALLY TONING DOWN OUR ANGRY

POLITICAL RHETORIC.

>> THOSE OF US IN PUBLIC LIFE

AND THE JOURNALISTS WHO COVER US

SHOULD BE THOUGHTFUL IN RESPONSE

TO THIS AND TRY TO BRING DOWN

THE RHETORIC.

>> WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING IS

HAVING A LEADERS ON BOTH SIDES

LOWERING THE LEVEL OF THE

RHETORIC.

>> I THINK IT WOULD BE BETTER

FOR POLITICAL DISCOURSE IF

PEOPLE DIDN'T CALL EACH OTHER

FASCISTS AND SOCIALISTS AND

NAZIS AND HITLER.

>> AN ELOQUENT PLEA, BUT YOU

KNOW WHO ELSE WAS ELOQUENT?

HITLER.

( LAUGHTER )

LUCKILY I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE

DEFENDING OUR RIGHT TO RAGE.

AND THAT BRINGS US TO TONIGHT'S

WORD.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

LOUTS, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT

OF ANGRINESS.

FOLKS, THE FORGOTTEN VICTIM IN

ALL OF THIS IS SARAH PALIN.

( LAUGHTER )

JUST BECAUSE LAST MARCH SHE PUT

OUT MAP OF WHAT LOOKED LIKE

GUNSIGHT CROSSHAIRS OVER 20

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT,

INCLUDING GIFFORDS, BUT GRAPHICS

ARE NOT CALLS TO ACTION.

IF THEY WERE,'D STOP WHEN I SAW

ONE OF THESE THINGS.

IT'S JUST A METAPHOR.

( LAUGHTER )

BESIDES, ACCORDING TO PALIN'S

AID, REBECCA MANSOUR, THOSE

WEREN'T CROSSHAIRS.

>> WE NEVER INTENDED IT TO BE

GUNSIGHT.

IT'S A SURVEYOR'S SYMBOL.

>> Stephen: YES, THEY WERE

SURVEYOR'S SYMBOL, WHICH

EXPLAINS WHY THIS MAP COVERED

WITH SURVEYOR'S SYMBOLS WAS

IMMEDIATELY TAKEN DOWN FROM THE

PALIN WEB SITE, BECAUSE SARAH

PALIN KNOWS THAT NOW IS NOT THE

TIME TO DETERMINE GROUND

ELEVATION.

( LAUGHTER )

WELL, THE FORMER GOVERNOR...

( APPLAUSE )

THE FORMER GOVERNOR RESPONDED TO

CRITICS TODAY IN HER ANNUAL

STATE OF MY LIVING ROOM ADDRESS.

>> THERE ARE THOSE WHO CLAIM

POLITICAL RHETORIC IS TO BLAME

FOR THE DESPICABLE ACT OF THIS

DERANGED APPARENTLY APOLITICAL

CRIMINAL.

JOURNALISTS AND PUNDITS SHOULD

NOT MANUFACTURE A BLOOD LIBEL

THAT SERVES ONLY TO INCITE THE

VERY HATRED AND VIOLENCE THAT

THEY PURPORT TO CONDEMN.

>> Stephen: SARAH PALIN KNOWS

ANGRY SPEECH ISN'T A CALL TO

VIOLENCE, UNLESS IT'S ANGRY

SPEECH DIRECTED AT SARAH PALIN

IN WHICH IT IS A CALL TO

VIOLENCE.

AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE

BRIEFLY GOVERNOR PALIN FOR DOING

HER PART TO NOT TONE DOWN THE

RHETORIC, BY USING THE

HISTORICAL TERM "BLOOD LIBEL,"

WHICH TRADITIONALLY REFERS TO

THE ACCUSATION THAT JEWS USED

CHRISTIAN BABY BLOOD IN THEIR

RITUALS.

FOR THE RECORD, JEWS DON'T USE

THE BLOOD OF CHRISTIAN BABIES.

OBAMACARE DOES.

THE POINT IS...

( APPLAUSE )

THE POINT IS, HOWEVER YOU FEEL

ABOUT PALIN'S MAP, THERE IS ZERO

EVIDENCE THAT THIS MENTALLY ILL

SHOOTER WAS INFLUENCED BY IT OR

ANY OTHER HEATED POLITICAL

RHETORIC LEFT OR RIGHT.

SO IF THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT

INCENDIARY RHETORIC HAS ANY

CONNECTION TO THIS UNSPEAKABLE

HORROR, IT LOGICALLY FOLLOWS

THAT IT MUST BE GOOD.

AFTER ALL, THERE IS NO TELLING

HOW MANY LIVES I'VE SAVED BY

YELLING "FIRE" IN A CROWDED

THEATER.

AND I AM NOT...

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

I AM NOT THE ONLY PERSON... I AM

NOT THE ONLY PERSON WHO KNOWS

THE VALUE OF UPSETTING PEOPLE.

SO DOES GLENN BECK.

>> A HUSBAND, WHO HAS AN UNHAPPY

WIFE BECAUSE THE SISTER-IN-LAW

IS TALKING TO THE UNHAPPY WIFE.

YOU FIND OUT HE'S GOT A HOT

MISTRESS ON THE SIDE.

IS CONGRESS DOING SOMETHING TO

PISS OFF US, AND US IN TALK

RADIO AND FOX NEWS, WE'RE JUST

TELLING YOU THE AMERICAN PEOPLE,

THEY GOT A HOT MISTRESS.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: I'M GOING TO LET

THAT ONE SINK IN.

SCHOLARS ARE GOING THE PARSE

THAT THING FOR CENTURIES.

THE IMPORTANT TAKEAWAY IS THAT

WHEN THE SISTER-IN-LAW TELLS THE

WIFE ABOUT THE CHEATING, SHE HAS

TO DO IT AS LOUDLY AND AS

VICIOUSLY AS POSSIBLE WITH THE

SOLE INTENT OF DESTROYING THE

MARRIAGE.

WHAT I ESPECIALLY...

( LAUGHTER )

WHAT I ESPECIALLY LIKE ABOUT

GLENN'S METAPHOR IS THAT WHEN

SOMEONE FINDS OUT A SPOUSE IS

CHEATING ON THEM, IT NEVER ENDS

VIOLENTLY.

( APPLAUSE )

BESIDES, SPEAKING TO EACH OTHER

IN MORE MEASURED TONES WOULD

VIOLATE OUR RIGHTS.

>> I TELL PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, WE

HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE ANGRY AT

WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THE

GOVERNMENT OF OUR COUNTRY.

WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO VOICE

THAT ANGER.

WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE

PARTISAN IN ONE DIRECTION OR

ANOTHER.

>> IT'S AN ATTEMPT TO REIN IN

THE SPEECH OF CONSERVATIVES AND

REPUBLICANS AND ANYONE WHO

DISAGREES WITH THE LEFT.

>> I THINK WE SHOULD GO ON THE

ATTACK AGAINST THE LEFT FOR WHAT

THEY'RE DOING TO US.

>> NO ONE SHOULD BE DETERRED

FROM SPEAKING UP AND SPEAKING

OUT IN PEACEFUL DISSENT, AND WE

CERTAINLY MUST NOT BE DETERRED

BY THOSE WHO EMBRACE EVIL AND

CALL IT GOOD.

>> ARE YOU LISTENING,

TONE-IT-DOWN CROWD?

WE MUST NOT EMBRACE EVIL AND

CALL IT GOOD.

WE MUST EMBRACE THE GOOD OF

CALLING YOU EVIL.

AND, FOLKS, I SAY IF HEATED

RHETORIC IS GOOD, MORE OF IT IS

BETTER.

SO RATHER THAN LOWERING THE

RHETORICAL TEMPERATURE, WE NEED

TO ADD FUEL TO THE FIRE AND

CONSTANTLY DEMONIZE EACH OTHER,

AND IF THERE DOES COME A DAY

WHEN THE RHETORIC GETS SO

INTENSE AND SO SPECIFICALLY

THREATENING THAT SOMEONE TAKES

IT LITERALLY AND COMMITS A

TERRIBLE ACT THAT IS CLEARLY

BASED ON THREAT RICK, THEN AND

ONLY THEN PARTISANS ON BOTH

SIDES CAN DIAL IT BACK ONE

NOTCH.

BUT UNTIL THAT DAY, UNTIL THAT

DAY, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MY

RIGHT TO BE ANGRY IS MORE

IMPORTANT THAN ANYONE ELSE'S

RIGHT TO NOT LIVE IN FEAR.

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