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It seems those who support using violent rhetoric are now preaching peace & justice, or at least some of those who have presidential ambitions, e.g. Sarah Palin are doing so, but a lot more preaching of peace & justice will have to go on to begin to make up for the violent rhetoric that has been used & is being used in American politics today, mostly on the right-wing of the conservative party, which in a probably related turn of events is now the dominant ideological force in the conservative party, much more so than the left-wing of the rather conservatively liberal party.
I suppose it’s possible that the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — who was out speaking with constituents, some of whom were harmed, in her Arizona district when a gunmen in his 20s reportedly walked up to her and began shooting — had nothing to do with this:
It’s possible. But whenever a politician is harmed in an act of violence we have to pause for a moment to think 1) this is comparatively rare in this country, for which we should be thankful, and 2) in light of it’s rarity, what could have caused it? Isolated individuals with distorted views of reality and a tendency towards violence are always to be found, but it’s hard to separate this shooting from the sometimes extreme rhetoric against Giffords, a Democrat, leading up to her November re-election, the high number of death threats against President Obama, and the increasing anger under which many operate politically these days.
The hate-mongers will try to back away from responsibility in this, as they always do, but violent rhetoric, unpinned from facts and reality, gives solace to those nursing extreme fears.
– Monica Potts
Posted by Monica Potts on January 8, 2011 3:35 PM
Dear START Supporter,
Right now you have an opportunity to change history.
Today is the National Day of Action to reduce our nation’s nuclear stockpiles by demanding that the U.S. Senate ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
As you read this, activists from across the country are meeting with senators to deliver your letters and show them that we demand a reduction in our nuclear stockpiles. Even if you’re not in Washington, you can lend your voice to this powerful effort.
Call your senators right now and tell them to ratify New START before the end of the year.
Get your senators’ phone numbers , then watch this short video and share it with five friends—you’re part of a movement.
Demanding zero starts now! Pick up the phone and help change our nation’s future.
The world has enough nuclear weapons. In fact, we could use a lot less. The United States has 10,500 nuclear weapons. Russia has 14,000. The arms race is long since over, and it’s time we reduce the stockpiles and secure the materials before they fall into the wrong hands.
This past April, President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) which, if ratified by the U.S. Senate will, reduce each country’s nuclear stockpile by a third, and open up both nations’ programs for more transparent inspections and verification.
Let your senators know that this issue is important to you by sending them a letter and calling them right now.
Thank you for your support and activism,
The Demand Zero Team
Talking points for New START
If calling your senators’ offices about New START sounds frightening, it shouldn’t be. These are our elected officials, who are legally required to listen to what you have to say. It will take about two minutes, and you don’t need to have expert knowledge on the issue to voice your opinion.
Here is a quick guide to calling your senators on New START, from our partner organization WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions).
- Find out whether your senators support START or not at TakePart.com/START. You will find a list of every senator who currently doesn’t support START, along with their phone numbers.
- If one or both of your senators isn’t on the START page, it’s because they support the Treaty! Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected to their office(s). Tell them thanks for all the support!
- Use this sample message when you call, or feel free to say whatever you like:
“Hello, my name is [your name]. I am calling from [your city/town], and I want to urge Senator ____ to support the ratification of the New START. I am hopeful that Senator _____ will support this treaty and the goal of a more safe and secure future when s/he votes on the New START Treaty on the Senate Floor. Could you please make sure the Senator gets this message?”
And that’s it! The receptionist will take note of your message and make sure it gets passed on. Let others know you took the time to call and update your Facebook or Twitter status!