Of Martyrdom and Dog Whistles
Hours before President Obama is to arrive in Tucson for a memorial service for the six people killed in Saturday’s rampage targeting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — and showing that even with six dead and 14 injured, in her narcissistic mind it’s all about her — Talibunny released an eight minute video in which she fires back (so to speak) at those pointing out her past use of violent imagery and placing gun sights on Giffords’ district during the 2010 campaign.
Palin says of those who criticized her and other politicians and pundits for a toxic political environment, that “journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn.”
Blood libel? Did I hear a high-pitched whistle? Or is that the sound of someone nailing herself to a cross? Or both?
Talibunny loves the persecuted martyr role, whether the one oppressing her is the media, Kenyan Mooslem community organizers, or people who use their brains for critical thinking.
I don’t know much about religion, so let’s go to someone who does, Anthea Baker, a professor of religion at the University of Pennsylvania, to explain the dog whistles:
Blood libel, a term rooted in medieval Christianity, started as a rumor that Jews were killing Christian babies, and using their blood to mix into matzoh. The blood libel, refuted first by Pope Innocent IV through a series of papal bulls, has nonetheless persisted throughout history as a way for Christians at times to scapegoat Jews. Palin, by calling the media’s alleged persecution of her a “blood libel” plays into this evil history by inference. But does she understand how this comment of blood libel appears anti-Semitic? Not only is Rep. Giffords Jewish, but accusing the media of “blood libel” could be seen as playing into anti-Semitic memes that Jews control the media.
Earlier in the week, Glenn Beck, her BFF, sent Palin an email of “concern,” stating that she should get “protection” because an attempt on her life could “bring the republic down.” …By equating the potential for an attack on Sarah Palin as an event that would “bring the republic down,” Beck plays into the martyrdom fantasy he promotes daily. It is this type of bombastic hyperbole that has the nation in mourning. By turning the tragedy inside out, making it about themselves, and not about Palin’s “don’t retreat, reload” refrain, and the crosshairs map smack dab over Congresswoman Gifford’s district, Beck and Palin are taking advantage of the situation by attempting to cast themselves as the persecuted.
Meanwhile, 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, one of the true victims, will be buried tomorrow.