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Monday, January 17, 2011

Ed Koch to Palin:Your strength and lack of fear make America stronger

Excerpts from Ed Koch Commentary: Reflections on Sarah Palin By Ed Koch

As I see it, in the current battle for public opinion Sarah Palin has defeated her harsh and unfair critics.

After the January 8 shooting of U.S. Representative  Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six others in Tucson, Arizona, some television talking heads and members of the blogosphere denounced her and held her in part responsible for creating a climate of hatred that resulted in the mass attacks.

An example is Joe Scarborough and his crew on the “Morning Joe” show, which I watch and generally enjoy every morning at 6:30 a.m. when I rise to start the day.   Because Palin designated Congresswoman Giffords and others for defeat in the November elections by the use of crosshairs on website maps of the Congressional districts, they blamed Palin for creating an atmosphere that caused Jared Loughner (whom everyone now recognizes as being mentally disturbed) to embark on the shooting and killing spree.

Today the phrase “blood libel” can be used to describe any monstrous defamation against any person,  Jew or non-Jew.  It was used by Prime Minister  Ariel Sharon when he was falsely accused of permitting the Lebanese Christian militia to kill hundreds of defenseless and innocent Muslim men, women and children in Lebanese refugee camps.  The killings were monstrous and indefensible revenge for earlier killings by Muslims of innocent Christian civilians.

Many women understand what she has done for their cause.  She will not be silenced nor will she leave the heavy lifts to the men in her Party.  She will not be falsely charged, remain silent, and look for others – men – to defend her.  She is plucky and unafraid.

While I disagree with her and I am prepared to oppose her politically, in the spirit of longed-for civility I say, Ms. Palin you are in a certain sense an example of the American dream:  You have the courage to stand up and present your vision of America to its people.  Your strength and lack of fear make America stronger and are examples to be emulated by girls and boys, men and women who are themselves afraid to speak up.  You provide the example that they need for self-assurance.

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Thanks to PalinTV for the link to this article from Koch

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