We knew it was coming. And to say you didn't, means your out of touch with whats been going on for the past several years. It has become's more toxic with each passing day, with each new Facebook posting, with each new tweet. I don't have many, or really anyone that listens to what I say. So I could get away with saying almost anything without much fear of it falling on the wrong ears. But when you have a nation full of people listening and reading everything you say, then you do have a responsibility to express your views in a mature, accurate and truthful way. And do it without demoralizing & demonizing the other side. Or worst yet, calling them un-american or unpatriotic because they have different point of view. When you want to engage the other side, and challenge their views, your don't use words like "lock & load" or put cross-hair target's on them. That doesn't encourage debate, It encourages violence! We don't need people like Sarah Palin in politics. We need people who can work together. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party have no intentions on bringing this country together. You can tell by their rhetoric. In politics, you've already lost once and quit once. When you quit Alaska, you said you were doing it for the good of Alaska. So do what's good for America...quit!
"The climate has gotten so toxic in our political discourse, setting up for this kind of reaction for too long. It's unfortunate to say that. I hate to say that," Grijalva said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "If you're an opponent, you're a deadly enemy," Grijalva said of the mindset among Arizona extremists. "Anybody who contributed to feeding this monster had better step back and realize they're threatening our form of government."
Grijalva said that Tea Party leader Sarah Palin should reflect on the rhetoric that she has employed. "She -- as I mentioned, people contributing to this toxic climate -- Ms. Palin needs to look at her own behavior, and if she wants to help the public discourse, the best thing she could do is to keep quiet."
Grijalva said that his family has been provided with protection and that he expects further precautions will be taken by Capitol Police when he returns to Capitol Hill.
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Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), who represents a district adjacent to Gabrielle Giffords's, said that Saturday's shooting is a consequence of the vitriolic rhetoric that has arisen over the past few years among extreme elements of the Tea Party.