Saturday, January 8, 2011

Statement

We are incredibly saddened by the evil and atrocious violence that was inflicted on our community this morning. The shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and other innocent people is not to be condoned.

Our prayers go out to Representative Giffords and all of the people who were injured or lost today. Our hope is that as a community we can heal and help those who were hurt by this terrible tragedy.

The Tucson Tea Party

35 comments:

  1. KennethJan 9, 2011 02:02 PM
    Will the Tucson Tea Party publicly denounce Sarah Palin for the atrocious map that she gleefully published for all the world to see and the accompanying statements that she made about "taking out" Congresswoman Giffords?

    YES or NO?
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  2. atomicdogJan 9, 2011 04:30 PM
    Also, the Tuscon Tea Party endorsed Kelley's campaign against Giffords, even though Kelley held events that invited supporters to come fire an
    M-16 rifle. What place do guns have at a political rally, other than to threaten, incite and intimidate the opposition? Time to put away the childish tri-corner hats and the guns and do some serious soul searching about your methods.
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  3. CHE GRUBERAJan 9, 2011 06:56 PM
    It is time for someone from the tea party to "man up" and admit that the level of violent rhetoric that has come from both leaders and followers of the tea party has been a part of encouraging extreme acts such as we saw in Tuscon this weekend. Truthers, birthers and conspiracy theorists have been given a platform and a degree of legitimacy which are not deserved. The tea party movement needs to disassociate itself from those who think it's rational to bring guns to political rallys and fundraisers. Remove the hateful imagery and rhetoric from future campaigns if you truely love your country.
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  4. DerrikJan 9, 2011 11:19 PM
    Your "traditionalist" Sarah Palin didn't even know who fought on our side during World War II. She encouraged her sycophantic followers to show up at public meetings with their firearms. Myself? I'm for a ten year moratorium on ANY immigration- no Russians, no Southeast Asians, no Mexicans, no Eastern Europeans--until we take care of the problems of our own people. I thought ESL programs never should have happened, as I would not expect a foreign country to accommodate me likewise. I am a patriot who has been told I should be shot for thinking that going to war with Iraq was a mistake. I was correct. You Tea Party people who want government out of your lives and don't want to pay taxes should have boots put on your vehicles and be disconnected from public sewer lines.
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  5. Paolo GerbaudoJan 10, 2011 10:27 AM
    It is not enough to be saddened. Now you should really repent for all the hate you have sown.
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  6. SiSiJan 10, 2011 11:17 AM
    I hold you people "tea party" and Sarah Palin responsible for this crime. You can take your messiah Sarah and your party to HELL! You are not the only ones in the U.S.A. that have 1st and 2nd amendment rights, so do I. And I will use them to stop your GOD DAMN PARTY! TURN OUT THE LIGHTS, THE PARTY IS OVER!
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  7. GabrielBZJan 10, 2011 12:39 PM
    I¨M SURE: THE TEA PARTY PEOPLE IS FASCIST. SARAH PALIN IS A PERSON VERY VERY DANGEROUS. AND HER "FRIENDS" ARE POTENTIALS KILLERS. TAKE GOOD CARE QITH THIS KIND OF PEOPLE!!! THEY CAN SEND TO HELL TO ALL PEOPLE THAT THINK IN OTHER WAY! TAKE CARE WITH THE NEW FASCISM THAT ARRIVED TO AMERICA AND THE WORLD! SARAH PALIN IS VERY DANGEROUS!
    El tiroteo de Arizona, en el que murieron seis personas y resultó herida gravemente Gabrielle Giffords, ha reavivado el debate sobre la violencia y la degradación en la política estadounidense. Mientras la legisladora lucha por su vida en el hospital University Medical Center de Tucson tras recibir un disparo en la cabeza, cientos de personas se han movilizado para realizar vigilias esta madrugada.
    El mundo político, sacudido por el ataque, se pregunta los verdaderos motivos que tuvo el joven identificado como Jared Lee Loughner, de 22 años,para abrir fuego contra la congresista y el grupo de gente que le acompañaba en un acto político. El sheriff del condado de Pima, Clarence Dupnik, lo tiene claro: sospecha que la congresista era el blanco principal del tiroteo. "Nos hemos convertido en una meca para el prejuicio y la intolerancia", ha dicho Dupnik al referirse a Arizona, Estado que en los últimos años ha sido escenario del divisivo debate sobre la inmigración ilegal.

    "Solo hay que ver cómo responden estos desequilibrados a la bilis que sale de ciertas bocas cuando hablan de acabar con el Gobierno", ha dicho el sheriff, en referencia a Loughner, detenido como autor de los disparos. "Toda esa rabia, ese odio, la intolerancia que se están viendo en este país comienza a ser escandaloso".

    Giffords, de 40 años, fue tiroteada durante un acto público fuera de un supermercado de Tucson. Junto a la legisladora fueron heridas por los disparos otras 18 personas. En un primer momento se informó de la muerte de la congresista. Después de operarle de emergencia, los médicos se muestran optimistas de su recuperación, a pesar de que sigue en estado crítico.

    El atentado contra Giffords, apenas tres días después de que tomara posesión de su cargo en un nuevo Congreso dominado por la oposición republicana, reproduce en este país escenas de violencia política que han acompañado dramáticamente a esta democracia desde su nacimiento. De nuevo, el tiroteo de un líder político pone sobre la mesa algunos aspectos siniestros de esta sociedad, de ciertos individuos y del efecto, sin duda indeseado, que el fragor del debate ideológico puede llegar a tener en mentes enfermas o fanatizadas.


    La congresista aparecía en una lista que la cara más visibles del movimiento ultraconservador Tea Party, Sarah Palin, hizo pública el año pasado sobre los enemigos a batir en las elecciones de noviembre de 2010. Aunque la grosera presentación de esa lista -con dianas apuntando a los Estados de los congresistas mencionados y el ominoso título de "No se retiren, recarguen"- provocó las iras justificadas de muchas personas, la lista se refería a 20 congresistas que habían votado a favor de la reforma sanitaria y que pertenecían a distritos ganados por los republicanos en las presidenciales de 2008, es decir susceptibles de ser recuperados por la oposición en 2010.

    Especulaciones y conexiones similares van a ser inevitables hasta que la investigación avance. Es indiscutible que el clima político en Estados Unidos se ha envenenado desde la aparición del Tea Party y, aunque este múltiple crimen sea únicamente la reacción individual de un personaje atrabiliario que llenaba Internet con absurdas reflexiones, el debate sobre la responsabilidad de la clase política está servido.

    Tras la matanza de Arizona, el debate ha caldeado la Internet. Las redes sociales han bullido de comentarios sobre el tiroteo. El nombre de la congresista y el del autor de los disparos son trending topics mundial en Twitter
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  8. GreatHairGuyJan 10, 2011 06:15 PM
    The lefty loons have already left their vile droppings.
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  9. MIKEJan 10, 2011 07:11 PM
    Just amazing to watch and listen to these insane leftist. Without a scintilla of evidence these ignorant hypocrites egged on by public officials like this warped soul Dupnik, make all of these absurd allegations. Within two hours of this terrible tragedy these nuts all over the country were spewing their politicized fantasies about this lunatic murders intentions. As usual they were all completely wrong. Being wrong doesn't seem to stop them. As I watch the national news they continue. WE AS TEA PARTY SUPPORTERS NEED TO RESPOND. I RECOMMEND A RALLY OUTSIDE DUPNIKS OFFICE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. TUCSON DOES NOT NEED A LAW ENFORCER THAT PUTS HIS PERSONAL POLITIC ABOVE PROFESSIONALISM.
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  10. MartinJan 10, 2011 09:40 PM
    C'mon Tea Party Faithful! As Mother Sarah preached, "Reload! Reload!". You know you want to! Keep clearin' the map of those commie thugs! Mother Sarah would be proud. And, if you use an M16 instead of Glock, Big Jesse would be even prouder!

    R.I.P. You f___in' Teabaggers!
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  11. Tucson Tea PartyJan 11, 2011 07:42 AM
    Many members of the Tucson Tea Party will visit this site and wish to combat some of the disgusting statements being made. We urge you to keep the dialogue positive and focus centered as we have always done. We will allow the statements that have been posted up to this point to remain as a reminder why we need to be better than them. Thank you for your support and let's keep working together to help heal our community.
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  12. thesteelykidJan 12, 2011 01:23 PM
    From http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/12/wednesdays-intriguing-people-41/?hpt=T2

    "Tucson's Tea Party co-founder says the killings in Tucson have led to a conspiracy to shut down his organization."

    Boo-hoo. Some among the Tea Party adherents have continually made veiled implications of violence directed their opponents. They have accused their opponents of socialism and fascism, based on intentional perversions of their opponents stances as well as perverted definitions of these two political ideologies. They accuse the President of the United States of lying about his citizenship when there is no basis for the accusations whatsoever.

    So please don't whine and cry when your folksy hate speech is called on the carpet. You may not be directly responsible for this tragedy, but any rhetorician worth their salt can quickly point out a thousand examples where your rhetoric was designed to encourage political violence.

    This is not your granddaddy's America. Love it exactly the way it is, or leave.
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  13. quirkeyajayJan 12, 2011 05:21 PM
    You have sown the wind, and are now reaping the whirlwind.
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  14. quirkeyajayJan 12, 2011 05:41 PM
    p.s. Your expressed view that 'the killing of innocents is not to be condoned' is admirable. Perhaps with some further reflection, you might bring yourself to the point where you can actually condemn it?
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  15. JohnJan 13, 2011 05:29 PM
    All I hear is noise from the left as always. If the left made logical sense we would understand you. Ask yourself why it is that as people progress in the world and become more educated they move away from leftist mentality? My guess is only the ignorant people will respond.... Is there a connection with the Unions and the leftist restricting educational growth..... I hope not!!
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  16. whereswangoJan 13, 2011 05:35 PM
    It's a shame that such tragedy is leveraged to make political points. We dishonor the dead with such rhetoric.
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  17. h michaelJan 13, 2011 05:59 PM
    The Tuscon Tea Party is a Patriotic Organization and its members must keep up the good work they are doing.
    The left loons who advocate for "civility" want it one way. They just want all who disagree with them to be silent. Just read the vitriol from the earlier messages.
    God bless the Tea Party and the people slain by that leftest loon.
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  18. BobJan 13, 2011 06:15 PM
    Take a look at Jared Loughner's record. I think it speaks for itself.

    http://www.docstoc.com/docs/69173115/51-pages-of-police-reports-on-suspect-Jared-Loughner-before-the-Arizona-shooting-rampage

    Thanks Tucson Tea Party for your great work. May God bless the families impacted by this tragic event.

    Bob
    www.taylorteaparty.com
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  19. pumabydesign001Jan 13, 2011 06:23 PM
    Tucson patriots, This New Yorker I totally supports and stands by you. You have my prayers and sympathies. You also have God's blessing. He will see you through. It is He who will give you the strength to persevere. Stand strong and know that you are not alone.

    Peace and blessings,
    Denise (PUMAbydesign001)
    TeaPartyNation
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  20. LauraJan 13, 2011 06:46 PM
    Many of us appreciate your important work and support what you're doing - trying to keep freedom for all Americans. Keep up the good work and God bless you!
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  21. America's Got HopeJan 13, 2011 07:02 PM
    Tucson Tea Party,
    I'm sorry that so much hate has been thrown on you in this time of great tragedy when all focus should be on making this time easier for the surviving families.
    I don't understand how anybody but Loughner can be blamed. He was a lunatic who doesn't have a conscience and had no reason to do the things he did, he might think he did but listen to this guy, he isn't human.

    Y'all are in our prayers, hold strong and lean on God's embracing arms. The right wingers all across this great Nation are behind you all the way and will give our help and support any way we can, you just let us know.

    Sincerely,

    Emily from Tyler, Texas.
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  22. DavidJan 13, 2011 07:05 PM
    Stand strong Tucson Tea Party.

    Thanks for not censoring these comments from the left. We need to be respectful of their Constitutional rights, just because that's who we are.

    As a retired American warrior I served to protect and defend the Constitution of these great United States. It gives us all the right and responsibility to speak out and to do what we believe is best for our country. We each get one vote and must use it. We must never again be intimidated or silenced by threats, foreign or domestic.

    I am simply an everyday, God-fearing, hard-working, tax-paying, family-loving, non-hyphenated AMERICAN uniting with others just like me.

    I support you and thank you for all you are doing as responsible citizens.
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  23. KathyJan 14, 2011 01:30 AM
    Thank you Tucson Tea Party for all the good work you have done. I am sorry that you are taking the brunt of the left for these horrible killings that have taken place in your good city.

    Please know that our hearts are with you in love and support during these trying times.

    The leftist comments that have been left on this website do not surprise us, they are expected. Most of the good rational Americans know that this tragedy was brought on by ONE lone sick person with his own personal agenda. To think otherwise is well, just "out in left field".

    Take care Trent. We support you and the hard work you have been doing. Be safe, my friend.

    Kathy
    Birmingham, AL
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  24. Kevin UrbinaJan 14, 2011 01:57 AM
    I just read about the threats of violence aimed at the Tucson Tea Party in general and Trent Humphries in particular. This is normal behavior for those on the left and is, of course, ignored by the lame stream media.

    I support the work of the Tucson Tea Party in it's effort to keep people informed about issues of importance to the future of a free, democratic and prosperous Tucson.

    I don't suppose it's possible that your liberal sheriff and local law enforcement will be investigating the threats against the Tucson Tea Party since they didn't follow up on the obvious danger that Jared Loughner posed to the community. But then, it seems he was one of their own...a nutcase liberal.
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  25. Edward53Jan 14, 2011 02:30 AM
    Stand strong Tucson Tea Party. We're all behind you 100%. I am from Indiana and all of us here support you. Don't let these socialist morons scare you. They are desperate little weasels who spread hate and lies. Thank all of you for being true patriots and may God bless and watch over you.
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  26. NathanJan 14, 2011 08:34 AM
    Keep strong, Tucson Tea Party, and all those opposing the unconstitutional expansion of government, and its over-spending.

    Lefties should stop and think. Our founders gave us a democratic republic, and protected free speech, specifically to PREVENT the excesses of tyranny that would otherwise result in physical violence -- violence from either a government or a rebellion, that lacked such checks and balances. But these cannot stop a lone madman, and we are all saddened and horrified by Saturday's unrelated events. (Note: I agree with another post that "condemned" would be far more appropriate than the meager "not to be condoned".)

    The Tea Party is about ideas, about changing specific policies based on historical and economic realities. We welcome good ideas from any political party. Most of the voices from the left today are sadly not about ideas, not about facts, but about hatred, innuendo, and partisan propaganda. And more importantly, it is sad for all of us, left and right and middle, that our legislative leaders in DC have so dismally failed in THEIR DUTY to HOST the national debate -- in a sensible and factual way, that constructively informs the public, and yields sensible and practical solutions. Instead they leave it to conservatives and liberals to debate in the streets! Let's hope we see MORE DEBATE IN CONGRESS -- more fact-based, sensible, bipartisan debate, be it heated or or not, and let's listen to sensible ideas, from wherever they come. That is what the Tea Party is about, and most of us WISH we didn't have to spend so much of our personal time reminding the politicians to do their jobs!
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  27. cathleenJan 14, 2011 08:51 AM
    Isn't is absurd that those who aren't Tea Party members haven't a clue as to who we are or what are OUR principles are. Tea Party members are the most peaceful, kind hearted people in this country. We are not what the left says we are and we refuse to let these agenda driven people define us, we know perfectly well who we are and will continue the fight because you see, we realize that we are doing things right and making a difference otherwise the left would not feel threatened by the progress we have made at the ballot box.
    Only an irrational mind would link the Tea Party to what took place by a deranged person who obviously--the data is there--is an Adolph Hitler sympathizer..Nothing could be farther from our philosophy. So my message to the Tuson Tea Party is;Stay the Course.
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  28. Klas D.Jan 14, 2011 09:04 AM
    Let us for a moment consider the motives why the statist left has selected the Tea Party as the scape goat for the atrocious murders that for all what is known have been committed by a deranged loner.

    For the first time in decades America has elected an administration in 2008 that is profoundly driven by principles. The entire agenda of this administration is consistently pursuing statist ideals in their relentless attacks on individual liberties. Their attacks on free speech, gun rights, the takeover of entire industries like the banks, the auto industry, health care is a matter of record. All this is aimed on constructing a system of total dependence of the citizenry on the Government's handouts. There is a daily barrage of outrageous claims coming out of Washington all aimed at abridging the unalienable rights of Americans to their own lives, liberty and the pursuit of their own happiness. Obama himself has repeatedly characterized these rights as mere promises to what he calls 'law abiding citizens'. The definition what this means is cleverly evaded as only those who follow his Hope and Change agenda seem to qualify to be considered in the promise.

    It is no accident that such consistent relentless attacks on the fabric of America elicit a principled response by patriotic Americans by referring back to the Founding Principles of the Nation. The name of the Tea Party by itself is quite telling as it ties the connection to another time in our history, when our individual rights were under attack. Americans are proud self reliant individuals and abhor dictatorship introduced either by force or ill-advised compromise. Patriotic Americans are good people, the best in the world, and their benevolence is overflowing and known throughout the world. (I can say that as I was not born here, but I am an American by choice and conviction.)

    Thank God for the Tea Party! It is the only bulwark against the establishment of abject tyranny in America. This is the power of ideas and they can be defended only by by a firm stand on the principles of individual rights as expressed in the agenda of the Tea Party. The Left knows this very well. That is why they try to tag the Tea Party with every ill in the Nation, even the actions of a deranged alleged mass murderer.

    The Tea Party is a shining beacon to the world that the Founding Principles of the Nation are alive and well.
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  29. RobinJan 14, 2011 09:59 AM
    As a member of the Tea Party Nation, I'm proud to be associated with such a great group of people. We do not and have not EVER promoted violence against anyone and history has proven this to be true. The sad things is, we have some of our countrymen who have been misled into believing that conservatives wish to do them harm. It's a ploy the communists have used against us in order to divide us. Don't let that happen. Together we can have the nation we all want. A nation of free people helping one another and making a difference. Please don't let them win.
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  30. JoshK117Jan 17, 2011 12:29 AM
    Denounce violence, denounce Palin, and I'd have some modicum of respect for you mental midgets.
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  31. Josk says it all, you people are insane, here is some more horse droppings from this leader of theirs:
    But Trent Humphries says there is another innocent victim left by Jared Lee Loughner's killing of six people and wounding of 14 others in his assassination attempt against Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. It is his Tea Party movement and, more particularly, his family. The killings, he says, are evolving into a conspiracy to destroy his organisation and silence criticism of the government.
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  32. Nikki T.Jan 17, 2011 04:06 PM
    I agree -- totally insane!!! Wow, they sure got censored as they moved down, didn't they? ;-) The majority KNOW Tea Partiers are a bunch of white good-old-boy redneck low-IQ uneducated racist gun nuts who spew lies and distorted rhetoric with their disgusting signs at rallies and hate talk, and Sarah and the like tells them to take aim with their weapons at targets. How much more clear could you be? Remember this country has far more gun deaths than anywhere else in the world, and these Tea Party crazies are so stupid that they don't realize they're doing the bidding for the Republican Party that is going to manipulate and use them, and then screw them over in the end. Idiotic morons who don't have a clue what the Constitution really says or what the values of our "founding fathers" were before we CHANGED the Constitution with numerous Amendments. So they like the values of slavery, decimating the Indians, only protecting and giving rights to the rich white male land owners, and no rights for women or poor white men, or minorities. Those were the values of the founding fathers. We need to do better. Gimme a break!
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  33. Tucson Tea PartyJan 18, 2011 05:11 AM
    We would again remind Tucson Tea party members to not engage those who visit this site wishing to enrage and offend. It is not worth it. Instead we would urge you to continue to keep the dialogue positive and focus centered as we have always done. We will allow the statements that have been posted up to this point to remain as a reminder why we need to be better than them. Thank you for your support and let's keep working together to help heal our community.
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  34. haltliberalismJan 22, 2011 07:46 PM
    This is what I don't understand. I voted for Jesse Kelly. Despite my vote, Giffords still won. As a result, she was shot and people were killed. I am blaming the Tea Party for their pathetic attempt to oust Giffords. You, as a representative of the Tea Party for Tucson should be ashamed. So many other seats in the country was taken by the GOP but yet this S. AZ tea party group failed not once but twice in allowing the incumbent democrats to retain their seats. Shame on you, Tucson Tea Party for this atrocious event. You caused tragedy for a poor campaign. You allowed Democrats to win and opened the door for the canage.
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  35. PaulJan 24, 2011 10:15 PM
    The only hate I've seen publicly lately has been spewed from Dupednics mouth using the Giffords tragedy to criticize the people who want him to his job. It was an act done by crazy dude that PCC police didn't do their job and get him off the streets.
    If you want this to be a better county get rid of this incompetent crazy sheriff before he embarrass us even more and by the way the only reason Gijava was re-elected is because he drove a bunch of illegals across the border to vote for him.
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