"The underlying causes of Jared Loughner’s shooting spree go beyond ugly right-wing rhetoric. They also include ugly right-wing actions during the previous administration. Obama essentially has excused those actions, and many voters have more or less approved them by putting one house of Congress back in GOP hands. In our view, that means the president and large chunks of the voting public share in the blame for Saturday’s bloodshed.
Are we going too far? Well, consider that one of Obama’s first acts after being elected president–before he had even taken office–was to announce that he was going to take a “look forward, not backwards” approach to the apparent crimes of officials in the Bush administration. This gave Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, and Bush himself (among others) a free pass for torture, warrantless wiretapping, political prosecutions, the unlawful firings of U.S. attorneys, and other wrongs–not to mention taking the country to war in Iraq on bogus grounds.
Here is something Mrs. Schnauzer and I have learned in our roughly 10-year battle against corrupt lawyers and judges, who have mostly been Republicans: The modern conservative movement features a significant number of adult bullies. And the last thing you want to do when dealing with bullies, of any age, is to embolden them.
Adult bullies, after all, are just overgrown children who are overdue for a good spanking. But how did Obama handle the Bush crowd? He said, in so many words, 'We’re not going to hold you accountable for your lying, stealing, cheating, and other abhorrent acts. We’re going to overlook it and move ‘forward.’'"
Torture and Human Experimentation: Official Policy under Bush and Obama
"Under George Bush, torture became official policy. It remains so under Obama throughout America`s offshore gulag on US bases, ships, facilities of complicit allies, and other secret locations worldwide."
But when are they going to admit that such activities have and are taking place covertly on American soil?
Rights Group Says Democracies Ignore Abuses by The Associated Press
"Democracies around the world are ignoring abuses by repressive regimes and opting for improved relations rather than condemning rights violations and curtailing aid, Human Rights Watch said Monday."