Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) — who last week denounced President Obama for supposedly wanting to create a “death panel” that would condemn her Down Syndrome son to go without health care — is now calling for civility at town halls, and to not diminish our political discourse. Here’s her latest Facebook post:
There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment. Such tactics diminish our nation’s civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters’ passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying. Let’s not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us.
It would be incorrect to say that Palin is backing off. Rather, she is calling for civility in the manner of the debate, so as to focus effectively on how evil and disturbing her opponents are.
(Via Ben Smith.)