Sunday, January 9, 2011

Daniel Hernandez: Big Gay Hero

Gabby Gifford, who was attacked yesterday in Tucson, may very well owe her life to this college intern:

 Big Gay Hero Daniel, on the far right.

Hernandez calmly describes rushing towards the gunfire and performing triage on the Congresswoman in the CNN interview below.  His story, and his humility when asked about his heroism, is amazing:


The fallout continues today, with liberals and even one Republican Senator (who spoke on condition of anonymity) condemning this attack as a product of hateful political vitriol on behalf of right-wing candidates such as Sarah Palin.  Below is Keith Olbermann's impassioned plea to return sanity to political discourse:

Partial transcript here:

"This morning in Arizona, this time of the ever-escalating, borderline-ecstatic invocation of violence in fact or in fantasy in our political discourse, closed. It is essential tonight not to demand revenge, but to demand justice; to insist not upon payback against those politicians and commentators who have so irresponsibly brought us to this time of domestic terrorism, but to work to change the minds of them and their supporters - or if those minds tonight are too closed, or if those minds tonight are too unmoved, or if those minds tonight are too triumphant, to make sure by peaceful means that those politicians and commentators and supporters have no further place in our system of government.

"If Sarah Palin, whose website put and today scrubbed bullseye targets on 20 Representatives including Gabby Giffords, does not repudiate her own part in amplifying violence and violent imagery in politics, she must be dismissed from politics - she must be repudiated by the members of her own party, and if they fail to do so, each one of them must be judged to have silently defended this tactic that today proved so awfully foretelling, and they must in turn be dismissed by the responsible members of their own party.

"If Jesse Kelly, whose campaign against Congresswoman Giffords included an event in which he encouraged his supporters to join him firing machine guns, does not repudiate this, and does not admit that even if it was solely indirectly, or solely coincidentally, it contributed to the black cloud of violence that has envellopped our politics, he must be repudiated by Arizona's Republican Party.

"If Congressman Allen West, who during his successful campaign told his supporters that they should make his opponent afraid to come out of his home, does not repudiate those remarks and all other suggestions of violence and forced fear, he should be repudiated by his constituents and the Republican Congressional Caucus.

"If Sharron Angle, who spoke of 'Second Amendment solutions,' does not repudiate that remark and urge her supporters to think anew of the terrible reality of what her words implied, she must be repudiated by her supporters in Nevada.

"If the Tea Party leaders who took out of context a Jefferson quote about blood and tyranny and the tree of liberty do not understand - do not understand tonight, now what that really means, and these leaders do not tell their followers to abhor violence and all threat of violence, then those Tea Party leaders must be repudiated by the Republican Party.

"If Glenn Beck, who obsesses nearly as strangely as Mr. Loughner did about gold and debt and who wistfully joked about killing Michael Moore, and Bill O'Reilly, who blithely repeated 'Tiller the Killer' until the phrase was burned into the minds of his viewers, do not begin their next broadcasts with solemn apologies for ever turning to the death-fantasies and the dreams of bloodlust, for ever having provided just the oxygen to those deep in madness to whom violence is an acceptable solution, then those commentators and the others must be repudiated by their viewers, and by all politicians, and by sponsors, and by the networks that employ them.

"And if those of us considered to be 'on the left' do not re-dedicate ourselves to our vigilance to eliminate all our own suggestions of violence - how ever inadvertent they might have been then we too deserve the repudiation of the more sober and peaceful of our politicians and our viewers and our networks."

The death toll is currently six, to include a federal judge and 9-year-old Christina Greene, who was just elected to her student council at her elementary school.

This picture should haunt those politicians and pundits who encourage an atmosphere of fear and violence amongst our voters.  People ask me sometimes why I'm angry-- this is why.

I'm thankful for heroes like Daniel Hernandez who are able to bring a ray of light to dark times like these.  I weep that it was too late for Christina Greene.

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