In the wake of the tragic events here in Tucson, there has been a national call to tone down the rhetoric. Republicans in the House no longer refer to “the job killing health care bill” but rather the “job crushing health care bill.” Earlier on CNN a guest said “in the crosshairs” when referring to a political race. Completely under acceptable according to new CNN metaphor standards.
Never mind that the accused killer of of six people in Tucson was influenced by his own demons and likely a movie called Zeitgeist. Not radio hosts. Not Tea Partiers.
Since metaphors are now public enemy number one, I thought it might be fun to come up with a top 9 list of forboden metaphors. (Top Ten Lists are a Copyright of Worldwide Pants). Here we go.
9. I could kill for a cigarette right now.
8. I could kill for a bowl of cherry vanilla ice cream right now (mmmm ice cream)
7. I’m so hungry I could eat a horse. (hey, horses are people too. sorta)
6. This political campaign is being targeted nationally.
5. This dress is to die for!
4. Those waves are like, totally killer.
3. Shop at Target
2. Hit me with your best shot, why don’t you hit be with your best shot. Fire away.
and the number 1 forbidden metaphor:
1. There goes Sarah Palin shooting off her mouth again.
Silly, ain’t it? The events in Tucson have been heart wrenching. It’s been emotional. Very emotional. But lets get one thing straight. The political rhetoric (or any other rhetoric) had NOTHING to do with it. ONE PERSON is responsible for what happened a week ago Saturday. The sooner we realize that, the sooner some of this other silliness will stop.
Continue to pray for Congresswoman Giffords. Her recovery has been amazing and is a shining example of the power of prayer. Continue to pray for the families of those killed too. I can’t imagine what they are going through.