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Two Sicknesses On Display in Arizona

posted at 10:16 am on January 9, 2011 by

The shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the killing of several people by gunman Jared Loughner in Arizona yesterday has revealed two sicknesses.

The first and most serious is the sickness living in Loughner’s head.  Evidence in the form of farewell videos, internet postings, and the recollections of people who knew him reveal a profoundly disturbed person who had veered far into a paranoid world.  Loughner’s complaints about government mind control and other rants were not “anti-government” in any political sense, but anti-government or anarchist in the Ted Kazynski-deranged sense.  We do not know Loughner’s motives, but those motives whatever they were were the byproduct of Loughner’s clearly delusional view of the world.

There also was a second sickness on display, and it was the swiftness and the vigor with which the left-wing blogosphere and some more mainstream Democrats immediately sought to blame Sarah Palin and right-wing “vitriol” in general for the shooting.

Within minutes of the shooting being made known, two of the highest profile left-wing bloggers, Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos and Matthew Yglesias of Think Progress, pulled out a 10-month-old electoral map used at a Sarah Palin website showing almost two dozen congressional districts being targeted, including Giffords’ district.  The map was similar to one used by the Democratic Leadership Committee to target Republicans in the prior election cycle, and as Howard Kurtz points out, simply typical of campaign rhetoric using military-themed language.

Markos explicitly accused Palin of having blood on her hands and Yglesias did so implicitly.  Through retweets of this message and the map, the left-blogosphere (with some exceptions who took a wait-and-see attitude) took up the cudgel of turning this shooting to their political advantage.  Think Progress ran updates with details on the Palin map and also an advertisement several months ago by Giffords’ congressional campaign opponent also using military terminology.  But clearly, Palin has been the focus, with a larger attack on “right wing vitriol.”

Not surprisingly, Keith Olbermann — one of the most hateful television personalities who names a nightly “Worst Person In The World” — joined the chorus.  Even The New York Times joined the fray, reporting on the Palin map in its initial coverage, and running a Paul Krugman blog post blaming right-wing rhetoric. 

Numerous sources also are reporting that Judge John M. Roll, who was killed, had been the subject of threats because of an immigration ruling, but by all accounts Roll was not targeted and was at the event in a shopping area purely by coincidence.

Yet not a single person pushing the blame-Palin line has offered a shred of evidence that Loughner ever saw Palin’s electoral map, was motivated by it, was right-wing (anectodally it appears Loughner was quite left-wing as of a few years ago), was motivated by right-wing radio, or did any of the things being assumed by the left-blogosphere, the mainstream media and some Democratic politicians.

Not a shred of evidence connecting Loughner to Palin, the Tea Parties, or the right wing, yet the left-blogosphere, mainstream media and Democratic politicians have erupted into a frenzy of name-calling directed at Palin and those who oppose Obama’s agenda. 

Who knows what evidence will come forward in coming days, but based on what we know now, the attempt to blame Palin and opponents of Obama for the shooting is every bit as delusional as Loughner’s attempt to blame government mind control.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have seen this type of reaction.  The meme that opponents of Obama are crazy and dangerous has been an explicit Democratic Party campaign strategy for over two years.  Here is just a partial list of events in which the left-wing and Democratic Party media operation has immediately blamed right-wing rhetoric, only to be proven wrong when the facts finally came out:  Bill SparkmanAmy BishopThe Fort Hood ShooterThe IRS Plane Crasher, The Cabbie Stabbing, and The Pentagon Shooter.

The facts will come out about the shooting and murder by Loughner.  Until then, we’ll be subjected to the sickness of people who seek to use the crime to their political advantage and who will worry about the facts later on, if ever.

In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the deceased and those injured.

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The shooter listed the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf as some of his favorite books. The Communists have long called themselves “progressives” and have actively supported the leftwing extremists of the democratic party. It takes a very sick mind to blame this on conservatives as the shooter supported the same positions as the critics trying who are trying to deflect the truth from the situation. Krugman and Olbermann are proof that liberalism is a progressive mental disorder. Their insanity will only intensify with time.

volsense on January 9, 2011 at 11:08 AM

I for one wish to Thank You for pulling together the links we need to fight the Lefts rhetoric… please, update and give us more to go with!!


There also was a second sickness on display, and it was the swiftness and the vigor with which the left-wing blogosphere and some more mainstream Democrats immediately sought to blame Sarah Palin and right-wing “vitriol” in general for the shooting.

This has to be stopped, we as Conservatives, are blamed for every wrong doing by crazies, it makes me sick that prominent persons even in Govt are now jumping on the bandwagon, and hyping this tragedy up and making Conservative leaders and groups everywhere the ‘fall guy’…

IT HAS GOT TO STOP!!

Even our current leader has spoken of “if they bring a knife, we bring a gun,” How can this man call himself a leader of the greatest nation in the world? No leader in their right mind would incite such violence…

I am sickened by this tragedy, and even more so by the rhetoric that has followed…I am at a loss as to what to do about it…

My prayers go out to everyone who has been hurt by this tragic event, brought on by a raving lunatic…

RoxanneH on January 9, 2011 at 11:19 AM

You forgot one of the most outrageous cases.

The NY Times Square bomber.

No less than the Mayor of New York City, Micheal Bloomturd himself speculated on national television, before anyone knew who was responsible, that it may have been “homegrown extremists unhappy with the Health Care Bill”.

He said this to divert the conversation away from Jihad, and yet the Glorious Triumph of Allah is exactly why that bombing was attempted by a Muslim.

That really, really pissed me off at the time.

I will never forget it.

Brian1972 on January 9, 2011 at 11:24 AM

We know from whence they come, who their idols and backers are. Soros is their money man and we know what he did to ‘survive’ Nazi occupation. Expect that the left will not let this crisis go to waste and more vitriol will be forth coming from all the usual suspects. God bless the survivors with a speedy recover and comfort to the families who lost loved ones.

Kissmygrits on January 9, 2011 at 11:25 AM

The left does not care to know or tell the truth. They will all have their marching orders on what to say and every one of them will be doing so for days. They will be trying to milk every ounce of hate they can out of this horrible news. I am just glad I don’t watch any channel but Fox to get news. There are even some at Fox I won’t watch because of their views.
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letget on January 9, 2011 at 1:22 PM

the people doing this are evil

rob verdi on January 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM

I was going to mention the Times Square bomber as well.

Dash on January 9, 2011 at 4:15 PM

The discovery building guy and the enviro-nazis who want to blow up anyone who disagrees with them as well.

darwin on January 9, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Rules for Radicals:

Never let a good crisis go to waste.

Control the narrative regardless of the facts.

Despicable.

Bruno Strozek on January 9, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I their credibility with everyone except devoted followers was not destroyed before, it is now.

jeanie on January 9, 2011 at 4:49 PM

I have a suggestion as to what you can do to help fight these people, the only way I have to do my part. Go to your local newspaper website article about this shooting, go to the comments and give them as much info as you can about all the leftists who have committed these acts and blamed it on conservatives. I have done this today to counteract the left, and when you clearly present the facts, suddenly the comments shut off. That is my way of spreading information to quell this. We must fight it every way we can. Join in!

silvernana on January 9, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Bill Sparkman, Amy Bishop, The Fort Hood Shooter, The IRS Plane Crasher, The Cabbie Stabbing, and The Pentagon Shooter.

Excellent points.

bitsy on January 9, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Let’s not forget the lefty transgender nut that smashed the windows of the Denver Democratic headquarters which everyone was so quick to blame on the Tea Party folks.

The Zoo Keeper on January 9, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I think that the Holocaust Museum shooter might be another example.

Bigfoot on January 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM

We (conservatives) deserve to cop this blame.

What these leftist criminals (Kos, Olberman, NYT etc) are doing, should have them in jail. The fact that the best conservatives can do is write articles disproving them, shows that we have no hope. Palin, the GOP should be PROMISING jail sentaces for the liks of Kos, Olberman for the hate speach they are preaching.
Yes, free speach blah blah. Screw that. The only time this filth will stop is when they face a jail sentance. Until we are prepared to do that, then we deserve everything they throw at us – because we are too scared to fight back and give them what they deserve.

gozzak on January 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Bill Sparkman, Amy Bishop, The Fort Hood Shooter, The IRS Plane Crasher, The Cabbie Stabbing, and The Pentagon Shooter.

And the Times Square Bomber. Always blame first, evidence later.

AshleyTKing on January 9, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Simply DISGUSTING watching the left and MSM dance in the blood of the innocent to advance their political agenda. They are sub-human.

djtnt on January 9, 2011 at 7:08 PM

“The facts will come out about the shooting and murder by Loughner.”

No, they won’t. Not to a mass audience. That’s what’s so disturbing about this.

Django on January 9, 2011 at 7:10 PM

We do not know Loughner’s motives, but those motives whatever they were were the byproduct of Loughner’s clearly delusional view of the world.

He’s an anarchist thats his motivation.

BDU-33 on January 10, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Yes, free speech blah blah. Screw that. The only time this filth will stop is when they face a jail sentence.

gozzak on January 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 245

Punishment varies from a fine or imprisonment of up to one year, or both, and if bodily injury results or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire shall be fined or imprisoned up to ten years or both, and if death results or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be subject to imprisonment for any term of years or for life or may be sentenced to death.

I believe left wing vitriol rises (or rather sinks) to the level required for prosecution under this Federal Civil Rights Statute.

Roy Rogers on January 10, 2011 at 3:33 PM