THE TUCSON TRAGEDY
What SHOULD we be talking about in the aftermath of the horrible shooting in Tucson? We should be praying for the compete recovery of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. We should be expressing our sympathy of the families of the other victims. We should be discussing the irony of a little girl born on September 11, 2001 being killed in a senseless act of violence nine years later. There should be discussions on failures in our system that permits mentally deranged people access to weapons and political leaders. Discussion on security for our elected officials would also be appropriate. Though these items were included in the conversation over the weekend .. they all took a back seat to talk driven by the left and the ObamaMedia over the supposed role that evil right wingers, Sarah Palin and the Tea Parties in particular, played in this situation.
We all remember Rahm Emmanuel's comment at the beginning of the Obama reign: "Never let a crisis go to waste." We only need to change one word there. "Crisis" to "tragedy."
The shooting rampage in Tucson on Saturday was horrific, and by any definition a tragedy. Today we know that the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, is clearly deranged. Classmates and acquaintances alike speak of his strange behavior. Click here to see a picture of a shrine this maniac had in a tent in his back yard. This was not a political act. It was not an act of terrorism. A terrorist kills people in order to spread terror for the purpose of effecting political change. Loughner was acting on the impulses of mental illness, not a desire for political change. His first encounter with Congresswoman Giffords pre-dated the Tea Parties. This didn't matter, though, to the left. There was a tragedy to be exploited, and time was wasted. Jared Loughner just had to be pinned on the very people who, just a bit over two months ago, delivered a historical political drubbing to the left.
This is a script the left has followed before. Tragedy occurs ... and blame is immediately assigned to the right. Do you remember the assassination of John F. Kennedy? In the hours following the shooting in Dallas the blame was placed squarely on conservative groups. Republican Party offices were vandalized across the country. Later we find out that Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist sympathizer. The Times Square Bomber? That was just a few months ago. And just who did New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg blame for that attempt? Tea Partiers. Later, of course, we discover that the bomber was another follower of the peaceful and serene peace-loving religion of Islam.
The immediate reaction from our ObamaMedia is nothing short of disgusting. Without knowing any motive of the deranged shooter, the media immediately jumped to the convenient conclusion: He must be a right-winger and it is all the fault of Sarah Palin, Fox News, the Tea Party and talk radio. Here are just a few examples gathered from the coverage throughout the weekend ...
Talk radio, in particular, was single out by Tucson Sheriff Clarence Dupnik during his press conference on the shooting. Here are a few clips of what he had to say:
And I think it is time that we, as a country, do a little bit of soul searching. Because I think the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business ... that this has not become the nice United States of America that most of us grew up in ...
DUPNIK: Let me just say one thing, because people tend to poo-poo this business about all the vitriol that we hear inflaming the American public by people who make a living off of doing that. That may be free speech. But it's not without consequences.
REPORTER: How do you know that that's what caused it.
DUPNIK: You don't?
But it wasn't just the Sheriff who has pinned this on the "vitriol" of talk radio. The public immediately jumped to that conclusion, and by 2pm in the afternoon a group of about 40 people had gathered in front of Giffords office holding signs that said things like "Hate Speech=Murder."
These accusations and assertions are not based on fact, but on a delusional belief that no liberal would ever be crazy enough to commit such a senseless act of murder. On the other hand, conservatives will stop at nothing - not even murder - to prove their point. Yet, from what little we know of this hideous man, Jared Lee Loughner, he doesn't exactly scream, "I'm a right-wing nut!" We've got friends and former classmates of his describing him as "left wing, quite liberal." We have a YouTube channel of his featuring videos of flag burning. He has listed his favorite books as "Mein Kampf" and "The Communist Manifesto." If the guy was a Tea Partier (as the ObamaMedia has tried to claim), advocating total government control of industry, including heathcare, doesn't exactly sound like the limited government platform of the Tea Party movement. Then we have his obsession with mind control and grammar ....... sounds more like a crazy than a political nut.
Will the ObamaMedia attempts to pin this all on conservatives stick? Probably for the dumb masses who believe everything the liberal media tells them, without bothering to do any research on their own. But the fact is that it is the Left that has a history of violence in this country, a fact that is often ignored in order to advance the agenda of liberals. I am not saying that the right-wing fringe hasn't seen its share of kooks, but I am saying that for media to act as if a liberal would never act in such a way is disingenuous and bucks the historical trends.
Two immediate names that come to mind are Pentagon shooter John Patrick Bedell, who was a registered Democrat and the Holocaust museum shooter, James Von Brunn, who was an "anti-Christian, 9/11 'truther' who hated the Bushes and 'the neo-cons'". Another list compiled by Townhall include:
1) The Earth Liberation Front
2) James Chester Blanning
3) The Weathermen (Weather Underground)
4) Carol Anne Burger
5) The Animal Liberation Front
Or how about union goons calling for violence or even engaging in violent tactics. For example, AFL-CIO president Ricarch Trumka calls for violence to achieve "social justice." Or when SEIU thugs beat up a black conservative at an ObamaCare townhall meeting. Also recently, union thugs harassed the 14-year-old son of a Bank of America executive in his home.
This blame Palin .. Blame the Tea Parties .. Blame talk radio tactic? Simply SOP for the left. That's Standard Operating Procedure. The left has a miserable loss record in the straightforward presentation of ideas in the media. The countryside is littered with the wreckage of failed liberal talk show hosts. Cable outlets viewed as leftwing, MSNBC and CNN come to mind, are also-rans in the ratings game. The leftist --- "progressive" if you will --- philosophy is one based on pure emotionalism. This philosophy cannot stand up to rational thought or fact-based argument. Clearly the left has decided that its best tactic is to demonize political opponents. If they could argue the facts, they would. When the facts aren't on your side, call the other side names.
Now we have a terrible tragedy that causes every American to react with great emotion. What a perfect time to strike! Politico had a story yesterday which buried a comment by a Democrat operative: "They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers." Is there one shred of evidence that this Loughner was a tea partier? Can anyone show that he ever attended a Tea Party rally? The Tea Parties were not even around when Loughner began his stalking of Gabrielle Giffords. It matters not. The Tea Parties effectively wrested control of the House away from Democrats ... so if we can use this tragedy to discredit them - to put them on the defensive - then let's get to it as soon as possible. After all ... we know the media will support us.
Blame it on the Tea Parties? Blame it on Sarah Palin? Why not blame it on BoyBlue? Oh .. so you don't know about BoyBlue? BoyBlue is a writer for the leftist website Daily Kos.
BoyBlue has had a rough life. He was a big time supporter of Gabrielle Giffords, claiming to have donated thousands of dollars to her campaign. Now there's probably no need for me to go into his being gay, and his boyfriend (spouse) left him after he was laid off ... so then BoyBlue puts a gun in his mouth and pulls the trigger, but survives. After months of physical therapy and mental rehab he's back working for Giffords .. and so forth. So .. what did BoyBlue post on Daily Kos? Well he got mighty upset when Giffords was one of 19 Democrat members of Congress who did not vote for Nancy Pelosi to be minority leader. So on January 6 BoyBlue writes "Congresswoman Giffords is DEAD to me now." Two days later she's shot in the head. Nice Touch, BoyBlue .. but oddly I don't see any liberals or media talking heads referring to your "DEAD to me now" post on a high-influential liberal website as possibly inciting violence. Find that sort of comment from a talk show host or a Tea Partier and it's all over the place ... but if you're just writing for Daily Kos ...
By the way, don't go looking for the post on Daily Kos now. They scrubbed it. You can no longer find the page. For the record ... I have NEVER scrubbed anything from my website because it aroused controversy.
BoyBlue certainly isn't alone in his violent posting. Perhaps you've heard about Jean Schmitt? Jean Schmitt is a Congresswoman representing the 2nd District of Ohio. She's a Republican. Someone left a message on her answering machine. Ready? Here you go:
"Yeah, I'm glad the president passed health care. Yeah. Funky ass, racist-ass Republicans hate that, don't you? Jean Schmitt, when you got hit by that car, you should've broke your back, b*tch. And Boehner, motherf****r that Mitch McConnell. All you racist f**king Republicans. Why don't you just change your party name to racist? Cuz if one of those f**king Tea baggers had spit on me, I'd have shot all them in the f**king face with my f**king 9 millimeter. F**k all you racist motherf****rs."
Now .. there's a nice little threat ... and a mention about shooting someone in the face! Have you heard about this one in all of the coverage of the tragedy in Tucson? Didn't think so.
What about leftist hero Bill Maher? He joked on his TV show about Sarah Palin being one of the first "useless people" to be killed. Nice.
Did you hear about someone putting a bullet through the door of Republican Congressman Eric Cantor's office in Virginia? The man was Norman Leboon. He's a registered Democrat and donated to Obama's campaign. Leboon had a manifesto on YouTube. Here's part of the script:
"My Congressman Eric Cantor, and you and your cupcake evil wife. Remember Eric, our judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given. You are a liar, you're a Lucifer, you're a pig, a greedy f*cking pig, you're an abomination, you receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer's abominations."
Well wasn't THAT special? Odd that you haven't heard about that one ... "bullets ... placed in your heads" in all the coverage of Tucson, isn't it? Get real. It doesn't feed the leftist agenda, so it's forgotten.
And didn't liberals in this country react rather positively toward a film depicting the assassination of George W. Bush?
The end game here is to intimidate. Since the left can't win the argument ... since all of their rhetorical champions eventually go down in flames or end up looking like simple morons --- remember the tingle in Chris Matthew's leg? --- their only hope is to intimidate the right into silence. Maybe you can make the Tea Partiers and Sarah Palin afraid to speak out if you manage to tie them to the Giffords' shooting? If you shout long enough and often enough that the evil right is responsible for the mindless violence of a lunatic .. they'll tone it down and give the left a break?
Sorry ... not this talk show host.
We must all speak up and speak out. The truth always matters.