WHEN POLITICIANS HEAP TRAGEDY ON TRAGEDY
Jon Christian Ryter
January 19, 2011
The acrid odor of gun smoke had barely cleared the air over the Safeway Supermarket parking lot in Casas Adobes, in the Greater Tucson area of Pima County, Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 before Democratic politicians and leftwing talking heads were placing the blame for the tragedy at the doorstep of former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP veep running mate Sarah Palin—and on Tea Party organizers and supporters.
Interestingly, if you recall, in the aftermath of the Fort Hood shooting, the left called for calm and not jumping to conclusions when Army Major, psychologist and Ob-Gyn medical doctor, Nidal Malik Hasan shouted "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) as he opened fire on military personnel, killing 13 and wounding 28. Everything about Hasan said he had been radicalized. Nothing about the 22-year old mass murderer, Jared Loughner, suggests he was either a Sarah Palin groupie or a Tea Party camp follower. In fact, Loughner's history suggests, if anything, he's a white supremacist with Marxist leanings who was brainwashed by both the strident far right and the strident far left—at the place where political polar opposites meet on the backside of the ideological sphere, out of touch with reason, where the anarchists live.
Eighth Congressional District Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords [D-AZ], the apparent target of the attack, was shot in the forehead from a distance of two or three feet away by a 22-year old neighborhood assailant, Jared Loughner After he shot Giffords, Loughner unleashed his fury on others in the proximity of the Congresswoman. Indiscriminately killed in the attack were US District Court Chief Judge John Roll, age 63; Gabe Zimmerman, age 30 (Giffords' Director of Community Outreach [and the reason for flags over the Capital and the White House at half mast]); Christina Greene, age 9 (a student from Mesa Verde Elementary School); Dorwin Stoddard, age 76 (a pastor from the Mountain Avenue Church of Christ); Dorothy Murray, age 76; and Phyllis Scheck, age 79. Thirteen other victims were airlifted to area trauma centers.
The second tragedy within this tragedy was the swiftness in which the far left, which immediately viewed the attack on Giffords as retribution by the far right for her voting for the Obama agenda, began blaming the attack on Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. The first to speak out was political cartoonist David Fitzsimmons who found his platform on CNN. He said: "The 'Right' from Arizona—and I'm speaking very broadly, has been stoking the fire of heated anger and rage successfully in this State." Fitizsimmons was likely referring to former GOP running mate Sarah Palin who was aggressively campaigning for Tea Party candidate Jesse Kelly for Giffords 8th Congressional District seat. Leftwing pundits, who have been screaming for an end to the rightwing "heated rhetoric" about Obamacare, Cap & Trade, and earmarks, were the first to brand conservatives as the purveyors of the "culture of violence" in the United States. To the left, blaming the right for the tragedy that occurred at Tucson Safeway store parking lot is essential in silencing them.
For some reason the left just doesn't get it. They don't realize that what inflames both the right and the conservative center is not talking heads like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh or Bill O'Reilly, it is the unconstitutional acts of the left who think the American people are stupid and don't understand what authority they have both given and denied to their representatives and Senators. When Congress tries to steal the healthcare industry and lies about concrete plans to euthanize the elderly, because the best way to fix a broken social security system is to reduce the number of recipients, the American people know what they are doing is not only unconstitutional, it's criminal. When Congress pretends that people caused global warming and that global warming—manmade global warming—threatens the world when, in fact, global temperatures are controlled by solar cycles of the sun, the American people know global warming is a scam created by ecowackos like Al Gore that have already made the former vice president a billionaire, they don't need Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly, Sean Hannity or Michelle Malkin telling them they've been duped by crooked politicians. They already know that. And, when those politicians, who actually did have their pulse on what the American people wanted and did not want in 2009-2010, but didn't care, knew the American people did not want to indenture ten generations of their grandchildren to the political yoke of servitude to provide over two trillion dollars to bankers who miscalculated the timeline in developing the third world and almost caused a domino-effect collapse of the world's banks in 2009. That was what incensed the American people. It was not the ramblings of conservative talk show hosts who continue to steal the audience away from the left
When the American people turned on the left, they did so not because they received their marching orders from Beck, Limbaugh and O'Reilly—they did so because the left arrogantly assumed power for themselves not given to them by the People or by the Constitution of the United States. We did not elect people to public office to be our masters. We elected them to be our servants.
However, because of the need of the left to stop the public debate about the unconstitutional things they are doing to legislatively abrogate the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States one eraser-mark at a time, it is imperative for their cause that the left equate patriotic "conservativespeak" to hate speech—just like the left has now labeled Christians as radicals and racists because they adhere to the teachings of Jesus Christ as prescribed by the Word of God. Interestingly, while Islam teaches it adherents to dupe the infidel, and to kill them if they will not convert, the left views Islam as a benign religion, and Muslims as peace-loving people who are maligned by—you guessed it—conservatives.
The left feels obligated to tie "conservativespeak" with violence wherever and whenever violence by anyone happens in order to justify their attempt to limit free speech—but only when spoken by a conservative. The left has seized its latest "opportunity crisis," the shooting of twenty people in Tucson, and the killing of six of them, as their justification to seek further restrictions of free speech over the Internet, and on radio talk shows which they once again insist need liberal co-hosts to "balance the vitriol of the right" with the "benevolence" of the left.
Which is why socialist Congressman James Clyburn [D-SC] dusted off his Fairness Doctrine soap box two days after the shooting (to show he had really thought this thing out). He said: "The shooting is cause for the country to rethink parameters on free speech," telling the media he wants "...standards put in place to guarantee balanced media coverage..." What Clyburn failed to admit is that over 95% of the mainstream electronic and print news portals in the United States and around the world are, and have been since 1910, controlled by the social progressives. From the Fairness Doctrine to Net Neutrality, to gun control, birth control and people control, when the left is handed an "opportunity crisis," they never waste it. What bothers them is that America simply isn't buying their rhetoric because America knows better.
That's why Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are thriving and Air America (Al Franken's old radio network when he did his lying over the air and not on the floor of the US Senate) filed bankruptcy. You can lead a conservative to Liberalville, but you can't make him listen to the far left diatribe. Americans are tired of the leftwing media that decides what you need to know—and from what perspective you need to know it. Americans—on both sides of the politician prism—want the media to simply report the facts. They feel they are smart enough on their own to decide what the facts mean.
When Fox News first reported the tragic shooting in the parking lot at the Safeway store in the unincorporated area of Tucson known as Casas Adobes, not once did they report that Loughner was an Obama groupie who had his bedroom plastered with Obama memorabilia; or that he had Obama bumper stickers on his car; or that he was a Marxist-Nazi far left radical lunatic who wanted to abolish all forms of government in favor of national chaos. Yet, the left media allowed guests to tie Loughner to the American conservative movement without challenging their sources of information. Except in one instance—on Fox News. When Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told Fox News that the wicked, lunatic Jared Loughner's rampage was caused by the irresponsible political rhetoric of conservatives, he was challenged to report the source of his information that Loughner was linked to conservatives. Dupnik admitted that it was "just his opinion."
I hope Pima County remembers his remark when Dupnik comes up for reelection because no county in America needs a chief police officer who rushes to judgment without evidence. That's how innocent people get railroaded into prison.
Instead of apologizing for his groundless remark when evidence about Loughner's political pedigree began to surface, Dupnik chose instead to attack Limbaugh, saying: "...he attacks people, angers them against government, angers them against elected officials. And, that kind of behavior, in my opinion, is not without consequences."
A few hours after David Fitzsimmons's diatribe, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman posted the following excerpt on his blog—hours before anything was known of Jared Loughner's political pedigree. Krugman wrote: "...We don't have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was...And for those wondering why a Blue Fog Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist. (Her father says that the whole Tea Party was her enemy.) And yes, she was on Sarah Palin's infamous 'crosshairs' list. Just yesterday, Ezra Klein remarked that opposition to health reform was getting scary. Actually, its been scary for quite a while...Violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate..."
At 3:22 p.m. on Jan. 8, Krugman pulled the comment section of his blog, noting that he was going to "...take down comments on this one; they would need a lot of moderating, because the crazies are coming out in force, and it's all too likely to turn into a flame war." Krugman admitted "...it is facile and mistaken to attribute this particular madman's act directly to Republicans or Tea Party members. But it is legitimate to hold Republicans and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible for the gale of anger that has produced the vast majority of these threats, setting the nation on edge." Actually, Mr. Krugman, when politicians chose to ignore the will of the people, they have to expect to face the wrath of those voters—in the voting booth, where America took out its anger on them. No guns. No bombs. Just the power of the vote. And, in 2012 and 2014 (if Obama does not destroy this nation before that) there will be more to come.
Krugman, who should have access to voluminous files on civil unrest in the United States, should note that those in the past who have "flamed their neighborhoods" or engaged in mass looting and vandalism have always been the far left—not the far right. Those who destroy the sweat equity investment of others as a form of protest do so simply because what they are destroying isn't theirs, and destroying it gives them a sense of power over those who possess what they do not have.
Social outcast Jared Loughner, it turns out from the descriptions of him from an acquaintance, Caitie Parker, who knew him not only in Mountain View High School where they attended classes together, but also from Pima Community College, noted on her Twitter account that Loughner was not a rightwing fanatic. He was a leftwing loonie and a pothead. Loughner, she said, was a substance-abusing loner who claims to have met Giffords at a prior event and described her as "stupid and unintelligent." Authorities confirmed they found standard form letters from Giffords in his bedroom thanking him for attending other Giffords rallies.
Chris Roads of the Pima County Registrar of Voters confirmed that Loughner is a registered Independent. According to neighbors, Loughner had Obama bumper stickers on his car, and even several Obama posters on the walls in his bedroom. Loughner also claims that voted for Obama in 2008—acknowledged by the Huffington Post and just as quickly dismissed by a Huffington Post blogger who commented that "...there were conservatives that voted for Obama in 2008, but turned on him in 2009-2010. Loughner had connections to rightwing groups before this sad event—and no one can deny that."
Dispelling the myth that Loughner was a conservative who was aligned with Tea Party activists was fairly easy to do. Loughner, who espouses a duke's mixture of Marxist and Nazi rhetoric, was pretty open about his political views—which come from that part of the political spectrum where the radical right meets the radical left, and where the anarchic ideologies the far left and far right blend together into a collage of what can best be described as antisocial, antigovernment radicals who disagree with everyone about everything. You could call his views "scrambled eggs politics," since his political rhetoric is about as intelligible as mud at midnight. He uses catch phrases from the right and the left; but it was his views on gold and what he described on his website as "new money," that caused the leap of faith of the left to brand Loughner as a crazy rightwinger.
That, and the social progressives' political need to paint the Republican Party, the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Jim Demint and any Republicans who aligned themselves with the Tea Party in 2009 and 2010 as hatemongers because the conservatives in America have finally done what the left was convinced they would never do—solidify behind one candidate. Now, for the first time in the history of the United States, the left is really scared.
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