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Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Political Implications of the Arizona Shootings

Available information so far indicates that Jared Lee Laughner, who shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and who murdered a federal judge, a 9 year old girl and four bystanders at a political talk held by the congresswomen at an Arizona supermarket, was a left-wing extremist. Laughner was one of several shooters with left leanings who carried out a violent acts in the past 2 years. It is important to take note of this because if the shoe were on the other foot, the left and the liberal establishment would have been in full gear by now smearing conservatives and tea partiers as violent. We would have been treated with interminable sophisticated analysis about what’s wrong with conservatives and this would have continued like a drum beat until the Republicans were driven out of Congress. Sarah Palin was absolutely right when she referred to this approach as a “blood libel.”

What are the facts? Laughner, who had an occult shrine in his backyard that included a skull and votive candles, has been described by one person who knew him as “left-wing” and as a “pot-head.” Laughner listed the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf on his website as his two favorite books.  Rep. Giffords, a self-described “blue dog Democrat,” a conservative Democrat, was referred to as “stupid” by Laughner, a designation often used by left-wingers to describeconservatives.

Other left-wingers involved in violence in the past 2 years include Amy Bishop, described by her family members as a “left-wing extremist.” Bishop opened fire at the University of Alabama-Huntsville on February 12, 2010 killing three professors and wounding three others. In 1986, Bishop shot her brother to death in an incident that was ruled an accident and in 2004 she was questioned in relation to a pipe bomb that had been mailed to her supervisor.

On February 18, 2010, Joseph Stack flew a small airplane into the IRS building in Austin, Texas killing two. In his suicide manifesto, Stack railed against “corporate profits” the “vulgar corruptCatholic Church” and the “monsters of organized religion.” He finished his rambling manifesto with a quote from Karl Marx and a slam at capitalism which he described with the slogan “From each according to his gullibility to each according to his greed.”
On March 4, 2010, John Patrick Bedell shot 2 Pentagon police officers. Bedell, who subscribed toconspiracy theories accusing President Bush of plotting the September 11th attack, was a supporter of the liberal Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Mike Gravel. Based on books found at his hotel, Bedell seemed to have had a major case of Bush Derangement Syndrome even though President Bush was already enjoying his well-deserved retirement on his modest and ecologically correct ranch in Crawford, Texas.This trend is not nessasarily related to the violent November 5, 2009 rampage at Fort Hood, where Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 and wounded 30. While there is no organized left-wing conspiracy to kill Americans, nor has there been for over a half a century, and while the left does not support violence there is an organized Islamist conspiracy and Hasan appeared to be a part of it.
The far left has to a certain degree found common cause with the radical Islamist cause in America. Perhaps buying the marketing campaign put out by CAIR, which is connected to the radical Muslim Brotherhood, many on the left seem to view criticism of the radical Islamist conspiracy as anti-Muslim. Or perhaps there are shared and intersecting ideologies.
Perhaps liberals might still seek to exploit this terrible shooting in Tuscon by trying to turn the tables on conservatives who had nothing to do with it. Perhaps they might try to exploit the violence anyway by threatening the agenda of the recently elected conservative Republican majority in the House of Representatives. They might yet seek to somehow cast in the minds of the public the idea that the recent spate of terrorist incidences have been the fault of conservatives. They very well might seek to limit expressions of conservative opinion which they call hate speech as they blame those opinions on the violence. They also might choose to play up bigoted stereotypes of conservatives which they try to associate with violence.
They might hold up a mirror to the country and claim that it is us, the American people, who are responsible for the violence because we live in a violent society. Conservatives, on the other hand, have been less inclined to engage in the blame game. Let’s hope that the accusations and insinuations can be put aside and that the focus can be turned toward understanding the problem objectively with an eye toward logical solutions.

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