I’d hoped my essay on Sunday regarding the tragedy in Arizona would be my last post on this sad subject, but after being inundated by nearly two days of maniacal babbling from leftist hacks (including the sheriff of Pima County, who should have had sense enough to keep his public discourse free of his blatantly partisan views), and senile socialists blaming almost everybody except the actual perpetrator for the crime, I find that I must again take pen (or rather keyboard) in hand to respond–particularly since these lunatics have by inference accused me (and probably you as well, assuming you tilt even the smallest degree to the right) of being accessories to cold-blooded murder. But this deluge of calumny and innuendo is decidedly not just a knee-jerk reaction by overwrought liberals wearing their customary tin foil hats. In many instances, it is a deliberate attempt by left-wing Democratic strategists to create a meme by which they hope to discredit their political opponents and the conservative/Constitutionalist movement in general. The cockroaches indulging in this kind of despicable defamation must be held accountable, as must the pseudo-journalistic nests that give them sustenance. The New York Times and the Washington Post, formerly two of the most prestigious newspapers in the world, are now two of the worst of the purveyors of half-truths, untruths, and outright libel in the entire wretched mainstream media. They have degenerated into little more than blatant propaganda sheets unfit to wrap mackerel. They and their advertisers should be boycotted by anybody with even half a conscience. These attacks by the progressive left and its fellow travelers must be met head-on and countered (peacefully) in any way, large or small, of which we are capable. Some important thoughts from Mr. Rush Limbaugh:
[…] what they’ve done is essentially take aim at a majority of the people in this country. A majority of the people in this country identify more with the Tea Party movement than with the Democrat Party today, with liberalism.
[…] What this was all about is shutting down any and all political opposition and eventually criminalizing it. Criminalizing policy differences, at least when they differ from the Democrat Party agenda. One of the more disturbing things about this incident is that someday the left will finally get their wish.
[…] They’re now moving to gun control. That was also predictable. What that happens, you know that they’re beginning to change course on this. Now, I guarantee you that somewhere in a desk drawer in Washington, DC — someplace in an FCC bureaucrat’s office or someplace — the government machinery will be in place to take away as many political freedoms as they can manage on the left.
[…] Mark Penn, pollster, said Obama needed his own Oklahoma City. He said to Chris Matthews on MSNBC, “Obama needs his own Oklahoma City.” What does that mean? Obama needs mass murder in order to reconnect with the American people. It’s not us saying this kind of stuff. It’s not us hoping for this kind of stuff. It’s not us celebrating and clapping our hands what happens. It’s them! It’s sick. It’s embarrassingly, depressingly sick.
[…] They can’t beat us. We still have the Constitution. They can’t beat us, and so they’re going to do what they can to shut us down — and even if they don’t have popular public support for it they will still try it. That’s what this is all about.
[…] I want you to notice the constant effort to demonize conservatism when in fact conservatism is the very foundation of America. Lower taxes, limited government, personal responsibility. That’s about as old-fashioned and traditional as you can get. The media, the hardcore left are trying their best to convince us that the very values that built this country, that go all the way back to the framers and the American Revolution, are radical; when in fact our beliefs and principles are the oldest, most central core values of this country. “Radical conservative” is an oxymoron. It’s simply an impossibility. That’s why they fear what we are and what we say and why they are trying to shut us up, and they will not stop.
[…] The fact of the matter is it is our right and our duty to continue to criticize the very people who have put the fate of our country in peril, and it is. So I would say to all who do what I do; “Hold your heads high and turn this back on the media and the Democrats who are co-conspirators in policies that are bankrupting this country and risking the future for our children and grandchildren.”
Visit Hope ‘n Change Cartoons for an excellent essay, Bullseye, on the politicization of a tragedy.
How John Lennon Killed Sharon Tate (and Other Ideas For MSM Narratives) (by Christian Hartsock, excerpted from Big Journalism)
John Lennon murdered Sharon Tate. Jodie Foster shot Ronald Reagan. Oliver Stone and Marilyn Manson caused Columbine. A dog ordered the Son of Sam killings. And Fox News, the Tea Party and the American right compelled Jared Loughner to shoot Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in Tucson.
The only reason these parallels don’t work is that while Charles Manson did in fact draw inspiration from “The White Album,” John Hinckley from “Taxi Driver,” Harris and Klebold from “Natural Born Killers” and (somewhat debatably) Marilyn Manson, and David Berkowitz from a Labrador retriever, there is no evidence Jared Loughner even watched Fox News or leaned right. Inconveniently, a former friend and bandmate described Loughern as “left-wing political radical” and “quite liberal,” and Loughner claimed The Communist Manifesto as one of his favorite books on his YouTube page where he also released video burning the American flag. But when it comes to exploiting human tragedy to “pick a target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it” (in Saul Alinsky’s words), no facts will obstruct a perfectly salvageable mainstream media narrative.
Writing in The New York Times, Paul Krugman mouth-wateringly jumped at the bit to officialize the tragedy as a cue for “the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers,” giving dire caution over “the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead,” and blaming a “climate of hate.” Jane Fonda blamed the tragedy on “violence-provoking rhetoric of the Tea Party” – a movement whose standards of civility apparently don’t live up to those of the Viet Cong. This “climate of hate” and “violence-provoking rhetoric” certainly wouldn’t include the congressional maps put out by the Democrat Leadership Committee using actual shooting targets (as opposed to the surveyor crosshairs used by SarahPAC), nor Barack Obama’s 2008 “if they bring a knife to a fight we bring a gun” remarks, nor the environmentalist 10:10 “No Pressure” ad featuring children being blown up for questioning green control tactics, nor the West Hollywood display of Sarah Palin hanging from a noose, nor the feature film “Death of a President” fantasizing the assassination of George W. Bush, nor Wanda Sykes giving President Obama a good tickle by wishing kidney failure upon Rush Limbaugh, nor Bill Maher regretting that the terrorist assassination plot against Dick Cheney didn’t pan out, nor even the gunshots fired into Republican Congressman Eric Cantor’s office during this past spring. Naturally, only conservatives are to blame for a violent act by an apparent liberal. And instead of blaming Al Gore and the environmental movement for James J. Lee, the man who held three hostages at the Discovery Channel building with explosives attached to him this past September and claimed An Inconvenient Truth as his inspiration, we blamed one person: James J. Lee. […]