I just heard about that nutcase Jared Loughner’s killing spree in Arizona through Twitter. My first thought before knowing ANY other facts was, “I bet this is some left-wing or Muslim nut job but the press and the left will initially attempt to blame the right-wing as hard as they can until the facts come out, at which point the left and the press will have already planted the lie as the truth and then shift the narrative to ‘this was just a mentally unstable person but we still need more control over talk radio, TV, the Internet, and guns.'” Sadly, it appears that I’m completely right.
For starters, let me say that Jared Loughner is clearly insane. Anyone that goes out and slaughters people like this has a screw loose to begin with, but Jared’s YouTube videos, writings, and the e-mails from people who attended class with him tell me that the man had lost it. Regardless of his mental state, he ALONE is responsible for his crimes, no matter what he watched, listened to, or whatever.
That out of the way, lets get down to what has me pissed off.
When I saw Sheriff Clarence Dupnik’s early remarks on the case, he said they had no motive yet BUT he clearly had no problem citing talk radio, TV, and the like for inflaming unstable people to hate, commit acts of bigotry, etc. The remarks came off to me as someone blaming Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, the Tea Party, etc. for encouraging a radical, right-wing bastard to attempt to murder a Democrat congresswoman. Oh, and there was some Bush appointed judge, a 9-year old kid, and some others who were killed too but that’s not important because clearly this was a right-wing ideologue going after a Democrat.
It went downhill from there as the mainstream press, left-wing politicians, and left-wing blogs all ID’s Jared as some sort of right-winger influenced by the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, etc. The more of the screeching I read, the more I was convinced that Jared was no right-winger but was more likely a left-wing nut or worse, a radical Muslim. After all, when Major Nidal Malik Hasan went on his “Allah Akbar” shooting spree at Fort Hood, the initial reports were to try to blame this on talk radio and the right. Once it was revealed that Hasan was an Islamic extremist, talk of his motives vanished because Islamic extremist aren’t influenced by Rush or Beck.
A similar thing happened when the failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad attempted to set off a car bomb. Mayor Bloomberg rushed to a camera and blamed the Tea Party, speculating that the person who attempted to set off this car bomb was, “Home-grown, maybe a mentally deranged person or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something.” Sorry Mr. Mayor, but Faisal is a radical Muslim, not a Tea Party person.
So, while Jared is not a Muslim, he’s also not a right-winger. Indeed, everything he’s said indicate that in addition to being a nutcase, he’s a radical left-winger. His favorite books were apparently Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf. Yeah, I hear Glenn Beck all the time spewing about how we need to become either Communist or National Socialist. (Oh wait, he says the opposite, blasting any form of totalitarian, big government philosophy.)
Jared posted a video of himself as a terrorist burning the American flag and we all know how much Tea Party people love to burn flags. (Oh wait, they actually love waving the flag and not burning it.)
One of his high school friend confirmed that Jared was a leftist in high school and that they were anti-Bush in high school when Senator Kerry ran against Bush. She sounds like a leftist from what I can read of some of her tweets but she doesn’t sound like some radical, “Silence Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News” type.
Jared’s hatred for Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords apparently pre-dates the Tea Party movement, going back to 2007. Apparently, he wasn’t the only one angry with her as this Daily Kos poster shows (which naturally, the ultra left-wing Daily Kos pulls from their site). That angry poster is apparently now angry that his hate-filled rant is being used against the left since as we all know, only the right-wing losers who listen to Beck and Rush and watch Fox News are filled with hate and would want to murder a Democrat representative.
Wait! Rep. Giffords supported Obama-care (+250) but also supported Arizona’s law on immigration (-500) and voted against Nancy Pelosi in the recent House of Representatives leadership votes (-250). So she’s a traitor Democrat who must be killed for her betrayal, is that it? Or was it because she supported Obama-care that she must be killed?
The way I see it, Jared’s an insane guy who also happens to like Communist and National Socialist ideals (which are almost identical except in terms of scope) and had NOTHING to do with the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, or Fox News. So what?
The truth of the matter is, I don’t care what books, blogs, etc. that he read; I don’t care what TV shows he watched; I don’t care what video games he might have played, to include the most violent games imaginable; I don’t care what kind of music he listened to. The fact of the matter is that Jared Loughner pulled the trigger and that he alone is responsible. I have always rejected this notion that some 3rd party is to blame for the actions of a killer! Yet all of the time, some game, musician, TV show, etc. is blamed for the actions of some bastard who commits heinous crimes.
No matter though. Crooked FBI Director Robert Mueller is on the case and since he’s blaming the Internet for giving people so much ready access to hateful information, it will give the FCC and its new Internet regulatory powers a chance to exercise more control over free speech (the First Amendment of the Constitution). Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D) is ready to have the government exercise more control over the Second Amendment and right to own a gun. And finally, the radical left will scream that it is hate speech of Rush, Beck, or Fox News that drove this man to insanity and to kill folks, hoping to make the lie the “truth” when the actual facts prove no such thing, only that this was an insane man who ALONE is responsible for his crimes.
Thus endeth the rant as my thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families of the victims of this terrible crime.