As I write this, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is in critical condition in a hospital in Arizona after being shot in the head by a deranged psychopath at a political gathering in Tucson.
Six people were killed in the assault last Saturday, including a Federal judge and a 9-year-old girl. In a strange twist of fate, the child, Christina Green, was born on September 11, 2001. We extend our deepest sympathies to all of their families. Our prayers go out to them, as well as the 14 other people who were wounded in the assault, allegedly committed by a 22-year-old mentally ill person named Jared Lee Loughner.
The shooting was a tragedy. But what happened next was an outrage.
No sooner had the airwaves carried the news of the attack than the Left tried to blame the right for what happened. MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, whose vicious tirades against conservatives know no bounds, ranted on national TV that “the climate of hate” created by Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and their ilk was responsible for the assassination attempt.
Within hours it was revealed that the gunman was a misfit and no friend of conservatives. He was an angry nihilist who said his favorite books included Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifest and Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
How about that — two of the top 10 books on my list of The Worst Books Ever Written were among his favorites. (If you missed that column, click here to see it.) Clearly Loughner is a creature of the Left, not of the Right. But that didn’t stop the hate-mongers in the media from piling on.
The New York Times set the tone for the rest of the mainstream media with an article, “Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Vitriol in Politics.” Most of The Times’ examples of vitriol, you will not be surprised to learn, came from the right. Major targets were Tea Party members, Sarah Palin and virtually anyone who opposed Obamacare.
The Times’ Pulitzer-winning columnist Paul Krugman, who leans so far to the Left he’s in danger of falling over, joined the chorus with a column blaming conservatives for fostering “a climate of hate.”
Politico, a popular website about all things Washington, said that “a veteran Democratic operative” immediately advised the White House to “deftly pin this on the tea partiers.” I would have suspected Rahm Emanuel (he of the “never let a crisis go to waste” fame) of being the source, but apparently he’s too busy running for mayor of Chicago.
In an effort to tar Republicans with Loughner’s murderous assault, someone even created a fake voter registration document for the guy, purporting to show that he is a registered Republican. It looked pretty authentic — obviously, whoever did it used a genuine card as his model — except for one thing: The Leftwing dope who did it misspelled Tucson!
All of this reminds me of another tragedy that rocked the nation — the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963. If you were an adult back then you remember that the airwaves were full of allegations that the President’s murderer must have been some crazed Right-winger. After all, the killing took place in Texas, right? A state that’s full of dangerous Rightists.
It turned out, of course, that the President’s assassin was a dedicated Marxist named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former sharp-shooter had even spent time in Mother Russia before returning to the U.S. and crusading for Fidel Castro.
The shooting in Tucson has provided another opportunity for the liars on the Left to blame patriotic Americans for what happened. Frankly, we probably should be used to it by now. For all of my adult life, patriotic Americans have been attacked and ridiculed by those on the Left as religious extremists, intolerant bigots, dangerous racists and worse. While the truth is, it is almost always people on the Left who advocate violence or make excuses for it, and try to smear their political opponents with the brush they themselves wield.
My fellow Personal Liberty Digest columnist Ben Crystal hit the nail on the head when he wrote two days ago:
“Nonetheless, while the Democrat Party urges its supplicant media to find a way to pin the murder of six people on Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and the GOP by proxy; the facts reveal a vastly different picture. It’s a picture of the ultimate expression of Leftist rage, fanned by monsters like Markos Moulitsas, raging idiots like Olbermann, violent union thugs from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and possibly the anti-semitic roaring of characters like former President Jimmy Carter.”
Thanks, Ben, I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Ben’s column (which you really should read; go here to see it) also quoted these gems from the current occupant of the White House. How about these examples of fanning the flames of violence?
“If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard.”
Or this one:
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”
Thanks, President Obama. You’re sure setting a wonderful example of calm, dispassionate, moderate leadership.
Over on Capitol Hill, things are almost as bad. Representative Jim Clyburn, the very liberal Democrat from South Carolina, said the real culprit was Sharron Angle, the feisty grandmother and outspoken Tea Party advocate who ran against Harry Reid in Nevada. Another Democrat congressman, Robert Brady from Pennsylvania, used the murders as an excuse to promote legislation that would make criticism of elected officials a Federal crime. Guess if Brady had his way, I’d not only get groped by Transportation Security Administration screeners every time I fly; I’d risk going to jail for some of my Straight Talk columns!
I just saw the results of a recent poll. It says that 57 percent of Americans do not believe that “overheated” or conservative rhetoric was responsible for Loughner’s murderous assault last week. That’s the good news.
Here’s the bad: 42 percent of respondents (most of them self-identified as Democrats) bought into this decades-long smear. It’s a sad commentary of how some people will believe anything — and say anything — to make their opponents look bad.
It’s not hate that motivates the Tea Partiers I’ve met. It’s love — love for this country and the principles upon which it was founded. Love of freedom. And yes, even love for our fellow man (and woman).
Like the incredibly brave men who signed the Declaration of Independence, many of us are willing to risk our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to protect and promote the blessings of liberty. So I guess we can stand a little more name-calling. In the life-and-death struggle for freedom, what are a few more scurrilous smears?
Until next time, keep some powder dry.