Sunday, January 09, 2011


Liberals want to save the planet. Save the animals. Help the poor. Help the elderly. Educate our children and help them to eat well. Accept those who are different from us. Give equal opportunities for all. Liberals want peace. Liberals think the life of a woman is just as important as the life of any fetus. Liberals may be accused of being weak, pansies, hippies, elitist, tree-huggers. Liberals get angry when the healthcare plan they wanted isn't strong enough or when discrimination laws are not repealed speedily enough. Liberals understand that many people who own them cannot be trusted with guns. 

There will be those who try to paint Jared Loughner as leftist because a high school friend said he used to be one years ago. Loughner is sick. He is delusional. Many of his online writings are conspiracy-filled and sound like they came direct from Glenn Beck. He may not have been a right-winger but we know a few things: 1.) He owned a gun 2.) He didn't trust the government 3.) Spoke of gold as a safety net 4.) He's not opposed to violence. 

Republicans know exactly what they're doing when they stoke fear into the hearts of people not smart enough to know the difference between the truth and the GOP dog whistled lies, subtle racism, hatred defended by religion, government involvement when it's in their interests (abortion) but not when it isn't (taxes). 

Jared Loughner might not have been a republican but he's definitely picked up some of their "facts" along the way. All it takes is one crazy person to take it too far, to become too scared, to feel "the man" is out to get him, to hear the mystifyingly influential Sarah Palin to command people not to "retreat" but to "reload" before some sicko thinks he's justified to accomplish his goal by horrifically violent means. This kid is an idiot, he is an outcast, he was impressionable and he was looking for other people to tell him why and how he'd been wronged. Unfortunately, he had a lot of GOPers to help him figure that out. Anti-government, angry, armed and dangerous. Why do I feel like that describes way too many people than is comfortable?

Assassinations center around those who are advocating or protecting something bigger than themselves. Basic truths. Those who want freedom, equality, peace. 

Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Robert Kennedy, Malcom X, John Lennon, George Tiller.

Conservatives aren't ever going to stop the hate and nastiness. It's a game they're good at, one they've had a long time to perfect. One they know is effective because the liberals are too fucking haughty to dignify half their shit with a response. There's nothing stopping the Glenn Beck nutcase express or Sarah Palin delusion central members from continuing to take things way too far. Not when they think their "leaders" would approve. 

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Blogger FWS said...

I entirely agree.

Seen from afar (I am Italian) this looks exaclty like a hate crime, dictated by people who use terms as "target list" as legitimate instruments of consensus building. If someone should be prosecuted, it should probably not be the lunatic who fired the shots, but the politicians who preached hate and fear.

1/10/2011 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jazz-the guy was definitely insane. But I'm 100% that Beck and Palin, no matter what you think of their politics, would never condone or support acts like this.

I think the issue here isn't right wing/left wing, but it runs much deeper. You and I differ on many different political issues, but I know that you still care about our country, and you want what you think is best for it. On both sides of the political spectrum we are turning the discourse into personal attacks mixed with hate and fear.

I may not like the President, or his politics, but I know that he's doing what he thinks he needs to do for America.

If rational people on both sides can open their eyes and see that there are plenty of people in their respective parties that are hurting their cause/message instead of helping it, things like this probably wouldn't be happening.

No matter one's political views, it was a sad day in our country when he pulled the trigger.

1/10/2011 2:45 PM  

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