With tragedies such as the murder of Pvt. William Long in Arkansas last week, the wounding of Pvt. Quentin Ezeagwula, the George Tiller murder and the Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting, I think it’s a good idea to show some respect, step back and let the grieving families sort things out before jumping in to score political points.

The left isn’t going to allow that happen.  After two recent “right-wing” shootings, leftists are eager to connect the dots:

I don’t know about you but I am getting sick and tired of the left playing armchair psychiatrist after every political-type shooting. They way they tell it, von Brunn had a vision of the tea parties in his mind when he pulled the trigger.

According to the left, it’s the right’s fault specifically, the tea party movement. Or “hate speech.” Or Christian fundamentalism. Or simply because conservatives enjoy killing people.

In their haste to impugn conservatives, the lefties are drawing conclusions too quickly and are missing (or ignoring) some of most important facts that are emerging from this unfolding story.

Apparently, even though von Brunn has been identified as a “right wing Christian,” his credentials are very questionable.  He  has left us with quite an extensive paper trail documenting his disdain for said right-wingers especially neocons and George W. Bush.  Had Von Brunn succeeded in getting away from the scene at the museum, other targets would have included the conservative Weekly Standard magazine and Fox News.

From RedState:

American leftists, still giddy after the murder of George Tiller, are at this moment attempting to chalk von Brunn’s actions up to “right-wing extremism”; apparently, von Brunn was a white supremacist, and with typical leftist projection, they have assumed that anyone who is a racist must also be a right-winger.

What we know about von Brunn is that he:

  • Hated Christians
  • Despised Bush and McCain
  • Posted lengthy rants about “Neocons” involved in Jewish conspiracies to alter U.S. foreign policy in favor of Israel
  • Placed credence in 9/11 “truther” theories

Some “right wing” Christian!

A sensible leftist reacts to liberals’ nasty blame-fest:

…the fact that von Brunn might have been planning to shoot up the flagship publication of neoconservatism and not, say, the offices of Mother Jones absolutely “complicates” the narrative that many liberals are cynically trying to construct around this tragedy.

According to the left, it’s the right’s fault – specifically, the tea party movement. Or “hate speech.” Or Christian fundamentalism. Or simply because conservatives enjoy killing people.

But the most vocal leftists apparently have no intention of behaving sensibly.  Even now, before the facts of the case have been examined, libs are pointing fingers at Tea Party patriots, Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage,  and the “racist and fanatical” GOP base.

From Michael Rowe:

There is no Environmental Protection Agency to measure hate pollution in national dialogue, and no mechanism in place to warn us when the poisonous rage spewed into the national consciousness by shock-jocks, poisonous television pundits, megachurch leaders, and oh-so-subtle politicians, has reached dangerously toxic levels.

No, there is only the result: widows, orphans, collective grief, and an absolute refusal on the part of our loudest, coarsest voices to take any responsibility for their part in the carnage.

Wanna talk about cause and effect?  Okay, let’s talk about cause and effect.  Here’s more from RedState:

If the right were to blame for the tragedy at the Holocaust Museum, Markos Moulitsas, Keith Olbermann, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama must be positively scrubbing the blood off their hands after the tragic murder of Pvt. Long in Arkansas last week and wounding of Pvt. Quentin Ezeagwula. I’m surprised leftwing bloggers can type with all the blood on their hands.

But this isn’t just an opportunity to malign conservatives; it’s an opportunity to score political points as well.

Should Blue Blogistan kick the crap out of buffoons like Ed Morrissey and Michelle Malkin for claiming that vigilance against right-wing extremism amounted to “smear[ing] half the country” and that the [DHS] report was a “hit job” and a “sweeping indictment of conservatives”?
Why not?
Should the Democrats shamelessly exploit this tragedy to make Republicans on Capitol Hill (e.g., Imhofe, Coburn, Vitter, Brownback, DeMint , Burr, and Murkowski pay a price for having called that report “absurd and offensive”?
You betcha.

Hope and change is so much uglier than I ever imagined it would be.
Now is not the time to make assumptions, draw conclusions and bludgeon political adversaries.  Now is the time to ask questions and gather facts.
What was happening in this guy’s life that finally set him off? Was he clinically insane? Did he hear voices? Was he clinically depressed? What was the basis for his unreasoning hatred of Jews and blacks? How was his overall health? Did he recently lose someone close to him?
When international Islamist terrorists strike, the left tends to speak of the need to “resist the temptation to lash out indiscriminately“, to “take sober steps” to reduce violence through “carefully targeted disruptions” and to take time “to address specific grievances.”
If they were consistent in this insanely PC approach to extremism, they might speculate that Obama’s commencement speech at  Notre Dame triggered the murder of George Tiller, and that the DHS report was a self-fulfilling prophesy that led to the shooting at the museum.  They’d resist the temptation to lash out at the Right.  In fact, they’d be apologizing profusely for all the abusive and arrogant behavior they’ve engaged in since defeating the Right in the polls in November.  And for good measure, they’d invite the grand wizard of the KKK (or some other Holocaust denier) for hot dogs on the Fourth of July.

2 Responses

  1. Thank you for posting this excellent article. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

  2. Jennifer: Thanks for stopping by.

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