The Arizona Shootings

Should I write this?  I don’t know.

Maybe I’ll write it and not make it public.  It can queue up with the rest of things I don’t or haven’t made public.

Jared Loughner is obviously a mentally disturbed individual.  He’s the kind of disturbed that lives in a world of his own cerebral making.  Distorted cerebral making.  His political ideology is random, vague and all over the map.  It’s not Liberal.  It’s not Conservative.  It’s a hodge podge of self involved, twisted manifesto.  We haven’t heard much useful detail about him, in my opinion.  You know, the media frenzy phase where the news channels try to come up with labels and catch phrases and define an event or moment with catchy platitudes.

The reason I want to write this is because of a few things I heard today.

Keith Olbermann was on the money, of course.  Jon Stewart was humble and poignant and reasonable.  The outpouring from many Republican pundits and legislators was touching and much needed.

I heard a few things that bent my ear, though.  I heard a relatively non-partisan Politico correspondent say (about SarahPAC’s gun target visual) that in hindsight it looks bad.  But, he said, we all use this metaphorical war imagery.  My first thought was, “No.  Not hindsight.  Foresight.  Ever since the health care craziness there have been those calling for toning down the rhetoric.   This is what we’ve been trying to warn you about.  You’re going to set off the crazies.”

Foresight, ladies and gentlemen.

The other thing I heard that sent me into mental spasms was on the 700 Club.

Argh!  I lost, like, two hours of writing!

[The next day]

(The President gave a speech tonight but I haven’t watched or heard it yet.)

Okay, let’s try this again.  I’ve got all evening.  Got a glass of Mascato D’Asti next to me.  Got some wings in the oven and the aroma of Old Bay wafting about.  Heats crankin’.  Got my U of M hoodie on. Let’s do ‘dis.

So.  Where was I.  Brent Bozell, Media Research Center.  He was on the 700 Club and his reasoning was just … off.  Well, it was the reasoning of an ideologue.   His job is to attack liberals and secular culture.  Here’s one of the things he said that didn’t make much sense to me.

He said  that Ted Kaczinski, the Unabomber and James Lee, the Discovery Channel shooter, both had or referenced Al Gore’s book.  So should we blame their murderous behavior on Al Gore?

The difference:

Al Gore was calling for action to save the Earth from a possible human-induced ecological catastrophe.  Republicans and Tea Party politicians are talking about secession, rebellion, and America being destroyed from within by a Socialist Muslim who wants to kill your nana and has to be stopped before the country falls in ruins after he takes your guns.

Quoth Sharron Angle.

You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. And in fact Thomas Jefferson said it’s good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years.

I hope that’s not where we’re going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I’ll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.


I’m not saying that SarahPAC or Angle or the polar tent of the Tea Party caused this incident.  I can’t say that any more than I can say that suicide club websites cause impressionable depressed teenagers to kill themselves.  I can’t say it any more than I can say that YouTube videos by radical Muslims cause attempted plane bombings.  Right?  You can’t say that child porn causes someone to molest children.  I can’t say that a website with the names, photos and addresses of abortion providers makes someone shoot them or blow up their clinics.

And yet, someone may be prompted to act by a screed against America.  Someone may be encouraged to end their own seemingly hopeless life  following the directions and plainly available recipe (made from household chemicals) found on said suicide club website.  Someone may act out illicit sexual fantasies based on porn that they’re addicted to.  Someone may feel justified  that they’re doing God’s work when they assassinate a doctor who performs abortions.

Then again most people won’t.  The vast majority even.

Still, we’re careful or concerned about such things.  These are just examples off the top of my head.  But we often worry or pass laws.  When we can’t pass laws due to provisions of the First Amendment we may have law enforcement agencies monitoring those who partake of incendiary subject matter.

Do you remember?

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