The Arizona Shooting and the Blame Game


What a relief!  President Obama can pull FBI Director Mueller back from Arizona and call off the investigation into the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords.  The smoking gun has been found.

It is obvious after listening to the Sunday morning news shows that the shooter had been listening to conservative talk radio, was heavily influences by the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, loose gun laws in Arizona, and the hate discourse that is created by right wing organizations and politicians.  Sherlock Holmes has nothing over David Gregory.

Gregory in questioning newly elected Congressman Raul Labrador of Idaho, said “I mention the Tea Party, not to assign blame, but….”  Well, then why mention it?  By opening the discussion with that statement, Gregory, of course, is doing exactly what he says he isn’t doing.  Assigning blame.  Gregory’s performance this morning, from someone who once in awhile, shows signs of even handiness, was shameful.  Feeding the idea that this deranged idiot in Arizona was a Tea Party, Sarah Palin plant, is despicable.

A quick look at Loughner’s background shows that he read the Communist Manifesto, Mein Kampf, was anti-God, and if holds any political philosophy at all, would be classified as an extreme anarchist.  What in the fuzzy reaches of the minds of the parade of Democratic politicians and their lackeys in the mainstream media would connect that philosophy with Constitutional Conservatives?  It doesn’t connect at all, but that is not the point, this is a teaching moment for the left.

Which is why, following immediately on the heels of their dissecting the causes of the shooting, the post counseling has already begun.  On Meet the Press, we got schooled on ethics, racial harmony, peace and justice by the Congressmen Cleaver and Grijalva and Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz.  We must tone down the criticism and our political discussion must become more “civil” or more violence will ensue.

Our heated discourse must give way to civility of yesterday.  By that of course, they must be speaking of the civility of “Blood for Oil”, “Bush lied, people died” the Jim Crow Republicans, Republican Nazis and the mantra that the religious right is more dangerous than the Taliban.  Yes, the nostalgia for those “civil” days of discourse makes me wistful.

We know what is happening of course.  “Civility” in politics means Conservatives agreeing with the Left, it calls for muted objections and ceding the moral high ground to the other side.  Then, and only then, we will all get along and have peace and civility in our politics.

A cursory glance at American history would show that civility in politics has never been the norm.  American politics is raucous, heated, fiery, yes, at times hate filled and dirty and in tragic rare cases, turns violent.  19th Century American politics was filled with the dirtiest campaigns, fights (literally) at conventions, and the often final arbiter of politician “discussion”, the duel.

Obviously, we are not calling for the return of fist fights at Conventions and duels to settle our political differences, but in a free and open democracy, that allows for dissent, in fact, encourages dissent, politics often is a raucous mud slinging enterprise.  And we are thankful for it, for that freedom is what has kept this government thriving and free for over 230 years.

Cuba has political harmony, no disagreeable discourse happens down there.  Is that what we want?  In the spirit of cooperation, I will not assign any preference for those thoughts to Messrs Grijalva and Cleaver.

We allow freedom and dissent, but we are also a nation of laws.  Loungner needs to be dealt with swiftly and once found guilty needs to be sent to his maker post haste.  Our love of freedom did not cause this tragedy, human nature did.

Michael Finch is the Chief of Operations of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles and headed by author David Horowitz.  He is a regular contributor to FrontPageMag.com and NewsRealBlog.com.

  • Reason_For_Life

    Among his "favorite" books were Mein Kampf (Adolf Hitler), the Communist Manifesto (Karl Marx), We The Living (Ayn Rand), Animal Farm (George Orwell), Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Republic (Plato) and Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury).

    There is no real pattern here (except possibly a theme of individuals being crushed by society and/or the state and a dislike for religion) especially if you include other books he listed like Alice Through the Looking Glass, the Odyssey and The Wizard of Oz.

    His writings showed a disordered mind with nothing approaching consistency. Has anyone figured out what "conscience dreaming" is?

    His writings are contradictory and random. There is no pattern so people are free to imagine any pattern they want to "explain" what he did. Think of him as the human equivalent of a Rorschach test, you can see anything you want in him.

    Attempts to "analyze" his actions will just reflect the biases of the analysts. Drawing political conclusions from his actions must be seen as an attempt to manipulate people using their emotions regarding Loughner's brutal slayings.

    • Rob

      You make an excellent point about the killer's lack of any identifiable political persuasion. He definitely had disordered thinking like a schizo. And that smile on his face tells me he's not on his medication.

      A couple years ago, my schizo neighbor died after being basically dumped in our neighborhood by his family; they bought him a house and left him to fend for himself. They didn't monitor him. Schizos require medication because it keeps their brains from slipping into a dreamlike state of mind. At that point they are a danger to themselves and others.

      The killer probably won't even remember what he did. This is from my experience in caring for a schizo.

    • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

      The sad fact is we now are living in a nation that has way to many people 320 million and things like this will get to be normal.
      Face facts a nation that has no roots or roof can not Less Long with so many people that want it one way, just look down the road and you will see much more evil.

  • Look at his FB Page

    If you had looked at Loughner’s Facebook page before they took it down, you’d have seen his inspiration listed as 1. Barack Obama 2. Saul Alinsky 3. Noam Chomsky 4. Hugo Chavez 5. Che Gueverra.

    I didn’t see Barry Goldwater anywhere.

  • sflbib

    Blaming your enemy for a tragedy / disaster is nothing new. Hitler blamed the Communists for the burning of the Reichstag in 1933. The fire was used as evidence by the Nazis that the Communists were beginning a plot against the German government.

  • noname

    I hope blaming the TEA Party will backfire on them. We should be praying for the victims. Those libs have a cold heart!

  • Wesley69

    This guy was a deranged individual. He had an "altar" in his backyard with a skull. Do we know his motives. No. Was it political? Don't know, if so, where is the evidence? Sheriff Dupnik goes out of his way to say it is the harsh political dialogue in this country that brought this one. Democrats & Controlled Press started to attack, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, Glen Beck for this kid's action. But once again, WHERE IS THE PROOF.

    There is a saying, if you repeat a lie enough times it becomes the truth. Bush did not fight the blame machine of the Democrats in the wake of the Katrina Disaster when the Governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of New Orleans were obviously derelict in their duties. Palin, the Tea Party, Beck can not sit idly by either. The charge will stick. They must go on the offensive. The war of words must continue. Such is the nature of our political discourse.

  • abraham83

    Something no one has yet suggested, something cerainly obvious to a generation that absorbed Freudian concepts– not one that eschewed examination of the mind altogether–was the obviious one: he's a paranoid schizophrenic. All nonsense speculating on his "motivations" is beside the point. Of course the political left is always uninterested in real causation so we can expect they will exploit any shred of information that would impugn Republicans or conservatives. Yet the evidence is overwhelming that he is mentally deranged, and his motivation is as "understandable" as that of the Asian-American who murdered dozesn of fellow students at Virginia Tech.

    Perhaps we could explore the social example of Islamic jihadism on even the minds of the deranged in providing misanthropic murderousness as a direction for their mental confusions….

  • Cuban Refugee

    Where were the blamers in the media when a Muslim conducting a mini-Jihad killed 13 at Fort Hood and wounded many others? His having shouted, "Allahu Akbar!" before the massacre was mentioned only in a couple of outlets, then dropped. How about the teacher, an Obama supporter, who walked into a conference room at school with a gun and killed two? And the left-of-center guy who slammed his plane into an IRS office? Funny how these stories fizzle out. What a difference for this latest lunatic! Wait until they find out that he is a leftist anarchist who sold his putrid soul to the devil and indulged in drugs while reading "The Communist Manifesto." No, I cannot think of anyone in the Tea Party who fits that description.

  • okrahead

    Obama has issued a statement blaming the Tea Party, Palin and Limbaugh….

    From the desk of President B. Hussein Obama:

    Dear Comrades and citizens of amerikkka,

    In light of the recent treacherous murders committed by Sarah Palin's acolyte, I must call on all of you people who are truly of good will to cease the hateful, divisive and seditious language which has plagued this country of late. Quite frankly, this violence comes as a surprise to no one who has paid any attention whatsoever to the demagogues of the fascistic Republican party and their willing accomplices on the airwaves of talk radio and Fox news. It is time for the unpatriotic, bigoted bile which spews from these people to come to an end, by whatever means necessary…

    Read the rest here… http://beautifulletters-bls.blogspot.com/2011/01/

  • BS77

    This idiot had nothing to do with politics, Tea Party, left, right or center. He was another idiot with a gun, like Chapman or Hinckley….a loser, without friends or romance, without anything approaching a normal life….. I doubt if he ever actually read the books listed …He doesn't strike me as the book reading type. So sorry for the families of the victims.

  • Alex Kovnat

    I would like to add my perspective on this latest tragedy involving an armed, mentally ill individual.

    Those who have a philosophical peeve against guns are bound to blame our supposedly gun-loving culture, and step up their demands for more controls on guns, especially handguns. You are bound to see demands that handguns be outlawed altogether.

    Now, let's look at the reality of this latest tragedy and the reality of the tragedy 4 years ago this April at Virginia Tech. If we Americans are a gun-totin', gun-loving society, why is it that in both the Virginia Tech and Tucson outrages, the ONLY armed individual at the scene was Seung-Hui Cho in the former and Jared Loughner in the latter?

    In April 2007, Virginia Tech had a "gun free zone" intellectual fetish in effect. What that accomplished, was to GUARANTEE that nobody would be in a position to shoot back when Seung-Hui Cho began firing. Likewise in Tucson last Saturday, when Loughner began firing, there was nobody who also had a handgun and who could have shot this pathetic guy before he killed a nine year old girl.

  • USMCSniper

    Liberals and the rest of the leftist vermin think it is high art to make a movie about the assassination of a sitting president, George W. Bush and then show it in countries around the world, but a Marxist left wing loser nutcase goes on a psychopathic killing binge, it is somehow Sarah Palin's and the Tea Party peoples fault. Last tine I checked, none of these people were Marxists or left wingers.

  • Reason_For_Life

    Since the increase in concealed carry permits in the US the murder rate has gone down. The state with the freest access to handguns, Vermont, has one of the lowest murder rates.

    Your statement shows either ignorance or deliberate deception.

    • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

      " The reported murder Rate", in fact we now live in a third world nation AND FACTS MEAN NOTHING, In Mexico City any cop would tell you that over 10,000 murders happen each yr HAPPEN inside the city, but only 700 people go to jail in fact its well over 100,000 each yr.
      In L.A. The rate is down by 80 percent but in fact that only 1 in 5 are reported as murders.

  • Gamaliel Isaac

    The laws against commitment of the mentally ill are what are responsible for this tragedy and I believe those laws were passed by bleeding heart Democrats. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dj-jaffe/gabrielle-

    • Rob

      We have committed our schizo relative several times.

      Some schizos are professionals, have four-year degrees, drive cars, and own businesses. And the law requires~ commitment when the schizo is a danger to himself or others, meaning the sufferer is off medication and having disordered thoughts, meaning they are in the dreamlike state I mentioned above. (If you imagine how disconnected your thoughts are when you experience a dream, then this special state of mind reveals itself.)

      Simply spotting someone in that state of mind requires 1) familiarity with the patient, 2) supervision, and 3) special psychiatric knowledge. Having seen a family member off medication several times, I can identify this sort of thing, but I can agree that's not possible for everyone. Schizos (in later stages of the disease) present an unnecessary risk to society and require too much maintenance to be allowed the same level of freedom as any regular individual.

      However, the law provides for permanent involuntary commitment in that event. Medicare pays all expense for schizos to be put in a nursing home, but because identifying a lunatic in this dangerous state of mind requires so much effort and analysis, no one is to blame here. And by the same token of how difficult it is to identify a schizo off medication, it's not like we can just round up all the loonies.

      It's a daily effort. And social workers DO round them up off the streets, because they tend to believe they're homeless and sleep in parks and in alleys.

  • BLJ

    The leftist media proves once again how corrupt and ignorant they really are. They probably were wishing this loser was a Tea Party member and had killed even more people. They are disgusting pieces of amphibious feces.

  • reagangrad

    Re: Dear Reader's flurry of activity in response to this tragedy: since he is incompetent in all manner of governing, the only thing he can get done is the Alinsky-style flame-fanning of blame disguised as political correctness.

    I hope there is a HUGE backlash from Americans.

  • okrahead

    Eric Holder has issued a memo calling for new restrictions on broadcasters' first amendment rights in the wake of the Arizona shootings, read it here…. http://beautifulletters-bls.blogspot.com/2011/01/

  • Chezwick_Mac

    Tone down the rhetoric?

    Fair enough.

    No more despicable use of the racism card to demonize opponents of illegal immigration and/or creeping Sharia.

  • coyote3

    There is no such thing as "half-automatic combat weaponry". Please if you going to write about scientific topics, please do some reading and learn "something" about the subject.

  • SemperCivis

    the Left always accuses their opponents of what the Left is guilty of. They are out to demonize good Americans – again….. How do they do it…. watch this , start with part 2…. get answers here- http://www.marcrubin.com/dada2.ivnu

  • Negro X

    This moron was at odds with the congresswoman in 2007, long before the tea party or Palin came on the scene. He is a mindless liberal intellectual drifter.

  • Wesley69

    The tragedy is being used for many purposes that distract from its main focus, the deaths of innocents by a deranged individual. They need to be mourned. Prayers need to offered for the wounded. Then we can debate.

    Political rhetoric is heated, but that is the nature of our political system. It has been throughout our history. This didn't motivate the killer as we learn now. Those using this tragedy to point fingers without evidence and score political points are despicable and should be repudiated themselves.

    Gun ownership is a right all citizens have. Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Maybe the law should be that handguns need to be displayed. But law-abiding citizens should not be forced to give up their guns. Criminals are going to ignore the law, so you've put law-abiding citizens at risk.

    ANOTHER POINTED being MISSED is our CULTURE OF VIOLENCE. You can see it in our movie theatres, on TV, in our music, on our street corners. Look at our fascination with vampires, satanic possessions, ghosts, homicides, police investigations, championship wrestling, a big hit in football games, the ultimate fighter. What is the newest TV show with the highest ratings – Hawaii Five O.

    When we start looking for solutions, we need to realize its bigger than gun ownership or targets on a map. My question, is, is Hollywood going to stop production on the Twilight series or will Warner Brothers not release Harry Potter & the Deadly Hollows due to their violent themes? Or The Rite about possession? Certainly not, there is $$$ to be made. Let's stop the hypocrisy!

  • Marty

    One can only wonder what the fake liberals would have said if the murderer had yelled allahu akbar while shooting his victims. Perhaps they would have protested that he is merely misguided – a misunderstander of islam; or perhaps that a woman in politics offended him; or perhaps that he had an unpleasant childhood.

  • Larry Manchester

    You were all stupid enough to fall for a fake Facebook page. I guess that just goes to show how the right will swallow any pile of crap thrown their way. Have a great day. Here's a tooth pick, you've got sh!t in your teeth.