Depressingly predictable

I have not written about the Arizona shooting because it has been so depressingly predictable; I knew immediately that the shooter was a crazy person and that there would be a large number of liberal pundits and news organizations jumping to blame conservatives and Tea Partiers with no basis in fact for doing so, followed by a counterattack from the conservatives showing how the left was projecting onto them their own offenses, because their rhetoric is more intemperate and evocative of violence.

So I really have nothing to say, except some good links:

George F. Will on charlatans peddling “explanations”

Karl Denninger on leftist revisionism

Violent rhetoric at Daily Kos

Paul Krugman jumps to conclusions, then hides

And finally, a great quote from Glenn Reynolds:

As I think about it, the mental process seems to be something like this:
Lefty: Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement encourage hatred and violence!
Questioner: How do you know?
Lefty: Because whenever I think about them, I’m filled with hate and a desire to do harm!

Reynolds’s description also explains why leftists want to ban guns and think guns are inherently evil: in the presence of a gun, they don’t think about all the people who are comfortable with guns and handle them sanely, they think about carrying out their own violent impulses and this scares them so they blame the guns instead of asking whether they themselves have an anger problem.

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3 Responses to Depressingly predictable

  1. Alvis Velthomer says:

    The opinions and hysteria by the left outlets shows their overall disdain and vitriol that they possess toward people who do not share their worldview. The fact that they view the Tea Party as extreme and violent shows their overall detachment and warped reality. If I were a leftist I would be thankful that my enemies were the Tea Party. The Tea Party thinks it can accomplish most of its goals through the electoral process (and as we all know the true things that will influence our society, particularly demographic and culture, are well beyond any rightist electoral tidal wave of changing). Their protests are usually organized, clean, and relatively consist of simply standing around a state building holding up some signs. By contrast, a leftist protest involves smashing things and being loud and often calls for some sort of act of violence against a politician or political party. The Left should be thankful its enemy is the Tea Party, and not a bunch of cynical reactionaries whose religion are their political beliefs with a strong desire of forming their own counterculture. The Tea Party thinks that America will be fixed by electing the right people and by removing Obama from office. The reason why I think the Left is so paranoid about them is because the Right in America has never been organized at the grassroots outside of a few issues (gun rights and abortion). They probably fear that the Tea Party will eventually lead to a group of true reactionaries and possibly a traditionalist counterculture.

    As to the clown assassin, his writings and thoughts strongly resemble that of a schizophrenic. He will probably get an insanity plee if he goes on trial, and he will probably end up being diagnosed with schizophrenia or some or schizoid psychological disorder if he has not already. His politics seem to be more of the conspiracy nut pothead type, however, I think his schizophrenia probably was a bigger motivation for his actions than his conspiracy convictions.

  2. Doug1 says:

    Polymath–

    I knew immediately that the shooter was a crazy person and that there would be a large number of liberal pundits and news organizations jumping to blame conservatives and Tea Partiers with no basis in fact for doing so, followed by a counterattack from the conservatives showing how the left was projecting onto them their own offenses, because their rhetoric is more intemperate and evocative of violence.

    You make it sound somewhat tit for tat. It’s not.

    One of these parties were right and accurate. The conservatives were right in their counterattack.

  3. Polymath says:

    Doug, I agree, but that should have been clear enough from my use of the words “with no basis in fact” for the liberals and “showing” rather than simply “claiming” for the conservatives. Maybe I should have said “refuting them” for the conservatives, except that “refute” has been misused so that now many people think it means merely to dispute rather than to disprove.

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