The attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords in Tucson on Saturday has opened up one heck of a can of worms. Within hours of the shooting, media figures, pundits, and even the county sheriff were laying the blame on Sarah Palin. Before the bodies of the dead were cold, the blame games were in full force.
One of the most disgusting things about this case is that, after several days of investigating into Jared Loughner, the crazy kid who perpetrated the attack, there still is no evidence linking Loughner to anyone in the right-wing media.
Whenever a radical Muslim terrorist perpetrates an act of terror against the United States, left-wing politicians and media almost immediately urge “caution” and speak against “rushing to judgment.” They continually fear a backlash against innocent American Muslims – and while there have been some hate crimes against Muslims in the US, it hasn’t been anything on the scale that the American left always seems to fear it will be. Even so, it doesn’t take much to figure out the trends. When someone with a name like Nidal Hassan or Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab launches an attack on the United States, it’s a pretty safe bet, just based on his name, that he is Arab or a Muslim, either from the Middle East or of Middle Eastern descent. It’s not always an accurate way to tell, but like I said, it’s a pretty safe bet. So when you combine that with the historical trend of Muslims attacking the United States, you can make a logical guess that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is a radical Muslim terrorist, even before the investigation begins. There is no such logical argument to link Jared Loughner to anyone on the Right.
The truth is that Democratic politicians and the leftist media have been waiting for the chance to shut down Fox News and conservative talk radio – and if they can take out the Tea Party via Sarah Palin in the process, so much the better. The enormity of their rediculousness is staggering. Sheriff Dupnik has laid the blame on empty, baseless feelings that the Right is hateful – as well as his feeling that Rush Limbaugh is to blame. Various media figures have blamed a 2010 campaign graphic published on Sarah Palin’s website, showing crosshairs over congressional districts that Palin wanted to target for Republican takeovers in the elections. Others have blamed various right wing media figures, all with the same amount of evidence: none at all.
Democrats in Congress are seizing on this opportunity for their own political gain. According to Congressman Brad Sherman of California, even if so-called “violent rhetoric” didn’t cause this shooting, it will cause the next one. Representative Jim Clyburn wants to bring back the Fairness Doctrine – something the FCC might do anyway, given the tendency of regulatory agencies, especially the FCC, to just take power with or without Congressional approval. Bernie Sanders used the tragic shooting as an opportunity to raise some campaign money. The governor of Rhode Island has banned state employees from speaking on talk radio.
There has been no caution from the Left. There has been no attempt to avoid a rush to judgment. They charged right into this tragedy, politicizing it as if they had just been waiting for the opportunity to use any kind of crisis or tragedy to shut down the Right. Now, Congressional Democrats are working on legislation to make it a federal crime to make statements that could be perceived as threats to members of Congress.
And this is how they plan to win the argument: by shutting the other side down, because they cannot win the argument any other way. It’s despicable, and it should not be allowed to continue.