Targeted by Default

I don’t know how they do it.

Time and time again, the left manages to pin these disgruntled, deranged individuals and their sick, twisted, bloody actions on the American right.   Despite being able to bring together millions of people from coast to coast with only one indiscretion–an idiotic redneck at a Rand Paul event who roughed up an aggressive political activist seeking access to the now-senator–the Tea Party is instantaneously blamed for the terrible happenings yesterday in Tucson, Arizona, where a congresswoman lay nearly dead and several others ended up not so lucky.

Despite being characterized by friends as “left-wing” and “quite liberal,” despite admitting to enjoying the works of Hitler, Marx and Engels as his favorite books, Jared Loughner was successfully painted as a product of right-wing political rhetoric, the physical manifestation of Sarah Palin’s “targeting” of vulnerable Democrats leading up to the previous election.

Before Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was even revealed to have survived the attack, folks at FireDogLake and the Daily Kos pinned the shooting on Sarah Palin, citing a “target map” circulated by her Political Action Committee in advance of last year’s mid-term elections.  Lefties across the Internet, quick to politicize the event before the bodies could even be counted, ignoring the fact that similar “target” lists were released by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Leadership Council, and ignoring the fact that Congresswoman Giffords had both participated in the controversial reading of the Constitution on the House floor this past week and voted against Nancy Pelosi as House Minority Leader, landing her in hot water with the lefternmost base of the Democratic Party.  (One entry by an author named “BoyBlue” at The Daily Kos, long since scrubbed, even went so far as to employ the headline “Congressman Giffords is now DEAD to me!!“)

In short, it doesn’t matter that a far-left Democrat shot a conservative Democrat in the head.  This was definitely the act of a Tea Party member and a product of Rush Limbaugh’s political rhetoric.

The same thing has happened before.

Joseph Stack, the man who flew an airplane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas in February 2010 was originally described as a Republican mad at the IRS before it was discovered that he was a lifelong Democrat who penned an anti-government manifesto before taking to the skies.

James Von Brunn, the gunman who stormed the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. and killed a security guard, was described originally as a gun-crazy right-winger before it was discovered that he was a bigot and Nazi (National Socialist Party) sympathizer whose original target was the offices of The Weekly Standard, the venerable conservative publication headquartered in our nation’s capital.

Nidal Malik Hasan, the radical Islamic jihadist who killed and injured dozens at Fort Hood, was originally thought to be a disgruntled soldier unhappy with the continuing war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan before it was discovered that he was, in fact, a radical Islamic jihadist who hated this country and took his orders from a vehemently anti-American Imam in Yemen. (The same could be said for the jidadist who killed a military recruiter in Arkansas.)

Amy Bishop, the neurobiology professor who murdered several of her colleagues at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, was also thought to be a right-wing political activist, before acquaintances described her as just the opposite, a lifelong Democrat obsessed with Barack Obama.

And when Faisal Shahzad tried to unsuccessfully detonate a bomb in Times Square, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speculated that it might have been the work of someone upset over the president’s health care reform agenda.  Eventually, we discovered that Shahzad was another radical Islamic jihadist, hell bent on killing innocent men, women and children out of a deep-seated hatred for America.

On and on and on, the list goes.  The Pentagon shooter.  The Discovery Channel shooter.  And now, Jared Loughner.

Each time, the media’s knee-jerk reaction is that these people are right-wing extremists, and each time they turn out to be leftists, to hate America, or both.  Even on a macro level, the Tea Party rallies only gave us one indiscretion (the aforementioned problem at the Rand Paul event), while groups of leftists seem to constantly engage in vandalism and violence whenever given the chance, whether protesting the G-20 and G-8 summits, rallying against the elimination of entitlements in Britain and Greece, or challenging the government on the extension of the retirement age in France.  Closer to home, in New Jersey, members of the New Jersey Education Association prayed for the death of Gov. Chris Christie and, in Wisconsin, you might recall that a local lefty actually shot his television because Bristol Palin advanced to another round in Dancing With the Stars.

And yet, across the country and the world, it has become abundantly clear that the left has somehow once again managed to convince the masses that political violence in the United States of America is a product of increasingly passionate political discourse fueled with hate-speech spewed by talk radio and Fox News.  Over in the UK, the Guardian focuses on “rightwing rhetoric.”  Across my Facebook pages, people otherwise disengaged in politics have chastised Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck.  On Twitter, irrelevant pseudo-celebrities like Jane Fonda  have spent their time tweeting things like the following:

@SarahPalinUSA holds responsibility. As does the violence-provoking rhetoric of the Tea Party

It’s become almost common knowledge among the uninformed masses that the Tea Party is inherently violent, yet almost two years and countless events filled by millions of people prove exactly the opposite.  On the left, though, there’s a history of violence including everybody from the Weather Underground to the ski-masked entitlement junkies busting windows in Pittsburgh proper.  But it doesn’t matter.  We’re guilty, even if there’s no evidence whatsoever of our guilt, even if all of the evidence points to the exact opposite conclusion.

As Jay Spencer at RedState points out, for an example of exactly what kind of evidence points toward the violent rhetoric on the left as a possible cause of political violence across the country, all we need to do is look at the words of the left’s No. 1 spokesmouth:

  • “Here’s the problem: It’s almost like they’ve got — they’ve got a bomb strapped to them and they’ve got their hand on the trigger. You don’t want them to blow up. But you’ve got to kind of talk them, ease that finger off the trigger.”  Barack Obama on banks, March 2009
  • “A Republican majority in Congress would mean ‘hand-to-hand combat’ on Capitol Hill for the next two years, threatening policies Democrats have enacted to stabilize the economy.” Barack Obama, October 6, 2010

Frankly, I don’t know what to do.  As you can see, I only have so much time to express my opinions on this Web site.  I don’t hold the power to sway public opinion beyond the few thousand people who might see this piece over the next few days and weeks.  If the collective power of the New Media on this resurgent American right is not enough to set the record straight, as obvious as the true peddlers of venom and vitriol may be, how do people like you and like me even stand a chance of changing this completely inaccurate public perception?

Following the attack on Congresswoman Giffords and her staff at the meeting in Tucson, I felt as though this would have been the third or fourth time I’ve written a piece on the mischaracterization of a mass shooter.  Each time before, I got into the double-standards in the media, citing specific examples and videos and such.  This time, I just don’t see the point, especially when folks like Michelle Malkin have done such a great job — click HERE to see her coverage, which includes screenshots of scrubbed posts from lefty-friendly sites.

To be honest, I’m simply exasperated.  I expect that fact and established history would not be enough to convince the entrenched lefties out there, but I was hoping that some of the more independently minded folks would be willing to entertain truth and common sense.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  Those on the left were the quickest to politicize this horrific event, and they turned it to their advantage because of it.

Sadly, the two lessons learned from the Giffords shooting were that (1) elected representatives need to put more, not less, space between themselves and the people they represent, and (2) when something like this happens, rather than pray for the victims, politicize it as quickly as possible. Seems like the American left won on both accounts.



  1. John Feeny says:

    I just don’t know what else we can do.

    This is very, very disheartening, especially in light of the fact that we finally have a chance to begin turning this country around.

    I feel as though I’m almost out of gas.

  2. Well stated, Jeff. And I agree. I’m speechless at the utter ignorance and stupidity of the left. I’ve read blatant lies and falsehoods from hardcore leftists while watching the actual facts and truths unfold. If people can’t see through the lies and the complete media bias on this one, they don’t belong in the voting booths. The last 36 hours has been prime example of left-wing lunacy and highly irresponsible reporting.

    The sheriff of Pima County needs a lesson in accuracy as well…..

  3. nana3 says:

    I understand and share your dismay, as well as John Feeny’s, concerning the attacks against conservatives in the aftermath of the tragic events in Arizona. This is so characteristic of the left to cast baseless accusations toward the right before ANYTHING can be blamed on them. They are like children who feel they have to point the finger at someone else in order to deflect attention from themselves. They KNOW the MSM will grab onto these comments and RUN with them and it will snowball. FACTS are not relevant to these people so even if he was an Obama supporter (and we don’t know that he wasn’t) and worked in his campaign, the left would still assign blame to conservatives. Because the conservative movement has gathered huge numbers of patriotic people to these rallies in DC and other areas of the country with NO violence, the left is obsessed with attacking that image. Those so-called journalists like Geraldo Riviera who have assigned blame to Sarah Palin should be required to DEFEND and PROVE their allegations on the air so that the viewers can see the FACTS they used to make such charges. The FACTS support the truth that the shooter has been troubled for a long time…even before Sarah Palin or The Tea Party existed. MENTAL ILLNESS is not a political ideology. The shooter’s background suggests that he was anti-Semitic and he had expressed radical thoughts and ideas that had nothing to do with conservative principles. He was a danger to everyone around him. Maybe he was influenced by the violence on television or in the movies..we don’t know. As you have pointed out, Jeff, many of our President’s comments could be characterized as ‘inciting’ violence so if the left wants to talk about rhetoric, let’s discuss it fairly and realize that some from both political parties are guilty of exceeding the boundaries. Whatever or whoever influenced this man did so long before he reached the point of carrying out this horrible act against innocent people. There were many warning signs in his behavior and it is so sad that he did not receive the help he needed which may have prevented these senseless murders. It is frustrating for conservatives to always be on the defensive when something like this happens but the MO of the left is to ‘accuse others before you get accused’ so I doubt that it will ever change. Words DO matter but the left-wing pundits have had a public forum to assault Sarah Palin and her family with vicious and cruel rhetoric that has exceeded what ANY public figure has ever had to endure. It has become a ritual to slander and demonize Sarah because they fear what she represents. It infuriates the left that they have not been able to make her go away and that is understandable, but to cast blame for this event on her, Beck or Rush is so ridiculous that I believe it will harm their image in the eyes of the public. We all should be praying for the victims and their families and refraining from the finger-pointing until all the facts are known. The left should remember the wise counsel of our President in the past when he urged “restraint and not rushing to judgement”..where is he now? Be prepared for more drastic restrictions on our freedoms because they are coming and this event will be used as justification for stifling public dissent. Our actions and our demeanor as conservatives must continue to exemplify the high ideals of our founding fathers and we will prevail. May God bless all of the victims of this tragic event.

  4. Bob Upton says:

    Jeff & John take heart!

    Opportunistic “victories” do not mean the battle is lost!

    Propaganda can be a powerful tool when used against uninformed people. Propaganda is the weapon of choice for those who have no real weapons to fight with.

    You have real weapons; truth, information and historical facts.

    As John Adams said,”Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

    Don’t give up the fight.

  5. Daniel W. says:

    Well done. I have noticed the same trend time and time again, every time there is some public violence: the right is blamed, even when it’s a leftist committing the act.

    A democrat shoots a democrat? Blame Sarah Palin & the Tea Party movement.

    Leftists engage in violence (which I have personally seen first hand) often at political events, where the right almost never does? Doesn’t matter: press ignores the reports & videos of leftist violent while making while extrapolations in order to pin violence on the right.

    It is frustrating.

    My sypathies & prayers to the friends and families of those who were shot, and a quick & full recovery to the injured survivors.

  6. Daniel W. says:

    oops, I meant to type “while making wild extrapolations…”

  7. nana3 says:

    Well stated, Bob! You said so much with fewer words…I must learn to condense my thoughts. It must be a woman thing…

  8. Bobby K. says:

    I will say it again. The MSM does not care about the truth, they only care about what they can make the truth look like. Good story Jeff, well written.

  9. Randy Wills says:

    Jeff said “Frankly, I don’t know what to do.”

    Exactly my sentiments, Jeff (and by the way, I’ve read a dozen or more commentaries on this situation and yours is the very best).

    I haven’t been contributing much to AR lately simply because I’m buried under an avalance of data to support my argument that, at the fundamental, individual, level, we have a spiritual problem and nothing will be solved until we face that reality, but I’ve said all that before.

    We are being being destroyed by moral rot in our culture, the least of these not being the loss of truthfulness, and suicidal economic policies. It has become almost impossible to answer the question “Who do you trust?” In this case, certainly not the Pima County sheriff. He wasted no time in politicizing this horrendous tragedy, insuring that it would obfuscate the facts of the matter and futher incite deep divisions in our society.

    But it’s imperative that we fight being overwhelmed by the feeling that reason is no longer the coin of public discourse. As Bob Upton said earlier, “Don’t give up the fight.” AR has made a difference, and you, Jeff, ARE AmericasRight.


  10. Dee says:

    The scary thing is that there are those who will believe what the MSM says and hopefully will not try to hurt Sarah Palin or the others. Sarah does seem to make the left very uncomfortable. What surprised me is that they did not blame Bush! It would be nice if just once they would take the blame for what happens. The list of quotes from BO is amazing and yet the MSM just ignores it. Thank you, Jeff, for all you do and never give up! When you give up, they win.

  11. graypanther says:

    The fact remains that for SarahPAC to post the crosshairs map was flat stupid. Never, I mean never, disseminate propaganda that your adversary can use as a springboard for the creation and distribution of competing and more effective propaganda.

    Probably, by now, twenty to thirty percent of the US population is convinced that Palin’s handlers advocate the assassination of sitting legislators. Nice blowback, guys.

  12. T.I.M. says:

    Dick Morris did a great job of enumerating all the times the MSM and liberals could have easily seen the truth in radical Islamist attacks, but chose instead to bury their heads, while being more than eager to jump on the “blame conservatives” bandwagon at the merest drop of a hat. It’s fascinating how quick the left is to wrongly blame patriotic Americans while working overtime to shield actual terrorists from being linked to hard evidence.

    Speaking of which, if the good sheriff had spent as much time doing his job (protecting out citizens) as he has blaming conservatives for the results of the lack of protection provided, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

  13. James says:

    This is just another mindless example of the Left not letting a crisis go to waste. You will not see the Democratic target chart or Obama’s words on the MSM, or on CNN and MSNBC. It simply does not support their position.

    What I want to see out of all of these lefties is their outrage if Fred Phelps follows through on his statements that the Westboro Baptist group will protest at the funerals in Arizona. I want to see them all join the conservatives, the Independents, the AMERICANS, in rallying to protect the families from his atrocious protests.

    Let us all realize that these leftist actions this weekend will come back to haunt them in the long run. This is the moment that we need to see the true leaders of the conservative movement.


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