ROGER SIMON: MON SEMBLABLE, MON FRERE (OR TODAY'S HYSTERICAL PIPSQUEAKS WOULDN'T KNOW REAL POLITICAL VIOLENCE IF IT HIT 'EM IN THE HEAD)
THIS MASSIVE FINGER pointing spasm of the left against the political right---from the hallowed halls of the chancellor of Berkeley to the high sheriff of Pima County and all muddled places in between---has become so absurd as to be truly laughable.
Something I haven't heard anyone say yet (though I am somewhat limited to online time at this retreat center), is that most of the left's murderous rage and rhetoric is really its massive projection onto this nutty, mixed-up killer of their own desire to kill, maim or otherwise destroy at least half of the political spectrum--sooner rather than later---as they ascribe to Laughner their own murderous motives. The left is monumentally threatened by the turn of events of the past several years in the US.
I've also come to believe that most people don't understand the First Amendment and the concept of The Market Place of Ideas anymore. Nor do they understand the responsibility each of us has to walk away, turn off the radio etc, if we don't like or agree with what we're hearing or seeing. Listening to something I find unsavory doesn't mean I wouldn't/shouldn't/couldn't defend someone's right to say it. BUT, I can decide what I'll listen to or buy or support with my time and money. I can also work through the political process or run for office.
I mean, this inflamed blamefest is as insane, confused, immature and out-of-control as the young man who took his Glock to the Safeway Saturday. BTW, some of my unpublished comments are of this ilk---as angry and scapegoating as I've seen. For that reason I am committed to keeping it toned down here and simply won't publish them.
As President Obama--The One--jets into Tucson today, I hope that he'll be wise enough to tone down the over-politicizing of what was clearly not a politically motivated rampage, and not seek to make a lot of poltical hay from this. Let the real issues be the issues. Let's hope---do you remember that word?--that he can rise above the disparing remarks and exhibit leadership rather than petty politics.
Otherwise, Mr. Obama will only up the ante and cause much, much more trouble down the road for himself and our country. His tone and demeanor will be of paramount importance. Caution for Mr. Obama: minefields ahead.
By now, I'm sure most people have seen or heard about ABC's interview with Jared's erstwhile best friend Zach Osler, but it bears repeating and listening to:
ARIZONA gunman Jared Loughner's downward spiral may have been touched off by a broken high school romance and fueled by drug use -- but it was not politically motivated, according to his best friend in high school.
Zach Osler, in an interview Wednesday with ABC's "Good Morning America," said: "He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right."
You can read the whole thing.