Predictably the Left rushed to judgment in the Arizona shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that killed a federal judge and five others. They immediately accused the Tea Party and even Sarah Palin of inspiring the gunman to kill. Even the investigating sheriff, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, a Democrat, added fuel to the fire speculating that conservatives had, in essence, inspired the gunman. He added in an interview with Fox News, "We see one party trying to block the attempts of another party to make this a better country."
Paul Krugman of the New York Times quickly assigned blame to conservative talk radio and Fox News. He tried to temper his remarks by saying, "We don't have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was." How's that for being fair and balanced?
The likes of Michael Moore, Roger Ebert and Jane Fonda all tweeted blaming either the Tea Party or Sarah Palin or both.
The truth is Jared Loughner is a nut. Right-wing nut? Hardly. There's some evidence to suggest that Loughner actually worked on Gabby Giffords' campaign. He listed among his favorite books "The Communist Manifesto" and routinely railed against religion and his perception that the government was promoting it. He singled out the Army handing out Bibles and our money engraved with "In God We Trust."
A former classmate described him as a "pot head" and "very liberal." He also seemed upset that we were no longer on the gold standard, a position the Left has seized upon to paint him as a Tea Partier, yet that seems to be one of the few positions that would remotely be conservative. Almost all of his other positions including his lifestyle would suggest a liberal; and a disturbed liberal, at that.
He was also apparently interested in Aldous Huxley, a humanist and pacifist who lived and wrote during the first half of last century. Loughner listed a Huxley work, "Brave New World", as one of his favorites. He also listed as one of his favorites a composition by the world's most notorious socialist: Adolph Hitler's "Mein Kampf."
The aforementioned evidence is listed simply as a bulwark against the onslaught from the Left. In the wake of the fanny-whipping they suffered in the recent mid-term elections they are desperate to use any means necessary to destroy the Tea Party and the people associated with it. The fact is Loughner is crazy. Whether his act of violence was motivated by his politics is yet to be determined. There are early indications that he regarded Congresswoman Giffords as "stupid and unintelligent." He was also ignored by her at an earlier town hall meeting when he asked her if she knew that words had meaning. Slighting a potentially violent sociopath could have been just enough to light this powder keg.
Perhaps he felt ignored and that's what led him to attempt this assassination. It could be a combination of politics and mental illness. Whatever the reason, one thing is perfectly clear. This guy was certainly not a Tea Party guy nor was he a conservative. The immediate effort to paint him as such is despicable.
But that's where we are. As the Left decries a "vitriolic" political dialogue marked by irrational anger and ignorance they are, in fact, describing themselves. Most of the hate being spewed is coming from their side, not ours. It's now obvious that the Arizona gunman isn't one of us and is, quite possibly, one of them.
They talk about toning down the rhetoric. It's time they stop talking and start looking in the mirror.
Phil Valentine is an author and syndicated radio talk show host. His website is PhilValentine.com