Beginning *immediately* after the Jared Lee Loughner shooting spree, the extreme left – and some on the left who are generally not so extreme – began to dispay the sort of hatred they so often profess to deplore. Shamelessly, they began to exploit the shooting deaths and woundings of the Tucson victims by trying to pin the blame for the shootings on the political right in general and on Sarah Palin in particular.
With no evidence whatsoever that the shooting was politically motivated, never mind whether it was motivated by the right, they began publishing articles, writing blog posts, and posting comments everywhere. The shooter behaved as he did because of the hateful and violent rhetoric of the political right. He shot people because of a ten month old political ad of Sarah Palin’s.
When you wire a rat’s brain so that it gets a little jolt to the pleasure center by pressing a button, then the rat will
press the button again and again to the point of exhaustion. It seemed these liberal commentators simply could not help themselves. They had to press the buttons, particularly the Sarah Palin button.
Within a day of the shooting it was known that Loughner was a kook, that he abused drugs, that he was a truther – someone who believed that President Bush was behind the 9/11 World Trade Center deaths, and that he admired the Karl Marx book, Das Kapital. Now *there’s* a recipe for getting as far away from conservatism as you can get. Nevertheless, the left insisted, the right was responsible.
Today on Good Morning America, Loughner’s closest high school friend, a young man named Zach Osler, tells us of Loughner: “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.” (Watch the video here.)
This columnist is *absolutely* confident that this information will have no effect on the hateful and despicable writers of the last few days. They have an agenda, and truth plays no part in it.
Some will even make up facts to support their positions. At an article published here, one commenter made the absurd claim that the Saturday shooting wasn’t even the first politically motivated mass murder “THIS WEEK” by a Republican. Asked what was the first politically motivated mass murder by a Republican that week, the commenter simply disappeared from the thread, only to resume trolling in the comments to the next article, here.
At this point the appropiate reactions by these writers are shame (or at least embarrassment), confession that they were mistaken, and apology. But one suspects, or at least *this* one suspects, that most of them are missing the embarrassment, confession, and apology genes.