Having an opinion is one thing, but making your opinion public can have unintended consequences. And yes, even for Pima Count, AZ Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik, that rule applies. Yesterday, he may have inadvertently stuck his foot in his mouth with his rhetoric about Rush Limbaugh.
Take for instance, the comments made by Dupnik. Yesterday in an interview, he told Diane Sawyer of ABCNews that;
“The kind of rhetoric that flows from people like Rush Limbaugh, in my judgment he is irresponsible, uses partial information, sometimes wrong information”.
Really?! Do you really think he listens to Limbaugh’s program, or is he simply keying off of the liberal speakers who have bad mouthed Limbaugh just because he speaks his mind. Lets face it! It is human nature to blame someone else for your mistakes or shortcomings!
Or, is Dupnik using this kind of rhetoric to cover for his own departments (and the Tucson Police Departments) screw up? This morning on FoxNews, reporter Eric Shawn, in his report said that Sheriff Dupnik had already been warned about the possibility of Loughner’s potential for violence and his mental state.
So, just where was the good sheriff’s men when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was meeting with some of her constituents in public, in the Safeway Store parking lot at the intersection of Oracle Road and Ina Road, an intersection that this writer is very familiar with.
Since Rep. Giffords was visiting her constituents in the public arena, one would think that it would be the Sheriff’s Department responsibility to at very least assign an officer or two to the event. Let’s face it, when House or Senate members hold Town Hall meetings there are always police on duty to take care of problems if they arise. That has been quite obvious over the last election cycle. Even at Local Government City Counsel meetings police are present. There is always opportunity for problems, and the police are always present, but apparently not in Tucson. So, where were the Pima County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Tucson City Police?
If you have listened to Rush Limbaugh for any length of time,, then, you already understand that he has never gotten close to promoting violence against the system or its elected officials. The same goes for other top notch Radio Talk Show hosts like, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and others. The promotion of violence is something that they never even come close to.
Conservative talk radio is not about changing the system with violence, it’s about changing the system by changing peoples outlook on what can be accomplished at the polls, not killing politicians! If one pays attention to this tragedy by watching the TV news or reads the On-line news reports about it, it is as plain as the nose on your face that Talk Radio had nothing to do with the incident.
By all accounts, Jared Loughner, the shooter, didn’t need any help from anyone in planning or carrying out his demented plan, let alone Rush Limbaugh. Loughner had apparently been planning the attack for several years, had delved into the occult, posted some really weird video’s on YouTube, and was heavily into mind control. Unfortunately, he couldn’t control his.
No Sheriff Dupnik, Rush Limbaugh had nothing to do with it. But let us ask you this question! Where were you and why did your department fail in keeping the public and our elected officials safe?