You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.For one thing Mr. Krugman, Beck and Limbaugh are not GOP leaders, any more than Olbermann and Matthews are Democratic leaders.
Krugman's claims are completely divorced from the facts: Jared Loughner's beef with Rep. Giffords was that she couldn't answer his incoherent question once in 2007; and no one has found the words Obama, health-care, deficit, or taxes in Loughner's insane screeds.
Of course, our "unbiased" news media will fan the flames, as Byron York points out in his editorial.
Yet the network that had shown such caution in discussing the Ft. Hood shootings openly discussed the possibility that Loughner was inspired to violence by…Sarah Palin. Although there is no evidence that Loughner was in any way influenced by Palin, CNN was filled with speculation about the former Alaska governor.And speaking of CNN, there's Ruben Navarrette Jr., who has used this horrible tragedy and sick act of violence by a deranged individual as his own personal soap-box promoting his cultural agenda. I believe the term 'hijacking' would be applicable in this instance. They say that you can't squeeze blood from a stone, but I imagine that if Navarrette were to give one a squeeze he'd manage to find Latino oppression dripping from it.
When it comes to violent rhetoric, of course it was Obama who said, "If they bring a knife to the fight, we'll bring a gun," and other comments about getting "in their face." Olbermann once said that he wished Hillary Clinton dead.
But I doubt if Palin or Olbermann had that much influence on Jared Loughner, who has been described as a pot-smoking crazy liberal, a paranoid social outcast. Really? I don't think his political orientation had anything to do with his killing six people. He was freaking crazy, OK?
While it's popular nowadays to point fingers and try to push the blame on to someone else (oh, it's not my fault!), there is only one person here who pulled the trigger. And since he still lived at home with his parents, where were they all this time?
What we need in this country is a return to the concept of personal responsibility and morality, not liberal moral relativism and the preaching of vicitimhood.