In confined spaces, pigs tend to be rather raucous animals. They break out into violent fights seemingly unprovoked, feast on excrement, and at times have extemporaneously cannibalized their young.
So even as the trough was filled to the brim on Saturday with the massacre in Arizona, the media instead focused hungry eyes on excrement and flesh. The coroner hadn’t even tallied the number of intakes for the day, but rhetorical insanity had already ensued. Before dusk, the allegedly mentally unstable gunman’s actions would be the fault of a map on the Sarah PAC website.
Think just for a minute how powerful Sarah Palin would have to be in order to influence this man; Jared Lee Loughner felt the radical call to rise up for the right-wing cause in 2007, years before anyone ever heard of Sarah Palin. CNN reported that Loughner had kept, in a safe, a letter from Congresswoman Gabriele Giffords office thanking him for attending an event in 2007. Any normal person throws these correspondences away. Not Loughner. Found with the form letter was an envelope that had written on it: “I planned ahead.” How far ahead? Well obviously not far enough ahead to dupe the media-they have Loughner pegged as a Palin radical.
Attending a Tea Party rally can be somewhat challenging. Dexterity is a major plus. Most of the senior citizens attending these rallies have such a tough time stepping over all the skull-shrines to find a good tent to read the Federalist Papers in while the rally proceeded. Wait, did I say the Federalist Papers? Scratch that; Jared Loughner was a right winger, so naturally, recommended reading would be one of his favorite books- The Communist Manifesto .
Already we are starting to get a sense of how ridiculous the media can be when opinion is guided strictly by ideology. Let us instead strip this down to basic logic and see what happens.
We now know that Loughner was already pursuing Congresswoman Gabriele Gifford as early as 2007. Sarah Palin’s “target” map didn’t exist then. But the Democrats had a bulls-eye target map over at DLC.org back in 2004. Wouldn’t a logical person take chronology into consideration and draw the conclusion that if a web-based jpeg map with targets on it gave the shooter any ideas, it would be the one that came first? If anyone wanted to slide off on this ridiculous tangent, we could also isolate small phrases from the site and apply it to the shooter’s agenda. For example, in the last paragraph, the lugubrious reader can take “exact” quotes: “Democrats should fight back” or maybe “raid red states” and “pick off enough to stop Republicans dead in their tracks.” Out of context, this is assassin-friendly language. In context, it is strictly political jargon that is used by every strategist, activist, and those loyal to the party’s victory.
Politics isn’t supposed to be this serious, and I don’t think for a minute this massacre was politically motivated. As details emerge of Jared Lee Loughner it seems that political philosophy was a field that he could never properly grasp. The tenets of any, and probably all, ideologies seem to escape this creep and his severely underdeveloped mind. I was going to end with a quote from H.L. Mencken, but as I am typing this, Reuters has reported that the Sheriff’s office has admitted that this individual (Jared Loughner) has made death threats in the past. But never mind that; the Sheriff himself is busy sticking to the narrative: This whole charade is now obviously Rush Limbaugh’s fault.
It’s starting to look like we are just drawing names out of a hat when it comes to affixing blame. To the reader, please approach this topic with extreme prejudice.