I recently had a “conversation” with someone on another blog, but he did not appreciate my remarks too much, and pretty much “moderated” my remarks afterwards, I have since left the blog.
What the experience showed me was how emotional this issue was. The blog was sympathetic to the New York Times article:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/us/politics/09bai.html?_r=2&WT.mc_id=PO-SM-E-FB-SM-LIN-TEO-010811-NYT-NA&WT.mc_ev=click
I made the challenge that this was wrong, and cited this article on redstate.com: http://www.redstate.com/aglanon/2011/01/10/the-left-puts-a-bullseye-on-the-right/
Showing how the left has reacted to Republicans in the past, as well I posted a quote by Charles Krauthammer, a recent facebook post:
Not only is there no evidence that Jared Loughner was impelled to violence by any of those factors upon whom rabid partisans are fixated. There is no evidence that he was responding to anything, political or otherwise, outside of his own head. More in an early column coming up tomorrow.
Charles Krauthammer is correct, there is no evidence on the right, concerning the Right over the shooting of the congresswoman and the killing of the federal judge. Rush Limbaugh stated: http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/Limbaugh-Loughner-Giffords-Tucson/2011/01/11/id/382543?s=al&promo_code=B727-1
Speaking to his radio audience on Tuesday, Limbaugh said about Loughner: “He knows what’s going on. He knows that the Democrat Party is attempting to find anybody but him to blame.
“He knows if he plays his cards right, he’s just a victim. He’s the latest in a never-ending parade of victims brought about by the unfairness of America.”
The left is wanting to turn this issue into control: Both of the First and Second Amendment.
The Second Amendment challenge: http://ffog.net/arizona-shooting-revives-debate-over-gun-control-in-the-us-20118846.html
The First Amendment challenge: http://apb.directionsmag.com/archives/9225-Reps-Plan-Legislation-to-Limit-Threaten-LanguageMap-Symbols.html
When you have people like Sheriff Dupnik making statements like these:
“The kind of rhetoric that flows from people like Rush Limbaugh, in my judgment he is irresponsible, uses partial information, sometimes wrong information,” Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said today. “[Limbaugh] attacks people, angers them against government, angers them against elected officials and that kind of behavior in my opinion is not without consequences.”
Is irresponsible. There is no basis that the shooter had any ties to Conservative radio. What we do know about the shooter is that he read Hitler’s Mein Kampf and Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels Communist Manifesto. Three people American Conservatives hate the most.
This is not about the right and its alleged “violent words” as accused by the Left. This is not about the left and their desire for power and control, though I will address that further down. This is about the actions of one person making a murderous choice. Which is being left out in the rhetoric of the Right trying to defend itself and the Left trying to get one up on the Right over this. But this blog is about what the political ramification from the right and left will be.
The consequence of this is that the Conservatives are beginning to fight back against these attacks from the left, which is good, for too long they have sat back and absorbed it. I do believe that when the Conservatives fight back and show the hypocritical nature of the Left on “violent” words and violent actions, we can begin to have a more balance discussion. As strange as that sounds, the problems that the Republican Party and the Democrat Party have is that they have yet to understand their place in the political spectrum.
The Democratic Party is use to being the party in charge, so they feel that the Republicans have stolen that from them. Case in point would be the Election of George W. Bush. The harsh partisanship started when the Democrats lost the House of Representatives back in 1994 and it has not stopped since. The Problem with the Republican Party is that they do not know how to lead, they are very spineless at times, lacking in moral courage to stand-up for what they believe; this can be seen by the definition of by “bi-partisanship”, as offered by the Democrats “Agree with us and it is bi-partisanship, disagree with us and it is partisanship (even if many Democrats agree with the Republicans)”. How quickly the Democrats draw the race card and at time the Republicans back down, case in point would be when the Republicans wanted to reform Fannie and Freddie and the Democrats pulled the race-card out and the reform halted in congress.
The Republicans need to learn to lead the country, and that leadership will come from the Conservative Party. The Democrats and Republicans, those on the far left and those on the far right, need to understand that it is not about rhetoric it is about substance. It is easy to shoot out talking points with no substance, the Left is very good at it. It is harder to get a message with substance to resonate within the public, this is the conservative message, due to the powers of media being controlled by the Left and the Radio being controlled by the Right.
The Right is correct on this issue, the Left is wrong. Overall, it is about what message of the heart of the political group. The left is heartless and un-compassionate over the shooting, because they see it as a way to gain power and stick it to the Right. The Right has the right to defend itself and show the heartless tactic of using this incident to gain more power over the first and second amendment. That is the most important issue of this whole debate. When we boil down the arguments of everyone, the Left want more power and control. They are willing to use the shooting of a politician and the death of a judge to push their agenda, all the while condemning the Right for their use of “harsh” rhetoric of simple campaign attacks, while positioning themselves on the “moral high-ground”, it comes down to the end justifies the means.
The country needs to punish the person when applicable. Not punish the entire nation over the acts of one man. When politicians do that, it is no longer about the people, it is about control.