Earlier today, I just got around to commenting on the recent shooting at a Unitarian church, noting :
I donâ€™t think itâ€™s fair to say that people like Limbaugh and Oâ€™Reilly are directly or even indirectly responsible for the shooting, but itâ€™s pretty obvious to anyone whoâ€™s been paying attention that the limits of whatâ€™s considered acceptable commentary among mainstream conservative commentators has moved to the extreme right over the past 10-15 years. Sean Hannity has a book titled â€œDeliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalismâ€, Michael Savage describes liberalism as a â€œmental disorderâ€ and considers us â€œthe enemy withinâ€, Jonah Goldbergâ€™s latest book features a Hitler-mustached happy face under the title â€œLiberal Fascismâ€, Ann Coulterâ€™s best sellers describe liberals as being â€œGodlessâ€ and guilty of â€œTreasonâ€, Bill Oâ€™Reilly routinely compares liberal activists to the KKK and Nazis, Glenn Beck describes Barack Obama as a â€œmarxistâ€, etc. If this is the voice of mainstream conservatism, is it any wonder that the extremists on that side would grab a gun and shoot up a liberal church?
I’m starting to see a pattern here :
The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party died Wednesday, hours after a shooting at the party’s headquarters, police said. Police block off the streets surrounding the state Democratic Party headquarters Wednesday in Little Rock.
Chairman Bill Gwatney died at 3:59 Wednesday afternoon after a gunman entered his Little Rock office and shot him several times in the upper body, Little Rock Police Lt. Terry Hastings said.
While we should reserve judgment until we know more about the shooter, when a party chairman gets murdered by a stranger who walks into his workplace demanding to speak to him, I think it’s safe to assume politics might be involved. Moreover, regardless of whether or not this guy was a crazy loner, actions like these don’t occur in a vacuum. I mean, is anybody really surprised when violent lunatics erupt from a mindset in which this passes for humor? (h/t)