Nonsense: Politicizing the tragedy in Tucson

The Tea Party is being blamed. But lone gunmen's assassination attempts are not all 21st century. What age-old train of thought did Loughner actually express? Photo: GiffordsForCongress.com/Mamta Popat, AP

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) remains in critical condition after being shot in the head by Jared Loughner on January 8, 2011. (GiffordsForCongress.com/Mamta Popat, AP)

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was greeting constituents during a “Congress on Your Corner” meeting at a Safeway supermarket in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday morning when bloodshed interrupted. Lone gunman Jared Lee Loughner (age 22) shot Giffords in the head and continued the rampage by shooting a total of 19 people, murdering at least 6.

The dead include conservative U.S. District Judge John Roll and nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green.

Attempts to politicize the horror came absurdly fast. On the internet, opponents of the Tea Party movement could be found lambasting Sarah Palin and other conservative communicators for inciting the attack.

They spoke too soon, of course. Loughner turns out to be a textbook case of the social misfit suspect – who otherwise appears to be identified as a left-wing atheist obsessed with conspiracy theories. His odd mix of favorite literature includes “The Communist Manifesto” and “Mein Kampf”; he also posted a video on YouTube that scrolls the following words (amidst other incoherent ramblings):

“If I define terrorist then a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.

I define terrorist.

Thus, a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.

If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem. You call me a terrorist.

Thus, the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.

Every United States military recruit at MEPS in Phoenix is receiving one mini bible before the tests.

Jared Loughner is a United States military recruit at MEPS in Phoenix. Therefore, Jared Loughner is receiving one mini bible before the tests.

I didn’t write a belief on my Army application, and the recruiter wrote on the application: None.

…In conclusion, reading the second United States Constitution, I can’t trust the government because of the ratifications: The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.

No! I won’t pay debt with a currency that’s not backed by gold and silver!

No! I won’t trust in God!”

We’ve heard this Luciferian logic before. Just last year James J. Lee (the Discovery hostage taker) expressed the same no God, no government, no master but my oh-so-enlightened-self mindset before bringing an end to his own life. Such was the mindset that plagued the disturbed minds of Timothy McVeigh, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold and the leaders of totalitarian regimes. It is the very insane villainy that King David lamented in Psalm 14 and Psalm 53:

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God”. They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; there is no one who does good. The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. (Psalm 14:1-3)

That passage of Scripture isn’t talking about any civil, genuine skeptics out there. Rather, these fools are the megalomaniacs who despise authority in all shape and form, beginning with hatred against God, the ultimate higher power.

Loughner expressed this fascination with control in another video (featuring ironically mangled grammar):

“If you’re editing of every belief and religion reaches the final century then the writer for every belief and religion is you.

You’re editing of every belief and religion reaches the final century. Thus, the writer for every belief and religion is you.

You control every — thought, action, and lifestyle — for the person or people as the mind controller.

I’m able to control every belief and religion by being the mind controller.”

Loughner clearly disregarded the inalienable right to life possessed by Rep. Giffords, Judge Roll, Christina Green and the other innocent people he gunned down outside the local Safeway. Though only the basest would do so, Loughner’s heartlessness can easily be legitimized if one does not acknowledge the concept of rights being endowed by a Creator. If rights are not endowed by a Creator, they are no longer inalienable – and thus are open to being snatched away by the supposedly higher evolved and enlightened individuals.

MURDERED: Federal Judge John Roll and Christina Taylor Green were victims who lost their lives in the Saturday rampage of Jared Loughner. (AP/KVOA.com)

 

According to Caitie Parker, one of Loughner’s former classmates, in 2007 Loughner actually met Rep. Giffords, the blue dog Democrat who voted against Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House this year. After asking her a question, Loughner said that Giffords was “stupid and unintelligent”. Loughner also belittled the majority of his fellow Arizonans in District 8 as being “illiterate”.

At least two of the shooting victims were Jewish (including Giffords), which has drawn suspicion that the Mein-Kampf-carrying Loughner also has anti-Semitism in his worldview.

While Keith Olbermann and other liberals respond to this atrocity by psychoanalyzing ordinary citizens concerned about bloated government, they should be studying the likes of culprits behind the Columbine school shooting.

Loughner is a reclusive youth with a record of criminal offenses, alcohol poisoning, drug abuse, troubling his college, being rejected by the U.S. military and obsessing over “conscience dreaming” (some weird, unheard of practice that Mark Potok dared to blame on the “radical right”).

A symptom of politically correct gangrene is striving to make sense out of nonsense and nonsense out of sense. Attempting to rationalize the actions of Loughner as a political movement is senseless – and perhaps twistedly wishful – thinking. Is a hallucinogenic, mind-control, anti-theist psychopath who likes the writings of Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler (there’s your vitriolic rhetoric, Mr. Olbermann) really a caring student of the American political process? Evidence of a connection between Loughner and the conservative Tea Party is greatly lacking.

Furthermore, Loughner disliked Giffords in 2007, before Sarah Palin appeared on the national scene and the Tea Party erupted.

It is mentally lazy to connect cheap, imaginary dots from Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, the Tea Party, etc. to a murderer who has a worldview polar opposite theirs when he is relatively stable – and has an indefensible, inhumane, non-political thought process when he is out of his mind. The latter is where Loughner spends most of his time anyway, apparently.

Arizona Senator John McCain brilliantly called the matter like it is when he said,

“I am horrified by the violent attack on Representative Gabrielle Giffords and many other innocent people by a wicked person who has no sense of justice or compassion. I pray for Gabby and the other victims, and for the repose of the souls of the dead and comfort for their families. I beg our loving Creator to spare the lives of those who are still alive, heal them in body and spirit, and return them to their loved ones. Whoever did this; whatever their reason, they are a disgrace to Arizona, this country and the human race, and they deserve and will receive the contempt of all decent people and the strongest punishment of the law.”

Olbermann (and a rather unprofessional Arizona Sheriff) believe that the January 8, 2011 attack was something that was “building up” through recent years of uncommonly hateful politics.

I hate to break it to them, but assassination attempts and lone gunmen are not 21st century phenomena. Such attacks should not be dismissed as products of the current political environment (speaking of – care to hear some vitriolic political rhetoric from the 1800 election season?). Evil is as evil does ever since evil existed. Sin is sin, no matter what politically correct label is ascribed to it. We have no idea when the next wicked maniac will strike or for what “reason” they will do so.

One of the best things we can do to stop the deeds of people like Jared Loughner in society is utilize what Senator McCain admonished: The strongest punishment of the law.

Loughner foolishly acted upon the fantasy that he was superior to law and could trust only in himself. Now he is in custody by the law and his goal to shoot the lovely Rep. Gabby Giffords dead was miraculously thwarted.

If there is anybody out there who perversely dreams of following in Loughner’s footsteps, now is a good time for them to realize how finite and mortal they really are.

Loughner did nothing to bend to his will the government he hates, and he only incited people around the country to pray to the God he despises.

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UPDATE – 10:42 P.M. – More revealing information on Jared L. Loughner from the Associated Press (including his problem with Representative Giffords, emotional instability, nihilistic beliefs and conspiracy views on 9/11).

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Amanda Read is an unconventional scholar, a Southerner without an accent, a Christian who hasn’t been a churchgoer in 16 years and a college student who lives with eight younger siblings. A writer and artist, she blogs at www.amandaread.com and is the author of the historical drama screenplay The Crusading Chemist. Amanda is majoring in history and minoring in political science at Jacksonville State University.

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Amanda Read is a columnist for the Communities at The Washington Times. Trained as a historian, skilled as a writer, and aspiring to be a filmmaker, Amanda investigates the ideas behind contemporary culture and politics. A professional writer and researcher, she is also a Christian homeschool graduate, unconventional college graduate, military daughter, and eldest of the nine Read children at Fair Hills Farm. Find more of her work at www.amandaread.com

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