The News Tribune’s Hot Button question – “Do you think vitriolic political rhetoric is to blame for the shootings in Arizona?” – is an obvious effort to paint Sarah Palin or other members of the right as providing the “rhetoric” which motivated the Arizona shooter to kill innocent people and severely injure a member of Congress.
As to this issue, my answer, “Not at all,” holds with the majority opinion at 49 percent.
The left is playing its usual games, right out of the Alinsky playbook: “Pick the Target, Freeze It, Personalize It and Polarize It.” For years they tried to paint the John Kennedy assassination as a vast right-wing conspiracy. However, it was eventually revealed that Lee Harvey Oswald was, in the words of JFK’s widow, “just a silly little communist.”
I have no doubt that if the Arizona shooter had been found to have dog-eared copies of books by Palin, Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck it would be all over the front pages of every lib paper in America. However, when we view his Facebook page we find references to “The Communist Manifesto” and “Mein Kampf.”
Sociopathic extremists are found on both sides of the political spectrum. The Arizona shooter was neither a far-left loonie nor a right-wing nut. He was just a nut. May his soul, and those of his victims and their families, find peace.