Well, the self-fulfilling prophesy the left ginned up this week after the shooting of 19 people in Tucson, AZ has come true. One of the victims, himself a progressive activist named James Fuller, openly threatened to kill the head of the Tucson Tea Parties at an ABC News event designed to “heal” the rifts allegedly caused by heated rhetoric. The Tea Party member, Trent Humphries, has been getting death threats all week, some of them so serious that the local police department (hopefully not the department headed by unstrung left-wing media whore Sheriff Dupnik) has been investigating them.
Now we see the fruit of the malicious tree planted by the left-wing blogs, Congressional Democrats, and the MSM. No one with a lick of sense could reasonably believe that speech, heated or otherwise, had anything to do with Jared Loughner’s mass murder, yet we see respected newspapers like the Guardian making ridiculous statements about how free speech isn’t all that great. The truth of the matter is that the only heated rhetoric that generated any tangible threats was the rhetoric from the left. Fuller had given a statement to the left-wing extremists at Democracy Now earlier this week wherein he blamed such folks as Sarah Palin and Sharon Angle for the shooting and spewed back almost perfectly the same ridiculous accusations the left has been hurling at the right all week. His statement were so on point that they got glowing reviews from from the Sorosmonkey Eric Boehlert at Media Matters.
But while there was no proof at all that anything Palin or anyone else on the right said or did influenced Jared Loughner, we do have rather conclusive evidence that left-wing hate speech did contribute directly to this death threat. Will Eric Boehlert and those who raised Fuller up just a couple days ago recant their praise, condemn their earlier behavior, and apologize in full to Mr. Humphries.
Don’t hold your breath. Such actions would require integrity and some semblance of shame. The left in America these days have precious little of either one.