Skip to comments.How @JAMyerson Blamed @SarahPalinUSA for Tucson
Posted on 02/09/2014 3:39:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
While the beatdown on Jesse Myersons communist advocacy will continue compelled by the impersonal forces of history we can take a brief detour to examine what he wrote after Jared Loughners deadly January 2011 shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona.
Beyond Blood Libel: A Refudiation of Sarah Palins Lone Gunman Theory
You can read the whole thing, if you have a masochistic appetite for bad writing, but heres a sample paragraph:
"But even if it cannot be demonstrated that Loughners act grew out of the right-wing violence-glorifying culture, there remain critical pieces of context for understanding how culpability for violence is not the sole possession of the man who pulls the trigger. Arizona made the deepest cuts in the country to their mental health budget; Loughner was an obvious victim of this policy, standing as he did to benefit from such funding. Having been removed from school and rejected from the military on the grounds of his mental instability did not, owing to Arizonas lax standards regarding firearms, prevent him from buying a gun, another important point."
Oh, so culpability for violence is not the sole possession of the man who pulls the trigger, which might come as a surprise to Jared Loughner, who pleaded guilty and was sentence to life in prison, but this is how Marxists think, see? Your belief in individual responsibility is false consciousness, and in fact you are rendered helpless by the oppressive power of the capitalist bourgeosie, as represented in the person of a certain Republican politician:
"Obviously, Sarah Palin finds a link between Islamic extremism and terrorism against America, and she is right to, even though it contradicts her lone gunman point. I wonder, though, whether she would have made the same point about crimes beginning and ending with those who commit them if Jared Lee Loughner had been named Abdul Aziz. Wouldnt she be right to suspect that a widespread inchoate movement which rallies around weapon-related symbols and idioms and has been known on a considerable number of occasions to resort to violence might have produced this result?"
Readers will recall that, in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, some idiot leftists claimed that a target map showing Democrats that Sarah Palins political action committee had hoped to defeat in 2010 was to blame for Loughners rampage at a public meeting for targeted Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords. Myerson admits he initially believed Loughner was a right-winger:
"I myself thought, at the first reports of the shooting, that, on the balance, he probably was quite likely to be a Beck-head, and I think I was right to suspect that and to remain wary of such people.
Thing is, though, Im a sucker for empirical evidence, and mostly it does not point to Jared Lee Loughner as a foil-hat right-wing lunatic (after the mold of, say, Timothy McVeigh), gold obsession notwithstanding. In fact, a friend of his told Good Morning America, He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didnt listen to political radio.
Coincidentally, Myerson seems to have lost interest in empirical evidence regarding the Tucson shooter just about the time Loughners friends and acquaintances started explaining that the gunmans political beliefs were liberal or radical.
Of course, schizophrenia has no ideology, but Jared Loughners descent into madness after breaking up with a girlfriend, he started using marijuana, LSD and salvia divonorum, and dropped out of high school was certainly not a right-wing phenomenon. And there was an unusual influence on Jared Loughners worldview:
The two-hour video is anti-Christian, anti-American and anti-capitalist, and Jared Lee Loughner became obsessed with it. Zeitgeist, a conspiracy-theory documentary released in 2007, has spawned its own cult following. According to Loughners friends, the accused Tucson gunman was one of the cults most zealous converts. And many of Loughners otherwise inexplicable obsessions from his fascination with currency to his rantings against illiteracy to his paranoid fears of mind control parallel ideas promoted in Zeitgeist.
The first disclosure of the movies influence on the mass murder suspects beliefs came in an interview Wednesday with ABC News. I really think that this Zeitgeist documentary had a profound impact upon Jared Loughners mindset and how he views the world that he lives in, Zach Osler, 22, told ABCs Ashleigh Banfield. Oslers father confirmed that influence in an interview published Sunday by the Arizona Republic. He wanted to watch [Zeitgeist] all the time, George Osler told the Phoenix newspaper. It was cool at first. But then it got weird. It was all he wanted to do.
The Zeitgeist connection may be the most crucial clue to understanding the bizarre ideas that seemed to crowd Loughners disordered mind in months leading up to the Jan. 8 shootings that left six dead and 12 wounded in Arizona. . . .
You can read the rest of my Jan. 17, 2011, American Spectator column. Myerson obviously never read it, because he seems never to read anything that doesnt confirm his own paranoid beliefs. Despite his self-declared devotion to empirical evidence, Myerson is in fact fanatically devoted to the conspiratorial worldview of Marxism. This ideological devotion more or less requires Myerson to ignore the significance of Zeitgeist as a factor in Loughners madness.
Myerson didnt really want to understand why Loughner did what he did. The deaths of six people in Tucson were of interest to Myerson only insofar as they could advance the Lefts agenda.
I remember the lefty sheriff, but not the alter.
Still infuriates me, the way the media both deliberatey directed the fire and fanned the flames of the Tucson mass-murder right onto Palin, basically dropping the bloody bodies right onto her doorstep. Within hours, the news-media was running a continuous loop of video footage... a clip of Giffords, pictures of spilled blood on the parking lot, the photo of the little girl killed, and footage of Sarah Palin walking up to a podium at a tea-party event. Over and over again. For days.
The deliberate juxtaposition of that imagery was like something out of a Soviet-era propaganda film or one of those Nazi films that would vilify Jews by interspersing footage of Jewish stores with that of rats scurrying around in an alley. But the media proved it knew no bounds of decency nor ethics, when their goal was to destroy Palin’s popularity. Just like they would trumpet each and every ludicrous misreprentation or anonymous lie that would cross the transom, just to tear her down. Palin and her own family and children reputedly got over 100,000 death threats due to the media’s incendiary agenda. And other than one or two exceptions, the GOP was quiet as lambs, not uttering a word of protest. Still hardly have words for how much I came to lose total faith and respect in the Party I’d supported my whole life, due to that.
Always viewed the media as quite biased and untrustworthy. But after the Tucson mass-murder incident, I became convinced of their sheer evil.
“Coincidentally, Myerson seems to have lost interest in empirical evidence regarding the Tucson shooter just about the time Loughners friends and acquaintances started explaining that the gunmans political beliefs were liberal or radical.
I, among many others, used to debate politics with loughner on an internet message board for years. No doubt about it, the guy was an extremist, radical leftist.
He used to post on the board daily. His avatar was a pic of himself with a full head of hair and his screen name was his first name, “jared”. Then unexpectedly he stopped his daily postings about a day or two before the shooting. After the shooting, when the name of the shooter was revealed to be jared loughner, those of us on the board wondered if that jared and the jared on our board were one and the same person. It was. The board administrators wasted no time in deleting his account.