Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik commenting last night on the senseless mass murder event yesterday in Tucson which killed 6, including a federal judge and a 9 year old, and wounded 12, including Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. Democratic Representative....
'When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government,' Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told a news conference.
'The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.
'And, unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.'
He added: 'That may be free speech. But it's not without consequence.'
Many that read here know that I've been warning about something like this for years. Whether it's Glenn Beck pouring liquid out of a gasoline can on the head of one of his associates to make a point about the coming revolution Obama is causing.....or whether it's the totally irresponsible, feisty bitch from Wasilla uploading national maps with crosshair targets over Democratic districts, calling the map her "target list" with instructions to "don't react, reload"....or whether it's Tea Party guntoters carrying signs of hate and violence.......the conservative practice over the last three years of using violent, suggestive language has finally resulted in the near-fatal point blank shooting of U.S. House member, Democrat Gabrielle Giffords.
The 22 year old, who used a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol with a 31 shot, extended clip to do the shooting, may be unstable....may have psychological issues, may be a loner, may be a lot of things. But the one thing for sure that Jared Loughner is.....is anti-government. Loughner.....no matter how this story is spun in the next few days....went to that Safeway Saturday to murder Gabrielle Giffords, a Democratic House member who had narrowly defeated her Tea Party opponent in November. Loughner shot Ms. Giffords in the head first, then sprayed bullets everywhere.
From the shooter's YouTube material....
"My favorite activity is conscience dreaming; the greatest inspiration for my political business information."
"..the current government officials are in power for their currency (propaganda)..."
"The majority of people, who reside in District-8 (Giffords district) are illiterate..."
"I know who's listening: Government Officials, and the People."
December 15th YouTube posting entitled..."My Final Thoughts"....
"If I define terrorist then 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 hominen."
"The majority of citizens in the U.S. of America have never read the U.S. of America's Constitution."
"You don't have to accept the federalist laws. Nonetheless, read the U.S. of America's Constitution to apprehend all of the current treasonous laws."
"In conclusion, reading the second U.S. Constitution, I can't trust the current government because of the ratifications.....
...no! I won't pay debt with a currency that's not backed by gold and silver."
What is important here is the trend. What the shooter says in his YouTube stuff is the same stuff we've heard from libertarian/Tea Party types for the last few years. Ron Paul and his gold standard line.....an obsession with the Constitution while simultaneously challenging amendments to the Constitution. Declarations of disobedience to federal laws. Loughner's district is "illiterate" because they didn't vote for the Tea Party candidate in November.
To keep this short.....nothing will change after this event. What I mean is that the vitriol and the hate speech from, almost exclusively, right wingers, will continue just as Tea Party folks said yesterday. Beck, Limbaugh, Palin and the rest of the inciters will, most likely, kick their hate-speech up a notch....that's just how they roll. Conservatives everywhere will screech "free speech rights" and "1st amendment" to blunt any criticism of the right-wing hate speech campaign.
No, nothing from the hate-mongers and inciters will change.....BUT.....what will change,.....and Eric Cantor announced it yesterday when suspending this week's House business......is the U.S. police state. Congressional figures will have to be kept safe. That will mean keeping those figures away from constituents by using armies of security guards and a new wave of Secret Service hires.
No one wins here......and democracy loses.
Sad, Senseless, and yet, given the past few years....Inevitable.
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