Who Incited Jared Loughner to commit murder? On Properly Placing Blame

"Example has more followers than reason.

Example moves the world more than doctrine.

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing."
Albert Schweitzer*
**pic of Michelle from here

Shills on the shooting...

The bombshell Tucson, Arizona shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. District Court Judge John Roll and others this past Saturday leaves Americans choking in a cloud of divisive fallout from the left and right political wings as each "side" of the phony political side-show manipulates the available data to best make their opposition look bad since neither side has done a damn thing of tangible value for the American public.

The Blame Game

Republicans and Democrats alike have had their chance wielding the once-mighty power of the United States.  They both talk a good game, but the proof being in the pudding, both have contributed to the decline of our once-great Republic - which they continue to pretend is a "democracy."  They somehow hope that by repeating this lynch-mobbish term often enough - we are going to forget about the Republic for which our Flag is supposed to stand.

Republicans and Democrats alike blame the other side for causing the shooting in Tucson by somehow inciting a 22-year-old young man to violence.  Although each side claims to have a better case - let's at least  examine a few of their arguments for fun, since that is all it is, a fun-house of irrelevant distortions to keep Americans divided - rather than using this event as an opportunity for self-examination.  An opportunity to put the rhetoric away, agree on a common set of goals, and actually get something done for the people of America.  

The Democrats came out calling Jared Loughner a "right-winger" citing various violence-inciting statements made by members of the Republican media machine, also known as radio personalities, Sarah Palin etc... . The "progressos" ...er progressives... opened up their usual canned slurry claiming that the right wing rhetoric is too inflammatory for the virgin ears of the public.  Some bitched that the magazine in the gun held a lot of bullets which is also to blame for the many deaths and injuries.  

The Republicans, also distancing themselves from the shooter, called Loughner a "left-winger" since he listed the "Communist Manifesto" and "Mein Kampf" as favorite reads.  

All present politically-motivated arguments designed to harness as much propaganda gain from this tragedy as possible.  While both sides pretend to disagree on just about everything in words - their actions belie agreement with the words of Rahm Emmanuel:

Who is Really to Blame?

Since the propagandists feel that it is important to place blame - I'll follow their logic.  So let's think about who we can blame?  Who is setting the tone?  Who is setting the example - the gold standard the younger generation can strive to emulate?  

From (CLICK HERE) this link we read:
"On TV and in the movies black men are usually portrayed as dangerous men who should be feared. We are all familiar with the media stereotype of the African American man as a pimp, thief or gangsta. Barack Obama has smashed these pernicious stereotypes; we were amazed an encouraged by the grace and calm that he displayed during the presidential campaign, and we are convinced that he will display these same traits as President of the United States. 

I hope that all children, but especially black kids, will consider Obama a worthy role model. Too many black kids see sports and the entertainment business as the only way out of the inner city. But Obama has proved that a black person can achieve success in any arena, and that there is no ceiling that a person of color can`t shatter."

So the president of the United States is a role model for our youth.  He really does set the tone for our nation - and the schools tell the kids to look up to him.  Let's see what kind of example our president and congress and judicial system have settled upon as the status quo today in the United States.

The (CLICK) scene above is just one example of the results of the actions of our commander-in-chief.  Check the article out.  Not to minimize the deaths of those killed by the shooter, but what about these people?  President Obama has presided over much military activity, continuing the wars based on lies based on torture started by his simian predecessor.  Perhaps the 22-year-old Jared Loughner took such almost-daily acts by his leaders and role models as examples to follow?  

Do you recognize the human being in the (CLICK to read) picture above?  If the outfit triggers a fight-or-flight " media-implanted Pavlovian terror-response within your nervous system I may be wasting my time telling you that he is an American citizen targeted for extrajudicial murder by President Barack Obama.  Here is a snippet from the excellent article written by Greenwald on this fine example set by our role-model Prez:

" ...The Washington Post's Dana Priest had noted deep in a long article that Obama had continued Bush's policy (which Bush never actually implemented) of having the Joint Chiefs of Staff compile "hit lists" of Americans, and Priest suggested that the American-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was on that list.  The following week, Obama's Director of National Intelligence, Adm. Dennis Blair, acknowledged in Congressional testimony that the administration reserves the "right" to carry out such assassinations.

Today, both The New York Times and The Washington Post confirm that the Obama White House has now expressly authorized the CIA to kill al-Alwaki no matter where he is found, no matter his distance from a battlefield.  I wrote at length about the extreme dangers and lawlessness of allowing the Executive Branch the power to murder U.S. citizens far away from a battlefield (i.e., while they're sleeping, at home, with their children, etc.) and with no due process of any kind.  I won't repeat those arguments -- they're hereand here -- but I do want to highlight how unbelievably Orwellian and tyrannical this is in light of these new articles today.
Just consider how the NYT reports on Obama's assassination order and how it is justified..."
So who really is to blame for the actions of citizens when they turn to violence?  Perhaps we should go right to the top of the organizational chart.  Harry Truman had a sign on his desk when he was President of the United States that said:  "The Buck Stops Here."  I interpret this to mean that he not only understood, but made a placard to ensure that in no uncertain terms:  He, the president, is ultimately responsible for the actions of our ship called the United States of America.
Our government, including the Congress of which one of the shooting victims was a member, have collectively agreed that the normal state of existence of the United States of America, is that pre-emptive strikes are OK, murder without trial is OK, torture is OK - and all will go unpunished - that is - unless these sick, unlawful standards are directed right back at the very government at the vanguard of the campaign to justify these exact actions when they find murder, torture, and other violations of the law of the land, or natural law convenient.
Remember - when you point a finger of blame at someone - you have three fingers pointing right back at you.
Until the USA starts ACTING in concert with the values inherent in the good people that compose this country - we will continue to see both random acts and false-flag attacks - all with common or disparate causes.  We must all realize that these acts are the risks taken by free and independent citizens of a republic.  This is the price you and I pay to be free.  
I'd rather take my chances with the "terrorists" than hope for some fantasy change that promises to make me safe.  If safety is number one - don't get out of bed.  Otherwise take the risks required of the free citizen and exercise those rights.
Let's hope our government will be careful what they wish for when they set examples, because they may get what they wish for.  Maybe the Tucson shooting will provide the mirror they need.

Maybe we can all learn a lesson from the father of one of the victims involved in the shooting:

*Quotes borrowed from HERE


  1. Thank you Jack Rabbit.. Good stuff..

  2. That was an idiotic article. WOW. So much ignorance.

  3. With all the speculation, consider that he may have been smitten with Mr. Zimmerman. Crime of passion.

  4. Excellent article, excellent and logical conclusion. I was thinking along those lines, too. However, the ultimate and final responsibility for creating this kind of behavior needs to be placed on the parents of this 22 year old. An individual will respect their own life and the life of others to the degree that they were respected in childhood. The unconscious imprinting starts there. Naturally this 22 year old is responsible for the impact his behavior has had on everyone he impacted (including myself - I happened to be across the street from the shootings)but the programing and trauma from his childhood remains the responsibility of his parents.

  5. Thanks all for reading and commenting:

    Yes parenting is big - no question:

    1. What about kids who don't have parents?
    2. What is the intent of the first lady digging a garden except as example?
    3. Even Josef Stalin, Mao, and Hitler had parents. What the hell happened?

    The reason for rule of law, and not of men - is so we can all understand a single, simple set of rules - and follow them if we hope to live in a civilized world. What ever happened to "NO ONE is above the law?"

    Obama speeches about the tragedy in Arizona are insulting in light of the "collateral damage" and unpunished torture by Americans.

    Thanks for your thoughts and for taking your time to read and visit.



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