There's nothing that makes an honest person angrier than to see the innocent used as pawns in a political game by those who will stop at nothing to advance an agenda. What we saw this past weekend is nothing short of outrageous, yet if you're waiting for the apologies to start rolling in, hell stands a good chance of freezing over first.
While the rest of us watched in horror as the details of Saturday's shooting unfolded, the left was busy pulling an old oh-so-predictable page from its political playbook, and within a matter of hours began blaming Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement for this terrible act. Even the sheriff who, in my opinion, just wanted some air time and a way to stir things up to get his 'fifteen minutes', began immediately blaming those on the airways and behind microphones--all the while, admitting he had absolutely no evidence whatsoever to back up his claims.
The bodies of the victims were barely cold before Jane Fonda, of all people, began to share her two cents--does anyone really care what she thinks? She blamed Sarah, Glenn Beck, and the Tea Party. But where was the evidence that these parties had anything at all to do with this crime? Evidence shmevidence...who needs that when you have the mainstream, drive by media lapping up every crumb they can, truth be damned?
It wasn't long before CBS jumped on the bandwagon, citing the Palin political "target list" as evidence--never mind the fact that Democrats had one of their own in the same election. Pretty soon, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman followed suit, throwing Limbaugh into the mix. (nah, that wasn't the least bit predictable)
Lest you think somethings gone awry, no worries. MSNBC's Kieth Olbermann did what all good bootlicker's do. He followed talking points to the 't', turning things up a notch. ABC then interviewed a friend of the shooter, ignoring her claims that he's a liberal, suggesting early in their report that Congresswoman Gifford's father had named "the whole Tea Party" as being enemy number one of the Representative.
In the early morning hours of January 9th, The New York Daily News claimed in their headline that "Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' blood is on Sarah Palin's hands...". Later that day, Washington Post associate editor Eugene Robinson joined the rhetoric.
Obama's home town newspaper, the Chicago Sun Times, posted this garbage. (Is it any wonder newspapers are barely making it these days?) Bob Schieffer then graced us with his undoubtedly unbiased opinion on Face the Nation, lecturing us on the meaning of words. I wonder what we'd do without the amazing knowledge "journalists" like Scheiffer bring to the table? (note the sarcasm) I imagine we'd find the truth a little sooner...
The list continues, the left wing media now beginning to shift gears to go after gun laws. (Nope, that wasn't predictable either) Meanwhile, Michelle Malkin has documented information on just who Loughner, the lone gunman, actually is. Not only that, she's gone to great lengths to document for us who the progressive left really is, as well, in her post The progressive "climate of hate": An illustrated primer, 2000-2010. It never hurts to be reminded of what they are, lest you buy into their "let's all get along" rhetoric. What they truly mean is "agree with us or shut up and sit down". And, like all good leftists, if you don't, they will destroy you. Or die trying.
So, while the liberal left is busy playing games, exploiting Saturday's tragedy, let us not forget who the actual victims are. Congresswoman Giffords, and the other victims who were shot, need our sincere prayers for a full recovery. The families of those who didn't make it are the ones who are truly suffering in this tragedy. Perhaps instead of using them as pawns in a political game of chess, we could remember them in prayer and do all we can to let them know we grieve with them during this time. Perhaps we could put ourselves in their shoes for a moment, realizing how heartbreaking it would be to hear all the garbage being spewed, rather than knowing your loved one is being remembered.
"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." - Ronald Reagan