It should come as no surprise to those who follow left-wing blogs that some were quick to blame mainstream conservatives for the actions of the lone, loony extremist who opened fire earlier today at the Holocaust Museum in our nation’s capital, murdering security guard Stephen Tyrone.
At present, there is little (if any) evidence that this anti-Semitic white supremacist read, or was even familiar with mainstream conservative blogs, web-sites or ideas. He drew his inspiration from ideologies which we conservatives have regularly criticized. Indeed, he was critical of Republican presidents and the ideology left-wingers ascribed to the previous president’s foreign policy:
For example, he unleashed his hatred of both Presidents Bush and other “neo-conservatives” in online essays. As even some “progressives” such as the influential Adbusters magazine publicly admit, “neoconservative” is often used as a derogatory code word for “Jews”. As well, even a cursory glance at “white supremacist” writings reveals a hatred of, say, big corporations that is virtually indistinguishable from that of anti-globalization activists.
This is not to say he was a a man of the left. He definitely was not. He is a hateful extremist, steeped in ideologies condemned by those on both sides of the political aisle.
Today’s shooting remind us of the persistence of anti-Semitism, a hateful ideology which has found a home among extremists of all political and partisan perspectives. It is neither a phenomenon of the right or the left, but of certain deranged individuals looking for a group to blame for their own sufferings and on whom to project their own insecurities.
Those who would blame conservatives (with whom the shooter had no philosophical kinship whatsoever) for the shooting manifest a preference of blaming us for all manner of ills while ignoring the reality of the situation at hand. They would do better to condemn the man for his murderous deeds and acknowledge that in doing so, they are making common ground with others holding different political views and with different partisan labels than their own.
It was a disgusting deed. The shooter should be dispatched to the nether regions as quickly as the law allows. And we must redouble our efforts to root out and condemn anti-Semitism and other hateful ideologies wherever they occur.