The more we learn about the deranged neo-Nazi who went on a shooting spree Wednesday at the Holocaust Museum, the clearer it becomes that he is neither of the left nor the right. Some on the left are still describing him as a right-winger. They seem to be dwelling not of the murderer’s own problems, but instead on his supposed right-wing ideology:
Of course, the slander has already begun. Not of [the shooter], but of “right-wingers” and “conservatives.” The standard media template — that he was a white Christian “right-winger” — has been trotted out, and the DHS report from last January has supposedly been vindicated. I just heard Ralph Peters, who I would have thought knew better, call the guy a “right-winger” on Cavuto.
He was anything but a conservative, as Rand Simberg, who wrote those words quoted above, found when he took the time to read the shooter’s writings: he doesn’t fit the “the traditional DHS/MSM notion of the deranged right-wing extremist“. The more we learn about him, the more we find that the reality of his life “doesn’t fit the narrative” of the left-wing blogs.
He was anything but a conservative.
All that said, I think my fellow conservatives are wrong to associate him with left-wing blogs.
Yeah, they had a few common notions, but the guy praised a few things conservative bloggers had done.
I also think it’s wrong to link the Holocaust shooter to the President’s former Pastor. Yeah, Rev. Wright keeps making deranged comments about Jews, er, scratch that, Zionists, but he has never advocated violence against us.
I agree with my friend John Hinderaker who doesn’t hold left-wing blogs responsible even if “anti-Semitism [has become] overwhelmingly a phenomenon of the Left in today’s world”
As hateful and misguided as many liberals may be, if they aren’t actually advocating violence (like Randi Rhodes, say) they shouldn’t be blamed if a lone nut takes their ideology to the extreme. Vigorous political debate is legal–as is bigotry, for that matter; murder is not. That’s a very bright line, and all that needs to be said on the subject. Who is to blame for murder? The murderer.
The same hold true for Wright. He may be a crackpot, but he has never encouraged his parishioners to take violent action against Jews.
So, once again, let’s not make a poltical point out of one man’s irrational behavior. Some on the left may be crackpots, but they’re not murderers. One man killed Stephen Tyrone Johns and were it not for that late security guard’s actions, might have murdered more people. He alone is responsible for the crime.