Of the latest story to drive left-wing bloggers into a frenzy, Robert Stacy McCain writes
The murder of Bill Sparkman in Clay County, Ky., has caused bloggers to engage in widespread speculation about the motive for the killing. Sparkman was employed part-time conducting a Census Bureau survey. . . .
[A] law-enforcement source, not authorized to speak about the case, said state and local officials are working closely with the FBI on the investigation. Internet gossip is a source of concern, he said.
“You’d be surprised what some of these morons write on the Internet . . . that they wouldn’t say to somebody’s face,” the official said in a brief telephone interview.
While we know a few more details about the murder than we did when I first mentioned Sparkman death in a blog post, we still don’t know who killed Bill Sparkman nor as law professor William A. Jacobson observes, why he was killed. That, Jacobson blogs, “has not stopped the left-wing internet ghouls from seeking to exploit Sparkman’s death for political purposes, turning his part-time Census status into the reason for his killing and creating a cause célèbre out of thin air.”
Paraphrasing what I wrote in a comment, whereas Kentucky law enforcement (and conservatives) are waiting for an investigation, many left-wing bloggers are leaping to conclusions, suggesting that comments by a Republican Congresswoman and radio and TV talk show hosts created the climate that led to Sparkman’s murder. The problem is, since we don’t know who murdered Sparkman, we have no evidence to back up their accusations. All they have is their narrative and their prejudice.
Interesting that these left-wingers are quick to accuse conservatives for fostering a climate of hate, but aren’t even considering that Sparkman may have been killed by people in the drug trade. And there’s more evidence that Sparkman’s death was drug-related than that it was ideological. Even the AP noted that his body was found “in a corner of Appalachiawith an abundance of meth labs and marijuana fields — and a reputation for mistrusting government that dates back to the days of moonshiners and ‘revenuers.’”
These bloggers’ hysteria tells us more about their prejudices than it does about the circumstances surrounding this man’s death. We don’t know why Bill Sparkman is killed, but we do know how quick left-wingers are to accuse conservatives of fostering violence. Even when the only evidence tying conservatives to violence exists in left-wingers heads.
Finally, commenting on the thwarted terror attack in Illinois, targeting (among other federal officials) the office of Republican Congressman Aaron Schock in Springfield, Illinois, JammieWearingFool makes a rhetorical offer:
If the kneejerk left wants to blame conservatives for the killing of the census worker in Kentucky, then we’ll be happy to play their little game.
(Or, maybe he wasn’t being rhetorical.)