If you thought that the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords, the murder of 5 other and the wounding of 14 attending a “Congress on Your Corner” event in Arizona would give right-wing hate peddlers a moment of reflection, then think again.
Not only did Right Wingers use the Giffords shooting as a fundraising opportunity, they also took the horrific crime against our elected representatives, innocent people and our system of government as an opportunity to propagate the tired “Liberal Fascism” lie once again.
With the successful right wing revision of our founding history freshly under their belt, right wingers are wasting no time re-writing the events of last weekend by frantically attempting to excuse their violent hate rhetoric and branding Jared Loughner as a lefty.
Right Wing cesspool WorldNetDaily has half a dozen headlines that scream of desperation – citing twitter posts from Loughner’s classmates stating he may have been inspired by the “radical leftist punk-rock band Anti-Flag.”
Another headline screamed, “Assassin’s politics lean ‘left wing, quite liberal… ‘Communist Manifesto,’ ‘Mein Kampf,’ listed as alleged gunman’s favorite reads.” This headline is really a twofer. Not only does it try to label Loughner as a Lefty, it propagates the Right’s frequent disingenuous meme equating Liberals with Nazis. Never mind that “Mein Kampf” is a right-wing tome, we know the Modern Right’s desire to deny their historical cousins is as pathological as Sarah Palin’s need to have her picture taken brandishing a loaded weapon.
Cons have long attempted to link Nazism with liberalism to downplay their own ideological ties to the fascist regime. Much of the neo-conservative playbook is taken directly from the most fundamental tenets of fascism. The inconvenient truth for right wingers is that Nazism was characterized by extreme nationalism, military domination, xenophobia, authoritarian leadership, and opposition to liberalism… in other words, an undeniably far-right political philosophy supported by many of Hitler’s American Capitalist contemporaries whose pro-corporate at-any-cost agenda bears an irrefutable resemblance to today’s right wing.
Here’s another article about this by Hrafnkell Haraldsson from Politicususa titled, “Marx, Hitler, and The Right Wing Myth of Jared Loughner’s Liberalism.”
Of course, the hysterical apologists at WorldNetDaily deliberately neglected to mention Loughner’s recommendation of right-wing sociopath Ayn Rand’s “We The Living” among his reading list because it didn’t fit their misleading agenda.
WorldNetDaily also thinks Sarah Palin scrubbing her website of gun site images is the same as DailyKos removing a comment saying “she’s dead to me” after Giffords voted against Nancy Pelosi for House leadership… with the headline “, “Look who else put ‘bull’s-eye’ on Giffords Leftist blog points finger at Palin, while scrubbing ‘dead to me’ rant”
Let’s see… One was the VP candidate of a major party – the other an obscure diarist on a blog… that’s the same thing if one is grasping at straws to deflect the blame off where it actually belongs.
The pathetic connections continued. Using the same disjointed logic that would make Jared Loughner himself blush, the WorldNetDaily “reported”, “the suspected gunman in Saturday’s Arizona shooting, attended a high school that is part of a network in which teachers are trained and provided resources by a liberal group founded by Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers and funded by President Obama…” Clearly giving future Jared Lee Loughner’s yet to be revealed something to chew on.
The jumbled spin continued over at the Drudge Report: “Jared Loughner, Alleged Shooter in Gabrielle Giffords Attack, Described by Classmate as “Left-Wing Pothead”… begging one to question how a person paranoid about “current treasonous laws,” who stated he would not “pay debt with a currency that’s not backed by gold and silver” and could not “trust the current government because of “Constitutional ratifications” adding that the “government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people controlling grammar (sic)” can be branded a Lefty? I suppose that logic is only considered reasonable in the brain of a right wing apologist desperate not to take responsibility for the vitriolic political climate they create.
These loose threads of deflected blame smack of desperation and would almost be laughable if their implications weren’t so serious. It seems once again that the Right won’t take a moment to evolve their political discourse, but will have to be dragged into a more civilized dialogue, kicking and screaming as usual.
Frankly, the inability to mislead people is to be expected from the right wing. The reason there is so much paranoia coming from the right is purely logistics. You can’t win a legislative debate by using facts if you’re sole mission is to defend corporate interests manipulating the game in an inherently corrupt system. You have to use paranoia – you have to make up things about “death panels” and play semantic games labeling every initiative that seeks to tamp down corporate power as “job killing” and “freedom hating”… it matters not that it is based in outright fiction. Once they throw those hooks in the water, they shouldn’t be surprised if some nutter takes the bait.
I say again. Will the so-called “Party of Personal Responsibility” please take responsibility for yourselves.
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