I’m going to begin with a firm statement that law-abiding people are not accountable for the actions of deranged lunatics who happen to listen to them, or praise their work. To believe otherwise is to render free speech problematic, for who knows what strong words might be seized upon by a maniac?
But the Left very much does believe in holding decent people accountable for the actions of madmen… even if the madmen in question didn’t actually listen to what the decent people said. If you need a reminder of what I’m talking about, click here. I remain, to this day, astonished that any respectable publication would print a single word written by Paul Krugman.
In today’s morning news update, I mentioned Floyd Lee Corkins, who openly stated in court testimony that the Southern Poverty Law Center’s vicious attacks on a group it politically disagrees with, the Family Research Council, prompted him to launch a terrorist attack on its headquarters. Corkins came equipped with a bag of Chick-fil-A sandwiches – prepared by a restaurant that has also been targeted by the Left as a “hate group” – which he indented to ram into the faces of his slain victims. The SPLC lays its rhetoric on pretty thick. It also enjoys the imprimatur of Obama Justice Department partnership.
Now we’ve got lunatic cop killer Chris Dorner, with three murders in Los Angeles under his belt, including one police officer, plus a female college basketball coach and her fiance. Two other cops were ambushed by Dorner in their patrol car; one of them is seriously wounded. Nervous police officers accidentally fired on at least three civilians in the wake of these attacks.
At the time of this writing, the killer is still at large, heavily armed, and incredibly dangerous. Dorner used to be an employee of the LAPD, but he was fired in 2009 for making false statements. The father of the basketball coach he murdered was his lawyer. “I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, so I am terminating yours,” Dorner said on his Facebook page. He said that he wanted to kill cops, and was not afraid to die himself.
Dorner is also very interested in politics… and according to blogger Sooper Mexican, who says he has been following the story very closely, the media is actively suppressing Dorner’s political leanings, including heavy redaction of his crazed manifesto. About half of the manifesto has been delicately excised from press reports… the parts where he praises gun control, Senator Dianne Feinstein, MSNBC, CNN (especially gun control sensationalist Piers Morgan), Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama. On the other hand, he really hates the NRA, particularly Wayne LaPierre (who he incorrectly identifies as the organization’s “president” – that would be David Keene at the moment) and George Zimmerman.
But for a dash of bipartisanship, he speaks well of the elder George Bush, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Ironically, Dorner lectures the persecutors of Chick-Fil-A on the right of traditional marriage proponents to “voice their beliefs as well,” in addition to praising the quality of Chick-Fil-A’s food. Touche, Floyd Lee Corkins.
He’s got a long list of thumbs-up and thumbs-downs. As anyone who tried to wade through the manifesto of Norwegian monster Anders Breivik can attest, violently insane people can be very wordy, as they tend to regard all of their opinions as highly significant. Follow the above link to Sooper Mexican’s place if you want to read the whole twisted thing (minus the parts the police very reasonably asked to redact, in the interests of public safety and law enforcement.) Warning: there is some profanity in Dorner’s writings.
Nobody Dorner says he likes or agrees with is in any way responsible for his actions. But quite a few of them have long, shameful histories of unjustly blaming their political opponents for the actions of other maniacs. If Sooper Mexican’s excerpts from the hidden pages of the manifesto are accurate – and he seems to have done his homework quite thoroughly – the deliberate suppression of Dorner’s political diatribes is unconscionable, considering how the media would be handling this if he was a big fan of conservative groups, or an avid Fox News viewer.
“Why did they edit all this out?” asks Sooper Mexican. “Would they do this for a Tea Party shooter? Somehow I doubt it.” On the contrary, “they” have worked pretty hard to establish phantom links to the Tea Party, and other conservative critics of statist government, when none existed. I remember it very well. I was new to the pro blogging scene when the Tucson atrocity was perpetrated; I watched the “Climate of Hate” narrative take shape in real time, that very evening. No one on the Right will forget the rules the Left wrote that day.