The evidence mounts that liberalism is dead.
The liberal wizards, working their wonders at The New York Times and its clearinghouses in the major networks, cannot even dupe the American people with an absurd conspiracy theory anymore. In Dallas back in 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald, a pious communist awash in the Marxist-Leninist bilge, shot President John F. Kennedy. In no time, the liberals had the nation focused on the "dangerous right-wing atmosphere" supposedly pervading Dallas. Soon all the talk was of "the paranoid style" of American politics. Oswald was almost forgotten. Doubtless, today there are fervent liberals living in haunts in Massachusetts and in Berkeley, Calif., who believe in their heart of hearts that the president was felled by Texas Republicans.
This time around, an obvious lunatic shoots 19 people in Tucson, Ariz., killing six (one of whom was a Republican judge) and wounding 13 (one of whom is a Democratic congresswoman), and the liberals try again. With artifice and craft, they try to focus the nation's attention on the "heated rhetoric" of the right. Sarah Palin is trotted out. The tea partyers are cited. The venerable Times editorializes, "It is legitimate to hold Republicans and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible for the gale of anger (remember the Times' cosseting of the Angry Left back in 2008?) that has produced the vast majority of these threats, setting the nation on edge." Today, however, the average American has had enough of this liberal garbage spiel, and so in a CBS poll, nearly 6 in 10 Americans deny that the "country's heated rhetoric" had anything to do with the shooting. Liberalism has come to the end of the line. It is a bore.
Yet what kind of person directs our attention to the meaningless madness of a lunatic and tries to lecture us on the random concreteness of nouns appearing in the chaos of the poor wretch's attempts at thought. The man police say was the gunman, Jared Loughner, mentions "Mein Kampf." He mutters something about the gold standard. And my favorite: He advocated proper grammar, or perhaps he abominated proper grammar. He was not very clear. At least there was something about grammar. Hear! Hear!