The world was stunned by the violent tragedy in Arizona that left a judge, a nine-year-old child, and other innocent bystanders dead and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded. All decent human beings mourn the heinous action that felled so many wonderful people and touches the lives of so many others. Sadly, some in the mainstream media, and liberal pundits on the cable television channels, are using this sad event to score political points, blaming the highest profile targets from the right. The Washington Post wondered if “political discourse has taken a dangerous turn.” Even the international media is weighing in, with the British newpaper, The Guardian, blaming “rightwing rhetoric.”
In a pseudo-sophisticated culture that is put off by the notion of the existence of evil, commentators have to go on a witch hunt to find someone to blame when the human capacity to replicate Cain’s murderous behavior becomes glaringly obvious. In many respects, the “blame game” and “witch hunts” are to be expected because, as a culture, liberal elites have fostered the idea that evil does not erupt out of the heart of man but exists purely as a consequence of bad social structures supported by wrong thinking conservatives.
Apparently, it’s okay to go on a “witch hunt,” but it is not okay to believe in evil and evil-doers. The concept of evil is just too, too outdated and passé, just too much of a throwback to the old-time religion. However, from what we know at this time about the young man who witnesses say fired the bullets, politics — whether right-wing or left-fringe — had nothing to do with inciting or enabling the shootings. Instead, we see a very troubled young man who definitely did not identify with the political right. He appeared to have some leftist political views, but not in any way that seems associated with, or strong enough to motivate, this crime.
Instead, we see a horrific example of the power of evil to corrupt the hearts and minds of human beings; we see evil and its disastrous consequences.
In a recent RedState memo, Erick Erickson presents a compelling argument against the media’s even speculating that the shooter was incited to action by the political right. He noted that a friend of the shooter described him as decidedly “left-wing” as recently as 2007. Then, to make his point that the language being identified as “right-wing extremism” is common lingo used by people in both parties, Erick gave a bipartisan sample of recent rhetoric and actions that could be identified as “inciting” violence: