Rich Tucker

A stopped clock, they say, is right twice a day. That’s a better record than some have. Take the Rev. Al Sharpton. He may get things right twice a decade.

One of those rare times occurred back in 1993. An immigrant from Jamaica named Colin Ferguson had opened fire on a commuter train, killing six people and wounding 19. Sharpton, for perhaps the first time in his life, refused to blame race. “The press jumped to make it a racial incident and to blame people like us,” Sharpton complained in 1994, “rather than to deal with the fact that [Ferguson] is a sick man.”

Set aside the fact that the press actually did very little to make it a racial incident. Sharpton’s correct that Ferguson deserves the blame for his actions. Not blacks. Not liberals. Not Jamaicans. Ferguson.

Which brings us to 2009.

On June 10, 88-year-old James von Brunn carried a rifle into the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He shot a guard before being shot himself. Liberals insist this event helps vindicate a recent Department of Homeland Security report that warned of potential violence.

“Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely,” the report said.

Along with other events, von Brunn’s action “seems to indicate that the DHS report was actually prescient; its critics refuted,” according to the left-wing Talking Points Memo.

Cartoonist Tom Toles went even further. His June 12 cartoon in The Washington Post shows a Rush Limbaugh look-alike (helpfully labeled “Nutball media”) offering up “Today’s recipe: Domestic Terrorism.” As a hothead with an automatic weapon (helpfully labeled “gun”) seethes, the nutball explains, “You’ll only need two ingredients! Not that we’re suggesting anything.” The hothead, meanwhile, has taken the gun and left, presumably to shoot someone.

Yet this ignores the main point: von Brunn is in no way a conservative. He’s just a sad, crazy old man.

In the shooter’s car was a note that read, in part, “Obama does what his Jew owners tell him to do.” Well, where have we heard that idea lately? Hint: it isn’t a notion hatched on the right. But it’s one held by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.


Rich Tucker

Rich Tucker is a communications professional and a columnist for Townhall.com.