Leftist Arizona law officer, leftwing media accused of “downright evil.”
“He should be strung up.”
The speaker: one very angry federal judge furious at the cynicism displayed by both Arizona Sheriff Clarence Dupnik and the mainstream media in the shootings that took the life of one federal judge, wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and killed or wounded 17 others.
The judge, a personal friend of the murdered federal judge John Roll, declined to be cited by name but was brimming with anger at what he termed the “cynicism and downright evil” of the liberal media’s “cynical attempt” to blame conservative talk radio and television for the murder of the only public official not to survive the shootings — the conservative Catholic Roll, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush.
The judge, who assigned blame for the shootings to “a lone nut,” was bitter over Dupnik’s much televised departure from his job as sheriff to relate the facts of the shooting and instead start “grabbing the limelight for publicity.”
Said the furious judge: “And though terribly tragic though all of this is, how ironic that the one constitutional officer to die was a conservative, Republican-appointed federal judge. Will anyone point out the hypocrisy of liberal media on that one? Or is it a fact that is just too inconvenient?”
It’s not inconvenient here.
Roll was described by his grief-stricken friend and colleague as “a conservative, values type Catholic who attended mass almost daily. When John and I first met, we discussed religion and culture at dinner. Just the two of us. I introduced him to Richard John Neuhaus’s First Things, and he later subscribed.”
The judge’s fury comes as both Sheriff Dupnik and the liberal media are trying to blame everyone from the Tea Party to Sarah Palin to, in Dupnik’s words, “the crap that comes out on radio and TV” for the murders. Meaning, of course, conservative talk radio and Fox News. While Arizona Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva tries to say that Palin was responsible for the “political tone and tenor” that led to the rampage, the judge says that in fact federal judges receive threats all the time ranging from “disappointed litigants and prisoners” to “nuts.” The judge believes the alleged Arizona killer, Jared Lee Loughner, repeatedly described by those who knew him as mentally unstable, was decidedly in the latter category and therefore the kind of person who poses a special threat to federal judges or any public official — the “lone nut who doesn’t make a specific threat.”
The judge sees Dupnik, the man Politico identifies as “the liberal sheriff,” disgracefully using his time in the tragedy’s spotlight not to do his job but gain publicity by helping the liberal media exploit the killings by a “nut” to exploit a liberal political agenda — gliding over the hard news fact that the only constitutional officer to die in the attack was a conservative Republican.
It was noted that during the controversy over the passage by Arizona of a bill enforcing federal immigration law, Dupnik sought out national media to essentially call the state’s governor and legislature racists (here in the Wall Street Journal
and here in the New York Daily News).
The judge’s angry remarks mean one thing: it’s time for plain talk.
LEFTIST POLITICAL philosophy — whether at its Communist extremes or with its weakest American liberal strains — is about one thing and one thing only: man’s domination of other men. Control. And in the relentless drive to dominate, leftists have a brutal, well-on-the-record history of two things.
First, deliberately and willfully committing political violence in the name of a leftist cause.
Second, blaming that violence on others — the “somebody else made me do it” defense. Or, if the violence was perpetrated by a non-political crazy — a “lone nut” in the judge’s words — cynically ascribing this violence to the favorite leftist political target — and yes, target is the word — of the moment.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online