What in part distinguishes human beings from the beasts of the jungle is a certain empathy, the capacity to vicariously, compassionately, experience and relate to the feelings of another human being, particularly to that person’s sadness and grief. What in part distinguishes liberals from empathetic human beings is their mindless fixation on scoring political points in times of mourning and grief.
‘Twas ever thus. Possibly, to be generous, a lack of empathy may be rooted in their genetic makeup.
From Day One of the Tucson tragedy, with no regard for the emotional upheaval of the victims and their families, with no thought extended to a troubled and grieving nation, with few exceptions the leftist-liberal tribe has sought to capitalize–and make some bucks–on the murdered and wounded with distortions, innuendo, and outright lies.
In a word, that tribe has been nothing short of a disgrace.
Literally within hours after the alleged shooter, Jared Loughner, had wrought some still-unexplained, demonic vengeance last Saturday and without a shred of evidence to support his vicious slander, Paul Krugman was ranting away at Republican “hate-mongering” as the cause of the rampage.
Soon after, as if talking-point instructions had come down from the DNC to tie the tragedy to the Republican Party, to the Tea Party, to talk radio, to every conservative in the land, the avalanche began.
As previously mentioned on this website, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann inveighed against conservatives ”who have so irresponsibly brought us to this time of domestic terrorism” and pleaded that they “put the guns down.” Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik–who has refused to make public documentation on his department’s run-ins with Loughner–condemned the Right Wing’s “anger . . . hatred . . . bigotry” and pronounced his own state of Arizina as “the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.” Nondescript New Jersey congressman, Bill Pascrell bemoaned “an aura of hate and elected politicians feed it, certain people on Fox News feed it.”
More recently, newly-elected, Obama-supported, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee felt this was an appropriate time to forbid that state employees listen to talk radio: http://tiny.cc/d5xjs. Chafee didn’t allude to the fact that talk radio is dominated by conservative voices nor did he mention the new push by Democrat Rep. Jim Clyburn to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine which is designed to muzzle those voices.
In what may be a new low even for liberals, Vermont’s socialist Senator Bernie Sanders saw dollar signs rather than innocent blood in Tucson. Notwithstanding the fact that Vermont is thousands of miles away from Arizona, he dispatched a fund-raising plea to his constituents asking that they send him money in view of alleged violence against various Arizona Dems. He asked, “Is Arizona a state in which people who are not Republicans are able to participate freely and fully in the democratic process? Have right-wing reactionaries, through threats and acts of violence, intimidated people with different points of view from expressing their political positions?” (http://tiny.cc/d5xjs)
Conveniently forgotten in all this hypocrisy is the invective of liberal hatred and violence often and vilely directed at Republican conservatives.
Those attacks would include but are not limited to candidate Obama’s infamous pledge, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” to Arizona Democrat Rep. Harry Mitchell’s 2006 campaign ad depicting Republican J.D. Hayworth in the crosshairs of a rifle sight, to the 2008 display of Sarah Palin hanging on a noose in front of a West Hollywood house.
We have come to the point that we cannot expect empathy in the face of tragedy from the liberal establishment but we can at least hope for a degree of decency, no matter how unlikely it is that hope will ever be fulfilled.