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The Knoxville Shooter, The Usual Suspects And the Blame Game

So, now, it starts. You knew it hadda happen. Once we saw this business in Knoxville [1], you just knew the left was going to attach itself to the happening like a vampire bat. All the liberal hotbuttons are there for the left’s sick enjoyment;

And all of it gets placed under the guise of arguing about hate and intollerance. What leftist seeing this bonanza wouldn’t leap into the verbal fight? And RJ Eskow at (Yeah, I know, surprise, surprise) The HuffPo [2] leaps in with both feet: :

Jim Adkisson of Powell, Tennessee was the man with his finger on the trigger. He had mental health problems, and a hard and bitter life. He apparently left a letter explaining that he hated the church for its liberal beliefs and opinions. And the church had a sign outside indicating it welcomed gays and lesbians.

Who really killed those Unitarians? Was it the preachers who spread hatred and intolerance? The politicians who court and flatter them instead of condemning their hate speech? The media machine that attacks liberals, calls them “traitors” and suggests you speak to them “with a baseball bat”? The economic system that batters people like Jim Adkisson until they snap, then tells them their real enemies are gays and liberals and secular humanists?

If you ask me, it was all of the above.

You killed them, Pat Robertson. You killed them, Pastor Hagee. You killed them, Ann Coulter. You killed them, Dick Morris and Sean Hannity and the rest of you at Fox News.

This is about as shameless and opportunistic, and self-serving as it gets. I haven’t the words for the utter disgust I feel at the moment for this clown, Eskow. And trust me, leaving me speechless is not an easy task.

 Here we have someone who even by this moron, Eskow’s lights, has a metal issue or three. But, instead of placing the blame where it belongs… on that mental issue… he takes the opportunity to capitalize on the tragedy and advance the leftist agenda. 

That’s cynical opportunism, grade one. It should be disregarded out of hand, but of course because it matches the mantra of the left, it won’t be. We’ll see the other jackels in the pack taking up the call soon enough.. all the usual suspects.  I’d also suggest a retraction of this nonsense by the HuffPo, but they have far too much leftist political opportunism in their history for any reasonable person to expect that. I’m that much a realist, at least.

But what about this, Mr Eskow? What about the constant attacks from the left on those who have conservative beliefs getting the blame for these deaths?  What about the marginalization of such people by the leftists in the mainstream media, and in the supposedly popular culture, to say nothing about the chruch itself?  Might these also be listed among the culprits?  Are these not as much to blame for this guy snapping? Or is it only views you disagree with that could have affected this man so? Are these so far outside the realm of the possible? Or is it simply because the suggestions run afoul your myopic worldview, that you do not dare consider them?

Do you begin to understand what this kind of gamesmanship you’re involved with can lead to? I’d say offhand, you and yours, and the people I’ve listed here, are as responsible as anyone else.  You failed to listen  with as open a mind a you claim to have, to those who oppose the left and helped to push this man over the edge of his personal cliff, as surely as setting your hands to the man would have done. 

 If you want to see the real monster, Mr. Eskow, look in the mirror, and tend to that set of issues. I suspect you’ll have your hands more than filled with the problems that guy in the mirror generates, even absent all of the rest of the ills you crusade over in your self-serving piece.