Anti-Bush Truther shoots up Pentagon; Should we play the political blame game?
On Thursday, a "9/11 Truth" fanatic named John Patrick Bedell started shooting at the Pentagon and managed to wound two guards before they mercifully put him out of our misery.
We now know that the guy thought the government and the Bush family were behind the 9/11 attacks (or "demolitions" as he called them), and was basically frothing at the mouth with Bush hatred.
Now, I've been to innumerable "Truther" rallies over the last 8 years, and can say with some confidence that about 98% of folks who think 9/11 was a hoax are left-wingers, or at the very least fit in very comfortably in the left-wing milieu, since the impetus behind Truthism is to undermine the basis for Bush's "War on Terror," an impetus which is also a cornerstone of modern Leftist thought as well.
So far, however, I've noticed a deafening quietude on the left-leaning blogs about this guy's affiliations and belief systems. Those brave enough to troll leftist comments sections have noted mumblings therein that the guy was probably a secret "teabagger," despite all evidence to the contrary.
Compare this to the response in the leftosphere when Joseph Stack flew his plane into an Austin IRS building a couple weeks earlier. Despite leaving a suicide note that approvingly cited Karl Marx and that condemned capitalism as nothing but "greed," he was pilloried by every left-leaning site as a right-wing hitman who epitomized the inherent violence of the Tea Party movement -- because he had anti-government feelings.
Now, just for a moment, let's set aside the false guilt-by-association game everyone's always playing. We all know that John Patrick Bedell and Joseph Stack are basically insane, plain and simple -- as are any number of similar whackjobs who periodically go loco and erupt into violence. Violent psychopaths often incorporate some seemingly random overarching theme into their mindset, and on occasion that theme involves politics. Whenever someone like Bedell or Stack goes ballistic, every pundit jumps into the fray and tries to spin the outburst as "exemplifying" the political viewpoint of those with whom the pundit disagrees.