An Honest Woman of the Left

Wednesday, January 19, AD 2011

Last week RFK, Jr, attempted to tie in the slaying of John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963 with the Giffords shooting:

“Jack had received myriad warnings against visiting the right-wing Texas city. Indeed, there had been a sense of foreboding even within our family as he and Aunt Jackie prepared for the trip. Jack made an unscheduled trip to Cape Cod to say goodbye to my ailing grandfather. The night before the trip, Mummy found Jack distant and brooding at a dinner for the Supreme Court Justices. He was very fond of Mummy, but for the first time ever, he looked right through her.

Jack’s death forced a national bout of self-examination. In 1964, Americans repudiated the forces of right-wing hatred and violence with an historic landslide in the presidential election between LBJ and Goldwater. For a while, the advocates of right-wing extremism receded from the public forum. Now they have returned with a vengeance — to the broadcast media and to prominent positions in the political landscape.”


RFK, Jr missed a little point in his tirade of course.  Right wing opposition to JFK, in Dallas or elsewhere, had nothing to do with the fact that JFK was murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald, a Communist, a former Marine who attempted to defect to the Soviet Union.  This omission is noted by Violet Socks in a brilliant post that may be read here at her blog Reclusive Leftist.  Here is a portion of what she writes:

But the essay is missing a sentence. I was so sure the sentence had to be there that I read the entire piece three times, and then started doing page searches to find the missing words. Surely the sentence was there and I was just somehow not seeing it. It’s the sentence that goes something like, “Ironically, despite the atmosphere in Dallas, it turned out that Uncle Jack’s assassin was a misguided pro-Castro Marxist.” Because that, of course, is what actually happened. That was the great irony of the JFK assassination. Dallas was infested with wingnuts (though they weren’t called wingnuts back then), and at first everybody thought that’s who killed the president. But lo and behold, it was just Lee Oswald, delusional Communist blowhard. As Jackie Kennedy remarked bitterly, JFK didn’t even have the “satisfaction” of dying for his liberal ideals; instead his assassin was just a “silly little Communist.”

She ties this in with the Giffords shootings:

Nor can you even say that the anti-JFK stuff in Dallas gave Oswald the idea of killing the president. He’d already tried to shoot General Walker back in April. In October 1963 he watched We Were Strangers, a film about political assassination, and according to Marina was very excited by it. There’s also good reason to believe he’d seen Suddenly and The Manchurian Candidate, both films about shooting a U.S. president—and both starring Frank Sinatra, weirdly enough. (Wait, is Frank implicated?)

If you want to make the case that violent political rhetoric in general begets real violence, then make that case. Don’t fudge the data and don’t cherry pick your facts. Don’t talk ominously about right-wing vitriol and look meaningfully over at Dallas 1963, or at Tuscon 2011. Unless, of course, you want to argue that right-wing rhetoric is dangerous because it drives leftists and schizophrenics to murder, but somehow I don’t think that’s the goal.

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Yeah, Truth Is Definitely Stranger Than Fiction

Saturday, January 15, AD 2011

One of the Giffords shooting victims, James Eric Fuller, joined in with the attempt of the Left to blame the Giffords shooting on conservatives:  “It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the rest got their first target,” Eric Fuller, a former campaigner for Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, told Democracy Now. “Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled.”

Today Mr. Fuller was arrested for making a death threat: 

Toward the end of the town hall meeting Saturday morning, one of the shooting victims, J. Eric Fuller, took exception to comments by two of the speakers: Ariz. state Rep. Terri Proud, a Dist. 26 Republican, and Tucson Tea Party spokesman Trent Humphries.

According to sheriff’s deputies at the scene, Fuller took a photo of Humphries and said, “You’re Dead.”

Deputies immediately escorted Fuller from the room.

Pima County Sheriff’s spokesman Jason Ogan said later Saturday that Fuller has been charged with threats and intimidation and he also will be charged with disorderly conduct.

Among the dignitaries at the town hall taping were Mayor Bob Walkup, U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva and former Congressman Jim Kolbe.

All this is somewhat explicable when one reads up a bit more about Mr. Fuller.  Go here to do so.

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  • Even left-wing ditzes, like Loughner, know better than to try shoot up a GOP event. We can defend ourselves.

    Stick with murdering unborn babes, courageous ones.

  • Krugman and Olbermann need to take responsibility for this.

  • I don’t want to detract from this tragedy, but may I mention an off-topic subject.
    Our friends in Australia are suffering from the worst floods in living memory. Fully one third of Queensland – a huge area – is seriously affected. Brisbane in cleaning up after the floods peaked Thursday, and though not quite as bad as the floods of 1974 are the worst there since, I think, 1889 in its scale. The town of Grantham in the Lockyer Valley just west of Brisbane has been wiped off the map.
    New South Wales has alson been deluged, and Victoria has just faced its worst flooding, again in living memory.
    Remember our Aussies brothers & sisters in your prayers, as I’m sure we all are for those killed in Tucson.
    Thanks and God bless.

  • Prayers for the Aussies Don! I’ve been following the floods down there and some of the scenes have been just devastating.

  • How about this sick fool takes responsibility for himself?

  • Mr Fuller, look at the swinging watch. Listen to my voice. “I will not make inane comments about politics. I will not blame conservative individuals for mass murders. I will re-enlist so I can serve my country with a right attitude. I will blame the leftists and liberals who are really responsible for the moral and spiritual decay of this great nation….

  • The utter lack of coherence is striking!!! It isn’t rambling such as I run into from those living on the streets who have mental health issues. Here, there is a repetition of a central thesis – unconstitutionality of government actions to limit free speech, leading to genocide and his eventual homelessness – to each and every thought that seems to occur to him. E.g. He receives a “B” in a course he is calling “free speech” and this is implicit of a conspiracy to restrict his free speech and leads to his being “homeless.” I assume that, by “genocide,” he is suggesting that the community college is “murdering” the spirit of his generation.

    It is fascinating. It is frightening.

  • And unsurprisingly the hate goes on.

  • His tone almost suggests that he knows he’s making no sense to anyone. I don’t know if anyone else saw the interview with his high school girlfriend, but she said she thought it was likely he was faking the insanity. Granted, it’s been a few years since they were close and Loughner could’ve snapped in the interim, but it certainly gives one pause.

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