Another Victim Of Conservative Rhetoric

James Fuller, who was one of those injured in the Tucson shootings, appears not to have received the memo about elevating the tone of our political discourse:

James Eric Fuller, 63, who was shot in the knee, had told The Post on Friday, the day before his arrest, that top Republican figures should be tortured — and their ears severed.

“There would be torture and then an ear necklace, with [Minnesota US Rep.] Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin’s ears toward the end, because they’re small, female ears, and then Limbaugh, Hannity and the biggest ears of all, Cheney’s, in the center,” Fuller said.

Also on Friday, Fuller stopped by the home of gunman Jared Lee Loughner and told a neighbor he was going to forgive the shooter, The Associated Press said.

On Saturday, Fuller was carted away for a psychiatric exam after disrupting the town-hall meeting by taking a photo of Tucson Tea Party co-founder Trent Humphries and shouting, “You’re dead!”

Just as global warming causes both flooding and droughts, more ice (Antarctic) and less ice (Arctic) and both warming and cooling, depending on whatever happens to be taking place, somehow, quite soon, a commenter on the left will opine that Fuller was driven to his excesses by vitriol from the right.

Meanwhile, Michael Kinsley joins the party a several days late and a few facts short:

Even more remarkably, in the past week, the question of whether a carefully planned assassination attempt on a member of the United States Congress might have had anything to do with politics has been mocked into oblivion. Well, let’s see. The dominant theme of Loughner’s ravings was suspicion of the government. He apparently didn’t believe in paper money and thought only gold has value. He believed the government was responsible for Sept. 11. And so on. This is not a random collection of nutty opinions. There is a theme to it, and it is not simply that the guy was crazy.

If so, Kinsley is targeting the wrong side of the debate.  Hot Air notes Louchner’s obsession with the Zeitgeist films and their place in the political spectrum.  Here’s a hint: It ain’t the far right.

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Published in: on January 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

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