This has me breathing a sigh of relief. Despite an all out assault by the far left to associate political rhetoric (and by that, they mean conservative speech) with Jared Loughner’s deadly rampage last weekend in Tuscon, most Americans aren’t buying it.
From a CBSNews Poll conducted in the days just following the tragedy, a clear majority of Americans correctly disassociate the conservative message with the actions of a deranged, troubled individual who apparently acted alone.
Overall, 57 percent of respondents said the harsh political tone had nothing to do with the shooting, compared to 32 percent who felt it did. Republicans were more likely to feel the two were unrelated - 69 percent said rhetoric was not to blame; 19 percent said it played a part. Democrats were more split on the issue - 49 percent saw no connection; 42 percent said there was.
Independents more closely reflected the overall breakdown - 56 percent said rhetoric had nothing to do with the attack; 33 percent felt it did.
Sanity prevails? Largely, yes. But look at the split among Democrats. While a plurality of left-leaning people see no connection, it’s troubling that 42% think there’s a connection. I also wonder about the 19% of Republicans who see a connection. It’s a small minority, but it’s still too many to have losing their common sense.
The “right wing violent hate speech” meme is a figment of leftist imagination. Little old ladies, retired engineering technicians and ordinary American men and women don’t incite violence, don’t call for revolution, don’t throw bombs at police stations, don’t shoot up college boardrooms and don’t fly airplanes into buildings.
The Tea Party members you saw on the National Mall and in Tea Party demonstrations coast to coast are not the nutballs. They are the sane ones.