Blame Righty: A Condensed History

agree with
President Obama.
When it comes to politicizing
random violence, he and his supporters have been
too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world
at the feet of those who think differently than"

they do. Recognition is the first step toward
reconciliation. It`s time to recognize the poisonous
pervasiveness of the Blame Righty meme.

For the past two years, Democratic
officials, liberal activists and journalists have jumped
to libelous conclusions about individual shooting sprees
committed by mentally unstable loners with incoherent
delusions all over the ideological map. The White House
now pledges to swear off
"pointing fingers
or assigning blame."
Alas, the Obama
administration`s political and media foot soldiers have
proved themselves incapable of such restraint.

In April 2009, a disgruntled,
unemployed loser shot and killed three Pittsburgh police
officers in a horrifying bloodbath. The gunman, Richard
Poplawski, was a dropout from the Marines who threw a
food tray at a drill sergeant and had beaten his
girlfriend. Was this deranged shooter who pulled the
trigger to blame? Nope. Despite evidence that
homicidal, racist tendencies
manifested themselves
years before Obama took office, lefty publications
asserted that the real culprit of the spree was the

"heated, apocalyptic rhetoric of the anti-Obama forces"
(according to mainstream liberal
Atlantic Monthly pundit
Andrew Sullivan
), along with Fox News and Glenn Beck
(according to mainstream liberal journalist

Steve Benen of the
Washington Monthly

That same month, a sick, evil man
Jiverly Voong
ambushed an immigration center in Binghamton,
N.Y. Recently fired from his job, Voong murdered 13
people, critically wounded four others and then
committed suicide. The instant psychologists of the left
knew nothing about the disgruntled man of Vietnamese
descent and undetermined political affiliation. But
within hours of the shooting, liberal mega-website
Huffington Post commenters had overwhelmingly convicted
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, the National
Rifle Association, Fox News, Lou Dobbs and yours truly.
Liberal radio host Alan Colmes pointed his finger at the

"huge anti-immigrant backlash in this country"
mind that tens of millions of legal immigrants and
naturalized citizens have coped with hardship, overcome
racism and embraced assimilation
without going bloody bonkers.

In June 2009, a depraved, elderly
anti-Semite named

James von Brunn
gunned down a security guard at the

Holocaust Museum
in D.C. Washington Post blogger
Greg Sargent and lefty Center for American Progress
think-tank fellow Matthew Yglesias

immediately invoked
the Obama administration`s
report on right-wing extremism, leading to a wider
chorus of condemnations against the tea party, talk
radio and
the entire GOP.
The truth? Von Brunn was an
unstable, equal-opportunity hater and
9/11 Truther
conspiracy loon who bashed Jews and
Christians, George W. Bush and Fox News, and had also
threatened the conservative
Weekly Standard

In late August 2009, as lawmakers
faced citizen revolts at health care town halls
nationwide, the Colorado Democratic Party decried a
window-smashing vandalism attack at its Denver
headquarters. State Democratic Party Chair Pat Waak
singled out tea party activists and blamed
"people opposed
to health care"
for the attack. The perpetrator,
Maurice Schwenkler, turned out to be a far-left

activist/single-payer anarchist who had
worked for a labor union-tied political committee and
canvassed for a Democratic candidate.

In September 2009, Bill Sparkman, a

federal U.S. Census worker,
was found dead in a
secluded rural Kentucky cemetery with the word
scrawled on his chest with a rope around his neck. The
Atlantic Monthly`s Andrew Sullivan rushed to indict
populist terrorism, whipped up by the GOP and its Fox
and talk radio cohorts"
in an online magazine post
"No Suicide,"
which decried the
Liberal author Richard Benjamin blamed
"anti-government" bile. New York Magazine fingered conservative talk radio giant Rush

"conservative media personalities, websites and even
members of Congress."
So, who killed Bill

Bill Sparkman.
He killed himself and deliberately
manufactured a

hate crime hoax
as part of an insurance scam to
benefit his surviving son.

In February 2010, ticking time-bomb
Amy Bishop
gunned down three of her colleagues at
University of Alabama-Huntsville, and

suicide pilot Joseph Andrew Stack
flew a stolen
small plane into an Austin, Texas, office complex that
contained an Internal Revenue Service office. Mainstream
journalists from
Washington Post

Jonathan Capehart
to Time magazine reporter Hilary
Hylton leaped forward to
tie the crimes to tea party rhetoric.
Never mind
that Bishop was an Obama-worshiping academic with
a lifelong history of violence
or that Stack was
another Bush-hater outraged about everything from George
W. Bush to the American medical system to the evils of
capitalism to the city of Austin, the Catholic Church
and airlines.

In May 2010, liberal New York City
Mayor Michael Bloomberg

tried to preemptively pin the Times Square bombing
"someone with a political agenda that doesn`t like the
health care bill or something."
The culprit was
unrepentant Muslim jihadist Faisal Shahzad.

In August 2010, Democratic
supporters of Missouri Rep. Russ Carnahan blamed a
at the congressman`s St. Louis office on tea party
suspects. The real perpetrator? Disgruntled

progressive activist Chris Powers,
who was enraged
over a paycheck dispute.

President Obama wisely counseled
the nation this week at the

Tucson massacre memorial
"bad things
happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in
the aftermath."
But as the progressive left`s
smear-stained recent history shows, criminalizing
conservatism is a hard habit to break.



Michelle Malkin

is the author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our


for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click


for Michelle Malkin`s website. Michelle Malkin
is also author of

Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild

and the just-released
Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies.