""""It’s true that the shooter in Arizona appears to have been mentally troubled. But that doesn’t mean that his act can or should be treated as an isolated event, having nothing to do with the national climate.
Last spring Politico.com reported on a surge in threats against members of Congress, which were already up by 300 percent. A number of the people making those threats had a history of mental illness — but something about the current state of America has been causing far more disturbed people than before to act out their illness by threatening, or actually engaging in, political violence."""
And there’s not much question what has changed. As Clarence Dupnik, the sheriff responsible for dealing with the Arizona shootings, put it, it’s “the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business.” The vast majority of those who listen to that toxic rhetoric stop short of actual violence, but some, inevitably, cross that line.
It’s important to be clear here about the nature of our sickness. It’s not a general lack of “civility,” the favorite term of pundits who want to wish away fundamental policy disagreements. Politeness may be a virtue, but there’s a big difference between bad manners and calls, explicit or implicit, for violence; insults aren’t the same as incitement.
The point is that there’s room in a democracy for people who ridicule and denounce those who disagree with them; there isn’t any place for eliminationist rhetoric, for suggestions that those on the other side of a debate must be removed from that debate by whatever means necessary. """"
Krugman, America's official counselor, overlooks a few causal factors, such as the AZ handgun laws (you say you need a Glock to take of some lib-rawls, son? aw-raht), the NRA (bipartisan, as like a Bailout), the influence of Paul-tards and libertarians (Ayn Rand's "We the Living" one of J-red's fave tomes, as was Mein Kampf) as well as teabaggers on the wingnuts out in the Heartland. The Pauls' anti-government agenda probably influenced this sick individual as much as Sarah Searchlight or Foxnews did (J-red's claimed to be atheist as well). For that matter, democratic incompetence and hypocrisy (as with, say, the LA Dems rallying for more defense handouts for drones) may have had something to do with it.