A few days ago, liberal blogs trumpeted banner headlines about a Massachusetts man who was charged with stockpiling weapons. It seems he was a Tea Party activist and a Sarah Palin fan. Naturally, this confirms the left's suspicion that all conservative activists are violent anti-government terrorists. Well, I wonder what those same bloggers will make of this tidbit in today's Boston Herald about Amy Bishop, the Alabama professor who recently went on a shooting rampage killing three people:
A family source said Bishop, a mother of four children - the youngest a third-grade boy - was a far-left political extremist who was “obsessed” with President Obama to the point of being off-putting.
I don't have any reason to believe Bishop's crime was politically motivated. However, when a Harvard-educated professor "obsessed" with far-left politics goes on a killing spree her politics are considered incidental by the same people who think everyone who complains about the IRS is an Eric Rudolph in the making. (Oh and for what it's worth, Rudolph, McVeigh and others frequently cited by the left aren't exactly the right-wing, Christian terrorists they would have you believe.) Bishop's politics are worth pointing out for no other reason than to show that the idea there are disproportionate levels violence on the right is a self-serving fiction. To that end, I highly recommend Jesse Walker's essay from Reason last fall, "The Paranoid Center: How the panic over right-wing violence is being used to marginalize peaceful dissent."