Since the Amy Bishop shooting, I’ve had several trolls come in the comments and ask me why I have not discussed “the socialist professor who shot people.” Here is a typical example:
Hey, DougJ is really into ascribing political leaning as motive for going postal. Remember Pittsburgh? Tim was on that one like white on rice, too. Remember upstate New York? Oops, had to pull that one back; dude was an immigrant that didn’t speak English – def not a Conservative. Uh, look down just a few postings from here – OMG a crazy Tea Partier married to a Cambridge psychiatrist and involved in a domestic dispute must be getting ready to take out a bunch of Libs But of course he’s crazy (and a hated Conservative) – after all, TPM says he’s a Tea Partier, so it must be true.
Dr. Amy Bishop, Alabama sharpshooter, is a Harvard educated liberal (although one of her students was a little harsh on RatemyProfessor.com and called her a dreaded “Soc##list”) that got pissed off in a departmental meeting when she found out she wasn’t getting tenure, pulled a gun out of her purse, and opened fire.
Let the excuses begin. I’m sure there’s some way this this is Sarah Palin’s fault. Also. Too.
Others have chided me because I have “no comment.” Well, I have no comment because I’m not a socialist, I’m not a neuroscientist, and I’m not an advocate of shooting people (even tenure committees!). But I do see a movement across the right-wing blogosphere to somehow make themselves the victim once again. It goes a little something like this:
The evil Lieberal MSM is not paying attention to Bishop’s politics like they did with the Pittsburgh shooter and Scott Roeder! BIAS!
Here is the deal, folks:
1.) One student in Alabama calling Bishop a socialist on ratemyprof.com does not actually make someone a socialist. After all, if we have learned anything in the last year, anyone to the left of Rush Limbaugh is now a socialist.
2.) Even if she was a socialist, who cares? As far as we know, her politics didn’t matter one single bit. It didn’t motivate the shootings whatsoever. Contrast that to the Pittsburgh shooter, whose SOLE reason for gunning down a bunch of cops in a paranoid fervor was his politics. Compare that to the scumbag who murdered Dr. Tiller- politics was the motivation. Dr. Bishop’s politics are completely and totally irrelevant.
3.) In the cases of right-wing violence, there has been a two year onslaught of end of the world/revolutionary/secessionist/any means necessary rhetoric from right wing leadership, whether it be Congressmen, talk radio hosts, teabag leaders, or glibertarian shitheads at wingnut welfare publications. They’ve been warning about government takeovers and government gun grabs amd death panels and fema camps and all sorts of bullshit, whipping people into a hysteria. so when someone acts on it, it is notable.
Find me ONE SINGLE PERSON who has advocated for socialists to shoot their tenure committees. When you can, get back to me. And James, you should know by now those folks are going to be full of it.