by Scott Creighton
Conscience is an aptitude, faculty, intuition, or judgment of the intellect that distinguishes right from wrong. Moral evaluations of this type may reference values or norms (principles and rules)
At this point it’s impossible to understand what went through the mind of Jared Loughner in the lead-up to his Saturday morning attack on Gabrielle Giffords . When the event first took place, I like many others, immediately made the connection between Giffords and a poorly thought out campaign run by Sarah Palin called “Take Back the 20!” in which 20 congressional districts and their incumbant democrats were “targeted” for removal in the 2010 mid-term elections.
Though I certainly don’t condone the use of violent metaphors in the political sphere, especially at times like these (and I certainly think these choices, this divisive and angry fear-mongering rhetoric, are being made specifically with the intention to cause a wave of violence in America similar to what happened in India) I have to say, given more information on the subject and on the life of this deeply troubled young man, I don’t believe he was influenced by Sarah Palin at all.
On March 14th of 2010, Jared Loughner was photographed by the Arizona Star doing volunteer work at the Tucson Festival of Books, his photo appears on the Festival’s website in a collection of photos under that date. One of the main purposes of the Festival is to raise money for local literacy programs.
“The 2010 Tucson Festival of Books in only its second year has become the largest literary event ever held in Arizona, and is now one of the largest in the country,”
… The festival has raised $350,000 to fund literacy programs. Its recipients are Literacy for Life Coalition, Reading Seed Children’s Literacy Program and UA Outreach Programs. This year each was awarded $50,000, Bill Viner said.
The celebration was held in the Peace Garden at Manuel Herrera Jr. Park in a neighborhood south of West Drexel Road and east of South 12th Avenue. It was sponsored by groups including the Sunnyside Literacy Council, Sunnyside Neighborhood Association and Pima Community College Adult Education. Arizona Star
Pima Community College is the school that Jared attended and was expelled from due to his disruptive behavior in class. In Oct. of 2010 he chose not to enroll for classes again because they were going to require him to have a psychological evaluation in order to do so. Apparently his mother worked at the school.
Jared’s disjointed videos and statements focus a great deal on literacy and it seems something that he has been focused on for many years. In an interview with Mother Jones, a friend of Jared’s explained how in 2007, Jared had attended a political function that Giffords was at and he had a chance to ask her a question… ““He told me that she opened up the floor for questions and he asked a question. The question was, ‘What is government if words have no meaning?’… Tierney recalls. “Ever since that, he thought she was fake, he had something against her.”"
“My hope is for you to be literate. If you’re literate in English grammar then you comprehend English grammar. The majority of people who reside in District 8 are illiterate. Hilarious.” Jared Loughner
You see, in 2003 Gabriellle Giffords, a former republican, was awarded Arizona Family Literacy’s Outstanding Legislator. She was a champion of the literacy cause. But a funny thing happened when she went to congress in January of 2007, she became a Blue Dog Democrat and a member of the neoliberal New Dems, two organizations that do not support public education, but rather, support the privatization of public education.
“Indeed, by linking federal education funding to efforts to expand school choice within the public education system — both parental choice and an increase in public charter schools…” New Dems website
Giffords voting record reveals that she consistently voted to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also supported upping the number of workers allowed into the country under the H1B program and is a strong supporter of Obama comprehensive immigration reform proposal which would effectively create a second-class citizen status for foreign workers while also granting immunity to many undocumented workers already here in the country.
It seems that Loughner was disappointed in what Giffords was doing. I don’t think a Tea Party member or a fan of Sarah Palin’s would be disappointed in Giffords. In fact, I don’t think many Tea Party members or fans of Sarah Palin would volunteer at an event to raise money for literacy.
As scores of phony-pundit wanna-bees spin-up bullshit about the political associations of Jared Loughner (my favorite so far is from the Associated Press where they try to assert that Loughner was a “9/11 Truther” based on what “friends” say… no source cited mind you) I just wanted to clear up the my stance on the subject; I don’t know. Jared Loughner may have very well been a disenfranchised young man, desperate and angry, who suffered from some form of serious mental illness. But one thing I think I can certainly say is that there is no real evidence to suggest he ever even saw a poster from Sarah Palin’s website. In fact, the evidence is starting to look like something quite different.
The reaction from the Department of Homeland Security and their obvious bullshit memo makes it clear that the propagandists working under contract for the current administration are certainly having to walk a fine line on this one. They don’t want to implicate Sarah Palin because she is still useful to them as a potential fake candidate for 2012, and they don’t want to draw attention to the fact that perhaps it was Giffords “centrist” policies that set off a young, disturbed idealist. So I guess it’s quite understandable the PR guys ultimately chose an old standard from their playlist; anti-Semitism.
Either way, I just wanted to clear up my position on the matter. There seems to be a lot more to this tragedy than simply a stupid campaign poster and it makes perfect sense that many of the fake “progressive” websites who support the New Dems and their neoliberal agenda would gladly have their readers think it was. The world isn’t that simple folks and if my Truth advocacy has taught me anything it’s that sometimes its a lot harder to get to the truth than it appears.