By now, everyone knows that Friday afternoon, Robert Lewis Dear attacked the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood office, killing 3 people and injuring 9. Any way you slice it, this was a terrible tragedy and it left the nation in shock. Well, not really.
You see, the shit wasn’t even over before people took to the internet in an attempt to make political hay. Early on, it was mostly people of a more progressive bent, pointing out that Dear’s attack was domestic terrorism and that Americans had much more to fear from white guys with guns than refugees. And, the numbers seem to back that up, showing that homegrown extremists (white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists) have killed twice as many people as jihadists (48 to 26, if you’re keeping score) since 9-11.
It didn’t end there, however, because the dirty rotten scoundrels also resorted to quoting Dear’s own words about his motives for the Planned Parenthood attack. According NBC News, he told police “no more baby parts” when questioned about his motives. That’s a pretty strong indictment of Planned Parenthood videos produced by the Center For Medical Progress and the conservative reaction to them. At this point, it’s safe to say that Dear’s attack is an imminently regrettable, and totally foreseen, result of both.
It took them a while, but conservatives are coming out of their slumber with some truly novel responses. Perhaps the best come from Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina. In a Sunday press conference, Cruz told the world that Dear was “registered as an independent and a woman and transgendered leftist activist” and Fiorina thinks the whole thing is “so typical of the left to immediately begin demonizing a messenger because they don’t agree with the message”. If your reaction to both those remarks was “What the fuck…?”, you’re not alone. I know this is a nutty idea, but let’s take a look at the “facts” behind these claims.
Cruz’s assertion is based on information gleaned from Dear’s Colorado voter registration file, which lists him as “unaffiliated” and a woman. Wait a minute, aren’t Republicans the ones who have been telling for years just how incompetent governmental agencies can be? And, now, when it suits your purposes, what is either a clerical error on the part of a government employee or a lame attempt at a joke by an anti-government whack-job is actually proof of condition whose existence you don’t even acknowledge? That’s nice.
As for Fiorina’s claim that people on the left are “demonizing a messenger because they don’t agree with the message” due to our acknowledgement of the facts, I don’t know what to say. It appears, however, to be about as fact-based as anything else she’s said since beginning her run for president. So, at least she’s consistent, if full of shit.
As certain news organizations and politicians continue to feed the outrage machine, it’s only a matter of time before some right-wing loon throws the “false flag” card. They’ll claim the whole thing is an operation by a vast left-wing conspiracy to allow Planned Parenthood to continue its “reign of terror” against the unborn, take away our guns and install Obama as a dictator who will institute Sharia law and turn the U.S.A. into a Muslim caliphate. If you’re thinking that is one bat-shit crazy idea, you’re not wrong. Unfortunately, someone putting it out there is well within the realm of possibility. Both of those statements tell you all you need to know about this country. And, it’s not good. Not good at all.