Free Markets, Free People
One of the reasons I find libertarianism satisfying to my inner philosophical self is it eschews and condemns the use of coercion and force.
That doesn’t make me a pacifist or someone who won’t use force defensively. But that’s not what happened today in a Safeway parking lot in Arizona. What happened today was cold-blooded murder of innocent bystanders and the attempted murder of a Congressional Representative. It was an attempt to coercively change what has been decided democratically. I may not agree with Rep. Giffords or her leanings, but I will defend unto death her right to stand in any parking lot in this country and say what it is she wishes to say without some jerk shooting her.
What happened today was wrong and it should be condemned – period. No matter what the leanings or ideology of the person targeted and no matter the ideology and leanings of the fool who did this, there is no excuse for this at all.
Prepare yourself for an onslaught of the two sides attempting to find a way to work this to their advantage. Already I’ve seen Sarah Palin blamed. Expect all the blogospheric loons to try to torturously spin whatever is found about this asshat who shot Rep. Giffords into something that hurts the other side. It is as predictable as night and day. The online equivalents of the National Enquirer will do what they always do.
As for those who are going to try to proclaim this guy a hero striking a blow for freedom, you’ve got a hell of a job in front of you selling that. He no more struck a blow for freedom than did James Earl Ray. The guy is a coward who shoots at unarmed women and kills children. If that’s the type of murderous clown you want to tie your revolutionary wagon too, good luck with that.
It appears Rep. Giffords has survived the surgery and doctors are very optimistic about her recovery. That’s good news, but we all know how difficult it is to fully recover from a bad brain injury. As for the jackwagon that shot her, there’s a maximum security prison in Colorado which has a cell with his name on it. Put him in there and throw away the key. Solitary confinement for the rest of his life. Let Glenn Greenwald whine about that.
And yes, I’m pissed.