In response to Jared Loughner’s murderous rampage, we’ll be listing all of the violent episodes of Tea Partiers here in order to highlight the impact the violent rhetoric and culture of intimidation of Tea Party promoters has on the most paranoid and gun-crazed of their members and supporters and what it has done to our once fine and rational nation.
While as of yet there is no evidence that Loughner was a Tea Party member, his actions and views place him squarely in the areas that Tea Party has focused on: Hatred of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, admiration of the works of Ayn Rand, favoring the gold standard, etc. Even if his actions were nothing more than politically tinged schizophrenia, it is appropriate, however, to consider the context external to whatever was going on inside his addled mind. His target, Giffords, has herself been previously targeted by the highest ranks of the Tea Party, Sarah Palin. And the anti-government, pro-gun, xenophobic populism that flourishes in Arizona and the Tea Party movement did make it appreciably more likely that a disturbed person like Loughner would react, would be able to react, and would not be prevented from reacting, in the crazy way he did.
Just as one cannot stand in a crowded room and yell ‘Fire’! and not expect people to react, the hyper-charged, paranoid partisan rhetoric used by the Tea Party and its professional promoters like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin was bound to have consequences. So here we will list those violent loonies who have Tea Party ties for all to see.