It happens every single time there’s a shooting, a bombing, or almost any type of violent crime. From George Zimmerman to Nidal Hasan, from Jared Loughner to Amy Bishop, from the D. C. sniper to the IRS plane crasher . . . no matter the deed, some leftist in the media starts blaming the TEA Party, either making the most outlandish accusations based on a Google search and a common name (Jim Holmes) to the outright statement that some hack writer “hopes” that the Boston bomber is a “white American”–he means, of course, white, conservative American, preferably a TEA Party member but any old white supremacist would do just fine in a pinch; after all, they’re all the same. Everyone knows that all TEA Party members are white supremacists. And violent. And ready to start shooting up schools, theaters, parking lots at the drop of a hat. Except . . . well, that’s just never happened.
You know who shoots things up and bombs things? Crazies, leftists, and jihadis. That’s it. I was visiting my mom when the ricin letters and the Boston marathon bombing took place, and I said to her, “the ricin guy’s a white American nutter, and the marathon bomber is a Muslim radical.” Am I some sort of seer, one gifted with “the sight”? Can I truly see events and their perpetrators from thousands of miles away? What is this strange magic that enabled me to nail it within seconds of hearing of the incidents?
Logic. Logic, more specifically, based in what we know about crazies’ and jihadis’ past actions on American soil. Crazies do crazy stuff, they fly into IRS buildings, they mail letters laced in ricin or send bombs through the mail, they shoot up movie theaters, parking lots, high schools, even elementary schools. What they don’t do is bomb public events. Indeed, they don’t really use bombs all that much (McVeigh did, Bill Ayers did, and I’m sure some others). Most of the crazies have turned out to be leftists, Obama supporters, and Obama voters, but that doesn’t damn the entire left (as certainly one loony TEA Party member would damn us all); no, crazies are mostly crazy. Sure, they have some reason, however incoherent to sane people, for their crazy act. It might be that they are mentally ill (as is usually the case), or it might be that they are paranoid geniuses (okay, that’s mentally ill, too); they are all pretty much the same, though, and seem to fit into two categories: political nutters (these generally leave behind rambling manifestos under a tinfoil hat paperweight, or if they survive, they become professors at top American universities) and social misfits (these don’t leave manifestos). Well, maybe home-grown terrorism should be given its own category, because it’s not really mental illness that motivates the domestic terrorist, at least not always, sometimes it’s ideology (leftist only so far in our history)–even so, they bomb the Pentagon or some other government building; they don’t bomb marathons.
Unlike crazies and homegrown terrorists, jihadis do bomb public places. They do it all the time, all over the world. And right here in America. Jihadis are driven by Islam, or if you prefer, by their radicalization, by their belief that their god wants them to kill as many non-Muslims as they can to prepare the way for the great global caliphate they failed to achieve in the early Middle Ages (those darned Crusaders put a stop to that). Bombing the twin towers or a marathon is right up their alley. So all in all, it wasn’t really hard to figure out which group was responsible for the Boston marathon bombing (generally speaking, I have no idea the exact affiliation of the Muslim terrorists who are responsible, but I didn’t for one minute imagine–much less HOPE–that it was a TEA Party member).
So I can look at the patterns, at what has happened, and surmise from that what is most likely to have happened in two new scenarios. It’s not hard. It doesn’t take any special ESP ability, and it certainly doesn’t take Islamophobia or whatever the “you’re a big RAAAACIST” charge would be. It’s just that there are patterns of behavior one can look at. Simple, right?
There have been exactly zero TEA Party bombings or attempted bombings or thwarted bombings; there have been exactly zero TEA Party shootings (mass or otherwise, though I think one guy did shoot his own television in his own living room). Despite this lack of any reason whatsoever to imagine that any TEA Party person would be violent, each and every time something happens, leftists hoppity hop and skippety jump to their go-to conclusion that surely THIS TIME, at long long last the elusive TEA Party bomber or shooter would be spotted, perhaps leaving behind evidence in the form of a giant footprint (barefoot, of course) or some tufts of unruly hair hanging from a bush. Or maybe there’s a grainy video of a long “TEA Party terrorist”-shaped neck skimming through the water.
For the leftist media and its devoted readers believe as firmly in this “TEA Party terrorist” as many believe in Big Foot, the Loch Ness monster, and assorted other things that may or may not exist . . . but they hope they do. This time, this time, they hope, they pray (or whatever they call it), they do little private dances of barely constrained glee at the thought that this time, oooh, if only! Imagine!!! A real live incident by a real live “TEA Party terrorist”! Everything they’ve always believed would be, in that one event, instantly verified, proven beyond any doubt at all, they’d have the solid evidence they’ve so long claimed was out there but that they could never produce. They’d have their evidence, finally, that there really is a
Big Foot Loch Ness Monster “TEA Party terrorist.” They know they’re out there . . . they can feel it in their bones. After all, they’ve heard from someone who knows someone who saw someone who said something about seeing one . . . .