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  •  While I was hoping primarily that the perp (5+ / 0-)

    was white and from the USA, and hoping secondarily that the perp was a RWer, it wasn't for the reasons you describe.

    I'll grant that some on the left were wanting it to be someone who hates Obama so they could advance their ideological goals, I'll speak for myself and for a few others like David Sirota and Tim Wise, although Wise, unlike Sirota, didn't actually say he hoped the perp was white.

    As for me, I echo Sirota in that if the attacker were a domestic right-winger, there would not be calls on Twitter, Fox News, and elsewhere for Muslims to disavow the attackers to prove they're sufficiently American. I was not ready to deal with yet another round of claims that these attacks are proof that there's no such thing as moderate when it comes to Islam. I was (and still am) in no mood to hear how it's "unwise" for us to tamp down the War On Terror.

    That said, I knew that had it been a domestic right-winger, RW pundits still would not come to their senses. Their sacred cows would likely be at least as sacred, if not more. But, more importantly, even the most die-hard among us are often capable of assessing things like this in terms other than how it effects our political agendas. We're still human beings first. First and foremost, it's just plain wrong to use violence as a political tool. I say that bearing in mind that the living suspect hasn't, to my knowledge, declared his motive for the attacks.

    liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

    by RockyMtnLib on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 06:53:09 PM PDT

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    •  This is a sane post I can agree with (1+ / 0-)
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      To the extent I "wished" it would be a teabagger gone berserk, my underlying reasoning, if it can really be called that, aligns well with your own.

    •  That is close to what I actually said in a (1+ / 0-)
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      comment the other day. In explaining why I was hoping it was a right wing hate group:

      I am afraid of a new wave of anti-Muslim hate sweeping the country should they be the perpetrators. I am afraid that people will once again forget that Islam is a religion of peace, and that terrorist are not believers of any faith but terror.

      We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow

      by Susan Grigsby on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:32:18 PM PDT

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