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Rush on AZ Shooting: Left Will Use it to Institute a ‘Clampdown’


"It is all political."

In his first day on the radio since the tragic shooting in Arizona, Rush Limbaugh chastised the media and the left for trying to blame the events on conservative rhetoric. He also conveyed his own theory about what the left will try and do with the tragedy: use it as an excuse to strip Americans of more freedoms.

Limbaugh explained that he wouldn't be surprised if Democrats had already written up legislation for a "clampdown":

“You know that they were rubbing hands together. You know that they were emailing and calling each other on the phone saying, ‘Ah ha, this might be the one. This might be the one where we can officially tie it to these guys and shut them up and shut ‘em down.’ They want you to believe that sadness was on the order of the day and I’m sure it was, but the opportunity and they couldn’t help themselves. They just couldn’t help themselves. Their first objective and their first priority was to try to make an association between this nut and Sarah Palin.”

Limbaugh made sure to call out the media for its role in blaming conservatives, too. In a longer version of the clip from Mediaite, Limbaugh points out the folly of the media's weekend coverage.

"What an embarrassing weekend it has been for the media,” he said:

“I find it fascinating that the media and many in the Democrat Party want to blame people that don’t know this kid, that the kid never knew, the kid never heard of, the kid was never exposed to. They want to try to blame people genuinely who are ancillary, who are irrelevant to this for what the kid did, for pure, political reasons. And there are political reasons for this. And let me do this here at the outset, folks, because this is what all of this is really all about. It is all political. I was blamed for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 … it’s the template, it’s the narrative.”

Howard Fineman gives a rundown of Limbaugh's major points about the shooting from today's radio show:

  • LOUGHNER IS A LONE NUT. Even "the Obama government" -- the FBI -- calls Loughner a "deranged, insular irrational kid" who acted alone, Limbaugh said. "The kid was evil. He was into the occult. He had an altar with a skull in his yard. Was God in his life? He was stalking the congresswoman."
  • HEAVY METAL. "The guy listened to heavy metal, and some of that anarchist stuff. We're dealing with an insane individual."
  • DIDN'T WATCH FOX. "There is no evidence that he listened to talk radio. There is no evidence he listened to Fox News. There is no evidence that he saw Sarah Palin's Facebook page. No evidence he saw her lame website with the crosshairs."
  • BLAME THE PARENTS. "Where are the parents? Are they derelicts? He was so devoted to marijuana he wanted to make it the new U.S. currency. Did anyone try to institutionalize him?"
  • SHERIFF COVERING HIS OWN BUTT. "This kid sounds like he was very well known as a dangerous element around town. If there is a file somewhere about this kid in the sheriff's office," said Rush, and the sheriff had failed to act, then he would be partly responsible for the tragedy in Arizona on Saturday. "If he was so concerned about the Tea Party, where was security for this congresswoman's event on Saturday?"
  • DUPNIK IS A DEMOCRAT. "This Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik, is an anti-conservative."
  • WHERE'S THE SAFETY NET? "Loughner is obviously deranged, so where's the left's safety net? Haven't we spent trillions of dollars to build a system to catch these disturbed people? Where is the evidence that their compassion works?"
  • THE OKLAHOMA CITY TEMPLATE. "Sad tragedies, where people die, are seen first as political opportunities by these people," Rush said. "The Republicans had nothing to do with the bombing at Oklahoma City, but it was seen as a political opportunity for Bill Clinton. This is now the same template."
  • CRIMINALIZING SPEECH. "They're shutting down any opposition and criminalizing it. They've had a plan filed away in a drawer to take away as many of our political freedoms as they can. The Democrats just lost an election, and now the only other thing they can try to do is silence the opposition."
  • HYPOCRITES ON VIOLENCE. It's not the right, Limbaugh said, but the left that glorifies criminal behavior and violent imagery. "'No, no,' they say, 'that's art!' Rap music? 'That's art!'"
  • DEMOCRATS ARE GHOULS. They privately are thankful for Tucson because "they think it advances their sick and perverted purposes." Mark Penn, who was Bill Clinton's polltaker, said -- before Tucson -- that "Obama needs his own Oklahoma City."
  • DEMOCRATS v. THE MAJORITY. By linking Loughner to the right, Limbaugh warned, Democrats are "taking aim at a majority of the people in the country. This is not 1988, or 1993, when the drive-by media had total control. I am not going to be silenced," he said, but now he has too many allies. "They're accusing a majority of Americans of being accomplices to murder."
  • A DIRECT DENIAL. "At no time has anybody ever called for violence," Limbaugh said. "We've never subtly promoted it." And, by the way, the Democrats' language is and was worse.

(H/T: Mediaite)

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