New York Times Columnist Calls Palin, Conservatives “Ideological Fellow Travelers” Of Norway Terrorist

So then can we call Barack Obama and his redistributionist economic polices an ideological fellow traveler of Castro? Because if we’re going to play that game…

On one level Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian responsible for the biggest massacre by a single gunman in modern times, is just a particularly murderous psychotic loner: the 32-year-old mama’s boy with no contact with his father, obsessed by video games (Dragon Age II) as he preens himself (“There was a relatively hot girl on [sic] the restaurant today checking me out”) and dedicates his time in asexual isolation to the cultivation of hatred and the assembly of a bomb from crushed aspirin and fertilizer.

No doubt, that is how Islamophobic right-wingers in Europe and the United States who share his views but not his methods will seek to portray Breivik.

We’ve seen the movie. When Jared Loughner shot Representative Gabrielle Giffords this year in Tuscon [sic], Arizona — after Sarah Palin placed rifle sights over Giffords’ constituency and Giffords herself predicted that “there are consequences to that” — the right went into overdrive to portray Loughner as a schizophrenic loner whose crazed universe owed nothing to those fanning hatred under the slogan of “Take America Back.” (That non-specific taking-back would of course be from Muslims and the likes of the liberal and Jewish Giffords.)

Of course, when liberals talked of taking America back from Republican majorities, and a Republican president, from 2000 – 2008 that wasn’t “fanning hatred.” That was, you know, different.

But I guess this sort of redistribution of culpability for violence shouldn’t surprise us. In the liberal mind, everything belongs to everyone else. The responsibility for obtaining health care doesn’t belong to the individual, it belongs to the collective. Sacrifice is shared, according to the President. You being fat isn’t a personal problem, it’s a societal problem. Your wealth isn’t yours, it’s simply a tax expenditure in so far as it’s earnings the government has allowed you to keep.

So, then, blame isn’t individual either. Blame is collective. The actions of one individual aren’t the responsibility of that one individual but rather the responsibility of every one who might share a few ideas with the individual.

At least according to leftist collectivist. I’d rather just hold murders responsible for being murders and not try to turn their crimes into an indictment of politics I don’t like.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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