When tragedy strikes, people are reminded by the left not to politicize it. This is double-speak for, “Do not disagree with us as we politicize it.” When mass shootings occur, the left goes into a gun-control frenzy. When the right explains why gun-control would not have spared the lives lost, the left calls the right disgusting for bring politics into the matter. That’s the way it is, and I suspect that’s the way it always will be.
The double bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday has now officially been politicized by the usual suspects: the Democrats and the media; in short, the left. This means, at least in my mind, that it is considered fine to examine the event through a political lens, even if only to defend ourselves.
And defend ourselves we must. Before the smoke cleared the sidewalks of Boylston Street, the bombs were being blamed on conservatives. New York Times columnists on Twitter, to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, and others–all suggested a connection between Patriots’ Day, Tax Day, and the bombing. Even President Obama’s right-hand man, David Axelrod, said, essentially, “Well, we don’t know who did this, but it was Tax Day, you know.”
Obama’s friend, Bill Ayers, is the unrepentant terrorist behind the 1970 bombing of New York City’s Police Department headquarters, the 1971 bombing of the U.S. Capitol building, and the 1972 bombing of the Pentagon. Had he committed these bombings in the name of some conservative cause, he would be, deservedly, rotting in a prison cell to this day. He was a liberal, however, so his reward was a professorship at Columbia University, from which he now receives lifetime tenure. This is also the man, by the way, Obama chose to ghost-write “Dreams from My Father.” All noteworthy, I feel.
The details are still fuzzy about what happened Monday. The fatality count rose to 12 on Monday, but by Tuesday it dropped back down to three. A 20-year-old Saudi student was a suspect being questioned at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday, but by Tuesday he was no longer thought to be the culprit.
Whoever it ends up being, I beg everybody reading this not to use the man (or woman’s) name. When writing about the bombing in the future, refer to him simply as “the bomber,” “the culprit,” “the pathetic P.O.S.,” but do not use his name. These mass-murderers, unless they’re members of that barbaric, primitive, Middle Eastern religion still stuck in the 7th century, usually just want fame. They wish to go down in history as someone who changed things. They are romantics. If, when his name comes out, we do not allow it to float away into the vacuum of obscurity he likely considers his own personal hell, then we will have given him the victory he sought.