YouTube Video By Giffords Shooting Suspect Jared Lee Loughner Reveals A Truly Nutty Guy
To add some evidence to Steven Taylor’s admonition that we should all be careful about drawing political conclusions from today’s tragedy in Arizona, I present what appears to be a YouTube video posted December 15th by the man who is currently in custody for the shootings:
This doesn’t strike me as the work of a mentally balanced individual, to say the least. So, trying to put this into one of those neat little political cubbyholes probably isn’t such a good idea.
Update: Ben Smith at Politico uncovers some other social media hints:
His linked MySpace page, no longer available, included statements about the gold standard and about SWAT teams paying for their equipment with illegal currency.
Among his long list of favorite books in his YouTube profile are Mein Kampf, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha.
Loughner also “favorited” just one video on YouTube, which shows the burning of an American flag and is accompanied by an anti-government screed. A sample from that screed:
If there’s no flag in the constitution then the flag in the film is unknown.
There’s no flag in the constitution.
Therefore, the flag in the film is unknown.
Burn every new and old flag that you see.
Burn your flag!
I bet you can imagine this in your mind with a faster speed.
Watch this protest in reverse!
Ask the local police; “What’s your illegal activity on duty?”.
If you protest the government then there’s a new government from protesting.
There’s not a new government from protesting.
Thus, you aren’t protesting the government.
Many pundits like Andrew Sullivan, Matthew Yglesias, Markos Moulitsas, and others at Daily Kos were quick to jump on this to score political points, casting blame on the Tea Party and specifically Sarah Palin for violent rhetoric. As it turns out, it looks like we were dealing with a deeply disturbed individual.