Suspected Arizona Shooter Hardly Conservative in Reading

He has been named as Jared Loughner (probably Jared Lee Loughner). His YouTube channel includes, along with 3 strangely done videos about “conscience dreaming” and mind control and new currency, the following list of favorite books:

Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno. [emphasis added]

While it is possible that a conservative might include some of these books in a favorites list, I doubt that either the Communist Manifesto or Mein Kampf would make the cut. Of course, the reality of Mr. Loughner’s beliefs will not get in the way of many claiming that he is one of those horrible Tea Party people, simply because Representative Giffords is a politician who espouses ideas which are antithetical to the general drift of the Tea Party participants.

Update

It is believed that this is a photo of the aforementioned individual.

6 thoughts on “Suspected Arizona Shooter Hardly Conservative in Reading

  1. Daily Tea Party website list 3 planks supported in the Communist Manifesto http://bit.ly/fKf9B9 one of Jared Lee Loughner’s favorites.

    Better google Tea party reading list and one of Jared’s book titles.

    Wake up and smell the tea. It’s a bitter cup to swallow.

    1. Ron,

      The link you submitted says that the 3 planks are universally accepted, by the Tea Party and everyone else. While the author makes a good argument, he is far from stating that Tea Party is any more communistic than the general population.

      While I and many other conservatives have read all or parts of the books I mentioned above (the best way to understand one’s ideological opponent is to read his textbook) we do not list these works as our favorites.

      It would seem that you are typifying the exact reaction of which I spoke in this post.

  2. With tragedies like this, people seem to search for an answer to the question “Why?” I see a lot of people attempting to connect this event to Sarah Palin’s “target” list or Sharron Angle’s “2nd Amendment remedies” quote (especially since Rep. Giffords office was vandalized during the health care reform debate).

    But we really can’t apply logic to situations like this because most of the time it’s not logical. The gunman could’ve been after the judge or could’ve just seen a crowd and wanted to get attention or is just a lunatic. It might eventually turn out that Loughner is a liberal or conservative or just had a break with reality. We probably won’t know anything like that for awhile. so I’m not putting much weight behind any theory right now.

    1. Haggs,

      It would seem that jumping to conclusions does not have the stigma attached to it that it once did.

      That said, we could say that the lunatic designation makes the most sense until more is known. After all, a person does not kill/attempt to kill between 10 and 20 civilians gathered in peaceful assembly–including children–if all is well up top.

      1. Yeah, I agree. I also think the most constructive thing we can be doing is praying for the victims and their families.

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