This is pretty clearly a political murder. The murderer was simply carrying the rhetoric of the hard right to its logical conclusion. This is John McCain's & George Bush's belligerent America. The killer's derangement will be described in psychological terms, but it is a social & political derangement. [Link fixed.]

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

3 thoughts on “Assassination”

  1. It’s the enabling, the climate of vicious contempt, and the frustration of basically regular folks who have no balancing info coming at them. Just the spew, the constant stream of cheap vitriol and subliminal urging toward violence that’s the sonic landscape for these guys. Cut off and tuned in to hate radio. And watching things degrade all around them.

  2. I think your link might be misdirected. If you’re speaking of the murder in Arkansas, I agree completely. Just like the man who shot of a Unitarian Church because he didn’t like the “liberal movement” these fools a victims of right-wing rhetoric that substitutes indignation for reason.

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