Barack Obama, approximately one year ago:
You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
One year later….
You know, let’s not throw Barack Obama under the bus solely. I think George Bush was not as bad, but he was on the same road. I mean, you know, we’ve been playing the game with the United Nations — thank God George Bush put you into the United Nations! I know you, you were extremely unpopular there — I cheered for that!
I mean, I think these guys — these guys, they’ll take away guns, they’ll take away our sovereignty, they’ll take away our, our, our currency, our money! They’re already starting to put all the global framework in with this bullcrap called global warming! This is an effort to globalize and tie together everybody on the planet, is it not?
I’m a foreign correspondent on enemy lines and I try to let everyone back here in Minnesota know exactly the nefarious activities that are taking place in Washington.
I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us ‘having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,’ and the people — we the people — are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States.
RedState’s Erick Erickson:
Off to clean my gun to protect my property from the aparatchicks coming to enforce nonsensical laws. #TCOT
At some point, one more piece of straw does break the camel’s back, even if that piece is by itself insignificant. Then revolution #TCOT
Must have bed. Too much fun out with Bible Study tonight. I must go to the only Bible Study that starts and ends with adult beverages.
People concerned the earth is overpopulated have in their hands, garage, knife drawer, pill box, etc. the power to solve the problem. #TCOT
Last couple of days… Pittsburgh:
Poplawski feared "the Obama gun ban that’s on the way" and "didn’t like our rights being infringed upon," said Edward Perkovic, his best friend.
Perkovic, 22, said he got a call at work from him in which he said, "Eddie, I am going to die today. … Tell your family I love them and I love you."
Perkovic said: "I heard gunshots and he hung up. … He sounded like he was in pain, like he got shot."
Poplawski had once tried to join the Marines, but was kicked out of boot camp after throwing a food tray at a drill sergeant, Perkovic said.
Dennis Roddy at the Post-Gazette has more:
Friends described a Richard Poplawski far different from the 22-year-old man accused of gunning down three police officers today — a partier sometimes, a guy in search of an understanding of politics, even a walking comedian.
He was also convinced that the government wanted to take away his guns and his freedom.
At 41, Jiverly Antares Wong had moved back in with his parents. He couldn’t hear well, and police say he felt ridiculed because he spoke broken English. He couldn’t find a job; he’d been recently fired.
What the Vietnamese immigrant did have was a grudge and a New York State pistol permit.
More recently, Wong – who also used the name Voong – was terminated from an unsteady per-diem job at the local Shop-Vac factory, Zikuski said. Wong considered his unemployment check paltry, according to reports.
"America sucks," Wong once told a co-worker at the factory, the AP reported.
Friday, Wong carried out his rampage in a place dedicated to helping immigrants like him learn English and attain the American dream.
I don’t think any other comment is necessary….