Republican politicians inability to adhere to the demands of Conservatives caused them to gradually lose control throughout the Bush years, the house in 2004, the Senate in 2006 and then even the Presidency in 2008. The Obama administration and the Democrats did not give them what they wanted, however, and so they created the Tea Party movement which set about purging the Republican Primary, replacing moderates with hard-line conservatives, and then sending a wave that turned blue districts red in droves.
The Tea Party has been called radical often by those on the left who dislike them for their conservative purism and how quickly they’ll turn on politicians who stop using the Tea Party playbook. Jared Loughner didn’t like the Tea Party either, like them, however, he disliked his politicians, though that was because they weren’t socialistic enough for him. However, instead of joining with like minded individuals, waiting for the next election, and voting them out; he decided to shoot his Congresswoman in the head.
Jared Loughner twice worked for Gabrielle Gifford’s campaign but later formed a grudge against her for voting against the reelection of Nancy Pelosi to the post of Minority Leader. So on January 8th at ten a.m. he went to a town hall meeting Gifford was holding in her Arizona district and proceeded to shoot her, a Federal judge and a number of bystanders. When Loughner tried to escape other nameless bystanders tackled him to the ground.
See this is because a true radical is one who desires immediate reform through uncompromising methods; vis-a-vie violent revolution. Although sometimes using violent rhetoric, the Tea Party’s guiding documents do not call for violence. While Jared Loughner and many on the far left’s do, unless of course the Communist Manifest and Mein Kampf are not core neo-liberal documents that call for violence to enact social change.
By constantly hurling the label of radical at conservatives, who peacefully assemble in protests and hold their congressman’s feet to the fire over legislation, they weaken the meaning of the term. Jared Loughner and people like him are radicals; Sarah Palin, Ron Paul and others in the Tea Party movement clearly are not. Trying to put them in the same barrel is the job of the mainstream media, not intelligent liberals and conservatives.