As the media and left-wingers spin the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as an act of Tea Party violence,perhaps even they have a nagging little voice telling them they are overlooking the factors that really led to this tragedy,which claimed the lives of six people —including three septuagenarians and a nine-year-old girl. While the Left has predictably tried to use this attack to smear its political opponents,conservatives have countered that the would-be assassin,Jared Lee Loughner,showed signs of mental illness. Both miss a vital aspect:the perpetrator was raised by permissive parents and joined a subculture of fellow teenagers who abused drugs,questioned authority,and tried to expand their consciousness.
This was the last assassination of the 1960s.
Although Loughner was almost certainly unbalanced,the role illegal drugs may have played in his descent has been ignored. Everyone agrees he was a long-standing,habitual drug abuser. Raised by hippies who let him do what he wanted,he guzzled pharmaceuticals —allegedly including hallucinogens. He partied,lived in a world of his own,and wove trippy conspiracy theories like the hippies the media constantly idolize. Loughner appears to have lived,suffered,and possibly killed by the ideology of the Sixties counterculture.
According to those who knew him,Loughner imbibed this ideology from his parents,who had an aversion to discipline. The Independent quotes an acquaintance….