My response to libertarian Brandon Christensen on “Unconditional surrender” will come later. Right now, I have to address the liberal media orgy prompted by the shooting in Tucson. Enemies first, friends later.
I pride myself on my equanimity. I am seldom “appalled” by anything. Right now I am almost sickened by the tsunami of liberal verbiage though. I am not going to dial down my anger, on the contrary.
First things first, a reminder: Poverty, racial discrimination, gender discrimination, sexual orientation prejudice, and inequality did not cause Jared Laughner to commit mass murder. Even a poor education can hardly be blamed. The man is a high-school drop-out like thousands of others who don’t shoot anyone ever. Lack of educational opportunity hardly played a role either: Although he failed to graduate from high-school, Laughner was accepted in community college (exactly like me, I must ad). Neither is Obamacare going to help stave off this kind of horror in the future. Laughner might have benefited from psychiatric care but neither he nor his parents sought it. Hence, he was not “denied care.” Tough luck!
The Left is hysterically blaming Sarah Palin and conservative media for creating a climate conducive to the kind of violence illustrated in Tucson. This is absurd at least for two reasons. First, if a climate of hostility toward politicians could cause acts of violence, President Bush would have been assassinated one hundred times at least. Nothing since the Obama inauguration has come close to the level and volume of hatred spewed at Pres. G. W. Bush for five or six years running. Or is one to believe that only right-wing hatred is effective? Second, it stands to reason that conservative incitement, if it were conducive to action, should have made another victim than Rep. Giffords, or rather, hundreds of more attractive targets would have been more logical. Rep. Giffords is a moderate Democrat, one who has notably made statements in support of gun control among others, in addition to statements in support of Obamacare, of course. She was never a very visible member of Congress. She was not a leader in the Obamacare swindle. Attempting to kill her in particular made no sense in any conceivable mental world (of course). If I were a right-wing extremist bent on assassinating an elected member of the Democratic Party, I could come up with a list of at least one hundred who should take precedence over Rep. Giffords. I hasten to add that I am not and I will not. My side will prevail with persuasion, by shedding light on the other side’s lies, and through constitutional means.
If the targeted victim had been a conservative Republican, I would express the same disbelief about any causality running from political opinions expressed in any media to the criminal acts of a mad person.
The purpose of the current liberal media raging attack and of several politicians’ fascist proposals is not to save lives in the future. It’s to censor and eventually to shut off the rational, factual, well-worded arguments conservatives are making against government’s massive invasion of civil society and against the abandonment of constitutional principles in our country. Don’t be fooled. Liberals hate reason. Also, be attentive: Liberals are so excited by the destructive potential of this event they will soon begin proffering outright lies and some will get caught.
The Tucson massacre is not a tragedy as I have pointed out on Facebook. A tragedy has meaning; that’s why we remember it. That’s why it’s an important kind of literature. The Tucson massacre is not a tragedy. It has no meaning although it’s understandable that victims’ relatives should attempt to scratch meaning out of the meaninglessness of a devastating event.
The only valid public debate this horrifying crime should trigger ought to be about the incarceration of the mentally ill. In this society, we are slow to put away people who may be dangerous. There are good historical reasons for this bias that are worth discussing. They will not be discussed because doing so would contribute nothing to the salvage of the sinking liberal ship.