Attack Ordered By the American President
"This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent
in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter
and we'll tell them that we love them, and we'll remind each
other how deeply we love one another."
Some say mass shootings are bad. Some say they are necessary to survival. Most people say both depending on whether or not they are a part of condoning the shooting (Hi, Chris Matthews!). No matter. I got to thinking who would Jesus put on his Kill List. Judas? Pilate? Caesar? The elder rabbis? Of course, killing those people would not have changed his outcome. Assassination is only for short-sighted morons. I do realize that fact is way ahead of its time so we'll stick to the "pragmatic and practical" Kill Listers we have today.
While we bemoan mass shootings here at home (because it might kill one of us!) with much posed consternation and scripted outcry, but really, who gives a shit? Stuff happens! Most people who say they want a gun for protection only want it to protect their own wrongdoing. Them folks is plumb scared for a reason. So the idea of ending our gun culture by mandate is a complete fantasy. Toothpaste is out of the tube. Born in the USA.
"Now, even as we learn how this happened and who's responsible,
we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their
fellow human beings like this. Such violence, such evil is
senseless. It's beyond reason."
Some people think our President is part of the problem as he too has his very own Kill List like any mass shooter. Defenders of the practice say: "It's OK for the President to pull names out of a hat and have that person - and everyone around him - blown to pieces without judge, jury or review. And we certainly think it's reasonable to expect our good and honorable emotionally disturbed and mentally ill citizens to understand that Kill Lists are only OK for certain people." Hey, we pay these people to lie to us for a reason!
Are we a society coming apart at the seems? If we stopped our mass killings around the world would we have a future? Does love require a gun? Our President sees the dead children from these shootings and asks, "Why?" He sees dead children next to an alleged enemy of the state and asks, "Why not?" Can one really have it both ways? With all our hand wringing and moralizing, in the end we simply profess ignorance and throw up our hands. "If only [something impossible] would happen we'd be fine." Hey, I'll believe you're moral if you believe I am!
"For the truth is none of us can know exactly what triggered
this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty
what might have stopped these shots from being fired, or what
thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man's mind."
Nothing liked mutually agreed upon morality to perpetuate killing. Of course, it takes a real radical to say all killing is bad. Perhaps only Jesus would say, "Go ahead and shoot, fucker" if someone pointed a gun at him even if offered a gun himself. Certainly, there is an amazing freedom in that stance. Not saying I could ever live up to that. But like the early Vulcans who sacrificed themselves in the struggle to obtain a logical existence, if enough people stick by their guns (so to speak) it does have a shaming effect that breeds ultimate civilization.
Civilization is something I won't see in my lifetime.
No matter how much we get on our hind legs and point in our holier than thou stance it doesn't mean beans in the end. How empty are our words when mass graves are found in Malaysia, victims of modern day slavery? We didn't shoot them, you say? No, but we turn a blind eye to it for our corporations. And when teenage children are chained to beds screaming in chain rape by our "allies", we punish anyone who might interfere with our so-called national interests. Not to mention cowardly drone strikes blowing families to bits. All these practices could be halted by our President. He does not and no one blinks an eye.
This is our first task -- caring for our children.
It's our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't
get anything right. That's how, as a society, we will be
judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation,
that we are meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say
that we're doing enough to keep our children -- all of them
-- safe from harm?"
We really can't have it both ways. When it comes to killing, in for a penny, in for a pound. You can't have it on your own terms. It's just a big game at this point with the FBI arming mentally ill people with guns and "plans for attack", then dropping the net how another terror plot got thwarted. We cheer on cue for our delusions. Only there is a connection between killing on the left hand and killing on the right. You don't have to see it - but we do have to live with it. Next time you see a senseless killing, just remember they all are - completely, totally and utterly.
"Let's be clear: At some point [just not on my watch!], we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries."