Monday, January 10, 2011

Tragedies Divide Us

My heart goes out to people in Arizona who have suffered harm at the hands of Jared Loughner. By the accounts I've seen, he seems to be a mentally troubled young man that believed the government was putting thoughts in his head. He rambled on about the government changing the meaning of wards to change reality.

That part is unfortunately true. Political propaganda has twisted the meaning of words, and used code words to distort the truth, since the beginning of civilization. We've all grown up with this, we all deal with it day by day. The constant lies coming from the Government and media is now being projected at a deafening roar. I'm tempted to say that the public doesn't fall for it, but a little conversation on various blogs, shows that people pick and choose from this stream of misinformation, what they wish to believe and disbelieve. The wide variety of disinformation provides any given individual with tailored facts and information, that are pleasing to their line of thinking.

Republicans get a line of propaganda that pleases them and Democrats get a line that reinforces their beliefs. And in both, enough code words and phrases are sprinkled in, to incite anger at the other faction and keep us divided as a people.

Already both sides are claiming that the shooter belongs to the other side. Democrats are blaming the Republicans for their angry rhetoric. Sharron Angle's call for 'Second Amendment Remedies' to solve the Tea Party's problems with Democrats, certainly adds fuel to this fire. Sarah Palin's use of gun sights on her map of political opponents doesn't help. Her aide explains that they were never intended to be viewed as rifle sights. But she doesn't explain what interpretation these gun sights should have.

I believe that they never intended to have any murdered. Calling for constituents to use guns to remove Democrats from office, is just excited hyperbole, right? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. I think Sarah Palin's aide is on the level.

But on Sharon Angle's remark..., If I started arguing for Second Amendment Remedies, I don't doubt for a second that I'd be put under a law enforcement microscope, with personal visits from my local police department. I guess if I were running for public office, then I'd get a free pass on something like this.

On the Republican side. A listing of Jared's books, looks like something thrown together to impress people. From the sound of things, it seems he did read them. The list is a hodgepodge of authors and political leanings. It include George Orwell, Ayn Rand, and Adolf Hitler. But it's a book by Karl Marx that has Republicans convinced that he's a Democrat. Perhaps Ayn Rand is considered a Democrat?

So their position is that they are the real victims in this tragedy. The left is unfairly blaming them for their strong rhetoric. And the shooter wasn't even a Republican, he was clearly a Democrat, as evidenced by one left wing book out of several right wing books. Really it's the Democrats that are the embodiment of pure evil as they are spewing hate at Republicans.


As both sides seek to position themselves to gain political profits from this tragedy, it's becoming clearer that Jared doesn't ascribe to either political party. He's known to be a heavy pot smoker, and to suffer paranoid delusions. He blames the government for trying to steal his dreams when he is sleeping, and for putting thoughts in his head. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, quite likely just represented the most accessible representative of the US Federal Government that he knew.

Both parties are looking for a way to polarize this event to benefit them. The reality that the shooter is a mentally unstable drub abuser with no political affiliations, doesn't help either side. But I doubt that will stop both parties from finding ways to exploit this tragedy.


For the families of the real victims and the survivors of this crime, my heart goes out to you. My brother was shot and killed when he was seventeen. I understand your pain.


At 12:13 PM, Anonymous edgar said...

Hello Weaseldog,

If the s were to htf i would not take up arms for either side. In other words, I will not defend the maggots nor will I attack them. I will defend my house and that is it. My condolences to the innocent bystanders in az. we are all victims of the assault upon our country by money maggots and kooks both inside and outside the gubbermint.

There, I can use this tragedy to promote my message as well.

btw, kd sez that dem sheriff was friends with the shotter's mom and helped him stay out of jail.

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Right Edgar. We've both expressed that sentiment.

As loners or small bands we can't change our government. As even as a mob or a nation, we likely can't change it to be what we wish it to be.

We're in the twilight of our current civilization. It's much like the last days of Rome. And we know from that time, that the rulers that were able to keep power, where not humanitarians. They didn't care about Democracy or the well being of their subjects, except as a means to keep and expand their power.

If the US Government undergoes any such change, it is unlikely that it will be for the better.

There's no point in bringing pain and suffering on our friends and family, for a cause that is doomed to end badly for all of those involved.

At 12:47 PM, Anonymous edgar said...

There is no cause worth fighting for. At least we both lived long enough to figure that out. So many people have willingly died for a pack of lies.


At 2:02 PM, Anonymous edgar said...

At 2:08 PM, Anonymous edgar said...

[delay gets slap on wrist]

At 4:02 PM, Blogger an average patriot said...

That guy was an absolute loonie and has wanted to kill her for years.

The right and their lies fueled it for sure ans that includes politicians, MSM, and the Becks and Limbaughs.

All of a sudden they are all playing nice innocent angels.

At 6:21 PM, Anonymous edgar said...

aap, i don't think it is that clear cut:

Sheriff Clarence Dupnik of Pima County, where the shooting happened, told reporters the suspect had a troubled past. "All I can tell you is that this person may have a mental issue," Dupnik said.

Dupnik said there had been earlier contact between Loughner and law enforcement after he had made death threats, although they had not been against Giffords. He said the authorities believe he may not have been working alone.

In a series of YouTube videos, a person identifying himself as Jared Lee Loughner complains about government mind control, treasonous laws, illiterate dreamers and the U.S. currency.

"The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar," the person wrote in one of the videos, which contain music and white text on a black background.

"No! I won't pay debt with a currency that's not backed by gold and silver. No, I won't trust in God."

The postings describe no coherent political ideology, said Mark Potok, an investigator with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks violent extremists. Loughner was not in the Center's database of hate groups and radicals.

"He certainly sounds like he's gone off the deep end, but at the same time, he is mouthing some rhetoric that is quite reminiscent of the anti-government movement ... It's hard to know what to make of his ideology."

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Queenbee said...

I will be short that this was a crazy man who was filled with snippets of crazy ideas and like a volcano he blew and my heart goes out to the innocent victims. I find those using this tragedy to promote political view resprehensible. I think I hear Nero and his fiddle.

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Bukko Canukko said...

In Australia, where they believe that marijuana CAUSES schizophrenia (instead of realizing that schizos smoke pot, drink booze and do all sorts of other mind-altering things to try and get a handle on what's happening inside their heads) this will be seen as proof of that.

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Suzan said...

As someone who has read Karl Marx, I do not believe this tiny piece of misaligned protoplasm did, although I am sure it may have been on his bookshelf - but lots of people have books they never read past the first few pages.

I think lots of people think reading Marx (which is waaaay past zebra) is like reading a novel (ridiculous!).

If he's read Marx, he probably would have decided to get educated and actually change the world by changing himself. (Read Marx, you'll see what I mean. If people actually read Marx and Engels (and even Lenin) they would get a shock as it's not what they would expect if their ideas were formed by Faux Snoozers.)

As a final thought, it seems to me that lots of people are using this event to prove points that have nothing to do with a man intent on murdering someone he saw as his enemy (which is the only thing really clear about the circumstances).

Thanks for covering this.


At 10:22 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Guns and madness are as American as apple pie. It is our culture, that is in no small way formed by GOP firearm policy, mental health defunding, and hate speech.

I'm saying anyone other than the killer is guilty, but insanity and politics are one and the same these days.


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