Don’t Think In Sound Bites

I agree with Barry Farber, in his 1/11/11 article, “Michael Savage is right!” when he describes “unskilled opportunists of the left” as resembling “those lamentable creatures — half-ape and half-football player — who stand there throwing idiotic hand-signals indicating their team recovered the fumble, without a clue as to what’s happening at the bottom of the pile”.

In what has been aptly called a “senseless act”, six persons were murdered and fourteen others wounded or injured in an open shopping area in Tucson.  But for those “opportunists of the left”, this was more than just a tragedy.  It was chance to attack their real enemy, conservatism.  From the very first reporting of this incident, accusations and theories were floated out to paint a picture of the shooter as a right-wing fanatic.

The media, in phony hand-wringing commentaries, began to postulate reasons for this violent horror, tossing out suggestions in sound bites to make them easier for an unthinking public to remember and repeat.  The media talked about Sarah Palin’s use of cross hair “targets” in her list of political opponents.  They talked about heated political rhetoric, the dangers of right-wing talk radio.  They talked about how society needs to learn to be more civil when we disagree.  The real problem, as they saw it, is that there is too much vitriol in our discussions.  Too much hatred, anger, bigotry.  Sheriff Dupnik and even our redoubtable Homeland Security linked Jared Loughner to right-wing extremists.  But that soon proved untrue.

Barry Farber, referring to Michael Savage’s book, “Liberalism is a Mental Disorder”, writes, “The overall liberal reaction to the Arizona mass murders, indeed, betrays mental disorder sharp and deep.”  I couldn’t agree more.  Rather than responding to this tragedy with normal human compassion, the Left has used it as a springboard to launch new power-grabbing, freedom-curbing legislation.  At the very least they want to control political speech.  But their idea of protecting government officials from “threatening speech” cuts at the core of freedom of speech.  The Left wants to control us, and they will use any deceptive ploy to take away our freedoms.

The shooting in Tucson was not about politics or political rhetoric.  It wasn’t about right-wing fanaticism or talk radio vitriol.  It had nothing to do with bigotry, hatred, anger or the absence of civil discourse.  It was the senseless act of a mentally deranged fool.  No amount of legislation can ever prevent such an act.  A person who commits this kind of heinous deed will always find a way to do it.  If he can’t get guns, he’ll make a bomb.  If not a bomb, he’ll run people down with his car.  If not that, then anything at hand: hazardous materials, knives, rocks, sticks — you name it.

The critical aspect of this situation is that when a large part of society cannot think beyond the scope of a sound bite, then any national trauma can be used by those who would control our lives by blaming the perceived problem on a political bogeyman.  When all the non-thinking, useful idiots get riled up against that bogeyman, they become compliant to the government making new laws to “protect” them.  This is exactly the technique Hitler used to get Germans to acquiesce to the killing of millions of Jews.

Don’t blame everything on the bogeyman.  Don’t think in sound bites.  Learn to formulate and develop ideas based on reality.  And most importantly, learn the facts.

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About retiredday

I am Michael D. Day, a regular, everyday guy -- retired. I stand for God-given freedom, which means I think for myself. I believe in being civil, because the Bible teaches that we should love our enemies. But I also believe in saying it how I see it, and explaining just why I see it that way, sort of like 2 Timothy 4:2.
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