Monday, January 10, 2011

Arizona and ole what's his face

I was out making merry with friends this weekend, only to come home to the news of this horrible shooting in Arizona.   There's nothing much to say outside of the fact that it's a terrible tragedy for anyone who lost anybody (especially that little girl), and anyone who was injured, especially the Congresswoman.   This was obviously a very disturbed individual who, from what I've read of his stuff over the last 15 hours ... had trouble even being coherent about his thoughts.

Outside of the personal tragedies which do not compare to the friends and families involved, though, I find the un-surprising rush to blame the shooting on "divisive politics", Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh ... both disturbing and pathetically laughable.  It'd be funnier if it didn't actually work as well as it does.  People read headlines that fit the narrative they hear over and over and just incorporate that into their reality.  "Tea Partiers are violent".

One would think today's article from the New York Times' Mr. Nobel Lauriate Paul Krugman, "Climate of Hate" would finish stripping him of any credibility he had left with anyone.  But it won't.  In it, he quite unsubtly blames the shooting on the "climate"  "created" by the "hate" supposedly marketed by Glenn Beck, Bill O'Rielly, and Rush Limbaugh -- the Tea Party, and Sarah Palin.

He ends it thus:
So will the Arizona massacre make our discourse less toxic? It’s really up to G.O.P. leaders. Will they accept the reality of what’s happening to America, and take a stand against eliminationist rhetoric? Or will they try to dismiss the massacre as the mere act of a deranged individual, and go on as before?

If Arizona promotes some real soul-searching, it could prove a turning point. If it doesn’t, Saturday’s atrocity will be just the beginning.
Eliminationalist rhetoric.   The bulk of the eliminationalism in the world has come from the Left, from the Socialist side of the aisle.   The Bolshevics.  Pol Pot.  Che.  Mao.  Hitler (yes, Hitler, of the National Socialist German Worker's Party).   Statist theory basically says you'll have to kill a certain portion of the population that won't go along with totalitarianism, and the statists have repeatedly put that into practice.

Please, point out the "eliminationalist rhetoric" coming from Limbaugh, O'Rielly, Beck, or Palin.  And if you bring up "Don't Retreat, Reload" and Palin's target map, we're not playing that game.  I won't even give you a "maybe" on that.  You know and I know and everybody knows that these kinds of metaphors are used all the time in politics, and nobody but nobody but ab-so-freakin'-lutely nobody takes it seriously.   The Democrats and their contignent in the media pretend to take it seriously in the hopes that they can make it appear that it is something to be taken seriously, but it is not -- and they know it, and we know it.

For further reading material on the subject, see here, here, and here.  Just for starters.


jeffmon said...

I think this post qualifies for the Shut-Uppery tag.

philmon said...

Noted, agreed, and tagged.

Good call.

jeffmon said...

And on 'toning down the rhetoric'. Doesn't that seem like something we can all support?

Shepard Smith interviewed Patricia Maisch. She retrieved the shooter's magazine. Here's the link. The part referenced below starts at about 8:30.

SHEP SMITH: If there's anything you can think of over the last day and a a half that you might be able to turn this into a positive?...

PATRICIA MAISCH: I don't think so...I think...mmm...that Sheriff Dupnik said it best, that the extreme right, reporters, radio and TV have added to this problem, and I'm just hoping that that will change because of this. That's my hope, is that the Republicans will stop naming bills in very hateful things like the "job-killing" whatever the rest of that bill is. I think they've just gone over the top. I think the extreme right has gone too far.

So titling a bill ‘Repeal the Job Killing Health Care Law Act’ is hateful? What defines hateful? Whatever you don't agree with?

Shut up.

philmon said...

Pretty much.

philmon said...

Can someone please releas a list of words we may not use anymore because they are "hateful"?

Perhaps it would be easier to release a list of words we CAN use.

The NewSpeak dictionary, perhaps?