We have started this controversy, this right winged righteousness in opposition to red, liberal communism quite some time ago, but I suspect after the brutal shooting that has recently happened in Arizona we will all be taking a breath before we assume our “pre-assination-attempt” opinions and principles.
I am not convinced that this gruesome act of brutality will have any major political consequences because the spin has already begun.
During the last major presidential campaign we began to see incited riots based on inflaming language. Now I really hate to sound politically incorrect, but my memory serve me in this way. The real hard hitting nasty rhetoric began when mama grizzly bear erupted onto the scene as a maverick wannabe.
I remember seeing groups of people at a political rally who were brought to a boil with inflaming rhetoric. Many people at the time argued that there were racial overtones to the rhetoric, but i never saw it as racial, I did see inciting language, but to me it came as more of a war-cry, more of a take up arm kind of cry. And I saw men and women who were swept away by the emotion at hand. Groups of people can be reduced to a herd with the right war cries, hitting the right nerve at exactly the right moment.
Sincerely, can anyone tell me they themselves believe that the map put up on the Sarah Palin web-page targeting democratic districts with a cross-hair symbol was really about surveying? Please, write to me. Please come forward and make your case. I promise that I will listen to any argument, but at this point in time I find it difficult to swallow. The cross-hairs sure looked like what it looks like through a gun site.
In addition to the cross-hair there is yet another an a more disturbing affair going on in our country. Recently, when I went to the wikileaks site, I saw actual video footage of an American war machine in action that made me close to vomiting.
I actually hesitate putting the URL up because the video depicts such raw footage of heinous war actions that i fear that I will be put on some anti-government list for simply knowing what I saw. Perhaps it is nothing more than a grandiose delusion — after all, I am not even a real journalist. I simply take the words and the ideas from a multitude of journalist, digest them and spin them on in my columns as my opinions.
Nonetheless, I will leave out the Wikileak URL and simply say that if you as a reader are interested it is very, very easy to find actual footage of deliberate crimes of man’s inhumanity to man.
Oh! I have changed my mind. Please only view the video (linked) on collateral murder if you have a very strong stomach for terror and blood. The reason that I want this video posted is that it stands in juxtaposition to the blood bath that we witnessed in Arizona. In one incident we have murder under the name of war, in the Arizona incident we have murder in the name of incited insanity.
Jared is crazy. I mean that in the most honest and the most clinical sense. He is a paranoid schizophrenic. In other words not all factors of the mind were operating. Much information that he had stored as data in his mind was wrongly filed, was mis-understood and was observed through a filter of delusion. Yet behind every paranoid schizophrenic there are seeds of reality. At some level of consciousness he had processed information that according to his deranged mind needed revenge.
However, for those of you who were able to stomach the wikileak video about wartime collateral murder, I think you will find deranged and delusional thinking involved in those war time murders as well.
William Rivers Pitt is a regular contributor to the on-line new magazine, Truthout. His article with the titled, “The Wrath of Fools,” concludes with these quotations submitted below.
“I tell people don’t kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on every campus – living fossils – so we will never forget what these people stood for.”
– Rush Limbaugh, Denver Post, 12-29-95
“Get rid of the guy. Impeach him, censure him, assassinate him.”
– Rep. James Hansen (R-UT), talking about President Clinton
“We’re going to keep building the party until we’re hunting Democrats with dogs.”
– Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), Mother Jones, 08-95
“My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building.”
– Ann Coulter, New York Observer, 08-26-02
“We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors.”
– Ann Coulter, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, 02-26-02
“Chelsea is a Clinton. She bears the taint; and though not prosecutable in law, in custom and nature the taint cannot be ignored. All the great despotisms of the past – I’m not arguing for despotism as a principle, but they sure knew how to deal with potential trouble – recognized that the families of objectionable citizens were a continuing threat. In Stalin’s penal code it was a crime to be the wife or child of an ‘enemy of the people.’ The Nazis used the same principle, which they called Sippenhaft, ‘clan liability.’ In Imperial China, enemies of the state were punished ‘to the ninth degree’: that is, everyone in the offender’s own generation would be killed and everyone related via four generations up, to the great-great-grandparents, and four generations down, to the great-great-grandchildren, would also be killed.”
“Two things made this country great: White men & Christianity. The degree these two have diminished is in direct proportion to the corruption and fall of the nation. Every problem that has arisen (sic) can be directly traced back to our departure from God’s Law and the disenfranchisement of White men.”
– State Rep. Don Davis (R-NC), emailed to every member of the North Carolina House and Senate, reported by the Fayetteville Observer, 08-22-01
I could go on, and on, and on, and on, but you get the gist.
Most Disrespectfully Yours,
William Rivers Pitt
I find that as I conclude this semi-journalistic piece on war crimes and hate crimes, I am perhaps more confused, or rather I have more questions than I did before I began to research this piece. Academically that may be a good thing, science and philosophy applaud the use of the empirical question. But as we are in a definitive moment in our country, we may hope for more than questions. We are clamoring for answer.
I think we want to believe that good can overcome the hateful tendencies, but science and evolution have a great deal to say about the dark side of man. The crimes reviewed above give us pause. All we have left is a moment of silence followed by a call to action. Let us find ways to practice civility in our lives and in our politics.
Article first published as A Simple Surveyor’s Symbol: A cross-hair and Collateral Murder on Technorati.